Lucky, the Improv Quilt

Recently, The Modern Quilt Guild had a fabric challenge using Michael Miller fabrics. “Lucky” is the quilt that I entered in the challenge.

LuckyModernStitchStudioFront2

I let the fabric sit for a long time…until the week of the deadline. I finally decided to take the plunge and enjoy the process. I used the tradition of quilting and abstract expressionism as inspiration to create an improvisational piece with a contemporary aesthetic while exploring how it affects my identity and my journey.

Lucky Quilt scraps

Lucky in process2

Why, yes, that is my design wall on the floor. When working improv, for me, it is sometimes easier that way.

I used various Petal Pinwheels prints and a mixture of cotton couture solids including white and soft white. I love the subtle quality these two whites add to a quilt when paired together. A bit of hot pink was added (one of my favorite colors) along with shades of orange, aqua and gray to compliment the challenge fabrics.

For the quilting, there was no predetermined plan. I went with what felt “right” while quilting.

Lucky Quilt Close up

I used larger scale pieces for the back of the quilt.

Lucky Back of quilt2

I should add that I basically did not eat much and ignored put many things on the back-burner while making the quilt so it could be completed on time. Ever get like that? So focused on something there is nothing else you could possibly do until it was completed? Yep, guilty. But, I enjoyed every minute of creating this quilt!

Lucky modernstitch quilt

I plan on entering “Lucky” into the quilt show at QuiltCon. Should I enter it for exhibition only or to be judged? What do you think?

“Lucky” measures 47” x 58”. I named it “Lucky” because I was lucky enough to finish it in the nick of time to enter it into the challenge. No, actually, I named it “Lucky” because I feel that I am lucky to have discovered quilting as a means of my artistic expression and also to be part of this awesome quilting community. xo

– Daniela

6 thoughts on “Lucky, the Improv Quilt

  1. Melissa Q.

    Oh, I love this quilt so much! It’s so fun to see your very defined style play out in different quilts. I love that you used two different whites, it’s such a subtle but cool look. Enter it!!

    Reply
  2. Diane

    I love your quilt and I believe you should enter it into the show and have it judged. All judges feedback is worthwhile and helpful and I think you will learn a lot from the process. You might even be surprised and win a ribbon!

    Reply

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