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…

Favorite Finishes - Best of 2016 Linky Party

Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a Best of 2016 Linky Party where bloggers can share their five "best" posts.  I decided to join in the fun and share five of my favorite finishes of 2016!

No. 1:  Graffiti Rings

I started this quilt in 2015 and 14 months later had finally finished my first double wedding ring quilt!  It was quite the accomplishment and one done entirely for me.  This quilt isn't going in shows it's going in my family room and I love it.

No. 2: Office Day Dreams

This design came together so fast and I love how it turned out.  I don't work with prints all that often but I love Me + You batiks by Hoffman Fabrics.

No. 3: Peaks + Horizons

This quilt started as a design using binding tape but that was an epic fail so it ended as a vast negative space quilting experiment.  I'm glad the first design failed.

No. 4: Mountain Scene

This quilt brought together my old creative life as a landscape oil painter and my new life as a geometric design quilters.  It was so fun to make and I had a great inspiration, Bob Ross!

No 5: Modern Stepping Stones

This was one of my first quilt designs I fell in love with.  It is inspired by Roar + Rabbit designs for West Elm and set me on the path of my current design and quilting style.

There are many many other quilts that are my favorites of 2016: Quarter Hours, The Cool Kids, Busby Berekley Inspired Popsicles, Ashley Goldberg Design 0440a Improv Quilt, and one secret sewing project I can't share yet, but the point of this is to share my favorite five finishes of 2016.

I hope you enjoyed the 2016 look back and will take some time to check out the other bloggers Best of 2016 at Meadow Mist Designs.  I can't wait to see what happens in 2017!!


  1. Wow I love all your pieces!!! Great job on all of them.

    1. Thank you Kris, I made alot of quilts in 2016 so it was really fun putting together a post for the linky party.

  2. I am just in love with your double wedding ring quilt! Such a great bunch of fabrics and a real modern pop.

    1. Thank you Alison! It was a long project but completely worth it in the end.

  3. Beautiful finishes, I am blown away by your wedding ring quilt, I love it! Thanks for linking up the Best of 2016 link party!

    1. Thanks Cheryl, It's such a great idea I really enjoyed looking over everyone's posts and finding your blog.

  4. Beautiful projects for 2016. I love all your quilts.


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