I like a good challenge as much as the next woman. In fact, I’m happiest if I learn something new from each project. So I was happy to accept the current Michael Miller/Modern Quilt Guild challenge using Michael Miller’s (MM’s) spring pastel solids.
Like a lot of modern quilters, I don’t use pastels much. That’s the first reason this was a challenge. I decided that, since black is a great background color for brights, something dark but not black would be a good background for pastels. So I ordered cotton couture in indigo, eggplant, grey, and charcoal to give me a choice. After trying out each one with the fabrics provided by the MM people, I chose charcoal–always a favorite color for me!
The next challenge was trying to find somewhere I could buy additional yardage of these particular fabrics. Most places that carry Cotton Couture were out of them! So I decided I needed to design something using just what came in the package, plus my charcoal background :-)
I designed the quilt with Electric Quilt 7 (EQ7) as usual, so I had an easy way to try out lots of different ideas.
I’m a big fan of star blocks, so I experimented with the 16-patch star often called Ohio Star, and finally settled on this version, in which the block is divided into four quarters that are rotated and combined in various ways. Here’s the EQ drawing:
And here’s a picture of the almost-finished quilt. Binding it is an additional challenge, since I don’t want the binding to show but I want the corners to be square (which is difficult if I do a pillowcase binding). I’m counting this as my November finish ;-)