This is a tale of two seemingly unconnected quilts. The 2013 challenge at my local quilt guild, Common Threads, was to create a quilt using only solid color fabrics. So I pulled from my stash and purchased as many colors as I could, whacked at them freely, and sewed them into cheerfully wonky log cabin blocks. Then my friend Grace needed a piece of equipment I no longer use, so I asked her to swap by quilting it on her new long arm machine. Ha Ha! "Solid Attempt" was ready for the challenge two weeks early. Then I reread the rules....it was supposed to be finished entirely by me. Crikey!
So back to the cutting table. Along with thousands of other quilters, I am very attracted to the new "Modern Quilting" aesthetic. I like the clean minimalist design approach. "Leaf Pods" is my own composition, and I won Best Large Art Quilt in the challenge competition. ("Solid Attempt" was demoted to the Show and Tell portion of the meeting, but it didn't seem to mind.)