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 small fella: a 9.5 inch square quilt.
I was given six different fabrics to make something quilted. I thought I’d challenge myself to use only one of them in a watercolor patchwork project. The only viable candidate for watercolor patchwork is the orange print that has areas of high contrasting dots. I thought I’d use the concentrated orange areas to “paint” with.
The process involves lots of scant 1″ squares.
Then sorting my “paint” by color concentration.
Then arranging onto a fusible interfacing grid.
Stitch all the horizontal and vertical seams and give it a good press. I love the sun shining through patchwork, don’t you?
I quilted with simple straight lines through each corner of the background squares, leaving the letter B intact. I like the way the letter puffs out a little.
I just love watercolor patchwork – it’s a simple technique that has precise results. And it’s fun to make shapes out of fabric squares!