Monday, February 17, 2014

Presenting - Antithesis

Inspiration has total disregard for deadlines. - Rachel Singh

This is for the Modern Quilt Guild's - Riley Blake Challenge. The fabric was distributed months back but I found the colors challenging to work with. I could not think of one thing to make till the day before the deadline.

I was looking through my Pinterest boards when I came across this pin. I had been meaning to try a wonky improv dresden block but never quite got around to it. Then suddenly it reminded me of the Riley Blake Challenge fabrics which IMO are very clashy and have no theme. 

I quickly put together some initial dresden leaves. Liked what I saw and kept going. I made one set of leaves using the bright colors then decided to make the next set using the darker ones. I threw in gray as the background. The two sets of leaves looked completely different from each other and I thought to myself what an 'Antithesis' - akin to a lot of things in my life these days. I had found a name for the quilt.

I ran with the theme and finished the quilt top. I noticed that the bright side was not wonky enough so added extensions with the orange fabric to make it more uneven.

I was not sure if I wanted to really put in an all nighter and complete the quilt. However it was a day off from work and after my morning tea I felt up for the challenge. I quilted 'Antithesis' in the same theme. Sombre straight lines 1/4" apart in the happy half and fun wavy lines 1/4" in the gloomy half. 

Finally bound it using this timely tip from Michelle over at Factotum of Arts. Her quilt is absolutely gorgeous.

After all this I think I made the deadline. If not - oh well, till inspiration strikes again.


  1. Did you link it up in the MQG page? It is brilliant!

  2. Omg Rachel - this is simply amazing. I hope to see it in the finalists circle!!

  3. A.m.a.z.i.n.g. You should be so proud! Can't wait to see this in person! Congrats. :)

    1. P.S. I completely agree about the fabrics... I saw them described as "disparate" today - so true.

  4. Oh my word, this is AMAZING!!! Love how how treated the dresden parts! Like an explosion!
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  5. Awesome use of the fabrics! Good luck!

  6. Beautifully done!! Congrats on finishing on time! You did an amazing job with the fabrics you had - I have a real problem with working with fabric that just doesn't 'speak' to me! Isn't it funny how inspiration hits?

  7. Antithesis has great movement and I love your inventiveness with it:)

  8. This looks so neat! I love what you did with the fabrics and I really like how you made the binding match the background of each half of the quilt.

  9. It is great. It's nice seeing something more original.

  10. omg this is just so incredible amazing, love it

  11. Oooh! This is SUPER awesome. Nice work!

  12. Congratulations on your wild success! I'm so happy for you. What an honor to make the Top Ten--and you deserve it. The quilt is terrific and I loved hearing about the process. Aren't you glad you finished it?

  13. Huge congrats on making it to the top 10. It is an amazing design and the quilting is just fantastic!

  14. What a great quilt! I love it. You just needed to wait until it spoke to you:) I see you made it to the top 10!!! Congrats.

  15. Congratulations on making the Riley Blake top 10!

  16. When inspiration did strike, it did you well. I can't believe that you could finish it so fast! But cheers that you did, especially since you made it to the top ten. I like the concept and the execution.

  17. I love how this turned out! One of my favorite Challenge pieces I have seen so far! :) You did a lovely job!

    Would love for you to stop by and link this up to Fabric Frenzy Friday!
    Fabric Frenzy Friday

  18. wow! I love the "cracked" illusion of the fabrics!

    I'm so glad you shared at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation


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