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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Scandinavian Pathway - Make Brown Modern

I'm so excited to announce that I have a quilt/pattern in the most recent issue of Modern Patchwork.  The Sep/Oct issue is available for purchase in paper and digital formats  HERE.

Scandinavian Pathway

I started this quilt back in January and shipped it off to the publisher in March so it has been really hard to keep the secret this long.  It all started with giving myself two challenges: 1) Work with a new color palette 2) Make brown modern!

Color Palette and Backing

This is the third time I've worked with the team at Modern Patchwork and I just really appreciate how easy they are to work with, very professional and friendly.  I had actually given my quilt another name but the editors thought there may have been a copyright issue, evidently someone else has used the title Norwegian Wood, sheez ;) but they took time and renamed my quilt to Scandinavian Pathway and it's perfect!  I've mentioned before that naming my quilts is the hardest part.  I'm seriously considering using a number system in 2018.

I'm starting to get a comfortable with with quilting and starting to see that I have a "style."  I definitely use horizontal and vertical lines to build a foundation for the more detailed quilting.

Scandinavian Pathway Quilting Detail

I think that giving myself a challenge with this quilt made it what it is and I am very pleased with the finished product.  Plus, I got to do two things I really love, make a quilt and write another pattern.

Scandinavian Pathway

Every year in Spokane the Washington State Quilters put on a quilt show at the fairgrounds and this year my guild, Inland Northwest MQG, will have an information booth.  We've asked our members to create 20" x 20" mini quilts to hand in the booth.  I decided to do two for the challenge.

Lost In Oz Mini Quilt


Cubed Corners Mini Quilt

Each mini needed to be 20" x 20" using Kona Cotton Stone and Valentine along with one other color of our choosing that can be in varying shades, I chose blue.  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with the ladies in our guild are very talented it should make the booth stand out.

Right now I have 10 quilts out and about in shows around the world.  The next show up is Quilting Expo.  All's Fair in Love and Board Games is in a modern mini quilt exhibit there.  Hopefully I'll get a peek of it via social media since I won't be able to attend.



"This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin." 1 John 1:5-7

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  1. Wow! Dare I say I love everything you make?! Love that you 'made brown modern' - and there's such wonderful movement in your design. Really lovely.

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    1. Thank you and believe me the feeling is mutual! Between this and your Double Tall Skinny Latte quilt we'll bring brown back šŸ˜‰

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  2. Congratulations again on a beautiful design! It's really stunning! I feel very lucky to be in a group with such talented people as yourself. You set the bar high! Beautiful work!

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    1. Thanks Mickey! I can't wait to see everyone's mini quilts. Gretchen was doing hers at sew day and it was pretty amazing.

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  3. P.S. I LOVE your original quilt title Norwegian Wood - perfect choice and one of my favorite songs.

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  4. These are all amazing. You've made brown look so cool!

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    1. Thank you! I think brown gets a bad rap. It's not my favorite color, I love bright pink, but brown has potential.

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