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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…

Pantone Quilt Challenge: Greenery

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I've been participating in an abundance of challenges so far, this year and this after I swore off challenges last year, but I've learned to look at them as a chance to grow creatively instead of a just another chore to check off the list.  The most recent challenge is the Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Rebecca Bryan of Bryan House Quilts.

I design my Focus Frame quilt (48.5" x 60") using Elisa's Back Porch Designs' Rainbow Block Template.  When I saw this template I instantly thought of the focus frame from the film strips I use to watch in school, so I held on to that idea waiting for the perfect project and then I read about the Pantone Quilt Challenge with the color of the year Greenery and knew exactly what I wanted to do.
The challenge was to use Greenery as a featured color in a quilt, quilt top or mini quilt.  I decided to make a quilt and in the spirit of the challenge even used contrasting green thread to quilt the entire quilt.  I also bound the…

Mini Quilts Galore

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I don't typically make mini quilts.  I've made a few in the past but these past couple weeks I made FOUR!  There were two factors motivating all these mini: 1) It was part of a challenge or 2) I wanted to play with prints.

The first mini I made was for the Curated Quilts call for mini entries.  There was a great color palette and amazing architectural inspiration pictures that enticed me to design the Intersections 2.0 mini.  Submissions are open until midnight Monday (5/8) if you're interested in making a mini for this challenge.

The next two mini quilts I made because I was in between projects and wanted to use prints in my stash.  I decided the best way to do this to remake one of my original designs, scaled down of course.  First I made a mini version of Urban Trek using Tula Pink's Elizabeth prints and the second was Modern Stepping Stones using Carolyn Friedlander's various prints.  I don't work with prints often and this was a great project for me to ex…