Habitat Challenge

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:

http://kcmodernquiltguild.blogspot.com/2011/11/habitat-challenge-revealed.html

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.

I finished the binding at 2:30 before our meeting at 7:00.  Another member mentioned that she also finished hers at 2:30 then promptly celebrated with a glass of wine!  Wish I’d thought of that.

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