Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Modern Quilt Block Exchange

My quilt friends had a 'modern' quilt block exchange this past week. Well, I participated via mail but evidentally they had a grand time getting together, sharing blocks and chatting. Boy! am I jealous that I was way down south in Houston rather than up in Utah.

Kristin was kind enough to share some fabric (Heather Bailey and Anna Maria Horner) she had. Each of us had to use the inspiration fabric and come up with some modern blocks.

Let me tell you, I STRUGGLED with this one! I don't usually use such large scale fabrics and one person's definition of modern may differ from another's. The large scale fabrics made me even more worried about coming up with a design that would work as just one block in a sampler type quilt.

Anyway, I ended up making a few different blocks and then just sending them off hoping nobody hated me after the exchange.
I actually started with the snail's trail (below) type block. But I got tired of making those and started making the square in a square type ones above. Which do you like better? I think in the end. I like the snail's trail one.

Here is the picture Kristin posted on her blog showing all the blocks after the exchange. See what I mean about one person's definition of modern being different from anothers? There so much variety here! (By the way, my block is the first one on the second row here.)
This was a great challenge for my 31 year old brain. I don't have any idea what I'll do with these blocks but I really enjoyed participating just for the creative challenge. It forced me out of my comfort zone and got me thinking.