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.
We’re so lucky to have her right here in our backyard. And I’m lucky to call her a friend.
Alissa Haight Carlton will be signing copies of her newly released book, Block Party this Friday night, the 17th of June. The festivities will be held at Sew Modern in Los Angeles! If you’re around, you have to come out to share in the fun! Alissa co-wrote Block Party with Kristen Lejnieks and it was just released on the Stash Imprint!
Come get your copy of Block Party signed, enjoy a glass of wine and lets toast to this wonderful news. I heard ALL the quilts from the book will be there as well – it’s going to be amazing to see them all in person! If you don’t have a copy, don’t worry, there will be plenty there.
Hope to see you on Friday! Congrats Alissa and Kristen!
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 interested you can still sign up and I garuantee I’ll get you through the whole quilt. It is a great quilt for an advanced beginner. The circles look intimidating but, I promise they’re the easiest part.
I actually designed and completed this quilt a while ago. It’s a fun version of a circle quilt because it’s a Sampler Quilt with a different piecing method in each of the nine circles. I call it Perfect Puddles. I wanted to create interest in this quilt using a fairly restrained color scheme. The main color is gray, the feature color is green and the “pop” color is pink (in two shades). The two feature fabrics that the quilt was designed around are the Gray “Go By Bike” by Erin McMorris and “Retro Umbrella” in the Rainy Days and Mondays line by Melimba and Beccabury. Each block has each of the feature fabrics and one piece of the “pop” color of pink. Then of course I framed each circle in a white ring using the Six Minute Circle Method. The background fabric is Kona Ash.
One of the fun things about this quilt is the Machine Quilting lines. Each circle has a different quilting design that compliments the piecing of the circle. I wanted to make each design using the walking foot to eliminate the need of free motion quilting in this quilt. I love looking at the back of this quilt. Even though it is just one piece of fabric, it is very interesting because of the different straight line quilting techniques that are shown. The backing fabric is a very pink Kona Cotton – I think it’s Bubble Gum.
We have such fun and amazing swaps at the LA Modern Quilt Guild. I haven’t blogged about many of the yummy quilts and gifts I’ve received. So this week, I’m going to play catch up! We’ll start with the oldest first.Now, please don’t ask me how long ago I got this cutie but, it has been hanging on my wall for over six months! I love it. It’s so simple and cute. It makes me think of childhood and summers off of school and trying to fly kites. Just by looking at it it takes me back! Thanks Kelli J. for such a fun piece of art! I hung it on my bedroom wall and love looking at it! (Yes, and by a weird stroke of luck, Kelli was the recipient of my Jagged Little Pill quilt. It was a blind swap! What were the odds of that!)
Take a look at the little fun details, the applique and the fun, random straight lines of the quilting. Love it!
I look so serious in this picture. (This is actually my I need to find my glasses look! Haha!) We had so much fun learning how to long arm yesterday. Talking about serious quilt geeks. I’ve already started dreaming of all the things I can do with it. Oh, the possibilities! I can’t wait until February 1st when Sew Modern opens so I can get to work. So fun!
This is a project that was finished last year – like six months ago – that I never posted! It was made for the LAMQG Mini Quilt Swap. It was a random swap so everyone that brought a mini quilt pulled a wrapped package from the table. My little quilt was pulled by Kelli and guess who’s quilt I pulled? Yep, Kelli’s! It is super cute and I’ll post it soon.
Of course I used the Six Minute Circle method developed by Dale Fleming and this quilt was inspired by a Marimekko fabric.
And, it was named by the most “awesomest” quilt namer in all the wide world – my girlfriend Courtney again! (Thanks Courtney!) She said ‘Jagged Little Pill’ and I think it’s perfect!
And here’s my poor attempt at a label. It is actually pieced and I like that but, I didn’t give myself enough time to write the info before it was quilted so it’s not the neatest. Oh well. It’s labeled for once!