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…

Quiltcon Recap from Afar

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.

Modern Stepping Stones

Peaks + Horizons
Mini Luxe
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/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 to have my quilt featured in so many ways.  (Side note, I entered Mountain Scene into the Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show too.  I thought it was a good venue for that quilt)

Even though I didn't receive any ribbons this year I'm very pleased with the reception my quilts appeared to have had.  Winning a ribbon isn't the main reason I enter quilt shows, far from it but it is very exciting to get one.  The first reason I do it is I love to make quilts, followed by I like that entering shows keeps me challenged.  The third reason I enter shows are the judges comments.  I love getting the feedback and last year I learned so much from the few comments I received on Summer Sunset and Changing Hexies.  Unfortunately this year I did not receive any constructive criticism and it's not because my quilts are perfect, far from it.  It doesn't appear, at least from my four quilts, that the judges this year were doing that and that's fine it's their decision to make but it did leave me a little 'lost at sea' feeling.  Quiltcon and the Spokane Interstate Fair are the only times I've ever received judges comments and last year's fair judge just wasn't into my quilt.  I guess I'll just keep plugging away and try to improve on the things I see need work, like my quilting and paying attention to little details.

I'd love to enter my quilts into more shows but I just don't know of many.  My grandmother lives in the Seattle area and it'd be fun to try and get a quilt or two in a show for her to go to but I really don't know of any, I don't think Puyallup or Bainbridge are options for her.  There is an exhibit at Quilt Festival I can enter and there is always the long shot Fall Puduchah but I'm kind of waiting to see what the MQG offers before I commit to an AQS show.  My mind is spinning.

I hope everyone enjoyed Quiltcon regardless of whether you were able to go or not.

*There are more pictures under the Show Quilts tab.


  1. Congratulations! I love your "Modern Stepping Stones" and will watch out for it when it reaches Australian shores.

    1. Thank you! I hope you get a chance to see the exhibit I can't wait to see the Quiltcon quilts in person too.


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