Monthly Archives: January 2021

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We are eight weeks into the Quilting the Countdown 100 day project. There are 36 days left until QuiltCon. I'm spending at least 15 minutes a day working on my Patchwork City blocks.

I finished one blocks this week. This brought me to 56 out of 75 blocks complete. Slow progress is still progress. And I'm apparently off my game with photography, because I just realized that I didn't even take a picture of that block. Whoops! I'll share it on IG this week and in next week's update post here on the blog. I did a fair amount of cutting this week, so I have numerous blocks to choose from when I sit down to the machine this week. The progress shots include Kona Wasabi and Kona Blue Grass.

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With the start of the new year comes the start of the new Project QUILTING season. I'm hoping to participate in all six challenges this season. In 2020, I started my Improv Log Cabin Mini series with a couple of the Project QUILTING challenges. This year, just before the first challenge was announced I decided I would layer my own design challenge on top of the Project QUILTING challenge's again this year. I'll be using modern traditional design in my challenge quilts this season.

Modern Traditionalism in quilting refers to a design that is built on a traditional quilt block combined with more modern design elements. These elements can include use of bold colors and prints, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and/or alternate grid work.

This week our challenge was a color challenge, Illuminating + Ultimate Gray, the 2021 Pantone Color of the Year. I love a color challenge, because you can do just about anything with it as far as the design goes. I went about picking a traditional quilt block to design off of and started selecting solids from my stash that worked with the yellow and gray theme.

I chose the card trick quilt block. I began by changing the elements of the corner of the block, instead extending the "card color" to the corners. Then I offset this quilt block in my design and extended the lines from the block into the negative space surrounding it. Finally, through the value choices of my colors, I gave the quilt a look of transparency.

My quilt finishes at 16 1/2" x 16 1/2". It has very minimal quilting, because, ya know... one-week deadline. I didn't start cutting fabric until Friday, so I didn't leave myself much time.

My quilt is labeled on my corner triangles, included for ease of hanging. First finish of the year!

Thanks for visiting, please hop over to Kim's blog to see the over 225 submissions for the Illuminating + Ultimate Gray challenge.

I'm also linking up with my linkup, Show Me Something. ;-)

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We are eight weeks into the Quilting the Countdown 100 day project. There are 43 days left until QuiltCon. I'm spending at least 15 minutes a day working on my Patchwork City blocks.

I finished three blocks this week. This brought me to 55 out of 75 blocks complete. It was a little slower going than I thought it would be since 4 of the 6 blocks in the new colors have a lot of template pieces. The finished blocks shown feature Kona Tomato, Kona Papaya, and Kona Wasabi.

There's been lots of fabric selection and some cutting in addition to these finishes. I paper pieced the units below that will go together into the 5" x 14" papaya block.

Thanks for visiting!

In case you didn't see it, my Show Me Something linkup post went up this week. I hope you'll link up a finished project that meets this month's theme. Happy quilting!