100 Days – Week of Composition – Featured Quilt 3

Today, Jessica Toye shares her Plum Kebab quilt which is another example of how a set of simple charm squares can transform into an interesting, unique composition.

Plum Kebab by Jessica Toye

Tell us about your quilt.

“This quilt was created for the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild’s Robert Kaufman No Prints Allowed Challenge and the composition of this quilt evolved throughout its creation. I had an overall vision in mind while designing. As it came closer to completion, I was reminded of kebob skewers.”

What do you consider when composing a quilt?
“One of my major focuses in this quilt was to create movement. I wanted the colors of the charm squares to flow into one another and accomplished this by leaving them in the order they came packaged in. I tried to create a rhythm by breaking the colors within the charm squares and carrying the color into the next block. The grey “skewers” were meant to interrupt the flow and define ribbons of movement. Special attention was given to the balance of static and dynamic aspects of the design.”

Plum Kebab in progress

Tell us about yourself and your quilty history.

“My mother taught me the basics of sewing at a very young age. I became interested in quilting around the time I was in 4th grade. My quilting adventures went dormant until I started college when I began sewing fairly traditional quilts for friends I knew who were starting to have babies. Somewhere along the line I started to transition from following traditional patterns into creating my own designs and a more contemporary aesthetic. My interest in modern quilting progressed when I discovered blogging and the online quilting community. I am a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild and am constantly amazed by the fresh ideas the other members of the guild bring to quilting.”

Jessica shares herself, her family and her designs on her blog, Sewbots Lab.  Be sure to check her out!

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