Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2011

Thank you again to Amy Ellis for all of her work on the Blogger's Quilt Festival! I'm so amazed at all of the beautiful works included this round. My entry for the Spring 2011 Bloggers's Quilt Festival is my Anni quilt. The Anni quilt was my entry for the Modern Quilt Guild's Project Modern: Challenge 2--Monochromatic. And to my surprise, it was chosen as one of three winners by Malka Dubrawsky, who served as judge for the contest. It's made out of four shades of pink solid cotton, and the design was inspired by the Modernist designer Josef Albers' series of works titled Homage to the Square. His wife Anni was a fibers artist who worked as a weaver and also designed textiles. Anni believed that fabrics should be considered as an art form in and of themselves, in both their functional use day to day, but also in their use as hanging works of art. So, I felt it was fitting to name my quilt after her.

This was my first attempt at a monochromatic quilt, and I really love the effect of using different shades of the same color. I used four shades of pink cotton: the center of the smallest square is Robert Kaufman's Kona Medium Pink, the middle sized square is Moda's Bella Peony, the largest square is Bella Magenta, and the sashing and binding is Kona Pale Flesh. The quilt measures 62'' x 62'', and each of its four large blocks measures just over 24'' square.

The backing is Bella Peony with one small pieced square, repeating the design on the front of the quilt.

I love the look of heavy quilting and all the texture that it adds to a quilt. I decided to use 1/4'' straight line quilting with light pink thread for this project because I think it really compliments the square motifs of the design.

I'm really pleased with how this project turned out and I can't wait to make more versions of this in lots of different colors! The pattern will be available for free in the next few months, so keep your eyes out for it!

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