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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Welcome Home!

My Urban Trek quilt made it back home today!  As promised here are some  additional photographs of the quilt.

Urban Trek Quilt
When I designed this quilt I didn't have a specific theme in mind and honestly naming my quilts is very difficult for me.  I'd liked to say there is a deep meaning to each quilt that shares a bit of who I am but I can't say that beyond I love quilts.  More than anything I want the quilt's name to describe the inspiration behind the design or sum up a theme in a few short words.  As said before I didn't have a theme for this quilt when I designed it.  It wasn't until I'd pieced the top that I began to see the urban city sights theme emerge, hence the name Urban Trek.

Urban Trek Quilt
I began to see stop lights, man hole covers, cross walks and sky scrapers.  That's when I chose the quilting design to reflect that same textures of the city.

Urban Trek Quilt
It's kind of ironic that I would be drawn such urban themes in many of my quilts because I don't live in the "big city."  I believe my home town just breaks into the top 100 populated cities in the US but not a bustling metropolis by any definition.  I did live in the Seattle area for a few years right out of college but this wasn't a particularly enjoyable part of my life...

Urban Trek Quilt
Next month is Quiltcon and my guild, INMod Quilt Guild, is hosting an unofficial Quiltcon Spokane sew day the same weekend.  Our guild president has asked me to do a brief class/lecture on designing modern quilts.  I've had an outline rattling around in my head for a few months now so I'm hoping whatever the outline turns into will be helpful to other people.  After I present it to the guild I put a mini version on my blog.


  1. Heather: i just love this quilt! I especially like the light lavender and plum colors with the red/orange. Can we use these colors for the INMOD Raffle quilt. I think it would be amazing to do a spiderweb or pineapple quilt with these colors!

    1. Hi Jane! Thanks for visiting my blog šŸ˜Š It sounds like Haven would be up for the purple and of course you know I already like it!!

  2. I REALLY like this quilt! Such interesting color and shape! I'm anxious to see your post after your presentation.


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