I was stoked but completely lost on ideas. I quickly purchased a quarter yard of solid coral and green, and 1.5 yards of purple (Kona Geranium) from my LQS and meeting location, Pennington Quilt Works. I also found some matching prints in my stash. I chose to use white as my one neutral since it would pop so well. The big question... what to make?
Since this is just a challenge (and the minimum requirement is a mini quilt 12" x 12") I was actually going to go small for once. However, once the idea came about, I couldn't get it out of my head. Just like most great ideas, this one happened because of the presence of a lovely quilty friend.
Jess (@jtlevitt) and I were discussing challenge ideas at a recent sewing night, and I started talking about how much I LOVE the traditional block I recently made (aka the winged star/Sunshine pillow from last week). I immediately started to think about a modern version of that block (I already love the one Heather Jones made, "Fly Away"). What if... it was set in a traditional layout, combined with improvisation and wonkiness? Also, what if it was NOT a mini? What if it made a BIG statement, whether you saw it up close or from afar?
Some of the triangles were actually facing the wrong direction here, but it did the job as a sketch.
Then, I tried it with blank blocks (below). I liked that even more! You know how much I love deconstructed quilt blocks, right? This whole Paint investigation took place after I had already started sewing... I had to go buy a little more purple fabric, but it's going swimmingly.
I've been posting the progress of this project in steps under the hashtag #improvwingedsquare on Instagram. I'll make sure to write more about the process soon, though! Now, I have all the rows laid out, and I'm just putting the quilt top together!
How to quilt it? Well, I have a couple of ideas. The challenge deadline is our September meeting; I'm looking for a late August finish. I'm so fired up!
Tell me about your latest "passion project." What gets YOU fired up - is it the fabrics your working with, the design, the quilting, the person you're making it for, or something else? For me, I think it's often all of the above, but for this quilt, it's the design (and the purple). I'm unapologetic and obsessed.
Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday.