I am modern quilter.
I am a Pisces (who doesn’t know how to swim).
I learned how to sew when I was six and took it up ‘seriously’ at twelve.
I passionately believe that beauty is the birthright of every human and that beauty should be all around us.
I have a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
I approach quilt design like an engineer.
I love to swing dance so much that I feel like I’m dancing at the feet of the gods when I dance.
I love Indian food. (Can you say Saag Lamb?)
I can watch Law & Order any day of the week.
I hated the color green until about five years ago; now I its my favorite color.
I find green more and more often in my quilts.
I love Blue Bell Cookies and Cream ice-cream and country music from the 90’s.
I love the mountains.
I learned how to fly before I learned how to drive.
I love to quilt.
I just so happened to be in Torrance, CA taking care of some business this afternoon when remembered a discussion post over at the LA Modern Quilt Guild about a new Japanese fabric store on this side of town . . . I just can’t resist oogling over beautiful fabric so of course I had to find it. Just walking in the store I knew I was in trouble!
It’s called Moment (I love that name) and it was pretty awesome. It’s the largest selection of Japanese fabrics that I’ve seen – they say the largest in the US. I snapped a few photos with my camera phone. They’re not that great but, they give you a glimpse of all the awesomeness! Aside from fabric, they had great trims and lots of other goodies straight from Japan – all sewing related. And if you purchase fabric, they’ll give you a free 2 hour sewing lesson!
What does “modern quilting” mean? I’m sure each of you has your view on this. And some of you are very opinionated about it.Well, you’re being invited to share your views on the Modern Quilt Guild site. There will be posts every day this week.
That’s what I think when I’m with all the other amazing ladies (we haven’t had any men attend yet) that attend the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild meetings. I guess many of us quilters and crafters have always created alone. Of course the internet has opened up a wide community but, it’s nothing like being in person with people that are just as passionate about your art as you are. Yay! This is so much fun.
My family and friends are extremely supportive and appreciative but, I think I can see just a hint of ‘she’s just a tad bit touched’ in their eye as I’m passionately describing my latest quilting exploit. But, the Modern Quilt Guild is like my support group. We can all be weird about this together and it feels like we’re finally at home with people that understand us!
It is both fun and inspiring to see all the creativity that comes out of the guild. And, this month to see all the creative potholders – wow! And the awesome show and tell quilts. Here’s a few pictures so you can get a glimpse of the fun! Enjoy!
The Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild had a potholder swap for our December Holiday Gift Exchange. At first I wasn’t extremely excited but, when it came down to it I had an absolute blast. There was a problem though. We had to design ONE potholder.One potholder? Are you serious? That was excruciating for me! So, instead of one, I designed FOUR! I know, I know. That’s a few more than one but, I had fun AND I got to try out some new techniques that I hadn’t tried before. The biggest thing that I got out of making potholders is that they are like a tiny mini quilt. Like a one block quilt. Anyhow, here are the potholders that I designed. Let me know what you think. The photos aren’t that great because I waited until I got to Home Ec. for the guild meeting to snap photos and wrap them!
I’m really into solids and I have a sketch in my quilt sketchbook to make a quilt using 1″ strips (1.5″ strips with 1/4″ seam allowance on each side) of a variety of solids. So, I decided that my first potholder would be a mini version of this – with 1/2″ strips. I LOVE IT! I can’t wait to make a quilt like this. Very modern and chic. And fun as a potholder. Of course this one had to be circle. I just love circles – and it really seems to balance the linear design of the 1/2″ strips. The details were fun too because I put lots of colors on the back too – even inside the pockets have different colors – I didn’t take pictures though.
So, I’ve never done the improvisational log cabin block that everyone does. For some reason, I’m more drawn to clean lines and exactness in my quilts. So, this of course was my chance to do it. I had just bought a few pieces of the Alexander Henry Lorenza fabric in the Onyx colorway so I decided to have a go at it. I paired it with a couple of really weird Kona Cottons that I had bought for another project and they matched perfect. I bound it in Kona Cotton Cerise – one of my current favorites.
Strings of Strawberries
I hadn’t yet convinced myself to invest the energy in string piecing a whole quilt but, I’ve always wanted to try it. So, here was my golden chance. I had fabric left over from my Strawberry Disco Fields quilt and pulled a couple of other prints from my stash. It turned out to be a lot of green and a little red and black sprinkled in. So, I highlighted the green and just put one print on the back – a green and white polka. But, there a surprise inside! A little more of the Very Berry fabric! Once again – I didn’t get photos of the inside but, you’ll have to trust me!
Squares in Circles
When pulling fabrics from my stash, I had a stack of black and white next to a stash of green and whites and I just loved the combo. I just had to do something with this. I, as most of you have since established, love circles as well. So, I just pieced squares of various alternating green and white & black and white fabrics in a little patchwork block and then I pieced this into a black circle which I then pieced into a whit background. I had fun with concentric circle quilting lines on this one. I also love the back. Pretty simple. But, I’ve always loved the Disco Dots fabric by Michael Miller in Black and White so I had to highlight it. The back is a little bit of a mistake. My intention was to have a green and white print at the top where the white is but, I think I placed it upside down. Oh well, another perfect mistake!
Sorry for the delay! I ran the Random Number Generator yesterday but, didn’t finish with my post. Anyhow I’ve been having so much fun this week with the potholders (for the swap that we had at the LA Modern Quilt Guild last night) I decided that the lucky winner will get to tell me what colors that she wants so that it will match her kitchen(or whatever other colors that she wants)!
And the winner is. . . . drum roll please. . . number 67 – Lynne! I will be emailing you shortly. Please respond back with your mailing address and the colors for your potholder so that I can get it in the mail by the 12th!
And, I know how much fun I had with the last potholders I made that I can’t just make one. So, I decided to pick another winner – or to let the Random Number Generator pick another winner. And the second winner is . . . Number 22 – Valerie! Once again, you can pick your colors and I’ll try to come up with something fun. Expect an email from me soon!
Thanks everyone for participating! And, I can’t wait to do it again.