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…

Room for Improvement

I had three quilts in the Washington State Quilters show this weekend, no awards this time around.  There were over 500 quilts and 50 vendors and a great show to attend.  It is a very traditional show with one small modern quilt category.  Unlike the other categories modern quilts are awarded ribbons based on attendee votes.  It is not a juried show so it is not uncommon to see quilts designed by person x, pieced by person y and quilted by person z.  My impression is the most valued part of a quilt in this show is the quilting which leads me to why I titled this post 'Room for Improvement."  My quilting needs help!  Yet another goal for next year, work on my free motion quilting.  I've decided to make Monday's Free Motion Monday and use some of my leftover blocks to work on quilting.  If I ever want to improve I need to practice, so goes life.

Here are some of the quilts at this years show:

Designed: Trisch Price, Pieced/Quilted: Judy Bell (Featured Quilter)
Designed: Sharon McConnell, Pieced/Quilted: Judy Bell
Designed: Laurel Anderson, Pieced/Quilted: Michelle Baker
Designed: Jaybirds Quilts, Pieced/Quilted: Wendy Iris
Designed: Natalia Bonner, Pieced: Kristy Ayers, Quilted: Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting
Designed: Amy Walsh, Pieced/Quilted: Stitched by Susan
Designed: Jay Birds Quilts, Pieced/Quilted: Mary Murphy
Designed/Pieced: Wendy Iris, Quilted: Jenny Pedigo
Designed: Sam Hunter, Pieced/Quilted: Judy Bell

There were also some really great vintage quilts on display.


Next year I'm hoping to submit a quilt with some fairly decent free motion quilting.