Case in point: The Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild's Twisted Sisters Quilt, a group derived inspiration quilt from the talented ladies in Colorado. The quilt is a modern take, of improvisational design with intent. The inspiration, an iconic game, Twister. We had 24 unique circles in a modern take on the red, green, blue and yellow twister game. The circles could be anything, as long as they: finished about 15.5", were created within the makers assigned colors, used solids for the circles and low volumes for the background. Outside of those few guidelines, anything goes. It was uplifting to see how excited everyone was and how outstanding and unique the circles are.
|DMMQG meeting showing all the pits and pieces before the top and back are pieced.|
At Susan Santisteven's house
Wendy made us a mini quilt, the twister spinner, with everyone's name and color circle represented. Like a mini quilt label of makers, but also the spinner for the Twister game. So we really did Twister with 2 quilts!
We then laid the circles out in the traditional twister grid of 4 x 6
|blocks laid out, light to dark before trimming and piecing|
|negative space back lit. You can "see" the low volume circles best this way|
|quilt top pieced|
|back pieced- label of makers to be added (shown floating on quilt back)|
The quilting is simple, curved, occasionally overlapping in a pale pearl glide thread. Wendy Bermingham, of Wendybzquilting kindly leant her long arm and her expertise to the quilting. Paired with Christine Perrigo of Contemporary Custom Quilting (who created the custom ghost circle and orchestrated the quilting around it), the two long arm experts made this quilt even more outstanding.
|Wendy making sure everything is as it should be before quilting commences|
|"Ghost" circle in Metallic thread in progress. Design by Christine Perrigo|
|Quilt from below, while the quilting is happening. The shadowing secondary to the long-arm's lights creates great visual overlapping of the top and the backing.|
(pieced by Chelsea Camalick and Wendy Birmingham), wouldn't shadow through onto the front. (I did help with making that decision and taking lots of photos!).
|This is the BACK!!!! The paper pieced DMMQG logo by Chelsea and the Lettering by Wendy. I suggested using the Modern Quilt Guild lettering for the M, the Q, and the G letters on the quilt. It looks awesome!!!!|
Title: "Denver Metro Modern Quilt Guild's Twisted Sisters Quilt"
90 x 80 inches
Inspired by the game of Twister
Circle Makers: Sheri Nichhols, Katie Rapp, Heather Feurgeson, Michelle Davis, Chelsea Camalick, Wendy Roth, Teri Ladtkow, Susan Santistevan, Charlayne Dunn, Shelby Skumanich, Andrea Berryhill, Teresa Barbagallo, Lauren Lang, Wendy Bermingham, Dena Mehling, Christine Perrigo, Anne Deister, Amy Wade, Carla Keahey, Marsha Loewenberg, Judy Sanclaria and me!
Quilt top piecing: Amy Wade, Wendy Bermingham, Christine Perrigo
Negative space makers: Wendy Bermingham, Christine Perrigo, me
Quilters: Wendy Bermingham, Christine Perrigo: long arm quilted with custom additions (ghost circle in metallic Superior Thread in silver) and adjustments, both to quilt top and Spinner board which has custom quilting as well. (Thank you Christine).
|Quilting in progress. The top was basted and floated.|
The back can be seen peeking over the quilt at the top.
Batting: yummy wool- the loft really makes the quilting a real stand out (not that it wasn't already, it's just more).
Mini Twister Board: Designed and Pieced: all Wendy Bermingham. (I tried to help but kept making more work for Wendy so I stopped). Custom quilting design: Christine Perrigo.