Last week it was finally time to share our kona cotton solids only challenge quilts at the meeting of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild! I could hardly wait– I had my quilt finished a couple of weeks ago, and I was dying to see what others had done with their fabrics. There were some gorgeous quilts there– as soon as the photos are all up on the internet, I’ll share a link to them. But in the meantime, here’s my quilt!
I called it “reflection,” and I was trying to emphasize the graduated shifts in color value by grouping together similar shades of color, but splitting them at the dividing line into the lighter and darker colors. To emphasize this split, I surrounded the darker values with a light grey, and the lighter values with the dark grey. I quilted it with organic looking (aka, purposefully not straight or evenly spaced) lines, and I matched thread color to the color of the rows I was quilting to subtly extend each color line the length of the quilt. It’s a little hard to see in the photos, but it’s there!
For the back, I used the scraps to piece a strip of color, and I added the solid whites and greys in a row to emphasize some of the negative space. I bound the quilt using Kona raisin. I’m happy with how it turned out– I believe I’ll be hanging it in my office soon, and I would love to some day make a larger version that focuses on one or two color families! I’m going to try to get to that in my spare time (if you know me, you know that’s a little bit of a joke. I like to pack my days full!)