In completing the registration form, I was asked if I wanted to participate in the fabric challenge. I did not hesitate marking that box with a YES!
I am happy to show you my Michael Miller Fabric Challenge for Sewtopia Atlanta, Peak of Perfection. I am guessing that Sewtopia was named after Utopia and according to Webster, it a place of perfection. The pattern I used is called Pike's Peak by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. So I combined the two and decided on the name, Peak of Perfection. And I know my piecing and quilting are anything but perfect.
|Peak of Perfection by Paige Alexander|
(Pattern: Pike's Peak by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Midst Designs)
I received 6 fat quarters and the main print was Color Play in blue by Laura Gunn. Here it is photographed with 3 Cotton Couture solids, Opal, Lemon and Turquoise.
|Michael Miller Color Play with Cotton Couture in Opal, Lemon and Turquoise|
|Michael Miller's Painter's Canvas n Coral and Blue|
Pike's Peak made its debut in Issue #2 of Make Modern, an Australian digital magazine, and included 2 colors, a lime green and hot pink, both paired with black along with a background of white. The pattern includes 2 sizes, 50" x 50", Cheryl's version pictured here, and a smaller wall version measuring 25" x 25" which is what I made.
|Pike's Peak by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs|
(photograph used with permission)
The piecing went fairly quick but when it came to the quilting, I ended up ripping out several seams. One time I started ripping out a line of quilting where I was not satisfied with the spacing and started ripping out the wrong quilting line. So I then removed two entire lines because it was right in the center and did not want the repaired stitching line to show. I quilted mine similar to how Cheryl quilted Pike's Peak. In this blog post you can see the detail of her beautiful quilting and her quilt hanging at QuiltCon 2015.
Here you can see more of the piecing and quilting detail along with the two color binding. I chose to change the binding color in each quadrant. With just 2 fat quarters, I managed to make 32 half square triangles and piece the binding which included several extra seams due to the color changes.
|Peak of Perfection by Paige Alexander, detail|
A close up of the binding color change is below.
|Peak of Perfection binding detail|
- Finished size: 25" x 25"
- Pattern: Pike's Peak by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs
- Binding: 1/4" straight binding from 2" strips sewn down by hand
- Fabrics: Painter's Canvas in Blue and Coral by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics and Cotton Couture in Bright White
- Batting: 100% Cotton Warm & White by the Warm Company
- Thread: Aurifil 2024 White for piecing and quilting