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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…

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…

Banner Day in Curated Quilts

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A few months back Curated Quilts announced that their next magazine would have a curve theme.  I was so excited and even though I already had three looming deadlines, I submitted my design, Banner Day, and it was accepted for publication as a pattern!

The curve issue of Curated Quilts started shipping earlier this week and is currently for sale on their website.  There are so many great articles and quilts in this issue I can't wait to get a copy in my hands!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of Banner Day before I shipped it off but I do have a picture of the quilt as shown in the magazine.


As soon as I get the quilt back from the magazine I'll get more pictures up.  In the meantime,  I can share the original design mock up.

Along with the Banner Day pattern I was asked to share Scandinavian Pathway in gallery section of the magazine.  Scandinavian Pathway is currently available as a pattern in my Etsy shop.
Since I frequently work with curves there may, or may not I …

Why Not, Why Knot Quilt

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I spent much of last year making quilts for one publication or another, for this fabric line or that fabric line but almost all on some sort of a deadline.  I started 2019 telling myself that this year was going to be different and I was going to make some quilts for me, taking my time and enjoying the creative process but before I knew it I'd booked several quilts for publication and had made four quilts all before QuiltCon in late February.  After QuiltCon, I caught my breath and decided to change course and make a quilt for me, my Why Knot quilt.


I really didn't have to much of a direction.  I knew what colors I wanted to use and pulled them from my stash and I knew I wanted to use the arc shape so I started designing and playing with layout.  I finally decided to just start making!  I used Jenny Haynes' 7" Double Drunkards Path template which comes with a great squaring tool.


I settled on a layout and before I knew it I had my quilt top finished and I started on …

QuiltCon 2019 - Summary of My Quilts

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I'm back and finally getting over being exhausted but I had an amazing time at QuiltCon this year.  I think the best part of the show is running into so many fellow quilters that I've only met online, meeting all the new people and seeing old friends! 

I had four quilts in the competition part of the show, two in the Quilt of the Month showcase and the giveaway quilt.  I received judges notes on the four quilts in the competition portion of the show.  I would like to share the judges comments in hopes it will make them less terrifying and encourage others to enter in QuiltCon and other shows.  First up Colonnade, by far my favorite make of 2018:

QuiltCon judges notes vary from other quilt shows in that they don't give a quantified score.  Pluses next to one of the considerations indicates that the quilt being evaluated excelled in that area, or at least that is how it has been explained to me and then the judges leave comments on the bottom of the page.  I think Colonnad…

HUGE QUILTCON NEWS... HUGE!

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I've been waiting for a super long time and have dropped a hint or two here and there but I finally get to share that last year I was asked to design, piece, bind and write the pattern for the QuiltCon 2019 Giveaway Quilt, Keyhole Kaleidoscope!

When I got asked to make the QuiltCon Giveaway Quilt I'd only done a few quilts on my longarm and knew that the work for this quilt had to be beyond stellar so I asked my friend, Christine Perrigo (@ccpquilt), to quilt it.  The quilt is 70" x 84" and Christine covered every square inch we amazing quilting!

This quilt features Moda Bella Solids with subtle color differences along with high contrast to create depth and movement and is available as a pattern on The Modern Quilt Guild website for $10.

Not only can you make this quilt for yourself, if you are currently at QuiltCon you can buy raffle tickets for a chance to WIN this quilt!!  If you're not a QuiltCon you can still buy the pattern or see it featured in QuiltCon M…

NEW Honest Fabric Designs!

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Thank you to everyone that has purchased one of my designs at honestfabric.com !  My Trellis quilt is doing well and I wanted to offer a more neutral color way so I designed an off white and blue version.


All Honest Fabric designs are available in three sizes: 51" x 60", 68" x 80" & 88" x 104" and quilt up so nicely.  The fabric is soft and the printing is amazing!


I've also added a new design, Light Bending!


This design is inspired by a quilt I made several years back and is now my daughter's favorite quilt.


I think Light Bending has great potential for creative quilting and you've gotta love those bright colors!





If you haven't already go check out Honest Fabric and all the amazing quilt tops!  I have six different designs available and several colorways and am hoping to add a few more this year.

















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Colonnade and QuiltCon Magazine!

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I've been keeping this secret since this summer and I finally get to share the fourth quilt heading to QuiltCon 2019, Colonnade!!

This quilt, and many other quilts from QuiltCon are available as patterns in the latest issue of QuiltCon Magazine instantly as a digital download or for preorder from The Quilting Company!

Along with the QuiltCon quilt patterns there are articles about this year's show and a gallery section featuring some amazing quilts that will be at the show.

This quilt has plenty of meaning to me for many reasons but one of my inspirations for the quilt was a dream I had where there was a beautiful portico drenched in warm light.  It uses equally warm colors and a repetitive pattern to mimic columns.

I quilted the negative space with straight lines at different angles.  This creates depth and movement.  I actually messed up my quilting plan but didn't realize it until it was too late and just left the error.  I don't know if anyone will catch it, defin…

The Year of Patterns

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I've set a goal to release or refresh 20 patterns this year and I've already started off the year with 2 new patterns and 1 refresh!

Digital downloads of these patterns and seven others are available in my Etsy shop!  All my patterns come with easy to follow instructions, full color diagrams, templates (when applicable) and  a coloring page for customization. 


I'm also working on having some of my patterns available in printed form.  I've had both Mountain Scene and Urban Trek, w/ full size templates, professionally printed but I'm waiting until I have a few more to list them officially.
I have close about 10 patterns to release and 5 refreshes planned for the year already but would like to know if there is a quilt that I've made that you would like to see as a pattern? I've heard from people about Lilum, Clambake and Trellis but is there another quilt that you would like to see as a pattern? To meet my goal I will need to write patterns for 1-3 more q…