Modern Quilt Group - Debs McGuire
Scandi Half Square Triangle Quilt.
This quilt layout was completely inspired by a Scandi style tray I saw on a home furnishings website. I had these Lotta Jansdotter fabrics but was uncomfortable about how to put the colours together. Adding the white helped, but the breakthrough was the addition of some other solids. I also found adding some quarter square triangles also helped to give the whole quilt more movement.
This quilt was so much fun to make. It's made completely from 2.5 inch strips and comes together chained pieced super quickly in a log cabin style construction. The colour scheme was muted as it is for my son who wanted grey/red and blue. I added some mustard and brown to give it more variation and a darker stormy blue to pick out the crosses which are made as the blocks intersect. It was long arm quilted by Jenny Otto with a pattern of stars and swirls for my son.
Negative Space Log Cabin
I do love log cabin and had always wanted to make a 'negative space' version. I used an Aneela Hooey pin's patterned fabric as my negative as it gives it lots of colourful interest in the less patterned area. I originally planned each 'cross' to be one colour but a muddle in counting the blocks meant that I had an uneven number of blocks which caused a happy variation where I allowed some other colours to sit within the grey crosses as an additional point of interest. This quilt was long arm quilted by Jenny Otto.
These little flying geese blocks were a lot of fun to make one autumn weekend at a PlainStitch Retreat. Cut, sew, press, trim, repeat! The fabrics are Denyse Schmidt, an inspirational Modern Quilter who uses traditional fabrics in modern ways - just my style. I love the simplicity of the repeated geese against a grey/blue solid fabric background. I varied the direction of the geese occasionally, just for interest and movement.
Heather Ross Blocks
I made this quilt for my littlest when she moved into her big bed. I had been collecting Heather Ross prints for several years, each little square includes a small picture mixed in with coordinating prints. I devised a jigsaw type block that could accommodate all different sized squares as some of the prints needed different sized pieces to fit the pictures. I separated the blocks by colour then sashed in a vintage off white Kona Snow fabric. It is hand quilted. The pillow was made as an applique panel, using the freezer paper method. I cut a small snip to remove the freezer paper then stuffed the circles to give the pillow front a 3d texture for my little girl to enjoy prodding!
Economy Variation Quilt
This quilt is a variation of a traditional economy block, but the middle square is actually iced from 3 strips of similar toning fabrics. I do like negative in my quilts but i prefer them to have texture and interest too. I don't like it to look too bare! I guess this quilt is quite a traditional modern quilt - the block and setting is traditional and the prints are also quite traditional but the colour palette makes it modern. I hand quilted circles within the middle of each block to break up all the angularity.
This quilt was designed to be a visual record of my stash at that time. I took one square from every fabric and scrap in my stash. I made hexagons using the freezer paper method then laid them all out before starting to sew to give me this colour rainbow. I wrote in pencil on the back of each hexagon to 'code' where they sat in the design, then English Paper Pieced them together. The border is Kona Snow, I copied the hexagon pattern into the border and continued my hand quilting out in to the border to give the impression that it was pieced, when it is in fact a single border.