We want to send a hearty congratulations to Portlander and cool cottons regular Jill Collins for being one of three winners of the Modern Quilt Guild‘s second challenge. The challenge was monochromatic, and many people found it difficult to be inspired by the challenge. We think Jill’s quilt looks amazing, don’t you?
This quilt is called “Yellow Quilt”. I was inspired by a very bold, graphic photograph I came across of a tile pattern on the side of a building. I had been wanting to make a quilt for our brown and yellow family room, so I decided to take this image and translate it into a yellow quilt. This is a color that I have not worked with much and I wanted to really challenge myself. My process started with pulling the original photo into a CAD program and drafting a pattern for the quilt over the photo. I then took the drawing and ‘colored’ it with several different schemes in Illustrator until I came up with one I liked. With my color scheme in hand I ordered 10 different kona solids from the yellow palette. I didn’t end up using all of the solids, I really wanted to add some prints for a bit more of the fun, modern feeling that I was going for. It was really hard to find fabrics that gave me the feeling I wanted and were truly monochromatic. The solids range from the palest wheat-yellow to a deep ochre, and the prints are all yellow on yellow and simple dots. It was really fun and challenging to make a quilt with a limited palette like this, and it has given me a lot of confidence that I can step out of my comfort zone and come up with an end result that I am really proud of.
Jill also posted a very help process post so that you can get a better idea of her thinking. Please give Jill a big, big congratulations in the comments!