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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I finished a throw size quilt (57 x 68) and not just any quilt but the Busby Berkeley Inspired Popsicles quilt I've been working on for a couple months, almost exactly two months!

Busby Berkeley Inspired Popsicles Quilt!

I don't typically design using blocks but I couldn't pass up this Popsicle inspiration.  When I design I usually see the whole area as a blank canvas to create on so it was unusual for me to start with a block.  The idea first came into my head when I saw a great promo for featuring some popsicles.  Around the same time I started thinking about some old movies I'd seen and for whatever reason I landed on Busby Berkeley and his over the top choreographed dance scenes but it wasn't until I was laying out my quilt top with the popsicles that I got the idea to combine the two inspirations.

Busby Berkeley Inspired Popsicles quilt

This quilt was a change challenge for me and even though my points don't match up I'm very proud that I saw it through to the end.  I also chose quilting to accentuate the Busby Berkeley theme.

For the back of the quilt, no surprises, I used a Cotton + Steel fabric.  The colors on Melody Millers Trinket Whistles in pink is perfect and I just love her designs!

Busby Berkeley Inspired Popsicles Back

CoraJoan was a good trooper for the most part but she did start to get bored...

In closing, last post I hinted that I'd been doing a lot of designing lately and I have.  I am participating in an Instagram challenged hosted by @stitchedincolor and @gothamquilts, #30daysofquiltdesigns.  I've done 20 designs so far and have even created a few I'd like to make into quilts.  If you get a chance check out my Instagram account @quiltachusetts or the challenge hashtag.


  1. Now I feel like an iceblock(Popsicle)!

    1. I know the feeling. While working on this quilt I could almost taste a cherry push-up... I found your blog, love your quilts!

  2. This is lovely! The colors just sing, and who could resist Busby Berkeley executed in popsicles? I arrived at your site via In Color Order's pin of your gorgeous Mountain Scene quilt. Consider yourself bookmarked!

    1. Thank You! I'm glad you found me and that you like my work!! I have to say I love old movies, more than new, excluding The Hobbit and LOTR trilogies. Right now I'm on a Gene Tierney kick and LOVE LOVE LOVE Dragonwick and Leave Her to Heaven. It's so cool you appreciate the Busby Berkeley reference :)


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