30 Sep My voice
“Curried Plums” is my entry into the Project Modern “Find Your Own Voice” challenge. I wrote that my voice is “…about minimalism, clean lines, bold shapes and
limited color palettes. It is about
fabric and thread and batting.”
Some of you may recognize this design as a variation of my “Raindrops” pattern with a lot of “border”. I was playing around on the computer, thinking about the Project Modern monochromatic challenge (#2) when I set that quilt into a large field (Project Modern quilts need to be 45″ x 45″). I didn’t pursue the idea for that challenge, but decided to follow the idea for this one.
Even though I designed “Raindrops” a while ago (2008!) setting it in the larger quilt really shows the evolution of my design voice. Back then, I never would have imagined adding so much negative space to a quilt. I love how doing that also let me complete the circles that went off the edge of the original quilt. Another bonus to revising this design was that I love to hand applique and love the idea of hand appliqueing modern quilts.
For the quilting, I went with my standby straight lines. The lines inside the small applique part of the quilt are horizontal and the lines on the larger border area are at about a 30 degree angle. It is hard to see in the small picture, but each of the circles use a different plum colored fabric. The background under the applique is a Lonni Rossi fabric and the large border area is Kona Curry.
I still have a few threads to bury on the back but I’m glad to have met the challenge well before the midnight PST deadline!
Do you have a quilting voice?