Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Finished! "Quilt with Attitude"

I finished my MQG challenge quilt and showed it off at last night's VMQG meeting!  Here it is, "Quilt with Attitude":

"Quilt with Attitude" was inspired by all of the lively, fun-loving, and ever-imaginative people at the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild, especially the delightful, smart, and artistically adventurous Amy.  In addition to making quilts in the "modern quilt" mode, she produces thought-provoking fiber art that explores fundamental questions about gender, sexuality, body image, and identity.  She also has a wonderfully candid and vivacious in-your-face attitude that manages to be no-nonsense, opinionated, hilarious, warm-hearted, and generous all at the same time.  Amy's descriptions of her projects during show and tell frequently crack me up completely, and when she talks about her modern quilts, her discussion of the creative process almost inevitably includes her signature technique: "And then I quilted the crap out of it."  I've always thought that should be the motto for our guild, as I've indicated on the reverse side of my quilt:

The quilt doesn't really bow in the way it seems to in the photos--the telephoto lens that I use produces the distortions around the edges.  The corners are actually squared off pretty well, and the quilt hangs straight, thanks to the overnight blocking that I did before binding it yesterday.  I'm going to have to try and take better photos (i.e., not zoom in so closely to avoid the distortion, and then crop) before posting on the challenge thread in the MQG community forum.  Click the link if you want to check out all of the challenge quilts!

Technically, "Quilt with Attitude" isn't a work in progress anymore, so this week's WIP is my studio:

Now that the challenge quilt is finished, I can try cleaning up my wreck of a sewing room!  I never finished last summer's Studio Makeover series, because I got stuck waiting weeks and weeks for shelving to arrive.  By the time it finally came in, the day job had kicked into high gear, and I didn't install the shelving until November.  I will try to get this disaster zone clean and camera ready for next week!  In the meantime, check out the studio tours over on Sew Canadian.

Freshly Pieced is on vacation until August, so for now, I'm just linking to WIP Wednesday on The Needle and Thread Network.  I'll also post on some of the Friday finish sites in a couple of days, and do a retro post on Freshly Pieced once Lee is back in action.  Cheers!

7/25: Now linked up to Finish it up Friday on Crazy Mom Quilts, Link-A-Finish Friday on Richard and Tanya Quilts, and Off the Wall Friday at Creations...Quilts, Art....Whatever.  Happy sewing!


  1. I was at the VMQG meeting last night when Jessica showed her quilt, so I can attest to the fact that it really is square.

    Jessica, I love the 'slogan' for VMQG and your description of our delightful Amy is spot on.

  2. LOL, what a riot! Great job on the quilt, and good luck in the challenge!

  3. Very sassy! :) And so true about many of my own quilts! So much fun to see what everyone is making with their Michael Miller Challenge fabrics!

  4. Great quilt! Love your letters and your quilting.

  5. truly a great quilt, and it is definitely the attitude that I've adopted!

  6. too much fun, love the colors you chose

  7. What attitude!
    If you clean your studio before I clean mine, then good on you! Mine's been a wreck for months. LeeAnna not afraid of color

  8. Congrats on the fantastic finish! I am envious of you having a guild, and such a great one at that, and I think I'd qualify for membership if quilting the crap out of it is the sole membership criteria.

  9. Jessica, This is a great quilt.