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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”.

I reall…

Where are the Quilts?

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I promise I've been working on quilts but I definitely haven't had anything to show for it.  It's been an incredibly busy time of year for me.  I've been wrapping up my work at my old job and trying to juggle a new schedule with getting quilting done.  It hasn't been easy.  Fortunately, I found time to do this quarter's Curated Quilts mini challenge.

The challenge was to use a specific color palette and triangles.  I don't mind triangles, I don't use them often, but these little two inch triangles were too much fun.  I haven't had a chance to name my mini but it kind of reminds me of triangles all sitting in a bookcase, hmm.


The gals at Curated Quilts do an amazing job selecting color palettes and themes.  I really enjoy participating in the challenges.

Speaking of challenging, I'm taking part in a quilting bee this year, #beeinspired2018.  There are some really talented ladies in our group and our first prompt from Kathryn, @kupitis, was so in…

QuitCon Part Two: More Quilts

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This was so hard but I narrowed it down to twenty, just 20 of my favorite quilts from QuiltCon 2018.  I took close to 60 pictures of quilts from the show and selecting just 20 of those for a blog post was really hard.  It gave me a little, very little, taste of what it must feel like to be a judge.  In the end I gravitated towards the quilts that I had met the maker because it added an extra dimension to the quilt that wasn't there before.  Please forgive me, some of the photos are blurry.  Enjoy the show!
The first group is the largest, Modern Traditionalism:









 Next up, Use of Negative Space:






My favorite category, Minimalist Design:






Big designs in small packages, Small Quilts:




Two of my favorite quilts, Piecing:




Finally, Quilt of the Month:



QuiltCon is an amazing show with many more amazing quilts. If you get a chance I recommend looking up all the quilters on Instagram, when available the Instagram handle is printed on the quilt description, and don't forget to do a quick I…