Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival :: Yay or Nay [Modern Quilts]

The name for my first entry in this year's Blogger's Quilt Festival came about after I posted on Instagram, asking what folks though of a design decision. Thus .... "Yay or Nay."

It was a bit of a rocky road with this one. I questioned myself at every turn, all the while knowing exactly where I wanted to go with it. It's crazy, really, how much the fear of not creating something good enough (good enough for what?) trips us up sometimes and complicates the process. Thankfully, Karen Lewis' words in a guild podcast came at just the right moment. "Don't be afraid of getting it wrong." Of course. How could I have forgotten?

So I forged ahead, took risks, and ended up with an improvisational design that spoke to me, quite possibly more in what it represented than what it actually became.

Creating right from the design wall is often a mixed bag of freedom and frustration, and it certainly was in this case, but I find it the most fun. When it came time for quilting, I used Aurifil 50wt #2600 (light gray) and quilted a very dense organic grid, dense meaning 1/4" to 1/2" between lines. Eight bobbins for a 48" square dense. Yeah, great texture.

Thanks to Amy/Amy's Creative Side for hosting the festival once again. It's always inspiring to peruse all the entries! And to those visiting A Quilter's Table for the first time, welcome! You can also find me on Instagram @aquilterstable, and if you'd like to subscribe to my newsletter, The Scrap Basket, just leave your email in the pop-up box, or in the comments. Thanks everyone for stopping by!

Quilt stats:
Finished size48" x 48"
Pattern: my own
Fabric: The Denim Studio by Art GalleryFabrics paired with Kaufman Kona Cotton Solid in Silver
Thread: Aurifil 50wt - #2600 (light gray)
Quilted by: myself, using a walking foot 
Category: Modern Quilts

My previous entries in the Blogger's Quilt Festival:
Room Temp, 5/20/15
Keychain, 5/19/15
Red Hots, 10/27/14
Unlocked, 5/16/14
HST Love, 5/17/13
Hopscotch, 5/19/12
Mango Revisited, 10/28/11
Supernova, 5/13/11


  1. You definitely did NOT get it wrong.

  2. The minimal c0lour scheme and concept are brilliant. It's a beauty. Good luck with your entry.

  3. This is a beautiful quilt! I love the colours!!

  4. I've loved watching your modern style develop Debbie! This one is a triumph and a credit to your perseverance and vision!

  5. I am so glad we got to revisit this quilt because of the festival. I love the photography with the door; the pop of lime is a fun accent.

  6. I don´t know why you had doubts, the quilt looks very nice in all its stages and I think you found the perfect spot for the photo next to the door.

  7. I love it! Improv can be hard sometimes, but sticking to it was a great thing.

  8. Always a 'Yay' for me! One never knows where improv will take you...this ended in the exact right place!

  9. I really like it!! Love it, actually!

  10. This one is one of my favorites so it is a big Yay for me. Great choice for the festival!

  11. Love it ~ even thou green is my favourite colour the lines, crosses & dashes really appeal to me.

  12. This is such a great quilt! I especially like the darker scrappy borders on the left and top sides. Great finish!

  13. This is such a great quilt! I especially like the darker scrappy borders on the left and top sides. Great finish!

  14. If I were a modern quilter, I would want to be like you. I love what you do; it's so inspiring. Who knows, maybe I'll jump the fence some day! :-)

  15. You got it right - experiment and see what happens? A great quilt!

  16. So glad you entered this is so lovely!