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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…

Designing Modern

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At our guild's February sew day I gave a brief talk on designing modern quilts.  There is some great information out there on designing modern quilts especially for Modern Quilt Guild members but here's my quick take on the subject. 

This is the first quilt I ever made and this is also the first quilt I designed back in 2011.

I hadn't ever designed a quilt before so I thought to myself my mothers kitchen tile is nice and it's mainly squares, sure I can do that and that's what I did.  I've been designing quilts ever since.  Here are some of my tips.
Inventory Your Equipment:  Designing quilts, modern or traditional, doesn't have have to fancy.  A pad of graph paper ruler and pencil will do but you can also use different software programs.  I design most of my quilts in Photoshop but I've heard others mention using Illustrator, CAD and EQ7.  Which ever route you chose it's best to make sure you have the right tools to begin.Inventory Your Skills:  This…

Quiltcon Recap from Afar

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I was not able to go to Quiltcon this year but thanks to my friend Christy (@catbend) and an IG friend Karen (@quiltaposy) I have some pictures of my quilts to share.

The show looked amazing!  I know there was alot of hard work and organization behind the scenes and even though I wasn't there I want to thank the MQG, especially Heather Grant who hunted down my missing, not really missing just mislabeled by me, quilt and all the volunteer staff.
Along with hanging in Quiltcon, Modern Stepping Stones was also included in the Quiltcon Magazine!

Modern Stepping Stones will also be part of The Best of Quiltcon traveling show!  It's traversing the US, I'm going to get a chance to see it at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Oregon, and, so far, will also be shown in Australia, England and Japan.  It's fun to think that it was almost exactly a year ago that this quilt was finished and while I loved the design I never knew it would be so well received.  I'm very flattered …