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Finally Here!

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It's been a busy week, getting back to school after Christmas break and the official release of Daisy and my book, Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes!  Along with signed copies available in my shop, unsigned copies are now available at amazon.com and other book and fabric stores.

With the release of the book I wanted to share, in more detail, about the different designs I have in the book.  The first up is Festoons.  I briefly shared this quilt when it was accepted into QuiltCon 2020.

Just as the name suggests this quilt is inspired by sashing, party decor and festoons.  I used a neutral background with bright festoons to create a fun party atmosphere in the design.  The center of the festoons are improv pieced giving the design movement and a carefree feeling.

Since festoons isn't the most modern of words I chose a quilting motif that reminded me of Edwardian wall paper, vertical lines.  Whether that is true or not I don't entire know, but when I see the quilting it…

Make the Rounds Quilt in APQ

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I'm so excited that I can finally share a quilt I made almost 6 months ago, my Make the Rounds quilt currently available as a pattern in the current issue of American Patchwork & Quilting!  Make the Rounds features Geo Pop by Christa Watson.  Christa is also offering quilt kits in her shop.

When I started designing this quilt I wanted to showcase the Geo Pop prints and make a design that had movement.  The original name of the quilt was Windmills and that is what I used to pick a quilting design.  I used a slightly different arc than a true quarter circle so that they wouldn't line up at the seams and your eye would have to stop and find the new arc, creating movement.

Similar to my Scandinavian Pathway quilt, Make the Rounds has a subtle secondary design.  I love how the rectangle appear to shift through out the design as the size of the quarter circles change size.  the different sized quarter circles is similar to my Moments design.  I love how I mixed two earlier desi…

QuiltCon Notifications

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Right before I headed to bed last night I got a text from my friend asking if I saw the QuiltCon notification emails.  I immediately dropped what I was doing and scoured my emails, I'd forgotten that I'd used a different emails for some of the entries than I usually use.  On top of that all the acceptance emails went to the junk mail box, I think it was the email server's idea of a cruel joke.

In the end I had 5 quilts accepted into the show (Road Trip, Swatches, Banner Day, Festoons and my QuiltCon magazine entry), 1 that will be in the Quilt of the Month showcase (Petal Patch) and 3 that are not headed to QuiltCon (Sunset Horizons, Trellis, Palm Fronds).  I was a bit surprised that Festoons was chosen.  In my opinion this was my least modern quilt of the bunch.  I'm also so relieved/thrilled that both Road Trip and Swatches we accepted. These are two of my favorite makes this year.


I also have to admit that I was surprised that Palm Fronds and Sunset Horizons were n…

Exhibits and Quilt Shows

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This summer I was asked by AccuQuilt if I would like to loan them about a dozen quilts for a special exhibit at their headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.  I was so shocked and honored that they thought of me for their exhibit and instantly agreed.

I tried to pick quilts that were a good example of both my minimal work and block based modern designs.  I even included some of my book samples that have never been publicly displayed before.  The exhibit is by appointment and free admission.  So if you are in Omaha Nebraska and would like to see a sampling of my quilts don't hesitate to call and setup an appointment to view the exhibit.

I've really enjoyed working with AccuQuilt both in compiling the exhibit and for the Infrastructure quilt along.  Everyone was so friendly and helpful.  The exhibit will be hanging at the AccuQuilt headquarters through February 2020 and I hope those of you who can make it will.  I'd love to hear from any of you that get the chance to check it out.


My First Book!

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It's been a long time in the making but I can finally offer my first book for pre-order on my website, quiltachusetts.com, and my Etsy shop!  My book with Daisy Aschehoug, warmfolk, Quilt Modern Curves & Bold Stripes is set to release Jan 7th, 2020!  All pre-ordered books from quiltachusetts.com, or my Etsy shop will be signed by me and shipped out as soon as the book is in stock on or around Jan 7th, 2020.

Daisy and I began our book writing journey back at QuiltCon 2018 when we met up and Daisy said she thought we should do a book.  I followed up by introducing myself to the development editor at C&T publishing with hopes of getting a name and card to email after QuiltCon.   On the same day I was going to send a followup email to C&T the development editor contacted me and we set about working on a book proposal.  Those first few months were such a whirlwind that it's hard to believe it's almost been 2 years.


Daisy and I both frequently use stripes and curves…

Aurifil Artisan November Challenge

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When I was selected to be an Aurifil Artisan we were asked to sign up for several challenges that we could complete throughout the year.  I wasn't sure if I could do the bag challenge but with a little encouragement from my friend Daisy, warmfolk.com, I took the leap and signed up!

Aurifil partnered with both Sallie Tomato and Therm-o-web for the pattern and interfacing which made it so easy to pick a great bag and find all the supplies I needed to be successful.  I also dug deep into my stash and chose a "vintage" Melody Miller canvas print.  It was a little hard to cut into this fabric but having coordinating Robert Kaufman Essex and Arroyo linens helped.

For the construction of this bag I used matching Aurifil 50 wt threads.  These were the perfect weight for the construction and didn't add unnecessary bulk to the seams, which was great when it came to those tight curves.  For the top stitching I used a matching Aurifil Forty3, my fav!  I love the weight of the F…