Monday, May 2, 2011

Bright Contrast


I think mine was the most basic of basic quilt tops shown at the CMQG two weeks ago. I've only been quilting for a bit over 2 years so I don't feel too much pressure to be all complicated and fancy schmancy. (Ok, sometimes I do feel the pressure but I do not succumb! I have a 1 year old for goodness sake!) We were challenged to each design a quilt with the "Bright" Kona charm packs that RK so generously donated to our (and every) modern quilt guild.
This is what I came up with. Well, I didn't even come up with the design, I first saw this Zig-zag quilt on Rita's Flickr stream ... it was a more earthy colored quilt and I loved it and wanted to try it for myself. I LOVE zig-zag quilts, had never made one, and thought hey, I need to atleast try this! I do love how it turned out!


But I think I would have laid out the colors differently if I could do it again. I kept the colors in order from the charm pack, started at the top left, went straight across, then dropped down and straight left and so on.... I should have started in a corner and gone diagonal. Hmm, following the zag, if you know what I mean. Lucky for me I happen to have the other halves of all these Kona squares so I may just have to make another quilt and lay it out again, but better. That's what happens when you're crunched for time and just want a completed top to bring for show and tell!


To quilt it I'm mulling over some free-motion zig-zagging along the coal gray. I'm hoping for an organic design but still showing off the waves of color.

Sugar Pop (by Moda) will be just the ticket for the binding... colorful, but not too crazy or too big of a print. Yes I know, I never buy Moda but this collection just begged me to buy some! Plus how could I not add this and this to my stash?


The back will just be solid grey, maybe ash grey. I think this will end up being more of a wall-hanging so why fool with a fancy back? My first wall-hanging quilt!

14 comments:

DianeY said...

I like easy. I think it's beautiful!

MariQuilts said...

I really like your quilt....I wouldn't change a thing. It's simple and graphic.

Kiera said...

Very nice. The bright colors against the background really pop!

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

It looks wonderful ... the brights are great ... the layout is fab ...

Maybe if you do make another with the other half of all those squares, you could go with a different colour background too ... just to really shake it up ??

Spontaneous Threads said...

Well if you decide you just don't like it (don't know why- I do) you can send it to me- I'm "working" on the same challenge and you are much further along then I am- which is not along at all! It's great!

fallingforpieces said...

Simple isn't bad sometimes! This is a great looking quilt!

randi---i have to say said...

i like it! it's a challenge playing with solids. my quilt top is sewn for the solids challenge, but i need my machine to get fixed before i can finish it. :)

Amy said...

I love this quilt..the binding is going to be real nice on it.

Jen said...

Very pretty and the binding fabric you chose is perfect! I still can't get over how you've never bought anything Moda before! I'm just shocked that not one single print (before this) has ever captured your eye!

Lindsay Conner said...

Love this simple design! And the sugar pop will be perfect binding. I just bought some of that myself :)

AnneMarie said...

Great job! Perfect choice for the binding.

Jackie Russell said...

I love your quilt top. I wish I would of done something a little easier. Great fabric for the binding too!

Carolyn said...

Really beautiful...I love the progression of the colors...

Rachel said...

I like it a lot. Curious as to why you don't buy Moda?