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”.

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Quilt Glamour Shots 2017

It's that time of year again when I get professional pictures of the quilts I want to enter in shows or make into patterns.  I worked with Jennifer of Simply Imagined Photography again this year.  She primarily does family photography so it is very kind of her to help me out with my quilts each year.  With that being said here are this year's pictures!


Quarter Hours

More Stop Than Go

Retro Rollers

Clambake

Misprint

Balance & Fade

Scandinavian Pathway

There it is, 7 of the 9 quilts I had photographed this year, two of them are secret sew projects that I can't show right now but eventually.  I entered all of these, except for Quarter Hours, to QuiltCon so now it's a wait and see game.  All in all I entered 10 quilts to QuiltCon and because of the new rules, they will only accept 5 quilts from one quilter for exhibit, I know right off the bat that 5 of them will be rejected and quite possibly more.  There are so many talented modern quilters out there I know the competition will be fierce.

Speaking of quilt shows I have my All's Fair in Love and Board Games mini quilt in the Quilt Expo Madison, Wisconsin Sept. 7-9!  I'm hoping to see a picture or two via social media since I won't be able to attend, fingers crossed.

All's Fair in Love and Board Games







"being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" Phil 1:6

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  1. Wonderful! They are all just so unique and lovely. I so love your style! Good luck with QuiltCon! ;-)

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    1. Thanks Debbie!! I love your work too, I wish I could improv piece like you. I hope I get at least one quilt in since I'm going to be at QuiltCon 2018. I'm always surprised with what the jury picks, quilts I think I have really good chance have been rejected and designs I've thrown together the last minute get in, then you throw in all the amazing quilts people will be entering... it's impossible to know.

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  2. Every one of your quilts is fabulous, Heather! Your designs are fresh and clean, and I'm personally attracted to anything with a circle or curve in it. Do you draw a homemade template each time, or do you use circle rulers? I have no doubt that you'll get five of those into QuiltCon. And because the competition is so fierce, just as you said, I'm not even going to bother entering. I have come to recognize that I do not have the skill set for designing original creations. But tell me what to make, and I'm all over that! Ha! I don't need to wish you good luck or good wishes because you're a sure thing. I only wish I was attending QuiltCon 2018 so I could see your quilts in person. :-)

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    1. Thank you Linda!! I'm an acrylic template junkie especially for cutting curves. Some of the very best templates I've used are: Jenny Haynes' (pappersaxsten) 7" Double Drunkards Path, Jen Carlton-Bailly's (bettycrockerass) complete set of Quarter Circle templates and Marti Michell's Double Wedding Ring template. I've also had a few custom templates made from Bay Creek Quilting Templates (like the large drunkards path for Urban Trek). Thanks again for the confidence in my work I never take getting into a juried show for granted but it's nice to know others believe it will happen :)

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  3. Glad to see these all in one post and I am anxious to see the secret projects when you can unveil them. These quilts are all so unique, but your vision and voice show in each one. I saw some on Instagram, but was in a No Service/No WiFi zone for vacation and all my comments and "likes" just disappeared!

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    1. Thanks Jane, IG does weird things sometimes for sure. If everything works out right I think I'll be able to share more in February... hopefully. It sure make it hard to pick a project to take to the retreat, though. I guess I'll just have to make a new quilt šŸ˜‰

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