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 }

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 }

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 }

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


  1. martine kuciel

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

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  3. Josée @ The Charming Needle

    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

    Thank you!

  5. CitricSugar

    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.

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  7. Valerie

    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

    thank you Valerie!!

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