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…

Where does the time go?

Sorry for the long blogosphere absence, it hasn't been intentional.  I've had a crazy last 5 - 6 weeks.  My oldest niece got married and all the hoopla surrounding that, I went on a camping trip, my daughter had 4 root canals  and have been working on a couple secret projects.  None of these activities help in the actual sewing of a quilt but I did get a lot of designing done and one baby quilt.

Cool Sweets Quilt
This was a fun quilt to make, very cheerful.  I did the math for piecing the Popsicle on point and have to say may calculations were much more forgiving on this quilt top then on the 11" Popsicle blocks.



I didn't want the quilting to take away from the Popsicle so I kept it very simple but added a wood grain to the stick.



And finally one of the main reasons I made the quilt... to give it to my daughter.



I also worked on a banner for the Inland Northwest Modern Quilt Guild.  I finished the top and am hoping one of our talented guild members will quilt it.

Inland Northwest Modern Quilt Guild Banner

I'm pleased with the finished top and hope the guild will be able to use this banner for a long time.

Banner and Sewing Room Sneak Peek

I have a couple more shows coming up, the Spokane Interstate Fair and Washington State Quilters.  I have one quilt in the fair and SIX in the WSQ show.  Neither of these shows are juried but I am feeling a little pressure for the fair because my quilt won a special award last year.  I've never won anything at WSQ so no pressure there.  I won't find out until December if any of my quilts get into Quiltcon 2017 but I am working on a Michael Miller Challenge quilt for submission.

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