Monday, August 24, 2020

Note to Self

When the MQG announced the MQG Modern Classics challenge a while back, I went perusing through the collection of Quilt of the Month patterns and was reminded about Karen/CapitolaQuilter's "Note to Self" from October 2016. Here is the note that accompanies the pattern: "Things don’t have to be complicated to be interesting. One simple block takes on a different look depending on color placement and those shapes immediately surrounding it. Add in one solid square and one pieced block and the impact is quite significant."

I figured 'why not?' and decided then and there to make my own version and promptly ordered Bella Solids in Violet, Petunia, and Mustard. There IS a specified palette for the Modern Classics challenge, though this quilt only needed 3 of the 7 suggested.

The quilt top was a quick sew, though then I unfortunately let it sit for several months. But suddenly last week I was ready to face it, made a pieced quilt back, and then mulled over quilting designs. My first thought - in fact even months ago when the piecing was done - was a tumbler shape, much like I had done with my Modular quilt last year. But then when it was time, I doubted myself, and considered all sorts of other options. I kept coming back to the tumblers though and a variation on that theme finally won out. Echoing some of the quilt's shapes, I settled on a 'tumbler' that was 12" tall, 3/4" at one end, and 3" at the other. It's not my norm, but I hera-marked all of the quilting lines, using a fabric template I'd cut. Not ideal, but it worked just fine, and I was quilting in no time, using Aurifil 50wt #2520 [Violet] thread, which I thought was a perfect choice. It was subtle enough to let the design show through, but just 'fit' the palette well.

I decided to bind very similarly to how Karen had bound her original - with two colors, and matching fabrics at the most major sections.

So, Note to Self finished at 48" square, and as was my plan, I'll be entering it in the special MQG Modern Classics exhibit for QuiltCon Together 2021. Wish me luck!

See more of the MQG Modern Classics here!


  1. The tumbling block shape for the quilting turned out great to my eye. Good luck with your entry!

  2. Lovely vibrant colors in your 'Note to Self'! I think your quilting choice fits it perfect as does the backing.
    It's a classic.

  3. Wow, it looks amazing! isn't it funny, I would never have picked those colours to work with, but seeing your colour combo makes me think I should get out of my comfort zone and try creating with different colour combos.
    Good luck with your entry!

  4. What a great quilt, Deb! LOVE how you matched the binding to the major sections of the quilt. I haven't mastered that technique and when I try it, my sections end up just a little bit off.