Wednesday, September 14, 2011

challenge, indeed

The Indianapolis Modern Quilt Guild is taking part in The Modern Quilt Guild's Habitat Challenge, where we were each given a selection of fabrics from Jay McCarroll's "Habitat" collection of quilting cottons for FreeSpirit. Here's the palette:

Quilts were due at the end of August, so I'm on par with my usual schedule.

The rules were as follows:
* use some of every print.
* add up to 3 solids if you like

Part of what took me long to get this one wrapped up...and make no mistake, it's not done yet! that I couldn't figure out where to start. I haven't seen a quilt made with this line that I really love. And yet I loooove the fabric. There aren't a ton of completed quilts in the flickr group, so I suspect others are still in design stage as well. A challenge, indeed.

I knew I wanted the Habitat fabrics to be as abundant as the solids (in other words, I didn't want to use tons and tons of solids and just a smattering of Habitat), and I knew I wanted to do something sleek and modern, yet chunky enough to showcase the bold prints.

So a few weeks ago I decided to grab a handful of potential solids and drag everything to my weekly sewing group. We hemmed and hawed. Finally I decided I would do something with HSTs. I love HSTs. I can't get enough HSTs.

HSTs are my life. (two points if you know where I got that and can replace "HSTs" with the real item that is her life.)

After a quick comb through flickr, I landed on this one, inspired by this one.  yes! that's it!

Of course I gave it my own twist. I couldn't decide if I liked ash, stone, snow, medium grey, or charcoal for the solid, so in the end, and with the help and encouragement of my sewing group, I picked three (charcoal, ash, and snow.)

habitat challenge - in progress

And then because I can't seem to make any quilt without adding a splash of teal and eggplant, I broke the three-solids rule and added those as well. But in the "print" bucket, so they don't count, right? RIGHT?
habitat challenge - in progress

here's where I am today. Well, as of last night, really. I'm really pleased with how this has turned out so far. It's very modern, as I'd hoped, and I love how the three solids seem to add some movement. Or intrigue. Or something. I used all but a 2" strip of all of the FEs -- even the duplicates -- and an equal amount of solids. And I now have a perfect throw-sized quilt.
habitat challenge - in progress

Well, I have a quilt top, anyway. I seem to make a lot of those.

Bonus: all of the solids came from my stash.

I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced, where you can see lots of other lovely goodness from around the quilt-o-sphere.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. Beautiful! Your quilt is very striking - love the incorporation of solids! Very nice.

  2. Looking good mine is starting to take shape too although it's not as big as I wanted to make it. I can't wait to see it in real life.