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…

Happy Thanksgiving!

I've been wrapped up in some serious quilting deadlines of late but I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and share some exciting news!

I was recently asked by Karlee Porter to contribute designs to her new company, Honest Fabric!!  I was so honored to be asked especially since I'd been mulling over submitting designs the second I heard about Karlee's new whole cloth printed quilt top concept.  I have several designs currently available for purchase and am so excited to share them with you all:

Trellis: Orange, Grey, Navy and Aqua

Fringe Area: Purple, Aqua, Pink and Orange

Both Trellis and Fringe Area are available in four different colorways and all Honest Fabric designs are available in three sizes.  Karlee's is offering 10% off your order at Honest Fabric with code 10HQF18.  I've ordered my Trellis design in the orange colorway (50" x 60") and can't wait to get quilting.  I'm especially looking forward to quilting with no bulky seams to worry about.

Grid Work & Mod Textures

In addition to Trellis and Fringe Area I also have Grid Work and Mod Textures available for purchase.  As a quilt designer I'm especially excited about offering designs that may not be otherwise possible with fabric and piecing methods currently available.  I definitely want to make designs that have a modern quilt feel and will share with you when I have posted any new designs for purchase.
In addition to the Honest Fabric announcement I also wanted to share an update on all the quilt shows I participated in this fall.

Stratagem - MQX Midwest

The photography I requested from MQX came in and because my quilt was hanging near a ribbon winner I got an extra shot of it hanging in the show, so that was fun.  I also was completely thrilled to learn that my quilt Lilium won 2nd place solo quilter at this year's Washington State Quilters quilt show!!

Lilium - 2nd Place

Lilium - 2nd Place

Hanging at the show with Lilium were four other quilts of mine. Two of them were last minute entries because I wasn't sure if Sparrows at play and Pickle Knots would be back from the Nothwest Quilting Expo in time to drop them off for the show.

Positive Illuminations 2.0, More Stop Than, The Cool Kids & Diamonds on display

I don't have any quilts in shows anytime soon but I am waiting for word back on my QuiltCon entries.  The deadline for MQG members to enter is Nov 30th and announcements usually come out 2-3 weeks after that.  Each quilter is only allowed a maximum of 5 quilts in the show and two of my slots are filled with Positive Illuminations and Jawbreakers.  They will be hanging in the Quilt of the Month exhibit at QuiltCon.  Fingers crossed for the rest of my entries.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family!  "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."  Col 3:15