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Aurifil Artisan

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A friend of mine wrote me and asked if I was applying to be an Aurifil Artisan and at that point I had no idea they were accepting applications of how it all work so I got the link from her, thank you Daisy ( @warmfolk ), and applied.   I love Aurifil thread and use it for all my piecing and quilting.  After a few weeks of nail biting waiting I found out I was chosen to be an Aurifil Artisan!

I'm super excited to take part in the Artisan program.  Aurifil has a bunch in store for us including monthly challenges.  The announcement is also perfect timing to share my Coral Commotion quilt.


For this quilt I used a mix of Aurifil thread weights, mainly because I was raiding my stash and the number one priority was matching color.  My favorite weight to use on my longarm is Aurifil 40wt3ply, Aurifil's thread made just for longarms.  If I need a specific color I like to use 28wt with my longarm.  Most frequently I'm quilting straight lines and both the 40wt3ply and the 28wt perf…

Trellis Quilt Pattern Is Here!!

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Eventful week this week...  I'm happy to announce that the pattern for Trellis is now available in my Etsy shop!  Also, all patterns in my shop are 10% off now through Sunday (5/5/19) to celebrate the launch.  That's all digital downloads and printed patterns, 10% off!

The pattern makes a quilt 70 x 84 and features easy to follow instructions, full color diagrams, a coloring page and full size paper templates.  This is one of my favorite designs and is inspired by a burning bush I saw last autumn.  It looked very red from a distance but when I got closer I could see that most of the leaves were hot pink to burgundy. 


I've been working hard on getting new and updated patterns in my shop all this year so I hope you will check out my shop and see what's new.



Don't forget if you're not that into piecing and would rather buy a printed quilt top to get right into that quilting you can buy the Trellis quilt top at www.honestfabric.com.  Honest Fabric is also offer…

Summer Sampler 2019

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I have an exciting announcement...  I have been invited to design a block for this year's Summer Sampler hosted by Katie Blakesley, Faith Jones, and Lee Heinrich.
The weekly quilt along begins May 20th but you can purchase a Summer Sampler subscription for $29.00 now!  If you enter the code QUILTACHUSETTS at check out you'll save $5 off the purchase price!!  You can purchase the pattern here.


Along with the weekly blocks you'll also have the option of two layouts, squares or circles.  Can you find my block among all those great designs?  There are several curve designs so I'll keep you guessing for a while.


You can use this year's color palette, curate your own or use the one I came up with, it definitely has more of a retro feel:


It's a huge honor to be included in a group of all these talented quilter and to have a block next to theirs.  Make sure you check out all these wonderful designers and their work on their websites and on Instagram.

Petal Patch for the MQG

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Last year I submitted a design for the Modern Quilt Guild's quilt of the month and was thrilled to find out it was accepted but with a catch.  The MQG was starting a new quarterly format with a common color palette.  I was thrilled to try out the new format and adjusted my design, here is Petal Patch:

The MQG did an amazing job finding a fabulous photographer and stylist and were kind enough to allow me to use their images of Petal Patch from their new website, www.modernmonthly.com .

The color palette was a soft modern palette with tans, aquas, corals, grey and black.  Not my usual colors but it was nice to have a challenge and to try once again to make brown modern.  I wanted to use as much of the color palette as possible and I manged to use all but one color, the light coral.

What I love most about this quilt is the secondary pattern created by the two blocks in the design.  The blocks are fairly simple but combined it creates petals and flowers that flow over the quilt.  I a…

Swatches

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I've really enjoyed the time I set aside for myself to create new designs and quilts not tied to a deadline.  One of the projects I was able to work on and complete, which is always a bonus, is my Swatches quilt!

This quilt was inspired from my oil painting days; sketches, painter palettes, paint tubes, canvases, brushes, lighting and other images both concrete and abstract.  I designed this quilt to convey a feeling more than actual objects tied to painting.

I’m finding that more and more I’m merging my first creative love, oil painting, with my current creative love in my quilt designs.  I've even started working with watercolors again mainly because the clean up is so easy. 

I chose the quilting to add interest and depth to the design. I took some risks, like black thread echos around the paint swatches and hand quilting the small grey squares. Most of the quilting is fairly dense and I was shocked when blocking the quilt to find out the length shrunk by 3”.

I reall…