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Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

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.

Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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.

Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then sorting my “paint” by color concentration.

Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Then arranging onto a fusible interfacing grid.

Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

Stitch all the horizontal and vertical seams and give it a good press.  I love the sun shining through patchwork, don’t you?

Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

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!

Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge Quilt by Angela Bowman of www.AngelaB.me

By Angela

I'm passionate about creativity, productivity, and business. I'm a planner at heart, a small town girl, a wife and mom of two. I LOVE to make things with my own two hands.

10 replies on “Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge”

Every time I see this print, I think of what you did with it (came across it somewhere a few months ago). I spent a good 30+ minutes looking for it today on the web because I didn’t bookmark it the first time I saw it. Sigh. SO, I’ve finally bought some of my own and found your blog post—tah dah! I was going to ask you all sorts of questions about the mechanics of the process but found them elsewhere. So, I’ll just say I really love what you did and thank you for the inspiration!

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