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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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!

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!

Keyhole Kaleidoscope - 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 Magazine (also featuring my Colonnade quilt), available for purchase on The Quilting Company website.

2019 QuiltCon Magazine

I didn't win any ribbons this year but I can't be more excited-honored to be asked to design and create the 2019 QuiltCon Giveaway Quilt.  There are so many amazing modern quilters out there and to be picked out of that group is so humbling.  Thank you MQG for this opportunity and for believing in my designs!

One last thing for now, I made it to QuiltCon, finally, it's been a long day with flight delays and a missed flight but I'm here!  I missed early registration, meet and greet and the award ceremony but tomorrow is a new day and I will have more to share about the show later.  Don't hesitate to grab me and say hi if you see me at the show!   

"Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”  The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." Lamentations 3:22-26


  1. So very excited for all your success! INMOD is blessed to have you as a member and president. Have a great time in Nashville! And I needed that scripture today, so thank you. Mickey

    1. Thank you so much Mickey! I'm so thankful for you too and all the inspiration from fellow quilters! I hope I will always glorify God in my work.

  2. This is really lovely and I bet the winner was SO SO happy!

    1. Thanks! It was so great she was at the show and I got to meet her!! It was so much fun!


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