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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Modern Sunset

June's challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors was to come up with something "Modern".  Hmmm...not really my style, but it's good to be flexible and keep an open mind.  Ultimately, I quite enjoyed the exercise.
The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Our guidelines used phrases such as "minimalist", with bold, high-contrast colours, and expansive negative space. Looking through my fabric stash, the available colours reminded me of a sunset.  I chose "Milkshake" from the "Foundations" line for the background, and added cantaloupe, grape,hazelnut, and daffodil from the Basics, orange and red from the Stashbuilder rolls, yellow and lavender from Morning Sunshine, as well as a dark grey belonging to the Paisley Dot collection. As soon as I began building the strata, I had an epiphany.
What could be more "minimalist" than the sunset being contained within the sun itself?! So the strata became a circle.
The quilting was kept to a minimum: straight lines quilted with the walking foot, 1/2" apart. The lines are quilted vertically through half of the quilt, and horizontally for the remainder.
I used Aurifil thread 40 weight in 2021 Natural White, and Hobbs Thermore batting. To maintain the clean look, I "faced" the outer edges of the quilt instead of using binding.  That technique is explained in an earlier post.
I like to photograph my quilts in interesting places and decided that the best way to view a sunset was on the beach, so I set off for the closest water. The park at Tidnish Dock is a provincial heritage site, as the remains of Henry Ketchum's ill-fated Ship Railway may be seen there.


The wind made it nearly impossible to hang onto the quilt, so the pictures had to be taken further back from the water, in a sheltered spot.  This shot is just to prove I tried :)


18 comments:

  1. Hoping that comment notification in Blogger has been fixed, but if you don't get a reply from me...just know I appreciate your comments! :)

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  2. Love it! You'd never know it wasn't "your style."

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  3. Wow! I love your quilt. It looks beautiful by the water. I really like the way you quilted some of the lines vertically and some of them horizontally, too.

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  4. Wow, Karen......you have interpreted "modern" really well, even if you say it's not your usual thing!

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    1. It is so not my thing...and I really appreciate your wonderful comment. Thank you, Jennifer. :)

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  5. Karen , you did a fantastic job of creating a modern quilt , I love it ! As always you have risen to the challenge and succeeded with a show stopper .

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    1. Thank you, Sheila. Don't think I am ready to join the MMQG just yet *-)

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  6. Karen, once again you’ve totally amazed me with your creative talent! This challenge was beautifully executed! Nice photo shoot, too!

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    1. Appreciate your words, Karen. It was SO windy in Tidnish - lots of outtakes from the shoot. All part of the fun :)

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  7. You knocked it out of the park with this one. It is so gorgeous.

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