SAMQG Block of the Month Winner
WOWSA! I won the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild’s Block of the Month.
Do you have this at your guild? Some guilds call it Lotto Block. Everyone makes a predetermined block. Ours for January was designed by the Block of the Month Chairperson and is inspired by Rex Ray. The “humps” are hand appliqued to a white background.
However many blocks you make is how many chances you have to win all the blocks turned in. In January – 24 blocks were up for grabs! The block was made in two sizes that would fit together when rotated 90 degrees.
I ended up splitting the group of blocks into a “mostly warm” and “mostly cool” color groups to create two lap/couch size quilts. The first one, “mostly warm,” is 60″ x 80″.
For some reason I thought I wanted to try to quilt the first “mostly warm” quilt in a very difficult diagonal type design. I set forth to use rulers to stitch on my marked outline of a main zig-zag and then fill in sections of the quilt in a controlled graffiti-style of quilting.
Turns out, it was really really hard to do. HA!! But ya gotta try, right?
In the free-motion quilting fills there are feathers, swirls, McTavishing, echoing, pebbles, windy-swirls, meander, straight lines… everything.
My main regret is that I used white thread. I do love the thread itself, but I probably should have used some kind of white/grey variegated thread on this project. I recently ran out of my favorite King Tut Morning Sky and figured the other white would work out.
The current white thread is very lightweight and hard to see on the finished quilt (without the help of dim light + shadows).
Although I’m loving how this one turned out overall, I think it is safe to say, I’ll be creating the “mostly cool” color version a bit differently. I don’t think the quilting will be nearly as complicated and I will own the thread by the time the blocks are pieced together to quilt.
The wheels are turnin’ and who knows how the second version will look.