The challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors for the month of May was to make a modern quilt of any size. The Modern Quilt Guild states “Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work. “Modern traditionalism” or the updating of classic quilt designs is also often seen in modern quilting.”
When I need inspiration I often turn to Pinterest. I keep a secret board on Pinterest where I store the posts that may inspire me for future quilting projects. The image above is an image that I saved a couple years ago and I’ve always looked at it not knowing anything about the origin of the image. Once I decided that this pattern would be the inspiration for my modern quilt challenge this month I did some googling to see if I could determine what this was.
It turns out this image is a small portion of a tile wall located at the Brasilia TV Tower in Brazil. The TV Tower is the 3rd tallest structure in Brazil at 224 m in height. The tile wall was designed by Brazilian painter and sculptor Athos Bulcão. This tile wall is just one of many that Mr. Bulcão created throughout Brasilia. You can see more of his work at this Google Arts & Culture slideshow.
Whenever I thought about how I was going to make this quilt happen I envisioned this blue Island Batik Fabric with a white solid, because that is how the tile wall that inspired this project was put together. But when I put them together I felt like the white fabric did nothing to showcase the blue Island Batik fabric. So I decided to go with a black solid. I was instantly pleased.
I really feel the choice of the black solid was the right thing for this project. As far as the quilting goes, I did lots of straight line quilting in different directions, horizontal, vertical and diagonal and there’s is overlap in some areas. I also used black 50 wt thread from Aurifil.
I actually think this is a really versatile concept for a quilt. The blocks I made are 6 1/2″ square. But, you could make them any size you want depending on how many blocks you would like to fit into your quilt.