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MQG Fabric Challenge

Posted on: June 13th, 2014 by Lorna McMahon

On Wednesday I mentioned I was working on my design for the Michael Miller fabric challenge going on at the MQG.  We are working with the new Petal Pinwheels collection.

Every participant in the challenge has been sent one fat eighth of these five prints and one solid.  Now a fat eighth isn’t much, but it is enough to make you fall in love…

At first I was stumped.

I was thinking of making a quilted tote bag.  I am just not a bag lady.

Luckily,  I happened upon some Michael Miller solids in the LQS while visiting my parents.  There was no plan yet, so I purchased a half yard of these four solids and a whole yard of the Chevy Chevron print.  I thought the chevron would look great for the largest section of the backing.

The chevron print inspired me to go with a chevron theme.  And from there it morphed in my mind and the chevron was formed using equilateral triangles.  I began designing on a grid paper, but quickly moved to using EQ7.  Please disregard that one blank triangle in every diagram.  My EQ7 has a hiccup!


Being as there are only so many triangles you can get out of a fat eighth, my first design concentrated the challenge prints in a single scrappy chevron running through the middle.  But this did not appeal to me.  The orange (Coral) solid triangles stand out too much.  And I think this palette using the pink makes it look too much like an Easter egg.  Not that I have anything against Easter eggs…. But….


So I took out the pink and instead used the Graphite.  This second design really appealed to me,  but I did not have enough of that dark grey solid to work with.  So I modified the design.


Knowing how many triangles I could get from each of the fat eighths and from each of the half yard cuts, I formulated this third design.  And was very pleased with it.

But in the cutting and arranging on the design wall process I messed up one of the triangle pieces, so I had to ditch the bottom row.  Painful though it was…

I began cutting and piecing the top on Wednesday afternoon and had all the pieces paired up by quitting time.  Thursday enabled me to complete the top, do some gardening, get the dishes done AND make dinner.   That Coral pyramid certainly does demand attention and inspired the name Quilt Like an Egyptian.  This top is my Friday finish!

Quilt Like an Egyptian by Lorna McMahon of Sew Fresh Quilts

Now I am wondering if I even want to use the Chevy Chevron for the backing at all.  I don’t want the pink.  I would like to use the Graphite for binding, but haven’t any left.  I may just be making another visit to my parents and stopping back in at that LQS on Saturday!

Feeling inspired to design your own equilateral triangle quilt?  Check out these helpful tutorials!

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32 Responses

  1. To bad you did not have enough of the graphite to make the second quilt, it is my favorite. Love the fabrics.

  2. This looks amazing!!! I love the randomness of the zigzag. Great solid choices to coordinate with the prints. Can't wait to see this one finished!

  3. Love this quilt! And I really appreciate seeing your design process. There have been so many great equilateral triangle quilts online lately, I'm definitely feeling inspired. Thanks too for the links to the tutorials.

  4. Vera says:

    Well done Lorna. It is striking design.

  5. I really liked seeing the design progression. I think another LQS trip for graphite for the binding sounds delightful!

  6. Jasmine says:

    Thanks for sharing your design process. This quilt looks like fun. Good luck getting more fabric for the binding.

  7. Jessica says:

    This is my new favorite quilt of yours, Lorna! I love seeing your process. Well done!!!

  8. Vicki says:

    Love this design & flimsy. You amaze me with your design abilities. Loved seeing all 3 designs in your process.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Lorna …….I absolutely love it!!! Spectacular! I really appreciate you taking us through the development steps. Have a great weekend. Marie x (

  10. This is great! I am just debating whether to wash my batting or not before putting together my quilt sandwich for my quilt. Do you have any thoughts on that (warm and natural). I bought some of the Stitch circles for the backing.

  11. Lisa J. says:

    This quilt looks really good in the actual fabrics. I love the larger red triangle.

  12. Very unique and beautiful!

  13. This is wonderful! Love all those triangles!!!

  14. Very striking Lorna! Good on you. What a journey you've been on….

  15. Thanks for sharing your process, Lorna! Your quilt is beautiful! I cannot wait to see what kind of quilting goodness you add!! 🙂

  16. Wow, I really love this design Lorna! So cool and the pyramid is such a great focal point. Fantastic!

  17. Kris says:

    Just love that! It is very striking and the dark solid really shows off the other prints.

  18. Georgi says:

    Wowza! Love your finished layout ~ you really have a great eye for putting all those triangles together. Can't wait to see it all quilted and pretty!

  19. Vickie says:

    I love it Lorna ! I am going to have to get myself an EQ7 one of these days….they look like a LOT of fun !!

  20. I enjoyed seeing your design process, Lorna, and the progression into a real quilt top, hiccups and all!

  21. margaret says:

    the graphite really does it proud, so agree the pink had to go, wondering how you plan to quilt it, maybe a plain backing would work if you do not want to use the chevrons, I am sure you will have another plan for them before too long if not having one already

  22. Jereena says:

    Beautiful Quilt! Love the graphite solid, it makes the whole quilt pop. I love Michael Miller fabrics. I thought the EQ hiccups must have been fixed by now but looks like a chronic condition.Can't wait to see how you quilt this.

  23. CeLynn says:

    All three designs are pretty,I too like the second one the best. Your flimsy is beautiful and so modern looking! Love it,and looking forward to seeing how you decide to do the back.I recently saw that EQ7 now has a Mac version! I need to start saving my pennies!

  24. Jo Ferguson says:

    This one is a stunner! Thanks for sharing the process.

  25. Julie Cefalu says:

    It looks like you've come up with a brilliant plan for this quilt! It's beautiful. I really have to get up to speed with EQ7. Another thing on my list! Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

  26. Love the final choice in pattern although the second was good too! This is MM contender for sure 🙂

  27. Sue Daurio says:

    Wow, I love the final choice, what an awesome quilt. Thanks for sharing the process.

  28. kim says:

    Lorna- that's amazing!! I love the design you can up with! And it always looks even better when it's in real fabrics. Can't wait to see it quilted 🙂

  29. Elise Lea says:

    Looks great Lorna! You have been killing it with those triangle designs lately! Beautiful!

  30. Lorette says:

    Love these fabrics and your design is great as usual!! Thank you for sharing the project!