Back in summer, QDAD announced we had the opportunity for a display in QuiltCon in February of 2017. Members would create designs from a common spark image and palette and then make their designs into quilts. I think it’s fairly common among the members that we do a lot more designs than we do actual quilts. So this was a good challenge and motivation.
Immediately my eyes were drawn to the angles in the white and black buildings of the spark image taken by Michelle Wilke.
Now let me just say that I don’t always think about construction until after I’m finished with the design. So when I sat down to think about how I was going to create this, I kind of balked. I started by figuring out the proportion of the top half to the bottom (hence the name 60/40). Then did my quilt math for width and length. Finally, taking stock of my available tools to figure out the angles. I used Jaybirds Hex N More template. Once I figured out how I was going to cut the angles, I did the top all in one weekend, so I didn’t forget how to do it.
And I still wanted to do my original design. So that’s what I did for the back – using my scraps to create color blocks.
I tend to have my boys help me out with photographing the quilt. Most times I get really frustrated, trying to get them to hold it straight and hide their faces, arms and feet. But then I get photos like this and it makes me laugh.
A great challenge and #QDADtoReality