Moda Bella Solids Challenge

Back in February when Moda announced their Bella Solids Challenge, I immediately knew I wanted to participate. I had a rough idea come to me, which I sketched out, then got to work. The colors they chose were a real challenge…. more so than coming up with an original idea. They are SO bright and not my normal style (there’s no pink or aqua and definitely orange, yellow, red, purple, and lime green).

The parameters for the competition were to create a modern, 72″ x 90″ finished quilt, using all 12 colors in an original design. I have always loved the Dutchman’s Puzzle traditional quilt block. I love it even more because my husband’s family has a huge Dutch heritage on both sides. I wanted to do a spin on the Dutchman’s Puzzle block and make a minimal quilt. Nothing feels more Modern to me than a minimalistic quilt. It takes a huge amount of restraint to go minimal. It is so much easier to overdo things than to hold back.

In this quilt, which I named Dutchman’s Dilemma, there are several iterations of the Dutchman’s puzzle block with some elements omitted. I am so proud of this quilt, even though it did not win. I had Marion McClellan quilt this in a “graffiti” style to help add movement and fill in the blank space that I intentionally left knowing Marion would fill it in with amazing motifs. She blew me away. Some have asked if I’ll choose to enter a competition of this kind again. At this point, I am not sure. It was a process that caused me to grow, but also was really hard to get the box of shame back in the mail. For now, I’m glad I participated and hope to make this quilt again out of fabrics of my choosing and maybe release a pattern for it in the future.

3 thoughts on “Moda Bella Solids Challenge

  1. I love this quilt, Jen! And even more than that, I love you for the great example that you are when it comes to stepping outside of your comfort zone. Well done, sweet friend; I’m so proud of you!

  2. Jen, that is a beautiful quilt. It was definitely not a box of shame that came back to you. More like a box of courage that was sent off to allow your creation to be judged In Competition. Not judged as to its real worth. As we teach in Bible Quizzing competition, they are all winners because they have hid the Word of God in their hearts. Yes there are a few tears along the way, but competition pushes us to excel not just win. You are a blessing to the quilting community and that is really what it’s all about anyway. I definitely do not have the skills to accept a challenge like that. My color choices are severely challenged without the help of good designers or books. 😍😍😍😍😍
    Keep up the inspiring work.

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