Friday, June 27, 2014

Water Lily for the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge - a finish Friday


Michael Miller Challenge Quilt
Quilter in the Closet: "Water Lily" for Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge Quilt 
It's finished!  Hooray for that!  This challenge quilt sure was a challenge.  I've never only worked with Fat Eighths before, never made this block before the challenge (though I did make a practice one for this challenge), and I quilted the whole thing while coughing and sneezing - no easy task.  Don't you just love summer colds?  But it is done, and I am pleased with how it turned out.

Here's a bit closer look at it:

Michael Miller Challenge quilt close up
Quilter in the Closet: free motion quilting the Michael Miller challenge quilt.

And for those of you who like a pic of a backside (not that kind of backside, mind you!).

back of challenge quilt
Quilter in the Closet: the backside (of the quilt, not my backside)

The piecing of the small Dahlia block was pretty challenging, and when it came time to quilt it, I didn't really want to cover up the block with any special quilting.  So, I just stitched it in the ditch.  Later I added some really small pebbling to the outer edge of the block so the flower shape would stand out a little more.  I also quilted a ghost block in the negative space, and my favorite Seafoam filler in the spaces between.  I think it makes the quilt look a little like a water lily floating on a pond during a gentle rain.

What do you think?


Thanks for reading today,

Jen


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31 comments:

  1. This is absolutely stunning! The block, the quilting, everything! Very, very nice finish!

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  2. Hi!!!! Wow!!!! It is beautiful and the quilting is wonderful!!!!! I love all of it!!!!!

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  3. FABULOUS!!!!!!! Love the quilt and the quilting.

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  4. I love it! I love the dahlia, love the quilting, and love that shade of blue!

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  5. I love it! It's beautiful, I love the seafoam-y blue solid you used. The whole thing is gorgeous, more staring required! Is drawing out the ghost block quilting lines hard to do?

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  6. This is wonderful! I love the color choices and the quilting is amazing. Congrats!

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  7. THIS IS GORGEOUS!!! I really, really love the colors, the center fabric for your very-pretty dahlia block, the ghost block quilted in, the background fillers. . . Nice job, Jen :D

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  8. Wow. That is absolutely beautiful. I'm speechless.

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  9. omg how did you piece that?! looks amazing

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  10. The quilting on this is fabulous.

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  11. Stunning. I love everything about it, especially the quilting. The idea of putting a ghost lily there is inspired xx

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  12. fab! your quilting is really stunning.

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  13. On my way out to teach but couldn't go without telling you how gorgeous your quilt is, love the offset design echo in your quilting too, really quite stunning Jen - Chris :D

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  14. Gorgeous! Love the quilting! Love! The back is a work of art all on it's own.

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  15. Beautiful, clever, balanced, amazing. Your quilting is fabulous, love it! Way to quilt!

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  16. Your quilt is amazing!!! I agree 100% with Esther before me!! Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! I love the colours too!!

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  17. !!! Is there anything not to love? It is amazing!! The best challenge quilt I've seen by far. The negative space and the quilting really set it apart and totally make it for me.

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  18. Wowza!
    You may have to change your name there, Newbie ;-)

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  19. oh Jen this is a simply stunning quilt - it will get my vote ! and I agree with Heidi - I don't think you're a newbie anymore !!

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  20. Absolutely amazing piecing and quilting! I agree with Leanne - no way are you a newbie any longer!

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  21. Jen that is amazing! Your quilting is stunning - and the ghost echo is inspired! You have no idea how often I stop and admire my very own "Jen original" xxx

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  22. What do I think? It is fabulous. Truly! I'm stunned and in awe.

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  23. Love how you quilted it! Great quilt!

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  24. One of the most stunning quilts I have seen in a long time.

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  25. This is so gorgeous I can't even tell you how much! I made the dahlia block for a challenge a while back and it was a learning experience. I loved it though and finished the pointy edges as is for a small fun wallhanging. This is just so beautiful it makes me want to make it again and try all that quilting. Love this so much!

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  26. This turned out so beautifully - love the quilting....

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