Monday, September 19, 2011

My Free Spirit Challenge Quilt

As you may have seen lately, Free Spirit issued a challenge to Modern Quilt Guilds across the country with using a stack of Jay McCarroll Habitat fabrics.  I wasn't crazy about some of the fabrics when I saw them in the photo, but I decided to go for it and try something out of my comfort zone. 

Here's what I was able to come up with.
I used a template by Sue Pelland Designs to make the petals.  Each petal is 2.75" long.  I created a grid of squares using a disappearing marker on the Kona white and placed the petals on top of the grid. I tried several different patterns before settling on this one.  After I pieced this, I saw several other layout possibilities.  I'm definitely going to make more quilts using this template.

Once I heat set the petals onto the quilt I stitched down along the edge of each one to quilt it.  I really loved the way the machine quilting looks on the back.

For not really loving the fabrics, I actually love how this turned out, of course I only ended up using about half of the fabrics provided, but still, it was a challenge. 


  1. Fantastic! I, for one, LOVE these fabrics - they're very unique and fun! Great job!

  2. Bam! Another quilt done! Can't wait to see it in person. This is one of my favorite designs you've done.