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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…

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…