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 never posted these two quilts that I made up for my Think & Wonder pattern. You may remember the first Think & Wonder quilt which featured Dr. Seuss characters. Well, I made two different versions for my pattern artwork. It’s a fun pattern called Think & Wonder of course that is great for newbie quilters and is perfect for highlighting novelty prints without them overtaking the whole quilt.
First up is Think & Wonder – Girlfriends featuring Ann Kelle’s brilliant girlfriends fussy cut. Love this quilt so much! I especially love the Supergirls. The background are all Kona Cottons in various shades of tans and creams. And the pop fabrics are from Ann Kelle’s Remix collection.
Second is Think & Wonder – AMH Edition featuring Anna Maria Horner fabrics in Navy, Cerise and Gold. These fabrics aren’t from one line they are from a couple of her more recent lines. I wanted to present a more mature version of this pattern to show that it’s not just great for novelty fabrics.
It’s already been established that I’m a bad gift giver. This one is um. . . two years late. I just couldn’t get good photos of it. Yep. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I feel bad though because it was made for a dear, dear freind of mine Lori for her 50th birthday. Today she turns 52 and I was able to gift this to her today. I wanted to celebrate her reaching the big 5 “0″ in a fun and sophisticated way. Hence, The Big ‘O’ Quilt (55″ x 69″).
This quilt was part of my continuing exploration in Bias Tape Appliqué. If I had to do it over I would have sewn the bias tape on before it was quilted. It think it would lay flatter and the bias tape wouldn’t pull the fabric as much if it is anchored down by the quilting stitches. You can see a bit of pull in the shot above.
I made a quick trip down to the beautiful Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro and to a park in Rancho Palos Verdes to finally get a few pics of this quilt. It really was difficult for me to photograph because there isn’t a ton of contrast in this quilt.
The background is Robert Kaufman’s Essex Linen in Natural, OF COURSE. It’s like the perfect fabric for so many projects.
And the quilting I choose for this quilt is my go to all over quilting design of an organic crosshatch. I love it so much. It takes a lot of time but, it creates great texture.
I wanted to define what I consider the major and minor lines in the crosshatch so I used two weights of thread. You can’t tell a drastic difference on the front but, you can see it on the back well.
I chose a luscious blue that is a great contrast from the more muted tones of the front. I believe it’s Michael Miller Cotton Couture Nite. Don’t hold me to that, it was two years ago. But, I know it is a Cotton Couture.
The label at first glance may look a little sloppy but, I wanted to sew it on with my sewing machine instead of hand sewing and I wanted to sew it on top of the same stitch lines as the quilting so the label lines would blend with the quilting on the front of the quilt. I sorta like it.
I hope Lori knows that I love her even though her gift is two years late. XOXO
A very dear friend is having a baby boy soon. She loves red polka dots. And browns. And polka dots in general. And twice I heard her say she loved the Fox and the Houndstooth fabric. And, I needed to make a full quilt sample for my May Block of the Month, Muffin Tops, that I’m teaching at Sew Modern.
So I killed two birds with one stone. (That’s a really wicked saying BTW.) The quilt will be at Sew Modern until class, then it will be gifted to her. :) The baby will be here by then so it’s perfect.
The back is simple and I think it’s kinda perfect. I picked a rust color fabric that coordinates with the foxes. Then I inserted a strip that includes the foxes, the preppy red houndstooth and a label that is in the shape of the half circles on the front of the quilt.
I love that this quilt has sprinkles of metallic in it. I don’t think it’s typical of a baby quilt. Let alone a baby boy quilt. But, I think it kinda works. A bit of Nani Iro, Lizzy House’s Mettallic Pearl Bracelets, and some Mirror Ball Dots! I’m not even a sparkly girl but, I sort of love the unexpected sparkle in this quilt.
And, having made a whole quilt of the Muffin Top block, I’m all ready for Sew Modern’s BOM too. These blocks are so easy and fun to whip up. I wanna make more! Here’s the block in the fabrics that I’m making the BOM quilt out of (Carolyn Friedlander’s yummy Botanics).
Three facts: I started this quilt long, long ago on the first ever LA Modern Quilt Guild retreat. I promised it to a friend shortly thereafter. I’m very bad at finishing and gifting quilts. Very bad.
This quilt was my first time working on the technique for Half Rectangle Triangles (HRT’s) that I wrote up for the Modern Quilt Guild website. I was inspired to sketch a series of quilts based on all my time spent on Los Angeles freeways and loved these great triangles on the transition from the 105W to the 405 N. I saw the Nani Iro fabric and thought that it was the perfect marriage of neutrals and the unexpected pops of colors that helped to capture the organic yet industrial nature of the freeway inspiration. I paired it with linen and linen/cotton blend fabric. I was afraid it would be a problem when it was washed because of the different fabric types but, it washed up great.
Each triangle was quilted individually with various echo quilting motifs in alternating directions.
To enhance the organic nature of this quilt, I added touches of hand quilting around some of the circles and along the width of each solid row.
As a consolation for it taking me SO long to finish it up, I made two little doll quilts and matching pillows for her sweet twin girls. Don’t tell mom but, I sorta love them more than the original quilt. There’s something so perfect about something in miniature. I used leftover fabric and leftover HRT blocks. I found this AWESOME scallop or wave stitch on my Janome 8900 that I fell in love with. It adds the right amount of fun to these tiny quilts. (I love the stitch so much I’ve already used it on another project!)
I backed each quilt and pillow in a different fabric so each twin will know which one is hers. I hope they love them.
This quilt is definitely in the “quilts I haven’t blogged about” category. At my last job my co-worker Jean and his wife had a baby boy. Not knowing the mom and wanting to create a quilt that was simple and classic I decided on stripes. Not finding the stripes that I wanted, I decided to make my own stripes. White stripes tie each stripe pattern together.
Fun orange contrast for the back. White binding. Simple diagonal quilting.
Closer look at those pieced stripes.
I thought it would be tedious and time consuming but, it was surprisingly quick and easy to sew stripes together.