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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QuiltCon Challenge

Usually I'm on top of things and entering my quilts in QuiltCon that first week in July but this year I haven't done that and it's been ok because it gave me a chance to make a quilt, Pickle Knots, for the American Patchwork & Quilting Two-Color Quilt Challenge.

Pickle Knots
The second I saw the two color challenge I was inspired to design a quilt.  I wanted to go high contrast but not too jarring so I toned it down a touch by using Kona Pickle and Kona Storm.

Pickle Knots
I also wanted to expand and experiment with my quilting skills and used a mixture of straight lines and circles to enhance the design.

Pickle Knots
It was nice to take a break from all the deadlines and make a something more creatively inspired.  I was still on sort of a deadline because I wanted to have the quilting done in time to take this along on my recent vacation to Alaska.

Pickle Knots - Denali National Park
I actually lugged three quilts along with me to Alaska in order to finish hand binding them.  I knew we'd have alot of down time while traveling so it was nice to have something to keep me busy.  I'm happy to say I finished them all!


I'm kind of liking taking my time to complete my QuiltCon entries and I think I have four or five picked out to enter.  This year I may enter seven quilts in hopes of getting the maximum 5 accepted.  Last year I entered 5 so we'll see. 

Pickle Knots - Denali National Park

Big thanks to my dad for filling in for my quilt stand!!










"For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.  From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.  I will ever praise you." Psalm 71:5-6

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