Challenge Quilts, Finished Quilts

The Michael Miller Glitz Challenge Quilt

What a challenge this quilt turned out to be.

Michael Miller fabrics provided each quilter with 8 fat eights of their new metallic Glitz line.


My original concept had simple long sweeping curves hugging the Michael Miller Glitz fabric in near teardrop shapes.  A very clean concept, which was waylaid upon start.  I had a couple of lessons to learn on the way, and while I did, I had to improvise from my improvisation.  This is the final design that resulted:

Josi Heron - MM Glitz

All fabric used for this quilt was from the Michael Miller Glitz line or Michael Miller Couture solids.

I named the quilt Drifting, and described it in my QuiltCon entry as:

“Drifting” combines improve curves of varying scales to depict an abstract portrayal of leaves glimmering in a mountain stream, with snow and gold seams nearby.  The Glitz fabric is used in reverse on the leaves to provide depth, adding to the overall presentation of the quilt as flowing and free. 

Quilting it meshed my free motion quilting skills, and I truly enjoyed it:  White ghost leaves, a dense organic leaf FMQ, lines, zigzags, etc.



My favorite quilting was a technique which was accomplished by ballooning and shrinking the spacing of my lines at mostly regular distances, as seen here in grey.


To accomplish this, I put a pin where I wanted the center of each ballooned area to be and then worked around it.  I am very happy with the effect and plan to explore this technique more.


The back has this fabulous graduated dot fabric called Confetti from the Glitz line.  It reminds me of the definition of dispersion from high school chemistry, where matter will move from crowded areas to less crowded areas, like people spilling out of a crowded subway… or something like that:)


I decided to match threads with the colors on the front to prevent white from showing off any tension imbalances that I had.  Ideally, the back would be quilted in white, but once complete, I rather like the blue and dark grey quilting.

Quilt selection for QuiltCon will be announced on December 31st, so my fingers are crossed.


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  • Reply Anne December 10, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Nice job Josi. Your quilting is amazing. Love the ghost leaves. Missed you tonight at the BMQG party.

  • Reply tisha @ quiltytherapy December 11, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Wow! Your quilt is stunning. The description you provided for the ballooning technique made it sound really easy. I may need to look at that some more.

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