Project Modern

Have you seen the contest going on over at the Modern Quilt Guild website?  They are calling it Project Modern (button in my sidebar) and there will be four contests over the next year.  It was announced on September 1, so I am a little slow at blogging about it!

My first thought was “Great!  I’m in!”  Then they announced that the first contest is to design a quilt from an inspiration photo.  Hmmm, I don’t usually work this way…..  I do take inspiration photos, but I rarely use them to directly inspire a quilt.  They are more like visual background information.

So, I started looking through my photo files and came across a series from several years ago.  The photos reminded me that I had, in fact, sketched out a quilt design inspired by this series of photos.  The drawing in my sketchbook is dated 8/24/08!  I was thrilled to see this design again.  I had loved the idea when I drew it.  It was just one of those projects I never got around to and had semi-forgotten.  Now, I am excited to have a chance to bring it to life!

I am a little unsure of whether it will make a good quilt for this contest.  My original idea was for a fairly small quilt.  Project Modern quilts must be at least 45″ x 45″.  I’m not sure it will work this big, but I think I will go ahead and make the quilt.  Then, I’ll decide if it works-first, as a quilt, and then, for the contest.  If not, at least I will have explored an idea that has been floating around in my head for a couple of years.

The quilt pictured with this post is called “Seaside” (approx 36″ x 45″) and has absolutely nothing to do with Project Modern but I don’t like to post without a picture so I dug this one up.  I don’t think I have posted about it before.  I started this quilt about two years ago in a workshop on luminosity with Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of FunQuilts.  I LOVE their work and they have a new book coming out this fall called “Quilts Made Modern.”  It will definitely be on my Christmas list!

Have you ever made a quilt for a contest?

  • Rebekah
    Posted at 13:52h, 29 September Reply

    What a gorgeous quilt! I love the pops of yellow in it. I'm so jealous that you've taken a class with the FunQuilts people!

  • ArtGirl
    Posted at 04:30h, 28 September Reply

    i like your explanation of your process. plus i just read your post about those colorful bees knees blocks and thought it was SO FUNNY that you had designed those blocks and even had the designs to show for it. made me smile.

  • Lynn
    Posted at 01:55h, 28 September Reply

    I have been thinking of doing this challenge too. Like you, this is not the way I tend to work. I have a picture and some fabrics chosen but I can't quite get the design worked out. I am having a hard time with the representation without it being realistic.

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