Recently our quilt guild (Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild) took on the challenge of making an impromptu quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild Charity for Quilt Con. What a challenge it was for all of us "traditional" modern quilters (if that's not a contradiction in itself). You can find more about it at the Modern Quilt Guild's blog.
We decided the best way to conquer the task would be dividing into groups of four and each group would come up with a section of the quilt. The charlotte modern quilt board members had a meeting before the idea was rolled out, and all the powerful brains came up with a fantastic theme, "Postcard from North Carolina".
It was a brilliant idea, as each group was assigned a different theme from North Carolina, such as the state flower above (the Dogwood).
Here is a recreational block, cycling. For never doing an improv piece, everyone did a fantastic job!
Welcome to North Carolina, the home of racing! How cool is that checkered flag?!
Then we have the Carolina Panthers and the Charlotte Hornets, as well as beaches and mountains. We have such a beautiful state and I truly enjoy living here (I'm a Minnesota transplant, brrr!)
Here's our Charlotte city landscape, if you live in Charlotte then you'll probably recognize the Wachovia Tower. It's the building with the red, and when the Panthers score a goal during a home game the building flashes carolina blue!
We have so many beautiful beaches and light houses, this block is so pretty!
Mountains, how clever was inserting the deer?!
We chose a more modern quilt design, something that wouldn't take away from all the hard work that everyone put into their piecing!
Fabric: Mix of the challenge colors
Pattern: Improv, Postcards from North Carolina
Size: Approximately 72" x 88"
Quilting Design: Retro Graphics #2
I love making these wonky blocks for quick baby quilts and charity quilts! So here's a tutorial on how I make them.
What you will need to make the featured 31" x 46" quilt:
- Fabric - 10" x WOF (width of fabric) of six different colors
(we used four colors, cut 20" x WOF and this made two of these quilts!)
- Rotary Cutter
- Coordinating Thread
* Featured fabric is Now We're Goin' Places by Monica Lee (excuse all my iPhone pictures)
Step one: Cut 24 10" x 10" squares.
Step two: Layer four 10" x 10" squares in a stack.
Step three: Lay ruler at an angle,
Step four: Cut so there are four sections.
Step five: Place cut pieces in desired layout (we selected to have one color in each block, you could always double up on colors too!)
Step six: Sew cut pieces together and press seams open.
Step seven: Block will have jagged edges from the cut angles. Square up block, we started with 10" x 10" square, our squared up block measures 8.5" x 8.5".
Step eight: Place blocks in desired arrangement.
Final quilt should have four blocks across and five blocks down if you are using the 24 10" x 10" blocks.
Hope you enjoy making them as much as I do! We would love to see some pictures of ones you make, find us on facebook or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org