This year for the Modern Quilt Guild Challenge, we were provided with 3/4 yard of Riley Blake’s Sashing Stash in black and white, and told that we could use any Riley Blake solids to coordinate with them. I had lots of scraps lying around, leftover from making the new samples for our Mini Modern Quilt Pattern Bundle, that were dying to be used for this. Black isn’t a color that we use very often, so I felt like I was stretching my usual creative process a bit. (That’s a good thing!) I just started piecing scraps, without taking much time to plan what I was going to do.
Sometimes, we want to have everything all planned out before we start, which can keep us from ever starting at all! Piecing as I went was much more relaxing than trying to fit everything perfectly together from the start. I love this about the modern quilting movement– nothing has to line up perfectly, which allows quilts to grow in a more organic way.
I had a lot of fun experimenting with the quilting on this little mini. For the borders and corners, I did straight-line quilting with both the walking foot and free motion with my Bernina Stitch Regulator (BSR). I like how straight the lines are with the walking foot, but using the free motion foot eliminates a lot of stopping and turning. With a little more practice, I think I can get pretty straight lines (in small sections) with the BSR. For longer stretches, the walking foot is definitely the way to go.
For the scrappy flying geese in the quilt center, I did free motion quilting in all kinds of patterns, pretty much whatever I could think of as I was going along. Some of them definitely turned out better than others, but it was a great quilting exercise, and I think it adds a lot more interest. My favorites are the leaves, pebbles, and the one that I did like a snow-capped mountain.
The borders ended up with a fun Art Deco vibe, which I wasn’t planning, but I love how it turned out. I used the half-square triangle strips from the Sashing Stash fabric for the binding, which didn’t work perfectly, but I think it adds to the overall look, tying in the black and white a little more. Overall, this was a very fun skill-building project. Since I did a mini quilt, it only took a couple of days to complete. We love using a smaller project to try out a new technique or style, because it’s all of the fun without a huge time commitment!