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.
Tune in if you can! I’ll be interviewed tomorrow, June 22nd, on Mark Lipinski’s internet radio program Creative Mojo at 12:20pm PST (3:20pm EST). It should be fun. We’ll be talking about the Modern Quilt Guild and the modern quilt movement. Just go to http://www.toginet.com/ and click on the “Live on the Air” button.
I’m representing the Modern Quilt Guild so tune in and call in to represent! Go MQG!
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 the same fabric that the circles are framed in. I think it is very effective. And I love that she chose a darker brown for the borders.
Of course her main color is the brown, her feature color is blue, and her pop is a pink. I love that just by changing the colors it changes the whole personality of the quilt. I also love the light blue binding color which she also used for part of the backing which really helps to soften the look of the quilt.
Love those detail shots – this one shows the quilting lines of one of my favorite blocks – the zig zag block.
And, don’t you love that spiderweb quilting? I do!
I think Monica did a stellar job! And to think this is just her second 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.