Just in time for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting this week, I finished my Madrona Road challenge quilt!
I did the quilting and binding last night. The quilt is about 34-inches by 34-inches. I’m calling it “Bird in a Window” because of the cute little birdie sitting in the center square.
Here’s a look at the completed quilt:
Bird in a Window Quilt Top
For the quilt back, I added some interest by piecing together a few more squares and hand-embroidering the quilt details onto the label:
Bird in a Window Back
Bird Block Close-Up
This has been a fun challenge for me, and I hope to participate in future challenges!
I plan on taking this quilt with me to the guild meeting this week. I think there may be a group photo taken at the meeting so I’ll try to post about it.
I’ve worked a bit more on my Madrona Road quilt challenge and have finished assembling the top.
You can read about my start in this earlier post.
For the Portland Modern Quilt Guild, we had to incorporate a word so I choose to use the word, “bird.” There is a cute little golden bird that appears in one of the prints that I used, plus I decided to use a paper-pieced bird block as my center image for some whimsy!
Here’s a look at the center block:
Madrona Road Bird Block
And here’s a view of the quilt top:
Madrona Road Quilt Top
For the top, I took inspiration from Faith at Fresh Lemons and her Lemon Squares Quilt pattern. I altered the pattern just a bit to include my whimsical bird block and added an inner border from Kona cotton and an outer border using one of the Madrona Road prints.
Of course, my cat had to ask me: “Mom, why a bird and not a cat?”
Why a Bird, Ma?
This weekend, I hope to take the project over to mom’s house to quilt it.
With the new year, I decided to stretch my sewing/quilting skills and join a guild. I signed up for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild since I have been intrigued by some of the modern quilt blocks lately. I have a link to the PMQG on the right sidebar of my blog.
I’ve been focusing quite a bit on applique and paper piecing so I’ll return to some traditional piecing techniques for my first modern quilt project.
The project will be for the Madrona Road Challenge – a fun challenge that uses the Madrona Road (Michael Miller) line of fabric by Violet Craft.
I visited a local quilt shop to pick up some fabric from this line, but they only had a few pieces to choose from. I did pick up 4 different prints and then a few solids for accents.
Here are the solids:
Madrona Road Patterned Fabrics
I could order more Madrona Road pieces from an on-line retailer, but decided to challenge myself using just the prints that I found locally. The other stipulation is that it must be a wall or art quilt no larger than 36 inches on any side and must include a word that inspires the quilt.
I’ve worked up some ideas for my challenge quilt and am using a word inspired by an image in the actual fabric itself.
Stay tuned . . . I’ll post a progress photo soon!