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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…

2018 Quilt Summary

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Many of you may have seen on Instagram that I like to end the year with a summary of all my makes. 

So here is what I like to call 2018 by the, quilt, numbers: 40 completed projects, 8 minis, 32 throw - twin sized




 23 shared, 17 secret sewing projects:



10 quilted on my domestic machine (8 minis + 2 throws) 30 on my Gammill longarm, 6+ large spoils and 4 cones of Aurifil 40 wt 3 ply thread.

5 Curated Quilts mini quilt challenge entries (top row 2017, middle and bottom 2018)


11 quilt shows, 21 accepted quilts, 3 rejected quilts, 6 quilt awards



3 mini swaps




6 quilting bee prompts (one that didn't get finished yet, sorry Jenny, soon! and my prompt not counted so actually 7 prompts)


18 quilt patterns, 7 publications

Dozens upon dozens of quilt designs


And finally... 1 BOOK in the works with my co-author Daisy Aschehoug ( @warmfolk ) ! 


2018 has been a super-busy-fun year!! Thank you for joining me for this great quilting adventure. HAPPY NEW YEAR!









Never again will I curse the ground becaus…

QuiltCon 2019

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I finally know what quilts will be at QuiltCon 2019 in Nashville and which one will not be.  I entered a total of 5 quilts and 4 of them were accepted: Lilium, Fringe Area, Pickle Knots and a secret sew project.

I had one quilt not accepted into the show, Stratagem.  Poor Stratagem, it didn't get into the MQG Showcase so this really wasn't a surprise but I'm not giving up on it and I have already entered it in another quilt show. MQX - New England.

This means I will have 4 quilts in the show eligible for awards.  As usual I can't remember what categories I entered in but I do know Pickle Knots was submitted as part of the APQ Two Color Quilt Challenge.  Along with these 4 quilts I will also have 2 quilts not eligible for awards at the show in the Quilt of the Month Showcase: Positive Illuminations and Jawbreakers.

QuiltCon notification day is always a busy day for the modern quilting community, especially on Instagram, as people share pictures of their juried and not …

Trellis Quilt: : My Gammill Makes Me Look Good

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My Trellis quilt top arrived from Honest Fabric and it moved right to the top of my quilty queue.

The print quality is fantastic and even though I was a little uncertain about working with a synthetic I really enjoyed how easy it quilted up.

I'm getting to know my Gammill more and more and designed the most of this quilt using Gammill's Creative Studio (I got the pebbles from the Gammill library and used my friend Christine's (@ccpquilt) Iris motif for the arches.

I'm really please with the finished quilt and am thinking about entering it in a show.  I've never entered a wholecloth quilt so it'll be new territory for me.

I've already ordered my second quilt top from Honest Fabric, Gridwork, and can't wait to work on that one too.  I'm taking some free motion quilting classes at QuiltCon in February and think the printed grid will be a great way to practice.

I've also designed and added another quilt top for purchase, Coral Commotion.  I'm h…