When I read about the QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge, I was really excited. As an individual Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) member, I had the choice of forming a group or submitting my name to the MQG to be placed in a group. I reached out to the group of women whom I recently worked with on the personal V and Co Ombre mini quilt swap: Renee @Quilts of a Feather, Afton @Quilting Mod, and Sara @Blue Quail Studio. We had discussed potentially collaborating together on the Charity Quilt Challenge during QuiltCon, and they were as interested in the charity quilt challenge parameters as I was, so I crossed my fingers and asked the MQG if quilt guild members could join me in an individual group for the challenge. To our delight, we got the go ahead and we formed the Blue Moon Quilters.
So, first some background on the rules of the challenge:
This year’s challenge requires participants to work collaboratively to create completed quilts using a predetermined color palette while crafting a design that plays with scale.
I said I was excited, right? Well, I asked the group what kind of block or design they liked most. Renee and Sara were crushing (and rightfully so) on a quilt Afton had recently finished, Small Wonders Kaleidoscope. They were especially drawn to the curved effect that the very crisp, straight piecing was able to achieve, and both mentioned Storm at Sea as a favorite kind of block that played with that affect.
So I stared by studying the Storm at Sea block, and then I created the blocks within my design program of choice, Inkscape. Keeping the rule about playing with scale in mind, I started doodling.
Iteration or Version 4 is when it really started to click. Recognizing that part of the charity quilt requirements be that the quilt finish as a twin size quilt, I knew I would need to extend the design a bit differently than I had arranged things in Version 4.
Once the group caught up with my whirlwind of activity (I just kept posting / sharing images of designs with them and *thankfully* they all liked what I considered to be the final design), we got down to the next order of business: color. As a group, we discussed the various colors and decided to work with 4 of the 8 colors: Light Gray, PMS 117, PMS 7717, and PMS 280. I sent out a file to everyone with the colors and the next part was the hardest: coming up with the color layout for the design. In the end, we each submitted one colored graphic for voting.
Somewhere along the line of making and coloring lots of options, we decided as a group that blue would be the background color after looking at lots of different options (hence all the final submissions have blue as the background; there was a lot of different exploration by all of us in the coloring, though!). We each had 2 votes, and the graphic that got the most votes was our final design.
We will be using paper piecing to assemble the Storm at Sea blocks, and Afton is going to help us tremendously by providing templates.
We tailored the design to use Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids in Fog, Lagoon, Gold, and Royal. Renee graciously agreed to be the point person to reach out to see if we could acquire sponsorship for the charity quilt. She put in a lot of work collecting up information and writing very well worded emails explaining the quilt. Renee first contacted Michael Miller, and they are graciously sponsoring the fabric we need to make the charity quilt! We are also thrilled that Aurifil is sponsoring the thread for quilting and The Warm Company is sponsoring the batting. I can’t wait to delve into the piecing!
Are you participating in the QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge? I am definitely excited to see the amazing variety of quilts that the challenge yields.