A Quilty Finish
The Fort Worth Modern Quilt Guild issued a challenge a few months ago. We were to take a traditional quilt block and “make it modern.”
Yesterday I finished the binding on mine.
I admit this qas quite a challenge for me.
The block I chose was a Dresden Plate. This is a block that has always intimidated me. I have never challenged myself to make one because, to be honest, I am not a huge fan of them. I have seen some great modern versions on blogs, but nothing I was in love with.
Piecing the plate was SO much easier than I had imagined. It went together quickly and I like the look of doing all one color.
After getting the top together, I admit I was not a huge fan. I didn’t hate it, but it certainly didn’t appeal to me. I suppose that is the nature of a challenge, and so I pressed on with basting and quilting.
I had a few ideas for quilting but finally settled on echoing the plate design. Because the quilt is new born size, I wanted the quilting to be loose and the final feel to be soft and poofy.
After finishing, I love this quilt. I love the look of it all. The quilting really brought it together for me. Sometimes I see a flower, other times I see the sun.
I also love that I did not mark my straight line echoing. I used a walking foot, but I did the lines and angles without a guide. I like the slightly organic look to it. Straight lines, but not perfect.
The quilt finishes close to 30×30 and is destined to sit on my shelf until I make a decision on where it goes. This is the first time I have made a quilt without an intended recipient. It was fun.