My Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

I finally finished my MQG Challenge quilt this week, just inside the deadline.  This is the first of these fabric challenges I have done it was fun to challenge myself to use the fabrics given with only some solids in a supporting role.   The fabrics I started with were:

mmfabricchallengegraphicAfter a month of umming and ahhing I finally settled on a plan… log cabins.  A classic block that I approached in a completely different way (for me anyway).

stain glass topAs soon as I started cutting the fabulous challenge fabric into 1 inch strips I saw the patterns and the colours so differently.  With the help of a couple of yards of Couture Cotton in Soft White and smattering of Couture in Breeze, Sun, Apple, Dirt, Spa and Fog the 7 inch log cabins came together.

Miichael Miller challenge quilt copyI placed the colour strips randomly around the log cabin., and was not afraid to chop up a log into different colors.

quilt detailI managed to use every scrap of fabric I could.

quilting detailThe wonderful flower print in particular was great fun to work with, as every piece was so different.

Michael miller challenge quilt detail 2For the back of the quilt I “borrowed” some of a friends extra fabric, as well as some of the scraps left over from my top…

quilt backFor the quilting I went with straight lines in a plaid formation, dictated by the log cabins.  I used a cream thread and stitched right down the middle of the logs and I love the result.

quilting patternThe finishing touch was to add some white binding.  I played with other colours but the white was the least intrusive binding.  There is a small splash of blue amongst the white binding, but you have to really search for it!

binding detail I must admit it was a challenge for me to work with this much white.  I am not particularly neat and if you add to that a black cat and a clumsy husband and you have a recipe for disaster.  Luckily I managed to get it photographed before it got too dirty… about 5 second after the photos were taken it got its first splotch of dirt thanks to the cat!  So the quilt is heading to the washing machine now…

Quilt details:
Name: Chopped petals
Pattern:  7 inch log cabin block
Technique: Paper piecing
Finished size: 42 x 42
Fabric: Michael Miller Petal Pinwheels & Couture cotton

53 thoughts on “My Michael Miller Challenge Quilt

  1. I really like your final results. With me, 2 little boys, 2 cats and a man, no way I could do a whole quilt and keeping the white clean till the end. Cats always put their paws on my quilt when I am photographing them, leaving stain, wrinkles… About yuour quilting lines, did you follow a guide (painting tape) or just the lines on the quilt ?

  2. Now I think that this is a really smashingly great quilt!! I love the way that cutting up the fabric changed the way the colors play together. Nice to see a log cabin turned modern! Thanks for finishing and thanks for sharing. I’m going to miss your posts while you are traveling. You help me feel alive. Thanks.
    Mary Helen in OR

  3. It’s a real departure for you, and I absolutely love it! I sympathise about the difficulty in keeping it clean – we’re both total klutzes and if coffee can be spilt, it will be spilt. I love the back view before the sandwich too, like ‘blond’ stained glass!

  4. What a fantastic quilt for this challenge. I love the way cutting the fabric up into tiny pieces gave the line a completely different feel in your quilt. I agree with you and Renee – confetti is a great description. 🙂

  5. It looks amazing, with all the straightline quilting (I would’ve gone crazy), and the log cabins with little bits mixed in to make it all look completely different. So complex and beautiful.

  6. Wow! Cath I love what you did with the challenge fabric! Very clean and modern! I’m quilting mine this weekend. 🙂 Thinking I’ll post next Wednesday. You have a great weekend, I know Portland’s beautiful this time of year! We lived there a few years back, miss it especially in the summer time.

  7. Okay, this is fabulous! Really love the way the fabric pieces look so different in the log cabin blocks. It take a good eye to make out the individual blocks. Those little pieces play with the eye and add to the fun. Just really thankful that I didn’t commit to seven inch log cabin blocks!

  8. I love the splash of blue in the binding. Confetti is a perfect description for the quilt! I also really appreciate your quilt details included in each post, and I think I need to start including a similar bit for my finished projects. I always seem to give the gift before measuring!

  9. I love the quilt! What a cool way to reinvent log cabins!
    If you think a splotch of dirt form the cat is bad, you wouldn’t want to see what the cat puked up on all of my window seat cushions this week. I have been washing lots of cushions – covers and inserts.

  10. GORGEOUS! I can appreciate what a ton of work this was, but what a great end result. I would be honored to hang it on a wall in my home. I made something similar last year and I love it.

  11. Congratulations, Cath! I just saw that you are one of the nine finalists! I absolutely love, love, love your quilt!!
    Our guild, Lake Superior MQG, also has one of the nine finalists- our president, Deb Westerberg, created, Retro Rings! It’s so exciting!
    I vote for the both of you to win it all! I’m so impressed by your talents!

  12. Congrats on being a finalist in the challenge.,your quilt really caught my eye. Thanks for sharing and good luck! Mary in Boston

  13. I love your quilt. If you don´t mind I´ll “steal” the idea from you, as I have lots of scrap that I don´t have the heart to throw away and this is just the perfect way to use them.

  14. Simply Marvelous! Have always loved the diversified looks of log cabins variations. Yours has set a new standard. I think I will join Mimi and tackle one myself.

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