This quilt started out as my entry for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake fabric challenge, adhering to the following rules:
- Make something fantastic that is quilted.
- Make something you've never done before.
- Challenge yourself to learn something new.
- Use only Riley Blake Cottage Garden fabrics and coordinating Riley Blake basics and solids.
The guild provided me with a small amount of 6 fabrics from the chosen line, and I had every intention to stick to the rules. But then I got started and ran out of fabric and well, I got impatient. I ordered more Cottage Garden fabric for the quilt backing, but I also incorporated some non-Riley Blake fabrics, effectively disqualifying my quilt from the challenge competition. And I'm totally okay with that because I'm happy with the design I used and the rogue fabrics I added to the mix.
The design is based on the Pink Ponk quilt from the March/April 2015 issue of Quilty Magazine. I resized the template to accommodate the smaller cuts of fabric I received for the challenge. The new-to-me skill that I used on this quilt is machine applique using a small zigzag stitch. I used freezer paper to press the rounded edges before stitching each half circle in place on its rectangle background piece. For the quilting, I first stitched the modified star design in the space between each circle shape, and then I created that same star shape within each circle, using curves to connect the midpoints. The resulting design resembles an orange peel pattern. The finished size is 39 x 41 inches.