"Shades of Autumn" unquilted top Cindy Grisdela 2011

I’m halfway through! “Shades of Autumn” is Day 15 of my 30 quilt tops in March project. Aren’t these colors wonderful?! I’ve used this technique before, but I had a sudden inspiration as I was getting ready to sew the units together and added the curved interior borders. There’s a lot going on in this one, so I’ll probably keep the quilting fairly simple. Or maybe I’ll quilt in lots of curved motifs to soften the strong linear edges!

I might have to revisit this idea. Is the vertical curved line too strong? Maybe the curved borders should be on the outside? Lots of ideas to think about! I’d love to hear your feedback on this one.

If you’re new to the project, I challenged myself to create one art quilt a day for the month of March. Each piece is 16″x20,” uses only solid fabrics, and is entirely pieced by machine, not fused. I’ll choose the best of them, quilt them and mount them on stretcher bars, and show them in an exhibit later this year. I’m posting nearly every day on my progress, so check back often! My inspiration was fellow artist Jill Banks deciding in January to paint 100 faces in 100 days. Click on her name to see her progress as well.