Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Not May IB Challenge Quilt


I promise this is not a declaration of resistance...we will be making it modern this month!  This is a story of how designs/project ideas can change.  Maybe this is the story of a squirrel, because I really abandoned my original plan for something totally different.

When I got my shipment of Island Batik goodies and the list of challenges for the year, I went into panic design mode trying to figure out what I could do with the fabrics I was sent and make sure there was enough to go around.  I seriously thought I had all my projects planned out from February till August, and for the most part I do.  However, now that I'm into things a few months, I'm relaxing a bit and finding distractions.

For the month of May, we are challenged to make a crib size or larger quilt using the Modern Quilt Guild's definition of modern quilt;

the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, Minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work--Modern Quilt Guild

So this meant I had some work to do...come up with something modern.  Ok, I can do this.  One thing I wanted was lots of negative space and something easy to work with...maybe half square triangles?  I was doing some browsing on Pinterest and some beautiful woodworking pieces crossed my path.  I found myself thinking, this would be a wonderful quilt!  So I went to work playing around with the design and translating it to fabric...fabrics I had to work with that met my quilty budget, that is.
So after much playing this is what I came up with.


I think this quilt would work well for the challenge, but for some reason I just wasn't in love.  I'm actually quite proud of it, and think it will still see life.  Maybe it's just very different than my normal style?    Maybe it felt too similar to stuff I've already made for the challenge?  Lot's of points and purple (and I love purple don't get me wrong).


I was however committed to making this project for the challenge...then this happened...My friend was over at the house while I was gathering my fabrics to start cutting.  When I told her I was working on the challenge project for May she busted out in song (life is truly a musical if you let it be).  I was like what are you signing???  She's like,  "It's from the musical Camelot.  Don't you remember?"  I totally didn't remember.  I should have remembered this song.



I just looked at her and said, "I have to make a quilt for the lusty month of May, don't I?"  So I put my fabrics back in the box and scrapped my triangle idea.  I regrouped with a new plan in honor of my new life/relationship status and the month of May..."That darling month when everyone throws self-control away."

Are you curious?  Think of this as quilty flirting because "It's May, it's may, the month of great dismay, when all the world is brimming with fun, wholesome or un-"  It's May!!



10 comments:

Nancy J said...

May will all fall into place...[pieces} perfectly, and we will see another stunning design. Purple is a great colour. in all its shades.

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

I look forward to seeing what you create! I was definitely curious about what you meant in the previous post, so thanks for elaborating more. :)

piecefulwendy said...

You are such a tease. I can't wait to see what you are creating!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Tish! I am very curious now and it is May . . . so how long do we have to wait??!! I agree with Wendy - you are a tease. And I'm wondering if this is about some pretty fabrics you shared on IG. I guess I'll just have to wait and see. ~smile~ Roseanne

Melva said...

I hope you still follow through with your original idea because it is great. Though your lusty month of may quilt will be spectacular as well. :) MelvaLovesScraps(at)NolanQualityCustoms(dot)com

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Well...I'm intrigued. Although I do like your original plan and hope you make it some day. I'm still undecided on my project. Guess I better get moving.

Lisa J. said...

No matter what you make I think it will be interesting. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Louise said...

Personally, I find purple triangles to be pretty lusty :)

Emily said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE that you are going to make a Lusty Month of May quilt!!!!! Great song. I agree with above commenter that I find purple to be quite lusty, but I'm super psyched to see what you come up with, and I LOVE your theme!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

I love it! I think you will come up with the perfect plan.... I have faith!

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