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…

Anna Banana!

Bea-naners Quilt

WooHoo!  I finished a pixel quilt.  Ok, I've done a pixel quilt before, Tula Pink's Anchor Aweigh here, but this is the first pixel quilt I've designed.  I was inspired to do a quilt of my english springer spaniel, Anne, after seeing Andi Herman's pixel pup on the cover of the current issue of Love of Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

After seeing a preview of the up coming issue I started designing my quilt.  I laboriously converted a photo to a pixel quilt pattern via Photoshop.  I've since learned that there is a great (free) tutorial on Craftsy by Caro Sheridan, here, and a software program by Andi Herman, You Patch, here, that are great for designing pixel quilts.  I added the color registration marks at the end for fun and to be a little different.

Bea-naners Quilt Progression
I'm very happy with the outcome and I even got Anne, who obviously has several nicknames all revolving around Anna Banana the most popular being Bea, to sit for a photo.

Anne with her quilt Bea-naners
Here is a shot of the quilting and back nothing fancy I wanted to make sure I didn't muddy the picture or the pixel effect.  The finished quilt size is 50" x 60", so a decent size throw.  I typically design my quilts to be one of two sizes 50" x 60" or 60" by 72".

Quilting Texture Detail
"Registration Marks" Quilting and Piecing
Bea-naners Quilt Back - Cotton and Steel Picnic by Melody Miller

I also wanted to share a little of my washing method when I finish a quilt.  As a mentioned before, here, I wash my quilts but I don't put them in the dryer.  After I have washed my quilt, using both detergent and color catchers, I lay my quilt on the floor straighten the edges trying to square up the quilt as much as possible, I have heard of people using laser levels to box their quilts while wet but I'm not that particular.  After I have it where I like it I point a fan on the quilt and let it air dry.  I typically do this right before bed to avoid my daughter or my dogs running across the quilt.  I've never had a quilt not dry by morning but I also live is an arid part of the country.

Bea-naners Quilt Drying
Lastly, I've already started my next quilt.  No name yet but I was inspired by two fantastic quilts.  The first was a quilt I saw a year ago, Mary Stanely's Lake Quilt:

Mary Stanely's Lake Quilt
The second quilt was a winner at the 2016 Quiltcon and I got to see how wonderful it was in person!  It's Mickey Beebe's Eichler Homes quilt:

Mickey Beebe's Eichler Homes
Here's the quilt I designed:

New Design
As you can see it has a similar feel and color pallet to the two inspiration quilts.  More to come...


  1. um, fricking amazing doggie quilt!!! no surprise. make a cat one too and many a cat lady will be able to drool as well :) thanks for sharing.


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