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