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…

I'm Starting to Think I'm a Modern Quilter

I've been dying to make this post!  Last night I finished a quilt I designed at Christmas, Chevrons Revisited.  My inspiration was a modern print by Alexander Gorlizki I stumbled across on Pinterest.  I fell for the colors instantly and the way the orange, which is typically very loud, faded into the background with the tan.

Alexander Gorlizki
I started designing in Photoshop using close to the same color scheme and an equally geometric design.

Chevron Revisited (mockup)
Then I paused and asked myself, 'How in the world do a piece that because I don't applique?'  Fortunately I love both problem solving and piecing.  I quickly came up with a pattern and bought material.  The top came together with very little trouble and then I paused again to ask myself, 'How do I quilt this and maintain the overall feel of the design?'  In the end I matched my thread and echo quilted most of the top.  The circle were a bit of a challenge, I even hand quilted a set of circles in the black stripe, but I pushed through, bound the quilt and finished.

Chevrons Revisited

Since designing this quilt I've designed several other very modern very geometric quilts and am excited about all of them.  I think I've found my quilty point of view at last!  I guess I really am more of a modern quilter than I thought.

Back: Anna Maria Horner - Fibs and Fables - Helios in Fire
Speaking of modern quilting.  There is finally an official Modern Quilt Guild in the Spokane, WA area.  Inland Northwest Modern Quilt Guild.  The next open sew day is Feb 13th at the Spice and Vine from 10:30 to 5:00.


  1. Very nice! I like the inspiration image too. It's interesting how the orange appears to change colour depending if it's next to the blue or the black.

    1. It does doesn't it. I hadn't noticed that before but you're right.

  2. Looks great! And it is all pieced? That's impressive.

    1. Thanks! I love that quilters have different skills and talents, I have the same feelings when I see applique :)


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