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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Modern Marks Blog Hop and Giveaway!


Several weeks back Christa Watson ( asked me if I'd be interested in participating in a blog hop and giveaway for her debut fabric line Modern Marks by Benartex.  I couldn't believe it, I'd been eyeing Christa's fabric line via Instagram and her blog dreaming about how I can use them in a quilt design and now I had an amazing opportunity to do just that.

Modern Marks by Christa Watson

I set out at once playing with quilt designs and in the end I settled on a sampler styled quilt featuring many of the prints.  When I got my hands on the Modern Marks fabric the first thing I noticed was how bright and saturated the colors were and then secondly what great quality the fabric was and how easy it was to work with.

When I started quilting my design I couldn't help but smile when seeing these colors under my needle.  They're just so cheerful.  I also wanted to try some phantom shapes in a few areas of the quilt, it was too much fun.

I'm so happy with how this quilt came out.  The fabrics are so amazing and carry your eye effortlessly over the design.  I already have ideas of how to use this prints  mixed in with solids as a way to add depth and interest to a few of my designs.

Mod Shapes Quilt
The weather has been pretty overcast here and since my Photoshop skills aren't quite to the place where I can change a rainy day to a sunny one I left my Mod Shapes quilt up ready for that perfect photo as soon as the sun came out.  I'm going to miss all that color in my dining room now that I got my picture.

Finally, the giveaway!!  Benartex has generously offered a bundle of 8-10 of the prints from Christa's line as a giveaway for the blog hop.  To enter the giveaway leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post (sorry, US residents only). Each blogger participating in the hop is giving away a bundle so don't forget to visit all the other great blogs in the hop to see their projects and enter more giveaways.  I'll choose a winner on Sunday December 3rd using a random generator and contact the winner via email, so please make sure to leave your email so I can contact the winner, example "name at email dot com."

Monday Nov 27th
Hollyanne @String & Story
Tuesday Nov 28th
Wednesday Nov 29th
Hilary @Aurifil
Thursday Nov 30th
Heather @Quiltachusetts
Friday Dec 1st
Stephanie @Modern Sewciety


The winner is...

YAY!!  I'll be contacting the winner via email shortly.  Thank you to everyone that stopped by all the blogs in the hop and thank you for all the amazing comments.  I'm looking forward to seeing some gorgeous quilts made with Modern Marks!!

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Rom 15:13


  1. Love your quilt, it really showcases the beautiful fabric Christa designed. The colors are so vibrant. Love them. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  2. Your quilt makes great use of the wondferul fabrics. Love it

  3. These fabrics would make colorful baby quilts! Perfect for "tummy time"!
    Becky Hartley


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