by Matt Macomber, Vice President of Programs
This year’s quilt was inspired by a line doodle where lines of varying thicknesses were arranged in block-like shapes with the lines overlapping at different angles. A limited range of colors was selected from this year’s charity quilt color palette, using light gray as the background and three colors of cross weave cotton for the piecing and bias tape applique.
Guild members pieced together strip sets at our annual guild holiday party that were then assembled into sections and overlaid with bias tape of different widths. The quilting was kept to a simple straight line design that echoed the piecing and bias tape to keep the focus of the quilt’s minimalist design and on the shapes and depth created by the blocks of overlapping lines.
Something learned from the making of this quit is that bias tape isn’t just for binding or making curved patterns, it can create really interesting minimalist designs, relatively easily, when combined with pieced strip sets or other shapes. Glue basting with a fine applicator tip makes bias tape applique done by machine really easy and enjoyable. 2” bias tape is really fun to make and work with… ½” bias tape is not as much fun to make and work with.
The secondary pattern of diamond shapes created by the overlapping lines made a surprising amount of variation in the design.
A favorite part of working on this quilt was working with the cross weave fabrics, the colors selected are very much Seattle MQG colors. The depth and variation the fabrics gave to the quilt when combined with the plainer gray background helped to emphasize the minimalist design and really helped to make the design pop.
The charity our quilt will be given to has not been decided yet and will be decided by our giving committee when it returns to Seattle from it travels.