Re-purposing Challenge Fabric

Last year the Modern Quilt Guild did a fabric challenge using Michael Miller fabric.  If you follow me you will have seen a few quilts with this fabric in it, including my own Challenge entry.  When our Guild handed out the fabric to its members we said that if anyone was so inclined they could use their Challenge scraps to make some blocks for the charity program.    This is one of the resulting quilts…

Michael Miller sampler

This beautiful quilt was pieced and quilted by the wonderful Cris Pera, who is this years Guild Programs Co-ordinator.

Michael Miller quilt detail 2

Cris took the Michael Miller Challenge blocks and made this darling sampler quilt… using white sashing to bring the blocks together.

Michael Miller quilt block

The blocks are all so different and there is so much amazing piecing in each block…

Michael Miller quilt detail

But I love how they all come together to make a lovely coherent quilt because they are all using the same fabric line.  There should be at least one more of these quilts finished up by the end of the year…fingers crossed!

Modern Sampler Quilt

Today I wanted to share with you another one of the beautiful quilts members of my Quilt Guild made for our charity program.

modern sampler quilt

This amazing Modern Sampler quilt was pieced using blocks that members of the Guild made a couple of years ago as part of our BOM program.  One of our members, Michelle took a bag of blocks and whipped up this amazing top… using fun strips of solid colours to make the different sized blocks work.

quilt detail

I love the colour way… that purple and aqua in particular make me very happy.

quilt detail 2

Another of our fabulous members, Colleen Barnhardt of The Quilted Thistle then took the top and wove her magic all over it.  Colleen has only been quilting on a long arm for under a year which is so hard to believe because she is so AMAZING!

quilting detail 4

She quilted the most fabulous array of patterns over the different blocks…

quilting detail

The quilting adds so much to this quilt…. and my photos do not do it justice…

quilting detail 3

And all around the border of the quilt, Colleen added a geometric pattern in variegated cotton that just adds the most perfect border and bought the quilt together.

edge quilt detail

Yesterday I dropped off this quilt, and 11 others (including Wonky Trees) to Camp Erin, a local camp for kids who dealing with the death of someone close to them.   I am so proud that our Guild does such great work for such good causes.

It took awhile…

but I finally got to meet in person the quilt that the Portland Modern Quilt Guild did as part of our Michael Miller Neon challenge. I had heard rumors about the quilt and seen a small photo of it on the Michael Miller site but that was it, until last week.

My interest in this quilt is purely selfish… you see my challenge block had ended up on the quilt.   Earlier in the year I took the lovely pack of Neon fabric, chose a paper piecing pattern and made this beauty…

Michael Miller Neon paper pieced star block

The various blocks were all collected up at our MQG meeting and it was not till many many months later I saw that they had been turned into this…

Neon challenge quilt

So modern.  So bright.  So fun.

neon challenge star

Yep my star had joined a number of other beautiful blocks, including my friend Lisa’s gorgeous improv block to become this quilt.

neon challenge quilt detail

I really love how all the random blocks are made to work with this unique layout.  Amber Wilson, a PMQG member did an amazing job piecing the top and Nancy Stoval’s quilting is just perfect, as always.

neon challenge quilt quilting

This quilt has been traveling a bit.  It was featured at the Michael Miller booth at Quilt Market in May and then was shown at the Sisters Outdoor show in summer.

Neon challenge quilt ribon

I am so very proud of my little block and it’ place on this beautiful quilt.

ps.  Please excuse the photos… I had to grab photos when I could but I had to share…I just had to.