Michael Miller Quilts–Modern Quilts

Well, I decided that I liked the fractured disappearing 9 Patch approach so much that I made the quilt TWICE!!

In July 2014, I finished my Michael Miller Challenge Quilt sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild and uploaded it before the deadline closed!!  Yeah ME!  If you are a member of MQG, you can check out the many, many challenge quilts and other projects on the website.  Wonderful and inspiring to see what so many talented sewists can do with the same fabric.

The challenge fabrics  are in a style and (some) colors that I would not normally choose to work with BUT I’m so glad I decided to do it.  I really enjoyed the process and the fabrics are quite lovely to work with.  My approach is a technique I call Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch.  I created several large (15 inch) 9 patch blocks.  Each original block had a mix of prints from the challenge collection.  Here are some of the blocks I played with as I was auditioning the fabric.  Some were used in the first quilt and others went into the 2nd version.

Challenge quilt original blocks

And, here is version #1 quilted by me.  I did a lot of very improvisational straight line quilting in a neutral grey thread.  The quilting was fun because I deliberately wanted it to be very free form.  On th eleft, I did mostly parallel vertical lines with an occasional diagonal.  On the right side, I used more angled lines.  It’s my version of free motion straight line quilting.  Done on my Janome with a walking foot.

Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch #1

Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch #1

Then…..I liked the process so much I decided to make a 2nd version.  And, I wanted to continue to work with this color palette.  It is NOT my normal palette….but I found it quite soothing!   I used the same approach–making 9 patch blocks and then cutting, sewing and re-cuttting.  The second version was quilted by Rose Ryan, my dear friend and longarmer.


Michael Miller Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch #2

Michael Miller Fractured Disappearing 9 Patch 32

I’ve entered this into the Amy’s Creative Side Bloggers Quilt Festival: Modern Quilts.  Go HERE to check it out and vote for your favorite modern quilt!  I may turn these into a pattern.  Stay tuned…..


Thanks for Visiting and Happy Modern Quilting!!


2 Responses to Michael Miller Quilts–Modern Quilts

  1. hilary florence November 1, 2014 at 9:34 am #

    Very interesting concept and what a great idea to carry the ‘fracture’ idea through to the quilting!

  2. carla bynum November 3, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi!!!! Awesome!!!!! I love the quilting too!!!!

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