The Riley Blake Modern Quilt Guild Challenge is due on July 31st – and I am going to make the deadline because I’m finished! I usually use the back deer fence when I take pictures of the quilts in the morning but I was hoping it was overcast enough today to use the front. I may retake these later but I think it gives a pretty accurate representation of the colors of this piece. Barb Rasibeck, Quilts by Barb, did a fun swirly design at a larger scale than she usually does all over this piece. I was able to do some large hand-stitches using Aurifil 12 wt. thread (which are on sale at Craftsy right now!). It was a really fun extra touch I think to this piece.The stark lines of the pieced insects combined with the swirly quilting creates such great movement and texture to this piece.On the larger dragonfly wings I did some big, wonky cross stitches … Love the dragonflies, bees, and butterfly you see pieced into the quilt top? All patterns can be found in my craftsy shop! I’m so happy I took on this challenge. I had a great time using Amana Herring’s fabric combined with some Riley Blake solids. This is a piece that truly ‘just happened’. I started making blocks and just listened to what they told me as I put this piece together. I’ll be honest … at first, I wasn’t the biggest fan of this piece. But as I let it sink in the more and more I loved it. When creating the possibilities are truly endless! Linking up to Finish It Up Friday’s, TGIFF, and Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?