Over this past summer, I jumped at the chance to sign up for the 2017 Michael Miller Fabric Challenge for QuiltCon2017. Michael Miller provided limited quantities of Luxe fabric challenge bundles that included one print and one solid (each measuring 18"x36"). Colors and combinations were randomly distributed, so you had to wait to see which fabrics you received before planning. I was pretty excited to get both the midnight tumbling blocks print and matching midnight solid. While we were welcome to use as many of the Luxe collection fabrics in our designs, we were limited to add only one coordinating solid (backing and binding could be any Michael Miller print or solid).
I wanted to create a modern mandala design but wasn't 100% confident in my construction plan, so I opted to play it safe and do a mock up using fabrics from my stash. After completing the "Hot Pink Prototype," I made a few notes to fine-tune the design/process and was now ready to dive into the challenge bundle. For my coordinating solid selection, I decided to go bold and purchased two yards of Michael Miller's Cotton Couture in Lime.
This project was at the top of my list for our guild's Fall In-Town Retreat. I quietly began working on my modern mandala as my fellow guild members watched with curiosity. As my mandala started to bloom and grow, they became more and more interested in its progress. As I neared the finish line, I started to run very low on the challenge fabrics, and worried that I would not have enough to complete my mandala design. I was very careful and thankfully managed to have just enough fabric (with just an inch or two remaining!!)
Towards the end of Day 2, my mandala design was completely pieced and assembled, resulting in an exploding star. The tumbling blocks print adds such sparkle to this starry design!!
|Modern Mandala Quilt Top|
|Detail of Quilting|
I opted to purchase more of the tumbling blocks print to use in the binding. I found a modern zig zag print in white and navy blue for my quilt back.
"Star light, star bright,
The first star I see tonight;
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight."
And now I will have to wait a few weeks to see if my wish comes true: for my modern mandala to get juried into QuiltCon East!
|"Lime Light, Star Bright" finishes 31" x 31"|