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…

QuiltCon Magazine... Finally!

With QuiltCon just around the corner I have some amazing news.  After being too scared to submit a design for the 2016 QuiltCon Magazine and then having last year's design rejected I finally have a quilt pattern featured in QuiltCon Magazine... Lemon Drops!

Lemon Drops

It's such an honor to finally have a design in QuiltCon magazine, which is now available for purchase, but my reject a had happy ending.  Optics was accepted to show at AQS Fall Quilt Week in Paducah, pretty cool.

Lemon Drops rounds out the last of my five quilts accepted into QuiltCon this year.  The hardest part of secret sewing is keeping the news hush hush and in this case I waited almost five months to spill the beans.  Not my longest wait but definitely a hard one with my past experiences.

Cover: Silvia Sutter's Papper Cut Quilt

I took a few risks for me with this design.  I used both prints and linen to give it a light summertime feel.  I definitely had a picnic theme in mind while designing this.  Also, I entered this design in the Modern Traditional category at QuiltCon, a first for me. 

Lemon Drops

Taking chances are scary and putting your work out there to be judged can be just as scary but it can also be so rewarding.  I'm really looking forward to Quiltcon next week and seeing all those amazing quilts in person!

Lemon Drops

“My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance." 1 Sam 2:1