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“Gossip Girls” at the LA County Fair

I thought it would be fun to see some modern quilts at the LA County Fair, so I thought I’d enter one. It’s not really a show quilt BUT, it is definitely different than any other quilts at the fair. We usually go to either the LA or Orange County Fairs every year. My primary […]

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Shauna - April 1, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Hi- found your blog and gorgeous quilts through the Ladies Home Journal artical. In the article you state you design and draw on the I-pad. Which app do you use? I’m looking for a new one.
Love your work!

Lindsay - March 29, 2012 - 9:09 am

Loved reading your post on the MQG blog! Also, I wanted to let you know that I posted a review of Modern Blocks today and featured “Saturn’s Rings.”

Babs Bayliff - March 9, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Is there a modern quilt guild in Phoenix, Az?

Sue. - January 14, 2012 - 7:13 am

Hello! Congratulations on your showing in Ladies’s Home Journal! The article was great! It is so nice to see modern quilting done by a young and modern woman! Too many times they feature old granny style ladies with old granny style quilts…not this time! Hope to see you around Flickr again!

Smiles to you!

Beachgirl Sews.

Yemisi - January 13, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Hello, I saw your name in one of the magazines here in Northern Arizona. I am interested in making contact with you for discussions about how you can help me with my quilting ideas.
Your work are excellent and beautiful.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Patty Simmons - November 17, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Wow! Congratulations! That’s so exciting!

Arita - October 13, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Great job on the quilting and winning a prize.

Pippa - October 13, 2011 - 4:34 pm

It turned out beautifully! Love the name, too ;) Congrats!

Eileen - October 12, 2011 - 10:04 pm

Yay! How fabulous is that?! Congratulations! :)

ali - October 9, 2011 - 8:57 pm

What a great design–it has so much energy and, for lack of a better word, pizazz!

liberty - October 2, 2011 - 10:56 pm

Latifah…. that’s GREAT!!!!
so fun to see your work in that fun setting.

Holly - September 28, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Good for you for entering your quilt in the fair! What a fun surprise to win a ribbon, even if it is for “tapestry”! One of the members of our guild entered a collaborative quilt into our local fair and we got first in the contemporary quilt category!

kendascrafts - September 28, 2011 - 9:43 am

congrats on the ribbon! The quilt looks great!

Alison Marie - September 27, 2011 - 8:09 pm

Way to represent! and hooray on the ribbon! I wanted to enter something this year, bit things have been a bit hectic…..This looks great finished!

Lynda M O - September 26, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Love your quilting and happy for a ribbon, too !~!

Ann - September 26, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Congrats. Did you pick up your &5 prize money…or does LA hand out larger prizes?

Melissa and Piper - September 26, 2011 - 12:44 pm

I am SO proud of you! First that you had the idea to enter it into the fair, and second that it won second place! (It should have one first.)
I think a couple of FRMQGers are going to enter quilts in the Denver County Fair next year. We’ll be sure to let everyone know if any of them win! :)

CC Baby Quilt Set, Part 1

A dear friend of mines Katie had a beautiful baby girl, Cici in December of last year. This project was almost completed. But, it has taken me this long to finish it up and give it to her! Life sometimes happens and before you know it months have blown by! But, it was made and […]

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Lisa G - April 5, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Love the movement on the front, straight lines on the back. Beautiful.

Jess B. - March 30, 2012 - 7:43 am

Gorgeous quilt! Once the baby is wrapped up in the blanket, the circle will be made whole. :)

Amanda - January 28, 2012 - 2:00 am

This is one of my favorite modern quilts! Just beautiful!!!

Heidi Bartle - January 6, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Oh my gosh. You blow me away! You are stupid talented!!!! You need to sell patterns for all this, or teach me. One or the other. This is awesome! Great job!

Baby Quilt Idea… « Aussie Stitch - October 9, 2011 - 2:17 am

[...] latest baby quilt and the lovely Latifah who ALWAYS inspires me with her beautiful use of circles and half circles. I will have a play with the fabric and see if it works scrappy or straight. I am a huge fan of both [...]

Barbara - September 8, 2011 - 12:50 pm

This is so gorgeous. I love all your quilts. I would love to be able to make something like this!

Arita - September 7, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Love, love this quilt. Great job on every part of the quilt.

ali - September 2, 2011 - 7:44 am

I love this quilt! There’s so much movement and energy–it sings!

Sherri ~ daintytime - September 1, 2011 - 1:40 pm

You have a great sense of design and I love what you are doing with scale. Awesome!

When are you going to be in the Bay Area again? Hope you’ll ring me up.

Brye Lynn - August 26, 2011 - 7:22 am


Brye Lynn - August 26, 2011 - 7:22 am

I found you on twitter and I am so glad that I did. Your work is amazing! I love this quilt. It is so unique! I am a co-founder of a new quilt community site. Please check it out – I would love to see this quilt added to our site.

Katarina - August 25, 2011 - 12:31 pm

I think it’s the most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen! I’ve never made a quilt in my life but this one is so beautiful it makes me want to try! :o ) Thank you for the inspiration.

Amanda - August 23, 2011 - 2:54 am

Just beautiful!

Dawn - August 19, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Oh my, this is AWESOME!!

jeannette - August 17, 2011 - 7:09 pm

This is really awesome and I love it!!

Cinzia Allocca - August 17, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Just lovely! Stunning, actually. The quilting lines are brilliant!

Shannon - August 17, 2011 - 8:14 am

I LOVE the CC quilt! Definitely one of my all-time favs!!

Melissa - August 16, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Oh my goodness. Dare I say that quilt is your best, yet? What a treasure for Katie and Cici. YOU are a treasure for Katie, I know, but that quilt is just beautiful. The colors are gorgeous, and the quilting is just divine. I could gush for hours. :)

A Little Something I’m Working On. . .

. . . that I think I really love! Now, to decide how to quilt it. . . any ideas?

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Mary voss - September 7, 2012 - 5:49 am

Love your site and all the quilts. Haven’t tried a modern quilt yet, but now I’m inspired. A great grandson is on the way. Modern quilting hasn’t caught on in Western Michigan much yet. Thanks for all the lovely ideas and great inspiration. -Mary

Improv quilting « Satin Moon's Blog - August 28, 2011 - 10:32 pm

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jane - August 2, 2011 - 9:52 pm

Wow, this is really beautiful Latifah, you are unbelievably talented.

Tanya Heldman - July 15, 2011 - 9:41 am

It looks like the background is just one piece of fabric. I don’t see any seams. Amazing curve piecing. I would do something that would create a different texture in the background from the curved parts. Also, I would use different thread colors.

Ruth - July 12, 2011 - 8:17 am

I abSoLuteLy LOVE this. I don’t think it could get better.

Fabric Fascination - July 9, 2011 - 3:29 pm

If it were mine, (I can’t think as if it were yours, because then I would be afraid to ruin it), but if it were mine – I might do large leaves, and seed pods, and alien looking plants from an abundant garden. It is such an organic looking quilt that I think organic shapes would compliment it well. (If it were mine that is)

dana - July 9, 2011 - 3:44 am

I rather like the idea of quilting each shape individually and then the red background in a different color thread and different quilting pattern. I am so loving this quilt and dying that all those curves are INSET.

Cheryl Arkison - July 8, 2011 - 8:26 pm

oooh! Are those inset?

Quilting? Are you hoping to accentuate the fact that the design goes around the edge, or is there a top and bottom to the quilt? I think that decision matters when deciding on the quilt pattern.

If there is a top and bottom, then one idea that comes to mind is actually a traditional fan pattern.

If you are accentuating the all around the edge concept, then it seems obvious to quilt each shape individually. I could see red thread on the inset pieces and maybe a blue or green on the red.

Kate - July 8, 2011 - 1:51 pm

Fun!!! I’ve typed about six suggestions and erased them. I’ve got nothing! But I’m interested to see what you do :)

Made By My Student. . .

I just wanted to share a quilt that one of my students Monica A. made in my last Perfect Puddles class. Isn’t it great? Instead of the baby size quilt like the original Perfect Puddles, she decided that she wanted a lap quilt so we added borders to it, first framing the original quilt in […]

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Soapysyrie - August 5, 2011 - 5:10 pm

I really love your description of the process, it has given me an insight into what makes quilts work! Thanks

jane - June 23, 2011 - 11:03 am

Wow, it turned out beautifully! I have got to take this class next time.

Eileen - June 21, 2011 - 1:57 am

Oh my gosh! I love this quilt! It’s beautiful! :)

randi - June 20, 2011 - 7:20 am

this is a wonderful quilt, especially for a 2nd try. your student is so talented!

“Perfect Puddles” Modern Circle Sampler Quilt

Guess what mom? I’m a teacher now! I’m teaching my “Perfect Puddles” Modern Circle Sampler Quilt at Sew Modern in Los Angeles. My mother always said that I’d be a teacher – I just don’t think she thought I would teach quilting. So fun! We had our first session this past Saturday but, if you’re […]

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Mary Erdman - March 3, 2013 - 10:43 pm

I wish you were closer to Connecticut so I could take a class with you! I’m so happy I found your blog at 1:42 am est! March 4, 2013!

Carolle - July 19, 2012 - 8:24 am

Absolutely LOVE this quilt! Any chance you will be offering the pattern for sale?

mama - August 22, 2011 - 11:09 pm

Amazing. I am so proud of you. Yes, I always thought of you as a teacher.

Juandessa - June 23, 2011 - 1:02 pm

I love your creativity. Quilting has come along way. When will you offer a class for kids??

Lynette - June 23, 2011 - 8:24 am

Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog, and this quilt is FANTASTIC! I can easily see why folks would want you to teach it. :D

[...] last Perfect Puddles class. Isn’t it great? Instead of the baby size quilt like the original Perfect Puddles, she decided that she wanted a lap quilt so we added borders to it, first framing the original [...]

Lynne - June 17, 2011 - 10:44 am

LOVE this. Really great.

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts - June 16, 2011 - 4:21 pm

Wow- that is so creative and the quilting is stunning. I love it!

Amy - June 15, 2011 - 11:46 am

I love this! You’re right, the quilting looks great on the reverse. I wish I could sign up for this class, but the commute is a bit prohibitive.

Lisa - June 15, 2011 - 9:19 am

So impressive! Your skills amaze me!

Heather - June 15, 2011 - 6:44 am

I love this quilt! I love all your work, you have an amazing sense of color, technical ability and layout. Lovely.

Heather - June 15, 2011 - 6:41 am

Love this quilt and I love all your work. Your use of color, contruction and layout is really extraordinary.

amy - June 15, 2011 - 6:17 am

Love this pattern….Love your colors….Great job!!!!

Melissa - June 14, 2011 - 8:03 pm

I love it! The back might very well be my favorite part. :)
As a student who will never graduate from quilting school, I really appreciate that you designed the quilting to use the walking foot.
It’s adorable.

jan - June 14, 2011 - 7:02 pm

What a great project! The white looks like a bezel setting for a clock face! Really fun twist on a sampler!

Leanne - June 14, 2011 - 5:07 pm

This is a wonderful quilt! I love how you put so many different techniques into one quilt, including all those circles!

Adrianne (Little Bluebell) - June 14, 2011 - 4:57 pm

I love the way you talked about the colors. Main, feature and POP!

yahaira - June 14, 2011 - 3:08 pm

love it! now is there a way to beam over to la from the east coast to take the class?! :)

Funky's Mama - June 14, 2011 - 2:25 pm

What a great design! Any chance it’ll be a pattern/tutorial for those of us who don’t live near enough to take your class?

mn2nm - June 14, 2011 - 1:56 pm

Gorgeous!! I haven’t gotten the courage to face circles yet. But It’s definitely something I’m looking forward to trying. Yours are fantastic!

Nikki - June 14, 2011 - 1:10 pm

I love love love that Erin McMorris line. I have the bikes in several colors. :)

Love the quilt, the circles really set it off!

Dan - June 14, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Really lovely. I’ve got to get back to my circle project!

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