Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge

29 January

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

8 Responses to “Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge”

  1. Linda F. 01/29/2014 at 8:15 pm #

    I really love what you did with this fabric for this challenge. Very creative!

    • Angela 01/30/2014 at 12:15 pm #

      Thank you Linda!

  2. Christa Quilts 01/30/2014 at 11:25 am #

    This is super cool! i love the effect!

    • Angela 01/30/2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Thanks Christa!

  3. Claire 02/15/2014 at 11:23 pm #

    Now that is a unique approach! And tiny pieces. You made it work.

    • Angela 02/16/2014 at 10:50 am #

      Thank you, Claire!

  4. HIllary 02/22/2014 at 9:54 pm #

    This is so unique. Unlike anything I have seen done for the challenge. Love it and thanks for inspiring!

    • Angela 02/23/2014 at 12:03 pm #

      Aw thanks, Hillary!

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