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…

Quilt Fail... sort of???

I finished up moving links this weekend, a week or so past when I thought I would.  My inspiration was a throw pillow with a nod to mid-century modern design, which I love.

You may be wondering why this post is titled 'quilt fail.'   I dont think this quilt is ugly nor poorly constructed but it just didn't live up to the finished picture in my mind.  This use to  happen all the time when I was oil painting but not as often quilting.   I do like the quilt and plan to put it in my study/guest room.  I also love the back (see earlier post).

Oh well I have plenty of projects to move onto, including the Michael Miller fabric challenge for Quiltcon 2016.