Saturday, May 17, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Slopeside




Welcome to my contribution to the Spring 2014 Blogger's Quilt Festival! Thanks, Amy, for putting this all together again!

Here is the quilt I've named Slopeside. This quilt is special to me. I immediately loved the graphic simplicity as soon as I sketched it. I've never seen anything like it. It is totally doable without any templates or special rulers, despite the fact that it uses an odd angle.



It is also my submission for the Colorful Colorado Modern Quilt Challenge, organized by my friend Melissa through the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild. All of the quilts submitted will be shown at a show in Berthoud, CO this June. The only requirements for the challenge were that we had to use a recognizable piece of 4 solids we were given, the smallest side could be no smaller than 40'' and the theme was Colorful Colorado. To me, it honors our lively and eclectic state and all Coloradoans' connection to our beautiful mountains. I can't wait to see how all my fellow Colorado modern quilters interpret that theme, too.


So many gems hidden in this fabric, including some miners and the Sleeper House!

The back also uses some crazy, kitschy Colorado toile fabric from a 2010 shop hop. I picked it up at the time knowing that some day I would use it on a quilt back and this was the perfect place to use it. I love the way all the neutrals and print fabrics on the back contrasts the front. I used an oops block from the front to be my label.



The quilting is new to me but I definitely see myself doing more of it. I wanted something that had curves to soften up all the angled edges in the piecing, but something that still had structure and regularity. My first idea was baptist fans and I think that would have looked awesome, but I've never done them and they felt too daunting for the limited time I had left to complete this. I snooped around on Pinterest until I saw some clamshells and realized that would be perfect too. I ended up elongating them and that works really well for two reasons: 1. it complements the elongated block and 2. it makes it go more quickly. Win, win!

15 comments :

Gayle Bong said...

my favorite so far. Good luck

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love this quilt and I love visiting Colorado Rocky Mountains!

Lisa E said...

Beautiful quilt. And I'm happy to read that you'll be releasing a pattern soon.

Kymberly said...

What a lovely quilt. Very stunning use of colors.

CitricSugar said...

Very cool! Love the contrast of the very modern front with the old-timey toile on the back.

Dianne Neale said...

I like this simple, uncluttered look. Well done!

sewfrench.com said...

Hmmm... I was just about ready to mark up Baptist Fans and now I see this. Such cool quilting. Perfect for this quilt. Love it!

Anne said...

Very nice quilt for the challenge. I'm visiting from the festival and see you're another Colorado quilter. I hope to have my quilt done in time for the Colorful Colorado challenge too. I belong to the Boulder guild.

Candace said...

What a beautiful and unusual looking pattern. That first photo against the strong, blue sky is really something. You are a very good photographer to have captured that. Good luck with your challenge.

Millie said...

Love this quilt, love the graphic quality of it, and I think your choice of backing is a lot of fun.

canuckquilter said...

Lovely design and fun back!

Charlotte said...

such a beautifully simple and yet complex design!

Cheryl said...

Very fun quilt, I love the quilting design

Marti Dyer-Allison said...

So excited to vote for your quilt in the Bloggers Quilt Festival! Good luck!

Carrie Wikander said...

Simple but neat use of solids - like it a lot!