Showing posts from February, 2017


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…

Barcode Chic

I've finished quilt No. 6 of 2017 yesterday... Barcode Chic (originally chic barcodes I tweaked it a little after the initial post).

This was a slight, very slight, departure from the quilt I usually design.  It's still geometric but less structured.  I even used shot cottons so give it more of an organic feel.  While I've made quilts before with shot cottons I don't think I will use them again anytime soon.  No matter how much I cleaned up the loose threads I still ended up with shadowing and rogue threads after sandwiching, ugh. 
I was able find the perfect backing fabric for this design;Observer by April Rhodes - Speck in Bronze.  I really like shopping for backing fabric, typically online.  When looking for a fabric I want it to be something I like, a medium to large print, in a coordinating color palette that has the right feel or theme as the front.  Sometime this can be very difficult other times, like with this quilt, the perfect fabric jumps off the computer sc…

Quiltcon Magazine

I'm very pleased to announce that Quiltcon Magazine is available for pre-order at the MQG shop!  I can't wait to see all the quilts especially since I can't go to the show.

After the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at Quilt Festival in Houston, TX I was asked if I would be willing to share my quilt Modern Stepping Stones in Quiltcon Magazine and of course the answer was YES!
This quilt has had more than it's fair share of fun.  It was shipped off to Texas earlier this year, home for two weeks or so than off to it's magazine photo shoot.  After the photo shoot it returned to Texas and is now either on it's way or prepping for travel to Georgia.  I've never even been to Georgia and only to a couple airports in Texas!  After Quiltcon it's off to another photo shoot for a book somewhere USA, I think, I can't even keep track of my own travel plans let alone this quilt's.  I know that without the MQG I would not have any of these opportunities to share my…

From Inspiration to a Quilt

Here's my More Stop Than Go Quilt.  This quilt was inspired by a set of Orla Kiely luggage I own. So I thought I'd share really quickly how I got from my luggage to this quilt.  Here is the inspiration piece:
Obviously, I really liked the design, I bought it right, and it hit me one day that I could make a quilt like that.  So the first step was to stop and think about what I liked about the design.  For this piece it was the uniform repetition of the cars and the limited high contrast color palette.  After determining what I liked I started with a simple design then added some fancy boarders. I posted this design on Instagram and got some very good feedback along with several comments say "it looks like Orla Kiely!"  At that point I knew I needed to change up the look in order to make the design an inspiration and not a copy.
I added some different cars but it just didn't get far enough away from the inspiration piece so I changed the cars to chevrons.  By doin…