Our Milwaukee Art Quilters group met Monday night and had a very fun S&T with the grab bag challenge quilts. Such imagination and such craftsmanship--what a blast.
Here's my Grab Bag quilt I've been slaving away on.
Yes, you can work full time AND get a quilt quilted and completed in one week! And here's the story...
The grab bag I received last winter contained a number of greens, aquas, olives, and purples. Looked like already-coordinated colors to me. And yes--I had about a jillion other fabrics that would work in the mix. No problem.
So the issue was what sort of quilt to make and inspiration wasn't long in coming. I saw this quilt on Flickr and knew I had my direction. That quilt had in turn been inspired by this one. Both of these quilts were made using the Fun Patch template, which is really intended to produce a nice little sedate pinwheel quilt. But there are lots of other cool possibilities for the Fun Patch, as the two Flickr quilters demonstrated. I spent a fair amount of time flipping and rotating even more possibilities in Electric Quilt.
OK, true confession. Pieces for the two inspirational Flickr quilts were cut all in one direction--fabric always right side up. And what did I do? I plunged in and started cutting the template wedges without thinking this through. I cut pieces with the fabric folded right sides together. So the pieces went both ways--mirroring each other. Design opportunity! So I played with my options and came up with this funky layout.
Once my top was all pieced, it hit me that if the colors had been better planned, the colored rows would have looked like gladiola buds. Hence the name: Glad Rags.