When the modern quilting movement gave birth (sew to speak hehehe) to the modern quilt guilds I was very excited. I had toyed with the idea of joining a quilting guild but was afraid of not fitting in. Since Philadelphia is only a couple hours away and a fairly large city I knew it was my best bet for a “local” chapter of the modern quilt guild. A couple months after the first guilds started around the US Philadelphia did join in. Unfortunately I was unable to make the first three meetings do to scheduling conflicts so the first event I attended wasn’t a meeting at all but a group trip to see the Phillies play. The game was cool and I picked up my charm pack of Moda’s Pure after signing up for the Project Pure challenge. Each person had a charm pack and 1/2 yard of a fabric of their choice to make a quilt top.
I have to say I’m not a big fan of most fabric lines put out by Moda and I had never used a charm pack before so I was already out of my element. Add to that the color scheme of Pure- light blue, tan, cream and dark brown and I was really feeling lost. None of these things are my style! I spent weeks trying to come up with something to do and finally the weekend before the meeting I just started cutting. I ended up cutting the squares into rectangles of various widths- 2 inches, 3 inches and 4 inches. Then I sorted the prints by the primary color- dark brown, light blue, tan, and cream and arranged those into rows. I laid the rows on the ground and kept playing around with them until I was reasonably happy with how it looked. The 1/2 yard of fabric wasn’t my ideal choice but an attempt to use fabric from my stash. The dark cream organic cotton was the best of my available choices.
As it is I think the top is too small to be of use as a blanket so I plan on adding a dark brown border to make it the size of a baby quilt.
For the record I had this completed in time for the guild meeting but wasn’t able to make it because something came up at work. Honestly I’m not really impressed with what I made and I felt completely outside of my comfort zone doing it. That said I’m quite impressed with some of the other ladies creations, I never would have thought of using orange or purple. You can see their work on the guild flickr page here.