Atomic Sunflower

This started as an experiment with some leftover fabric, then sort of wandered off into an art quilt for the International Quilt Museum’s “Modern Meets Modern” challenge.

The fabrics are scraps of Michael Miller Cotton Couture left from another project. I saved them as a group because I particularly like the color combination. I started cutting the wedges freehand while working on a Cindy Grisdela-inspired project. When I decided to make them into a circle, I found a large platter in my kitchen and traced it because the rim was irregular. I then used reverse applique to set the circle in its background.

My friend Chela helped with input regarding the center design.

When I saw the Modern Meets Modern Challenge, I thought this piece would be a good fit, so I finished it up after Christmas, just in time to submit it. You can see the contest and the entries here.

Mine was not judged a winner, but here’s the good news: I agree the winners are better.

In looking at the entries, it’s clear that the better designs go all the way to the edge of the quilt, while mine is isolated in the middle. I’ve noticed this element of design several times over many years. In good modern designs, the design extends to the edge, often with the implication that it goes past the edge. But this time I got so wrapped up in what I was doing that I didn’t think “outside the circle”. 😀

As Nelson Mandela said, “I never lose. I either win or learn.” So, on to the next quilt!

13 thoughts on “Atomic Sunflower

  1. Like the concept a lot. Wondering how you kep the inner part of the circle wedges from forming a ‘bubble’….Thinking if it was a problem the alternating direction of the wedges helped with that?
    CS

  2. Liked seeing your quilt’s journey from entry to acceptance to ‘judging results’ and by extrapolation: learning from the experience regardless of the ‘judging results’.
    I especially like the irregular circle’s circumference.

  3. It was sure a great effort! I love the colors, as can see why you kept the scraps together from the previous project. I like that the design appears round, but also wonky. You did well with this one, and can be very proud of yourself!

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