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 the notorious double wedding ring quilt!

Graffiti Rings Quilt
This was a long process.  I loved this quilt from the beginning but allowed myself to be easily distracted.  Ok, some of those distractions were pretty amazing quilts but I decided enough was enough and I finished this baby!  The initial spark of inspiration was Alison Glass' beautiful batiks, Handcrafted 2.  The instant I saw these fabrics I knew I wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt.

I quilted this using a combination of horizontal lines and vertical echo lines.  The vertical lines ended up resembling a cable knit, nice secondary effect.

Graffiti Rings Quilt - Back
I'm a sucker for shocking pink and even have decor in my house this very color.  The backing is more Alison Glass Handcrafted 2.  I also got to skill build making this quilt because it was the first time I'd made a bias binding and for binding a scalped edge.  I have to admit one of the things that kept me from completing this project was worrying about the binding but I found a great YouTube video (here) which was a game changer for me.  I also have to credit Marti Michelle's Double Wedding Ring template available at  It was so easy to use and the piece came together really easy and clean.

There it is again, all done folks!

I took a little breather than started the next project.  I completed the #30daysofquiltdesign  challenge on Instagram and am making one of those designs using Hoffman Fabrics Me&You modern batiks.

Office Day Dreams Quilt Design

I love working with these fabrics!  They're great quality and the prints and colors are so beautiful.  I've been asked for a pattern of this design and plan on posting it to this webpage when it's done, something new for me.


  1. Holy wow your wedding ring is gorgeous!

    1. Thanks Alison. It took forever but mainly because I kept walking away from it.


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