When my oldest daughter mentioned she would love a quilt to hang on a particular wall in their new home, I jumped at the chance. The last quilt I made for her was for our little grandson, Jake. After I learned she wanted something contemporary, I went to Pinterest and created a board for her to peruse. This would be my first time to enter the scary world of contemporary quilts. I was a little worried. Me … piece a quilt with solid colored fabrics? That has never happened before.
Katie choose a quilt pattern on the Pinterest board called Midcentury from Vintage Modern Quilts Pattern Co. It was probably the most modern and geometric on the board. The quilt was designed for Bella Solids by Moda Fabrics. It was easy to go to their website, and for a reasonable fee, download the pattern. My engineering husband helped with downsizing the pattern from 63″ by 74″ to fit their wall.
As the pattern suggested, I used Kona cotton in White and Zen Gray and matched the color of the “window pane” center of the quilt with one of the pillows in Katie and Chad’s living room. I purchased several fat quarters, one solid and the others a pattern that read solid. Could I tempt my daughter to think outside-the-box? Of course Katie picked a true solid fabric for the center.
After the top was finished, I had the most fun collaborating with Kim Norton, the awesome long-arm lady of A Busy Bobbin. Laying the finished quilt top across one of her machines, Kim picked out a thread color and three quilting patterns she thought would complement the quilt top. I took photos of the three and let Katie choose her favorite design … Denise’s spirals.
Katie named her quilt Mid-Century Maze. It was the last quilt I finished in 2014!