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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Back and Quilting

I'm back from Pasadena.  I had a wonderful time taking in all the beautiful quilts showcased there.  Even my mother, who claims not to have a creative bone in her body, enjoyed looking at the quilts.  I encourage you to do a google search of this year's show, or click on the link to see an image search I've done.

Summer Sunset hanging at Quiltcon

Almost as soon as I was unpacked I started working on my next quilt, Modern Stepping Stones.

Modern Stepping Stones
I really enjoyed making this quilt, I suppose that's why it came together so quickly.  It got it's name for a couple reasons: 1) the circles look like stepping stones and 2) symbolically I feel this quilt and the last have been stepping stones into my quilty point of view.

Modern Stepping Stones - detail
I really liked piecing this quilt.  I love problem solving and this designed gave me the opportunity to work with a new technique.

Modern Stepping Stones - quilting
As usual, I quilted this on my domestic machine using a walking foot.  I was inspired by the quilting on the Eames Block Quilt by Lorena Maranon.  I love how the circles were quilted using a mix of straight lines and circles.

Modern Stepping Stones - back
The backing fabric is Typography: Script in Lavender by Jessica Jones.  The text reads, "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."  I liked the juxtaposition of a classic typing drill with the bold modern graphic quilt top, it's also the right color.

I'll have to take a break from "my" quilts and make some baby quilts.  I have a niece and nephew arriving in the next few weeks!!!


  1. This is such a wonderful quilt much movement and I really like the illusion of transparency. Gorgeous!!

    1. Thank you again, this quilt really set the tone for my whole year.


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