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?

  • Hitch & Thread
    Posted at 13:32h, 16 October Reply

    This is gorgeous! This might be my new favourite or at least equal favourite with Ephemeral Elegance. I love your quilting voice, I'm still working on mine.

    I do a sew-inspiration post on my blog and this week I'd like to share how wonderful you and your quilts are. If there is any problem with this please contact me. Thankyou

  • Lynne
    Posted at 22:55h, 04 October Reply

    I haven't been quilting long enough to have found my voice yet. However, I love the representation of your voice!

  • sewkatiedid
    Posted at 13:07h, 04 October Reply

    Wow. Fantastic Quilt! Love the two tone colors. My voice keeps me up at night thinking about quilts.

  • Victoria
    Posted at 23:38h, 03 October Reply

    This is just wonderful! Love your design… especially the open space and how you made the largest circle out of a line of smaller circles. Terrific!

  • Lucinda
    Posted at 12:54h, 02 October Reply

    This is fantastic! I love the design and colors. You never fail to amaze me.

  • Cheryl Arkison
    Posted at 03:16h, 02 October Reply

    I'm still not sure I could have done this challenge, but you sure stepped up! This is fantastic! It does seem so much like you, from colour to design to quilting. Love the negative space.

  • Kritta22
    Posted at 02:43h, 02 October Reply

    I love this! Great job

  • Quilt Inspiration
    Posted at 13:48h, 01 October Reply

    Oh my, another beauty. This is fantastic. You have such a unique, modern aesthetic, which we love. ( Minimalism = Modern ! ) Congratulations on this beautiful piece.

  • Xandi
    Posted at 12:09h, 01 October Reply

    Beautiful!! I love simple, bold geometrics. What do you mean about burying your threads?

  • PT in SC
    Posted at 11:55h, 01 October Reply

    Wow! I love it. Maybe I will have to add a larger border to mine. I am also interested in your applique methods and how you start and stop your quilting when there is a direction change in the quilting. Great job on meeting your deadline.

  • MariQuilts
    Posted at 06:19h, 01 October Reply

    It's beautiful….I love it. You've definitely found your voice.

  • Heather Jones
    Posted at 01:05h, 01 October Reply

    It's gorgeous!! I really love your use of color. Congrats on getting it finished in time, and good luck to you!

  • Hollie
    Posted at 00:13h, 01 October Reply

    OOOh! I love this! It's gorgeous!

  • Marg
    Posted at 23:57h, 30 September Reply

    Wonderful design. You must be so very pleased with it. I love the way it has evolved from Raindrops.

  • bloomingpoppies
    Posted at 22:20h, 30 September Reply

    This is Fabulously Modern and totally amazing!! I love your use of the light and dark. Wow!! I love what your "voice" has to say…….

  • Alli
    Posted at 21:48h, 30 September Reply

    You have such a wonderful design aesthetic! 🙂

  • howtobejenna
    Posted at 21:20h, 30 September Reply

    Beautiful! I absolutely love it! How did you appliqué? Blanket stitch or needle-turn or other? Really stunning, Debbie! I could definitely see this as a contender for the win!

  • BaileyGirl5
    Posted at 20:40h, 30 September Reply

    Wow! I'm blown away by this quilt. I love the simplicity and the quilting. I think your voice is coming through clear and strong. Love it!

    I don't feel I have a voice yet, but hope to develop one slowly. I get a little more free and confident with each quilt but am nowhere near where I want to be.

  • Ethne
    Posted at 20:33h, 30 September Reply

    Lovely, really lovely – my quilting voice wonders how this would look with different quilting – you know something less regular – that's the beauty of quilting the same pattern could and sometimes does look so different with other colours, other fabrics and other quilting techniques – well done Debbie this is really minimalistic

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