WIP Wednesday – MQG Challenge

MQG Michael Miller Challenge 1It’s time to get started on the Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller Challenge and after passing on a few designs, I settled on a parallelogram shape. I cut a bunch of shapes with an Accuquilt Go! die and started throwing them up on MQG Michael Miller Challengethe design wall. I decided that the larger prints did not appeal to me cut up, so I will use some of those pieces on the back of the quilt. What finally appealed to me was this chevron design. I know, it’s been done over and over. I’m a little late to the party. However, I wanted to try some “big stitch” quilting and I think the white negative space would be a good place to experiment with this. Now I need to finish cutting and start piecing.

Another WIP is my “Passing Through” quilt designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. At first I spray basted AND pinned the quilt using the method used by Leah Day. You know, I hate pins. Flower pins or safety pins, it doesn’t matter. It slows me down and they get in the way.

IMG_1131A few weeks ago I met Sandi Snow, recent first place winner for her modern quilt entry at the AQS Show in Paducah and she said she uses Micro Stitch to baste her quilts. I used a product like this years ago, but the tacks were much larger. Like the name says, these are micro – 4 mm.  Sandi says you can even sew over them. I’m going to give it a try, I’ll let you know how it goes. See the picture below, you can barely see the micro tacks.


I always like to recommend great products that I find, so here is another one. “Flatter” is a Best Press/Starch alternative made by SoakWash. It is the best product I have used for getting stubborn creases and wrinkles out of fabric. I usually use a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 7 parts water as recommended by Ebony Love, however while that is IMG_1147inexpensive and a great solution, I think this product performs better and smells a whole lot better.  If you can’t find at your local quilt shop, you can order it online. The Soak Wash Company is the same group that makes the nail polish to coordinate with your favorite designer fabric and a product to wash your quilts and delicates.

I am linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced. Everyone visit her blog and comment on the other WIP Wednesday blog posts. Have a great Wednesday.

10 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday – MQG Challenge

  1. Loving your chevron quilt. And actually, I thought the larger prints were cool in that form, so I look forward to seeing how the back turns out. Thanks for the heads-up about both the Micro Stitch and Flatter. Quick question: what stage in the process do you find yourself using Flatter? Before you cut fabric?

    1. I will probably just go baby quilt size on this. The colors just look like a baby quilt. It took me a long time to get inspired too. I can’t wait to get to the quilting stage so I can try the big stitches.

  2. So glad to see you getting a start on your challenge project. Love your design idea. I’m already thinking I probably won’t participate. Too many other things going on to attempt to meet the deadline. Hope the new tack gun meets up to your expectations, and it’s good to know about Flatter. I just today recommended Mary Ellen’s Best Press to students in my class. But my favorite starch is the homemade stuff from a recipe by Mark Lipinski (recipe on my blog). Enjoy sewing!

  3. I love the big rainbow chevron, too. It just makes my eyes happy! And the Passing Through quilt is really cool! I hate pins as much as you do. Ugh! I’m interested in the micro tacks. I have a long arm now, but I’m always looking for things to recommend to friends and guild mates who also hate to pin baste! 🙂

  4. Love seeing what everyone is coming up with for the Michael Miller challenge. The variety is amazing. And thanks for the tip on the starch… there’s not a lot of selection in starches in my neck of the woods. I’ve just started starching and it’s nice to have another opinion and product to try!

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