I had my first quilt in a quilt show! It was my guild’s quilt show this past May and this was the quilt which I named Cool Kisses on a Warm Day because of the cool blue “kiss” squares on the warm red background.
The quilt itself was the result of a workshop on color theory with Anna Maria Horner that I took when my guild hosted her. During the class we were given six or seven fat quarters in a specific color family and split into groups so that there was one person with each color family in a group. Through a series of coordinated swaps with the other people in our groups we ended up with a new set of fat quarters and these were mine. It was fun as everyone’s set was different and it was interesting to see the same but different results since we all took the same steps. To be honest, these are colors I never would pick for myself (and still wouldn’t, even after this quilt). But I told myself it was a challenge to see if I could come up with a quilt using them and I did! The quilt design is my own. I was trying to keep it modern while also sticking with constraints of just using the fabrics in my set and showcasing the color theory aspects. I feel I accomplished that.
I even stuck with it for the binding, using leftovers from the insides of the outline squares and some of the longer extra strips.
I did have to buy backing fabric and used some grunge which picked up the different shades of orange and red nicely. I quilted it using angular orange peels from Jacquie Gering’s book WALK on the suggestion of one of my guild mates after bringing it to a “how do I quilt this” session during our virtual retreat. I really like how it fits in the outline squares, but then the design continues through the rest of the quilt and really ties in with the modern flavor. I liked the design so much I used it on a recent baby quilt as well.
Also, on the back you can see the sleeve I made for hanging which was necessary for the quilt show. I hand stitched that on with large stitches so it could be easily removed (and maybe used again!).
I’ve gifted this quilt to someone special who really appreciates the modern art aspect of it. ??