As I wrote in a previous post, our KC Modern Quilt Guild members were able to take a group of fat eighths from Jay McCarroll’s Habitat line to design and create a project with it. Our only restriction was to use only solids and/or other fabrics from the line. We finally had our big reveal last week. I was amazed at the variety and scope of ideas and skills. You can see them all at the Flickr site:
It’s hard to see the individual fabrics here, but it’s safe to say these are not typical designs. Jay’s inspiration was “gardens, flowers and city living.” I had seen Stitched in Color’s ticker tape quilting method (http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2011/02/bottled-rainbows-ticker-tape-quilt.htm) a few month’s ago and decided this would be a good match for this fabric. I envisioned the boxes as buildings with nature inside and all around it. So the individual pieces of oddly shaped fabrics are ticker-tape appliqued which means they are sewn to a foundation and batting. As I was getting ready to attach the backing I realized that the block’s seams would be very visible, not having the batting between the seams and back. So I added another layer of batting which solved that problem but made the quilting of the blocks more difficult because of the thickness.