A couple of years ago I joined the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Since then I have enjoyed Guild meetings with presentations by both local and national fiber artists. I have seen many techniques presented that I was not familiar with. Large-scale fiber art displays, fabric weaving, extemporaneous piecing, appliqué techniques, indigo dyeing, and faces are just a few.
What I have most enjoyed in my Guild are seeing the challenge pieces completed by the members and opportunities to socialize and meet some of the talented, artistic people in my area. I have made so many new friends.
This year, I decided to accept one of the challenges; Riley Blake Spring 2018 Fabric Challenge.
If you signed up early enough, they sent you four fat eighths (9″x21″) from their “Riley Blake Basics” collection to create a quilted object of your choice. I challenged myself to make it completely from the fabric provided without buying additional fabric.
Today, I submitted my official entry online and we are encouraged to share on social media, so here is my plug… I really enjoyed participating! Free fabric. How could I go wrong? One way, I would get to hang in a booth, the other, I have an adorable new addition to my quilting studio!
Without further ado, here is my entry;
Feathered Photo Pop
The pattern is a take on the Binding Tool Star pattern by Missouri Star Quilt Company. By scaling it down even smaller than a mini binding tool, I was able to construct about a 14″ mini quilt from only four fat eighths, including the backing and binding.
I call it the “photo pop” because I inserted fabric photo corners in the seams of the center block. You can slip your favorite photograph into the corners for a quilted frame.
If you don’t want to use a photo, you can embroider or big stitch quilt in the center block.
I am excited about my pattern idea and can see other mini quilt patterns with this concept in my head.
Perhaps after the contest is over, I can post the pattern I have worked up. I can’t wait to work up a series of photo pops. They will be so much fun to hang in my studio throughout the year.