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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Roller Stakes and Licorice Ropes

When I was in grade school it was still popular to go to the roller rink, rent a pair of skates and do the chicken dance!  Before the Hokey Pokey I frequently re-energized with a licorice rope that would be tied to my belt loop if not finished. So when I saw  Melody Miller's print, Roller Rink, for Cotton and Steel's Black and White 2017 fabric line I was instantly inspired to design a roller skate themed quilt.

Retro Rollers

I also had hidden away in my stash 1 yard of Riley Blake neon pink form a couple years ago.  It was just enough for the quilt top and binding.  The white and black are also from my stash and the background fabric is another Cotton and Steel print, Sprinkles in Jelly Bracelet designed by Sarah Watt.  The roller skate theme and the neon pink kept me motivated.  I finished this quilt from design to blocking in 16 days!

Retro Rollers Quilting

I wanted to keep the retro theme in the quilting so I thought of the circles and stars.  Fortunately I found a star in my stock Photoshop shapes that I could quilt without any starts and stops.  I used a combination of Aurifil threads 28, 40 and 50 weight to add depth and texture.  Aurifil Thread was kind enough to notice my quilt and repost it on their facebook page and Instagram feed.

Retro Rollers Back

In the end I couldn't help myself I had to get a black light and snap a picture with the neon pink in it's full glory!

Retro Rollers Black Light

This quilt was so much fun to make that I've already written a pattern for it!  I'm going to have it to a couple tester by Friday and I'm hoping to have it available to purchase towards the middle of May.

On another note I've been following the adventures of my Modern Stepping Stones quilt and it is currently in Australia, yes Australia, for the Australasian Quilt Convention.  HERE is a link to a post that The MQG made on their Instagram account showing some of the quilts in the Best of Quiltcon showcase.   The quilts in the showcase are so amazing, I'm still shocked each time I see Modern Stepping Stones hanging with them.  I'm hoping to get a picture from the show via IG that I can post on my blog, fingers crossed.

Modern Stepping Stones


  1. This is such a fun quilt, and evokes wonderful memories for me as well, as I spent alot of my childhood at the rink!


    1. Thanks Debbie! It was a super fun quilt to make. I almost wanted to go to our local roller rink, Patterson North which is still open, and take pictures... almost šŸ˜‰

  2. Very Fun! Very cool! Love the shapes, the pink and those stars!!

    1. Thank you! I think it's great when a maker's excitement for a project is visible in the finished design!

  3. Saw it in the flesh at the show on Friday - love it!!

    1. YAY! Thank you. It looked like an amazing show.


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