The Michael Miller Challenge Quilt contest was announced by the Modern Quilt Guild in the spring. If you were a member and signed up, you could participate. I had never done anything like this before but I took the plunge. I had vowed to do more challenges this year, bring it on!
When the fabrics arrived I liked them and decided to go ahead with it. I was not and am not looking to win, it was just something new I had never done before in quilting. They were pretty different and we only got a fat eighth of each one. You could add any other Michael Miller fabric and any solid you wanted to use.
It didn't seem big enough but as I am a Spanish and French teacher, it did remind me of the chart for conjugating verbs.
When you conjugate a verb, you change it.
How about if I changed other things, like the block size?
I also was running out of the orange in the center so I thought I would "conjugate" that as well.
I had made 5 twelve inch blocks. I then made 6 six inch blocks, 12 three inch blocks, added a grey border and flipped it.
Now I had some scraps of the challenge fabrics and another Michael Miller green animal print fabric I had ordered.
Now we were getting somewhere. Just where I wasn't quite sure.
I knew I had to get it all done by sometime in June and then magically, the date changed to July 25. Phew, I could make that deadline.
I loaded it on my trusty Gladys and decided I could "conjugate" the quilting as well.
I did a Crazy Eight pattern that got bigger and then smaller when it covered a third of each big block row.
You can hopefully see the details of the quilting here.
Then I decided I wanted to put the binding on by hand.
This would slow things down but I will still make my deadline.
I finished the binding last night but we only completed five episodes. I need a another hand sewing project.
I uploaded the pictures to the Michael Miller challenge Quilt website and saw the other entries. Let's just say I am not going to win.
And my pictures really looked bad, not nearly as cool as the quilt is.
So this morning I took some artsy type shots.
I haven't decided if I am going to keep this quilt or give it to Zara. If I keep it, I need to make her something else.
Oh boy, another project!
Even knowing that I won't win, I am still glad I did this challenge, it sparked my creative spirit.
And being creative? That makes me sew happy!
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I wrote about this quilt previously and admitted to breaking a quilt rule. You can read that post here.