100 Days – Week of Participation – Featured Quilt 1

The first quilt featured this week is by Nicole Bontemps and this is the quilt she made for the LAMQG’s Habitat Challenge.

Nicole was nice enough to answer a couple of questions for us.

What do you like best about a quilt challenge?
It’s fun to know that a whole group of us are working on a common project –  I was really looking forward to seeing what everyone else did. We were given the Habitat fabric, which I’d wanted to buy anyway, so I was thrilled!  What’s not to love about that? Challenges are an opportunity to work on a project you might not otherwise have taken on.

What do you think makes this quilt modern?
First of all the fabric. Jay McCarroll’s Habitat line is the most innovative quilting fabric I have ever seen. Traditional patterns done using it become modern. I actually got my inspiration for the front design from the pixilated flower print. Then, I decided to replicate the random angled lines from other prints in my quilting. I think the palette of solids I chose to pair Habitat with are also modern. Finally, I think it’s the freedom of expression. Approaching quilting more like collage or painting.  Not being restricted by rules and patterns. I thought about Gees Bend and abstract painting as I worked on this piece.

Tell us more about yourself as a quilter.
I am relatively new to quilting. The quilts of Gees Bend sparked my interest in quilting some years ago.  Before that, the idea of quilting was not appealing to me. I didn’t get started quilting until 2009, though, shortly after my second daughter was born. A group of us quilt curious mom’s started meeting together to try it out. We’d pick a square, work on it independently and meet again over wine and share. Eventually, I had a sampler. It was through that tiny group that I first heard of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild, which was brand new at the time. Last year I joined the Bee Happy Bee, which has been a fantastic experience! Like the guild challenges, it fosters a creative community and pushes me to experiment. I really love improv quilting and I’m so happy that I finally dove in and did it.  I’m not blogging, but I can be found on flickr .

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