Showing posts from May, 2018

Modern by the Yard Cover

At the beginning of the year I had several deadlines, four in fact all due before QuiltCon in February, and now that the latest issue of Modern by the Yard e-zine is out I can finally share my Follow the Leader quilt!!

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My Follow the Leader quilt features Christa Watson's newest fabric line with Benartex Contempo Studio, Abstract Garden.  I love Christa's playful prints and that each of her lines coordinate with the other previous lines.  The background on this quilt are grey prints from her Fandangle fabric collection.

This design is fat quarter friendly and is 100% compatible with one of my favorite templates, the Tri-Rec tool!  I wish I would have remembered to take more pictures before sending the quilt to Benartex.  I did manage to get a quick shot of the quilt top.  I can't help but smile when I see all those bright cheerful colors.

I hope you will take a moment and check out the latest issue of Modern by the Yard.  It's comp…

Quilting Practice

As I've mentioned before I recently got a Gammill Statler Stitcher and have been really enjoying getting to know my machine.  This week I finished my 8th quilt on my longarm, EIGHT!  I can't believe it.  While I can't show that quilt I can show you another quilt I finished right before it.

The inspiration for this quilt top came from the Pendleton Wool Mills series of National Park quilts and the desire for simplicity.  I made this quilt top at a a recent guild retreat and knew that I wanted to use  this relatively simple quilt to experiment with different quilting motifs.

One of the techniques I really wanted to try out was some free hand work, check out the yellow and pink sections.

I used the design software to create the hexagons then I filled in around them by hand.  I did a similar technique with the circles.  I used the software to quilt a grid then filled in the squares with circles.  I thought I was getting the hang of it and feeling pretty cool when I realized t…

Pantone Quilt Challenge 2018 - Ultra Violet

It never rains but it pours or in other words, back to back postings!  
I had just enough time after all my deadline sewing to finish a quilt for this year's Pantone Quilt Challenge hosted by Rebecca Bryan, Bryan House Quilts, and Sarah Elizabeth Sharp, No Hats in the House.  

The Pantone color of the year this year is Ultra Violet and challenge requires you use the color of the year as the feature color on your quilt.

I had this design sitting in a folder all in pink and a friend suggested I change it to purple for the challenge, which was perfect.  Even the orange worked.

I think, visually, my favorite quilting is 1/2" horizontal lines and I wanted to use them on this quilt but I added a slight deviation.  I'm completely in love with the effect and will definitely be using this quilting motif in the future.

Of course I'm still loving my Gammill Statler Stitcher.  I really enjoy designing on the computer and applying that design to the quilt.  I really see this as a…

Printology Bundle Giveaway

A while back I was invited to design a quilt for Modern Quilt Studio's new fabric line Printology by Benartex - Contempo.  These prints are inspired by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr's recent travels to Japan.  I'm thrilled that I finally get the chance to share my Reflecting Pools quilt!

After previewing the Printology fabric line I was instantly reminded of a geometric garden and that mix of the classical with the modern.  My quilt Reflecting Pools tries to capture these impressions using various Printology designs.  What's great about this line is the mix of free form and structure making for an interesting composition.  I love the effect of using the micro check as a neutral background on this quilt.  It was definitely an unexpected surprise.
Now for the giveaway!  Benartex has generously donated a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 Printology prints to giveaway!  To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment below and I will randomly pick the winner on Friday!! 

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The Creativity Project & A Collaboration

A couple months ago Kim Soper, Leland Ave Studios, ask to interview me for her Creativity Project and I couldn't be more honored to be included among such a talented group of quilters and artists.

 Reading these interviews has been so amazing and getting to know some of my favorite quilters creative process and inspiration has been so great.

I want to encourage you to go back through and read any interviews you may have missed and check out Kim's work.  Her quilts are beautiful and her Lincoln quilt is one of my all time favorites.


I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted on my blog, that is not my intention at all, but I have been busy.  I made 4 quilts in 4 weeks and fortunately I can finally, fully, share one of them!  Pearl Pendants!

This quilt is a collaboration between Christa Watson and myself.  This pattern features Christa's new fabric line Fandagle by Benartex and is ava…