When I first saw the quilt made by pattern designer Distant Pickles, I thought hers was amazing, but I really had no inclination to make one myself. But in the end, I decided to sew along with the Mod Pop QAL.
I chose seven Kona solids - Berry, Crocus, Hibiscus, Lupine, Petunia, Thistle, Violet, plus another Violet of unknown origin. The chain fabric is Northcott Colorworks' Pearl, a very light gray and still one of my very favorite neutrals. Templates were available, and cutting my curves out with a very small rotary cutter worked just fine. And then came the dreaded piecing.
Despite help from a variety of sources, I did struggle with it, and let it dawdle on much too long. Finally, though, the blocks were done, and from there the piecing was quick and easy. So the next big decision was the quilting, and though a challenge for me and my inexperience with free-motion shows now and then, it was hugely satisfying, being the largest quilt I had ever free-motion quilted (all the purples). In person you can see better that the purple thread I used was variegated. In the gray chains, I stitched with my walking foot echoing the curves with a solid gray thread, marking that center line with my hera before stitching.
A solid light purple binding finished it off, and we took it out for a very fun photo shoot. And I confess, I was pretty proud and pleased, yes even relieved, to have conquered the Mod Pop!
My previous entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival:
HST Love, 5/17/13
The Stars of Summer, 10/26/12
Mango Revisited, 10/28/11