It Never Rains but It Pours Quilt News

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There's been no end to the quilt news coming in this week, a new quilt along, quilt show acceptance, a magazine feature.  So much to share so I'm just going to jump in.


I'm teaming up with my good friend Christa Watson, christaquilts.com, to host a quilt along starting in September.  I designed the Infrastructure quilt for Christa's new fabric line Geo Pop and am so excited to be working with Christa again.  I'll be making a version of the quilt in the new Benartex Superior Solids and Christa will be using her fabrics.  
If you're interested in getting a head start Christa has kits available on her website and we both have patterns available for sale in our shops.  There will be more information about the quilt along and the fabulous giveaway as we get closer to September.


Next up I have some quilt show news.  Earlier this week I found out that my quilt, Banner Day, will be part of the 2019 Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Festival in Hou…

Bird Watching Quilt

I finished up a new quilt, my Bird Watching quilt, (40" x 48").

Bird Watching

Earlier this month I got an email form the Audubon Society, no I'm not a bird watcher but I do like to identify birds I've never seen before from time to time, and in the that email was a picture of a Bohemian Waxwing which caught my attention instantly.  What struck me first from the picture was the color palette followed by the angel of the feathers on the Waxwing wings.

Bohemian Waxwing - picture by the Audubon Society

Originally I was going to hand quilt this design, so I made it 40" x 48" but after I completed the top I realized that 40" x 48" is not a small quilt.  In the end I decided machine quilt the top.

Bird Watching

This design is a bit different for me so I decided to try out some new quilting.  The more I quilted the top the more it reminded me of the back of playing cards.  With that in mind I added some flouncy border motifs in the blue sections to capture that feel.  Even though it was scary to try something new I think the end result was worth it.


Aurifil Thread

Most of this top was quilted with my favorite Aurifil 40 wt 3 ply.  I recently received my Aurifil Artisan gift thread which included all the thread weights that Aurifil offers.  I decided to try out 28wt in my longarm and it worked great!  When I needed to change colors I went for the 28 wt large spool.  I liked to use a corresponding thread color in 40 wt for my bobbin.

Aurifil Thread

I can't wait to try out more weights, including 80 wt for hand applique, 12 wt for hand quilting and that monofilament, all fun.  There are more Aurifil projects I can't wait to share in the following months. 

Pat Sloan - Fireside Chat - Giveaway


Lastly, are you interested in listening to a great podcast and a fabulous giveaway?  Pat Sloan has an amazing podcast so head over to her Fireside Chat page and watch her podcast to learn how to enter.





"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." 2Peter 3:9

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  1. Oh, my, be still my beating heart! I AM a birder and I am truly impressed!

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    1. Thanks again!! I definitely am curious about birds and love identifying them so it was really fun to work on a design with such a great inspiration.

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  2. It's such a beautiful and well balanced quilt...and to think the inspiration came from that photo of a bird...amazing.

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    1. Thank you so much! I always love to see quilt inspiration some of them can be very surprising.

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