Sunday, August 7, 2011

Modular quilt top.......

I sewed the top together last night.  It reminds me of iron gates and manhole covers for some reason.  This quilt top is practice for another quilt I want to make.  I have made a lot of modular quilts in the past, most before the days of digital photos.  Quite a few of them were blue jean quilts and I taught a class about using modular units.
I have shown this one before, made in 2002.  I was in a workshop where we were to work on 2 at a time.  Unfortunately I didn't get a good photo of the other one before I sold it.  This is a variation of the modules using mostly strips.


I shot several photos of this butterfly and this is the best of them.  It just kept moving around too much.  What I didn't see until I got the photo onto the computer was the bee in flight just to the left of the flower.

29 comments:

Dolores said...

Very nice quilt! Love the texture and designs in the fabrics.

HollyM said...

I see arising sun and the forest. That's what is so nice about those fabrics. Very nice!
I would like to have some experience with a modular quilt. i like them, but have no idea how to go about it.

Frog Quilter said...

Awesome picture.

MB in MI said...

Your quilt is a stunner! Really great looking.

Judith said...

Yes I can see where your coming from with the manhole covers and iron gates as for the butterfly photo. These just won't keep still for long. I have tried to capture one and you have done a better job than me. As for the bee, well he didn't want to miss out. good shot.

Impera_Magna said...

Wow... that must be one popular flower! *lol*

The modular quilts are certainly intriguing...

karenfae said...

this gives me Ideas for the 1 yard of hand dyed that I won from Vicki W. I have not been able to figure out what to do with it as it is so pretty I hate to cut it up!! I like what you did with your hand dyes.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Tine said...

That quilttop is so gorgeous!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your quilt top is just amazing Wanda!

Sequana said...

"For some reason" is that it LOOKS like iron gates and manhole covers. *L* And it's quite beautiful. Vicki should be quite pleased with the use of her fabrics.

hetty said...

Beautiful quilt top. I see forests and growth rings on tree stumps. Wonder what that says about me. Aging? I love your bee photo!

Connie said...

Wonderful photo of the butterfly and the bee! I am not familiar with modular quilts either. Are they always supposed to be multiples of 3? Wanda, I think you need to do a tutorial on modular quilting for us. I like the one you made in 2002 also.

frebblebit said...

I've used the "modular" technique -- I think -- when making some quilt backs. I just never knew it had a name!

My backs have been getting better and better... and I've said that I really ought to turn one into a top in its own right. Maybe that's true!

Is there anything more to it than cutting out some pieces, arranging them on the design wall, cutting more pieces to fill in the spaces, then figuring out the best sequence to sew them together?

didi said...

that photo took my breath away!

Bonnie H said...

Beautiful quilt, Wanda!

Needled Mom said...

Those modular quilts are wonderful. Great colors too.

Sheila said...

This is the first time I have seen a modular quilt. Are there books or patterns for modular quilts? I have some hand died fabrics that I think would look nice using this design.

Sherry said...

Love looking at your posts. I think your butterfly is an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. I have them here visiting my zinnias in Ohio.

Sheila said...

Oops. I forgot to tell you that I like your quilt.

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

The top modular quilt reminds me of being in the woods and watching the light streaming through the trees. It is quite amazing!

Vicki W said...

I remember that border fabric, it was one of my all time favorites and you've made great use of it!

A Quilter Awakens said...

Love both the tops. I have never gotten a bug to hold still for a photograph!

Leslie said...

Both quilts are really beautiful. And that photo is fantastic - you couldn't possibly plan to capture a bee in flight!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Hope you post more on this style of quilt. Love the urban feel of it ...

Cathi said...

What a stunning quilt -- makes one just want to sit and look at it and drink in all the different colours. Beautiful!

Lynne said...

Ooo, that green inner border really sets it off! What an inspired choice!

Willa said...

Can you please define/explain the term "modular quilt"?

Sharon said...

Love the Modular quilt and your current read is one of the best books I've read. Loved it, and can't wait to see the movie. I rationed my reading time so the book would last longer!

Rebel said...

Oh wow! That's stunning!