Thursday, July 14, 2011

CMQG and the Jay McCarroll Habitat Challenge

The Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild is taking part in the Habitat by Jay McCarroll Challenge, sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild and Free Spirit/Westminster. The yardage in the Earth colorway arrived a couple of weeks ago and I spent yesterday cutting it up into fat eights for our eight participants.

At our meeting last night we decided to have a "sewist's choice" challenge, which basically gives us the liberty to make anything we want out of it.

The one stipulation is that only solid fabrics or additional yardage of Habitat may be added. We're giving ourselves a month to finish and we'll share our projects at our next meeting.

The fabrics are really beautiful, and full of unexpected color combinations. I especially love this print, appropriately named Drop Cloth. It looks like something that came out of Jeff's studio!

Here's a little video from Jay about the line and the inspiration behind it.

I especially like how he talks about how he wanted the designs to look like they came from the hand of an artist, not a computer. I think he succeeded! I can't wait to see what our members come up with for the challenge. I have no idea what I'm going to do yet, but I'll keep you posted, and I'll share the other projects as well. We've got a lot of talented ladies in our group, so I'm sure they'll all come up with fabulous designs!

1 comment:

Sarah said...

Such gorgeous fabrics - so sorry that I had to miss last night!

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