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Interview with Mark Lipinski!

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 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!


Made By My Student. . .

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!

Great job Monica! Love it!

Soapysyrie - August 5, 2011 - 5:10 pm

I really love your description of the process, it has given me an insight into what makes quilts work! Thanks

jane - June 23, 2011 - 11:03 am

Wow, it turned out beautifully! I have got to take this class next time.

Eileen - June 21, 2011 - 1:57 am

Oh my gosh! I love this quilt! It’s beautiful! :)

randi - June 20, 2011 - 7:20 am

this is a wonderful quilt, especially for a 2nd try. your student is so talented!

It’s a Party for Alissa! A Party for Block Party!

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!

“Perfect Puddles” Modern Circle Sampler Quilt

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.

Here is a view of the front laid out flat.

And a detail shot.


Mary Erdman - March 3, 2013 - 10:43 pm

I wish you were closer to Connecticut so I could take a class with you! I’m so happy I found your blog at 1:42 am est! March 4, 2013!

Carolle - July 19, 2012 - 8:24 am

Absolutely LOVE this quilt! Any chance you will be offering the pattern for sale?

mama - August 22, 2011 - 11:09 pm

Amazing. I am so proud of you. Yes, I always thought of you as a teacher.

Juandessa - June 23, 2011 - 1:02 pm

I love your creativity. Quilting has come along way. When will you offer a class for kids??

Lynette - June 23, 2011 - 8:24 am

Hi! I just stumbled onto your blog, and this quilt is FANTASTIC! I can easily see why folks would want you to teach it. :D

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Lynne - June 17, 2011 - 10:44 am

LOVE this. Really great.

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts - June 16, 2011 - 4:21 pm

Wow- that is so creative and the quilting is stunning. I love it!

Amy - June 15, 2011 - 11:46 am

I love this! You’re right, the quilting looks great on the reverse. I wish I could sign up for this class, but the commute is a bit prohibitive.

Lisa - June 15, 2011 - 9:19 am

So impressive! Your skills amaze me!

Heather - June 15, 2011 - 6:44 am

I love this quilt! I love all your work, you have an amazing sense of color, technical ability and layout. Lovely.

Heather - June 15, 2011 - 6:41 am

Love this quilt and I love all your work. Your use of color, contruction and layout is really extraordinary.

amy - June 15, 2011 - 6:17 am

Love this pattern….Love your colors….Great job!!!!

Melissa - June 14, 2011 - 8:03 pm

I love it! The back might very well be my favorite part. :)
As a student who will never graduate from quilting school, I really appreciate that you designed the quilting to use the walking foot.
It’s adorable.

jan - June 14, 2011 - 7:02 pm

What a great project! The white looks like a bezel setting for a clock face! Really fun twist on a sampler!

Leanne - June 14, 2011 - 5:07 pm

This is a wonderful quilt! I love how you put so many different techniques into one quilt, including all those circles!

Adrianne (Little Bluebell) - June 14, 2011 - 4:57 pm

I love the way you talked about the colors. Main, feature and POP!

yahaira - June 14, 2011 - 3:08 pm

love it! now is there a way to beam over to la from the east coast to take the class?! :)

Funky's Mama - June 14, 2011 - 2:25 pm

What a great design! Any chance it’ll be a pattern/tutorial for those of us who don’t live near enough to take your class?

mn2nm - June 14, 2011 - 1:56 pm

Gorgeous!! I haven’t gotten the courage to face circles yet. But It’s definitely something I’m looking forward to trying. Yours are fantastic!

Nikki - June 14, 2011 - 1:10 pm

I love love love that Erin McMorris line. I have the bikes in several colors. :)

Love the quilt, the circles really set it off!

Dan - June 14, 2011 - 12:46 pm

Really lovely. I’ve got to get back to my circle project!

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