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”.

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Odds and Ends

I haven't finished any big projects lately, one is ready to sandwich and anther is completely cut and ready to piece, but I have completed several smaller projects recently, including two pillows, a basket and zipper pouch.  I also did a wall hanging quilt for my friend's new office.

I used stash fabrics for the petals and Zen Chic's Modern Backgrounds for, of course, the background.  I really like the over feel of the medium grey.

Plum Petals

I hope it will brighten her office.  The finish size is 40" x 48" and I added hanging sleeves on two sides so it can be hung horizontal or vertical.

Changing gears, each year I set a handful of skill building goals for myself.  This year I wanted to try curve piecing and on point layout.  Thankfully I did both and it feels great!  I've already made a list for next year some of the items on the list include:
  • Double wedding ring quilt
  • Pineapple log cabin quilt
  • Triangle piecing
  • Improve pieced quilt
  • Use my stash more 

Even though it's still 2015 I've begun to work on my list.  My double wedding ring quilt is all cut out and have pieced a single ring for an accent pillow.  I've found a great inspiration for a beginner improve pieced quilt.  Lastly, I pieced a triangle quilt top for my friend's daughter's first birthday.  I'm excited to have a jump start on my skill building with the holidays coming up sewing opportunities will be limited.

Lily's Quilt

This quilt ended up being 49" x 65", or so.  I have to admit it's not perfect but as I went along my piecing got better.

Early Piecing
Later Piecing

Finally, I'm making a twin size quilt quilt for my niece so she and her mother came over and we went through my stash and pulled fabrics for a log cabin quilt.  I love the color pallet and the backing material, Carie Bloomston's Paint.  I'm also gonna make her a couple coordinating throw pillows, probably a paint can and a brush.

Sophia's Fabrics
Too Cute!