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Quilting Practice

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As I've mentioned before I recently got a Gammill Statler Stitcher and have been really enjoying getting to know my machine.  This week I finished my 8th quilt on my longarm, EIGHT!  I can't believe it.  While I can't show that quilt I can show you another quilt I finished right before it.

The inspiration for this quilt top came from the Pendleton Wool Mills series of National Park quilts and the desire for simplicity.  I made this quilt top at a a recent guild retreat and knew that I wanted to use  this relatively simple quilt to experiment with different quilting motifs.

One of the techniques I really wanted to try out was some free hand work, check out the yellow and pink sections.


I used the design software to create the hexagons then I filled in around them by hand.  I did a similar technique with the circles.  I used the software to quilt a grid then filled in the squares with circles.  I thought I was getting the hang of it and feeling pretty cool when I realized t…

Pantone Quilt Challenge 2018 - Ultra Violet

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It never rains but it pours or in other words, back to back postings!  
I had just enough time after all my deadline sewing to finish a quilt for this year's Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Rebecca Bryan, Bryan House Quilts, and Sarah Elizabeth Sharp, No Hats in the House.  

The Pantone color of the year this year is Ultra Violet and challenge requires you use the color of the year as the feature color on your quilt.

I had this design sitting in a folder all in pink and a friend suggested I change it to purple for the challenge, which was perfect.  Even the orange worked.

I think, visually, my favorite quilting is 1/2" horizontal lines and I wanted to use them on this quilt but I added a slight deviation.  I'm completely in love with the effect and will definitely be using this quilting motif in the future.

Of course I'm still loving my Gammill Statler Stitcher.  I really enjoy designing on the computer and applying that design to the quilt.  I really see this as a…

Printology Bundle Giveaway

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A while back I was invited to design a quilt for Modern Quilt Studio's new fabric line Printology by Benartex - Contempo.  These prints are inspired by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr's recent travels to Japan.  I'm thrilled that I finally get the chance to share my Reflecting Pools quilt!

After previewing the Printology fabric line I was instantly reminded of a geometric garden and that mix of the classical with the modern.  My quilt Reflecting Pools tries to capture these impressions using various Printology designs.  What's great about this line is the mix of free form and structure making for an interesting composition.  I love the effect of using the micro check as a neutral background on this quilt.  It was definitely an unexpected surprise.
Now for the giveaway!  Benartex has generously donated a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 Printology prints to giveaway!  To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below and I will randomly pick the winner on Friday!! 

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The Creativity Project & A Collaboration

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A couple months ago Kim Soper, Leland Ave Studios, ask to interview me for her Creativity Project and I couldn't be more honored to be included among such a talented group of quilters and artists.



 Reading these interviews has been so amazing and getting to know some of my favorite quilters creative process and inspiration has been so great.




I want to encourage you to go back through and read any interviews you may have missed and check out Kim's work.  Her quilts are beautiful and her Lincoln quilt is one of my all time favorites.

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I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted on my blog, that is not my intention at all, but I have been busy.  I made 4 quilts in 4 weeks and fortunately I can finally, fully, share one of them!  Pearl Pendants!

This quilt is a collaboration between Christa Watson and myself.  This pattern features Christa's new fabric line Fandagle by Benartex and is ava…

Lilium - Kona Cotton Color of the Year Quilt

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For the last two years my guild has done a theme with a challenge.  Last year's theme was solids and the challenge was to make a mini quilt with only solids in three colors, please see my Lost in Oz quilt that hung at QuiltCon this year.  This year the theme is curves and the challenge was to make a 50" x 60" quilt using curves and the Kona color of the year, Tiger Lily.
Tiger Lily is a really great color of orange red and was my inspiration for the quilt name.  I added some other soft Kona Solids and a few Cotton and Steel prints to finish up the design.

I decided early on to quilt each of the background colors with a different motif and to use the prints as my quilting inspiration for the circles.


I really love the look of orange peels and they find their way onto quite a few of my quilts but before my Gammill I could only successfully execute 4" circles the orange peel on this quilt is 1 1/2"!

On the back are a couple Cotton and Steel prints from their Pool…

Introducing Maritime Quilt with Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun

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About a month or so I was asked by Robert Kaufman to design a quilt for their new Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun fabrics.  I was so elated to see they included stripes, check and solids.

This is quilt pattern will be available as a free downloadable pattern on Robert Kaufman's site.  I really enjoyed working with the new Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun.  They are so soft and have so much texture, I'll definitely be using them again especially that micro stripe.  I also couldn't believe my luck when I saw the color palette and it included one of my all time favorite colors, Nantucket red.  The collection also includes stripes and checks in black, grey and two more blues.  The blues are also available as solids.


One of the biggest challenges with this design was matching all those pieced stripes.  Thankfully by the time I'd finished piecing the top I'd come up with a cutting and n…

Where are the Quilts?

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I promise I've been working on quilts but I definitely haven't had anything to show for it.  It's been an incredibly busy time of year for me.  I've been wrapping up my work at my old job and trying to juggle a new schedule with getting quilting done.  It hasn't been easy.  Fortunately, I found time to do this quarter's Curated Quilts mini challenge.

The challenge was to use a specific color palette and triangles.  I don't mind triangles, I don't use them often, but these little two inch triangles were too much fun.  I haven't had a chance to name my mini but it kind of reminds me of triangles all sitting in a bookcase, hmm.


The gals at Curated Quilts do an amazing job selecting color palettes and themes.  I really enjoy participating in the challenges.

Speaking of challenging, I'm taking part in a quilting bee this year, #beeinspired2018.  There are some really talented ladies in our group and our first prompt from Kathryn, @kupitis, was so in…