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Swatches

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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…

Yes, I Wash My Quilts

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I just finished this quilt, Peaks + Horizons.  Named because of the overall appearance but also because there is not one vertical quilt line in the quilt.
I also wanted to take a minute and explain why I wash my quilts, all my quilts even the ones I intend to enter into shows.  There are a couple reasons, one is aesthetics, I like the crinkle look, and the second because form start to finish my quilts get dirty.  Take this quilt for example.  I finished piecing the top and was ironing it when my daughter came over, sans diaper, stood on the 6 inches resting on the floor and peed, yep peed on my quilt top.  I did my best to clean it up but there was no way to wash the quilt at this point.  Next, while I was basting my beagle snuck into the room and ran across it with her dirty paws.  Finally, while quilting this top my daughter came up to me saying "I don't like it," and set some trash with strawberry jelly on the quilt.  Needless to say I HAD to wash this quilt.  It survi…