blogger’s quilt festival spring 2013

I recently found out about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Spring 2013 via my friend and fellow Triangle Modern Quilt Guild member Valerie from between quilts! I actually ended up volunteering with Amy at QuiltCon at the registration booth – she’s such an awesome lady and I’m very excited to participate in this years festival.

I’m entering the throw quilt category with my Urban Patch quilt. It’s 57″ x 69″ and I have it placed over the lower part of the bed in the photo, but it’s much too small to be considered a true quilt for the bed. It does match the room really well so it stays in there most of the time.

{ urban patch }
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designed, pieced and quilted by Melissa Herboth

This quilt came to be from our own local guild challenge and I was excited about trying something new or should I say old. I decided to take some inspiration from Denyse Schmidt’s latest book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration and use the ocean waves block, or a version of it at least. The result? A throw quilt I love more than I thought I could.

The idea behind the challenge was to create something that represented the word city. I didn’t want to do a literal translation as I’ve lived in many different types of cities. Small, large, medium they all have one common theme – they have a history, a start. That beginning is usually framed by traditions and I wanted that to be the foundation for this project as well. Beginning with the traditional ocean block I used 4 blocks to create a city square – or an urban patch.

{ detail & backing }
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The fabrics chosen were vibrant and geometric – perfect in my eyes for an urban setting and the red backing spoke to me – I loved the leaf shape of the pattern from the Chicopee line. It was organic when everything on the other side was geometric. True opposites. There is also a leftover block on the back, reminds me of the more rural areas surrounded by wide open space.

And one last photo, it’s one of my favorites.

{ city living }
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That’s our cat, Jackson, enjoying some city living. He always seems to find the freshly washed quilt around here to lay on.

129 Comments

  1. martine kuciel
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    joli réalisation très moderne et la large bordure lui donne toute son originalité ,je suis sure qu’il plairait à mes fils

  2. melissa
    05/22/2013

    Merci!

  3. Josée @ The Charming Needle
    05/23/2013

    Your quilt is just amazing. I think you did quite well at your challenge. We just have a similar challenge at our guild and this is a great inspiration. I love your fabric choices, the color, the layout and you quilting. Congratulations!

  4. melissa
    05/23/2013

    Thank you!

  5. CitricSugar
    05/23/2013

    This is gorgeous, and so satisfying, visually. It meets my needs for old-world skills and my modern art sensibility at the same time. Love it.

  6. melissa
    05/23/2013

    thanks!

  7. Valerie
    05/27/2013

    Hi friend! I loved this when you shared it at guild, and I love it now, hearing some more details. It looks perfect in your room!

  8. melissa
    05/27/2013

    thank you Valerie!!

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