Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge – Lips Quilt

01 July

As a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, I have the option of participating in various events they organize, including conferences, webinars and challenges.  I found out about the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge through my local guild, the Boise Modern Quilt Guild.  Here’s my entry.  It’s a mini quilt, measuring 22 inches square.

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge #mqgfabricchallenge

I signed up for the challenge and received a fat eighth of six prints from The Cottage Garden fabric collection by Amanda Herring.  The challenge rules were:

  • Make something fantastic that is quilted.
  • Make something you’ve never done before.
  • Learn something new.
  • Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.

I decided that my “learning something new” was going to be designing an original paper pieced pattern.  From my lips!  I smooched all over a white piece of paper until I found a shape I liked.  It was all quite silly, but fun.  Then I digitized it using Picasa software, adding a pixelated effect.  Using TouchDraw, I drew lines on top of the image, then I sent it off to my bud Lindsie to make paper piecing patterns for me.  She’s awesome.
Riley Blake Fabric Challenge #mqgfabricchallenge

I paper pieced each square in the grid, assembled into rows, removed the paper, then stitched the rows together.  Easy peasy.

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge #mqgfabricchallenge

I used 3 dark prints for the texture of the lips, 3 light solid shades for the pixelated background, and a vintage white solid.  I quilted the layers using simple straight lines.

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge #mqgfabricchallenge

The quilt is made entirely from 2.5″ cuts.  The back is improv, using leftover fabric from the front.

Riley Blake Fabric Challenge #mqgfabricchallenge

To see all the challenge entries, check out #mqgfabricchallenge on Instagram.

7 Responses to “Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge – Lips Quilt”

  1. Martha C. Patterson 10/22/2015 at 9:59 am #

    I like all your techniques for sewing tasks. It would be great to have a copy of this for my daughter!

  2. Jennifer @ zen 12/20/2015 at 7:39 pm #

    This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free.

  3. Natalia 02/09/2016 at 1:58 pm #

    Ohhhh my gosh! I’m NOT into quilts or quilting, but this is GORGEOUS!!!! I need this!!! 🙂

  4. Annie unrein 03/10/2016 at 8:32 am #

    Love that quilt! Thanks for sharing your process. Verrrrry cool!

  5. Amy Nicholas 01/20/2017 at 7:24 am #

    This is beautiful! I have a new passion for paper piecing… and lips, as I’m a new LipSense distributor.
    Is this a pattern you are sharing? I would love to make this!

    • Angela 01/25/2017 at 9:35 am #

      Hi Amy, thanks! Yes, I plan to share the pattern, hopefully soon!

  6. Amy Nicholas 01/25/2017 at 7:01 pm #

    Yay! Can’t wait!!

Comment Rules: Be cool. Critical is fine, but if you're rude, I'll delete your stuff. I also detest spam. To help prevent spam, the very first time you comment I'll send you a notification, asking you to verify your email address. Have fun and thanks for adding to the conversation!

Leave a Reply