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.
Yep challenge. I don’t love competitions and I design best when I’m designing from a place of love and pure creation and I know this about myself. But, I’m a sucker for a box of beautiful fabric and how beautiful is this?
So, when Free Spirit Fabrics/Coats and Clark asked me if I wanted to participate in this challenge, I couldn’t help but say yes! It’s a friendly competition with a few extra awesome designers. Can you believe this list???
I blogged about The Big ‘O’ Quilt a few months ago. This is the second quilt in the ‘O’ Series, The Big ‘O’, Part II. Like The Big ‘O’ this quilt uses the Bias Tape Appliqué technique but only on the right half of the quilt. The other half uses Dale Fleming’s Pinless Piecing (otherwise known as the six-minute circle) technique which you know that I love. And barring managing such large pieces of fabric, it was a quilt that went together quite easily. But, of course both of these techniques are pretty easy.
This quilt was finished to hang at the first QuiltCon in 2013 so many of you may have seen it there or from pictures from the show. It had never been photographed properly though.
This quilt has so many things that I love in it. Green, in the perfect shade. And another pretty great shade of green. Half circles making up a full circle. Random crosshatch quilting. Binding that blends into the background. Just a hint of a print. Super light Gray background. That perfect blue (I think it’s the same blue on the back of The Big ‘O’)! I also think this super simple quilt has fabric from 4 or 5 different manufacturers which makes me happy too!
I was so happy when the Sewtopia crew invited me to teach at the second Sewtopia event happening April 16, 2015. Then I found out the other teacher was Rita from Red Pepper Quilts. Then I found out it was going to be in Chicago! Then I found out it was going to be at The Drake hotel. This will be so much fun! Registration opens on the 1st of August so just over a week away. It’s a pretty intimate event so there are just 80 spots. If you’re interested, you shouldn’t wait!
I’ll be teaching a soon to be released Latifah Saafir Studios pattern called Molehills where we’ll explore gentle curved piecing, curved piecing without (or with minimal) pins and a relaxed approach to paper piecing. Even though this pattern goes together easily, this is the perfect opportunity to come work with me to learn how I do curves and possibly overcome your fear of sewing curves.
Molehills is a fun pattern with two variation and so many opportunities for personalization. Here’s a baby quilt that I made that has variation one with paper pieced arcs.
And, here is a sort of wild and crazy quilt top that I was playing around with the variation where the arcs are each made of one fabric. I’m working on quilting this baby today so you can get a better view.
Do you sometimes make a quilt that is not 100% your style or colors? I do for those I love. My sister decorated my Mom’s living space around colors inspired from a mirror that Mom fell in love with from Pier One. I wanted to make a quick quilt that would coordinate with this already colorful living room. Here’s the result. Stripes – all Kona Cottons – in turquoise, rusts, tans and black. Colors that all coordinate directly with the room.
I didn’t have a flat surface with the right sun outside at her house so it was taken on the fence but, I promise the stripes really are straight. ;) This quilt is made of eight different Kona Cotton colors – seven on the front and one on the back.
The back is one solid fabric and really shows the quilting lines well.
Of course there is a big chunky 1″ binding to tie in the chunky 1″ wide black stripe that unifies the quilt.
This quilt has a lot of saturated colors but, it really goes well with the room.
I sorta have a crush on everything that Sarah Jane does. Everything. And, when she had her first line of fabric, I wanted every SKU of it. It is filled with true multicultural children, not just children with different complexions. And these kids all live in a magical world of individuality and whimsy. Love it.
This quilt was made with fabric from her first line with Micheal Miller called Children At Play that came out in 2011/12. I fell in LOVE with the border print and wanted to find a way to use it effectively in a quilt. (It’s such a great print that you can still find it in stores.) I knew it would be for my niece Nyala and I wanted it to be fun and individual just like her. Also, she’s been a girly girl since birth so I wanted it to be girly without being over the top pink. This fabric has the best colors with peaches, lavenders, turquoises and pinks. So, I went with that for the quilt colors using the peach Gingham (a coordinate in the Children at Play line) as well as a bunch of solids.
The quilt was pieced with a modified Six Minute Circle method. And, this quilt just called for a little hand stitching detail to it. And, of course I had to follow the shape of the curved insert for the quilting.
This fabric was just too good not to put on the back. It is also from the same line. Also, note the scrappy binding using fabric scraps from the quilt top.
This detail view of the backing fabric is just too cute not to post.
The label is in the same shape as the front of the quilt and was added with the same method.
Love this quilt so much. And, thankfully so does my two almost three year old ballerina girl.