Quilt Top Finished: Habitat Challenge

I finished my quilt top for the Jay McCarroll Habitat challenge hosted by The Modern Quilt Guild. I received ten fat eighths of the Jewel Tones colorway (I know, lucky me!) and decided to pair them with a midnight blue and a couple other solids from my stash, which are the raspberry and purple Kona solids you see here.


While I was brainstorming ideas, my husband suggested, “Why don’t you make an equalizer quilt?” So I set off to Google Images for some inspiration. And I liked it! Using the stacked coins idea for the base with a more random piecing for the top, I set off to create a pattern from my Habitat blocks. In retrospect, my husband and I both agreed that an equalizer quilt with only solids would be really striking. But I was given a challenge to make something with these fabrics, so I wanted to make it work.

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Since I’m not really into drawing sketches of my layouts, I sewed all the Habitat blocks to a thin strip of the midnight blue and ironed with the seams open. Then I arranged them on the floor and snapped photos of different layouts. A couple days later, I reviewed the photos with fresh eyes and started sewing columns together with my favorite photo as my pattern.


When I got to the top, I cut random lengths of midnight blue and arranged the blocks with no real thought or planning. Very freeing! I like the random look of the bars in the top of the quilt, paired with conformity of straight lines and blocks in the base of the quilt. I think it shows a lot of movement, like sound.


Compared to the last quilt I finished, this top was super quick to piece together! The most difficult part was ironing the seams open, but I’m so glad I did. Gave the blocks a very precise look. And I don’t often quilt with fabrics in the same collection. It’s usually whatever I have with whatever I can find that pairs well! So this was pretty fun, too.

J HabitatWhat have you been working on this weekend? Linking up to Sew Modern Monday and Fabric Tuesday.

p.s. Check out this AMAZING quilt from the Habitat Flickr gallery.


I’m Lindsay Conner, and welcome to my sewing home! I am a modern quilter, author, editor, pattern designer, wife, and mom. I use this space to share my latest projects, tutorials, and patterns!