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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Retro Rollers Pattern Release

Wow time is flying this month.  Back on June 3rd, I released my Retro Rollers pattern for purchase!  I can't believe it's already been a week and I'm just now finding the time for a post, crazy.

Retro Rollers Quilt Pattern
Early this spring I was instantly inspired a couple neon pink prints for Cotton + Steel and designed this quilt.  I was so much fun to make that I wrote a pattern and found two great pattern testers that kindly agreed to a quick turn around, thank you Christa and Haven!!

The pattern has easy to follow instructions, diagrams, templates and features a unique diagonal stripe technique.  The PDF download is available at and or you can go to the pattern tab above and click through to my Etsy shop.

I also have some news on all those challenges I took part in this Spring.  First after participating in Curated Quilts mini challenge I received notification that Intersections 2.0 was picked to be featured in the first issue of Curated Quilts!

Intersections 2.0
The third challenge I entered but the second to send out notifications was Quilt Expo's Modern Mini Quilt Challenge.  My All's Fair in Love and Board Games quilt placed 11th and I won 4 three day passes to Quilt Expo.  Check out all the winners here.  My friend Trinia, also in Spokane, placed fourth!  After the winner's were announced a representative form Quilt Expo contacted me and asked if I would like to submit my quilt to the Modern Mini Challenge showcase at Quilt Expo this year, very exciting!

All's Fair in Love and Board Games
Finally, the winners for the Pantone Quilt Challenge, hosted by Rebecca Bryan and Sarah Sharp, were posted.  I didn't win the Pantone challenge but a day or so later I was asked by Make Modern Magazine for permission to feature my Focus Frame quilt along with other quilts from the Pantone challenge in their magazine... of course!!  What an amazing honor!

Focus Frame Quilt
I haven't been a huge fan of challenges in the past but I really enjoyed designing and making the these three quilts for different reasons.  The challenges also helped me grow as a designer by making quilts to fit the challenges parameters while staying true to my own artistic voice.

Lastly I wanted to share something new.  About a week ago I remembered this huge stereo I had while growing up,  It was very fancy, to me, and included 2, yes 2, tape decks, AM/FM tuner and a record player, oh the mix tapes I created, but what stood out to me in this particular memory were the audio controls that you could slide up and down and because I'm a quilter I instantly thought... I can make that a quilt.  This was the first design I came up with

I wasn't very pleased with the design.  While I could definitely see my design inspiration, it just wasn't what I anticipated.  Then by chance I rotated the design clockwise 90 degrees.  I was pleasantly surprised.  I also threw a white border on to pull it all together.

I have quite a few quilts on must make for Quiltcon list so I don't know when I will get to this design, probably later in the summer, but I definitely want to get this made, and maybe add a few prints.