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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Madrona Road Challenge Quilt: Patching the Road to Madrona

This is my entry for the Madrona Road Challenge.  

The Madrona Road story fragments are about travel: journeys of the body and spirit.  OK.  There is also some fantastic nonsensical imagery as well but my first impression was of travel.  My quilt had to be a journey.  Everyone knows that journeys are seldom smooth.  Sometimes silly goats stand guard and robots abound.  Besides, it is winter around here and that means freezing and thawing.  Which means potholes.  And that means patching crews.  Thus the title for this quilt. 

(You were worried I was going to go all philosophical on you weren't you.  Can't go there with this fabric.)

Members of Modern Quilt Guilds all over the country  were provided 7 fat eighths of Madrona Road Fabric (Violet Craft) by Michael Miller. We had just under 2 months to complete a quilted project using these fabrics.  We were only allowed to add solid colors. 

I chose to use white to bring out the colors in the fabric.  You can see some of the story fabrics here.

It is funny that the fabric I liked the least while piecing (it is the black with the yellow flowers visible in this photo) turned out to be my favorite once it was quilted. 

The details.  This quilt is 27 x 42 inches.  It is made with Michael Miller's Madrona Road prints and white quilters cotton.  The batting is cotton.  It is machine pieced and machine quilted.  The binding is hand stitched. 

You can see all of the entries in the challenge by going to the Flickr page here


  1. Wow. I am thoroughly impressed. Really interesting take on pot hole patching.

  2. You have been a quilting machine lately! This is another beauty. I think your use of white is perfect. It really makes the awesome prints pop.

  3. Ok,...interesting challenge story! But more interesting is your quilt design. I like it, I like it!

  4. I really love this quilt. The negative space and the rounded corners are great.