Saturday, August 6, 2011

Habitat challenge

I belong to the newly formed Des Moines Modern Quilt Guild.  We've only had 3 meetings, but we formed just in time to participate in the Habitat challenge.  Our rules were as follows:  no more than 30 x 30 in size and only solids were allowed in addition to the Habitat fabrics.  We had the earth color story, thank goodness, because I really think the other color lines are ugly.  I love the aqua and orange that are the predominate colors.  We each got 6 of the prints and had to use all the ones we got.

As soon as I heard about the challenge I knew what I wanted to do.  I recently got Susan Beal's Modern Log Cabin book and I've been wanting to try the modern crosses quilt.  The first quilt I made with my mother was a log cabin and it's variations always appeal to me.

I chose kona aqua as my solid.  I got it from Marmalade fabrics and Tammy was nice enough to tell me which solid was an exact match.  I wanted the crosses to dissolve into the background.  I wouldn't say I was wholly successful, but the colors do work nicely together.  Some of the Habitat fabrics with the peachy pink background didn't have enough of the aqua to meld.  I wanted to use all the fabrics I got on the front, even though I could have fulfilled the requirements using them for the backing.

I give you Habitat Plus Aqua.
I can't decide if I want to add the buttons.  I think it needs the buttons.

I used all my leftover yardage on the back.  I bound it in aqua.


  1. cute! we're doing the same challenge in our guild with the same colorway. I have to disagree with you on the other 2 colorways though--I think they are all fab!

  2. I love it!!! I commented at flickr a minute ago, but we're doing the Habitat Challenge at my guild (PMQG) too, making blocks to do a communal quilt for charity. Yours is so inspiring. I am so happy you liked the pattern - I love your aqua background.