I’m back. (This is not an April Fools Joke!)

Hey you guys! I’ve missed you. Seriously.

I’ve been working on my blog relaunch for awhile and the time has finally come! I had neglected it and it didn’t have a real focus so I decided that I needed to take a break, step back and look at it and decide where I wanted to go with it. Being pulled in so many directions it can be hard to maintain a blog. BUT, I decided that it really is important to me. And, I’ve heard from so many of you asking me to do the same. (Thanks for the encouragement!) So, here it goes.

To start out on the right foot, I’ve planned out a fun next 13 weeks for the blog. Each week will have a sort of a theme. There will be lots and lots of quilts and other sewing projects, maybe even a few tutorials, and a ton of giveaways.


Fun Giveaways over the next 13 Weeks!


For giveaways, I’ve pulled a bunch of things from my own stash but, I also have goodies from some wonderful sponsors: Pat Bravo/Art Gallery, Free Spirit, Michael Miller, June Tailor, Moda, and Janome. Lots and lots of fabric, books, rulers, color cards, project packs and at the end of the thirteen weeks, there will actually be a sewing machine given away! I’m thinking of making the sewing machine giveaway through a modern quilt blog scavenger hunt! I’m so excited! More details to come soon!




Karen Desparois - May 19, 2012 - 4:12 pm

Love your work – glad you’re back!

Liberty - April 10, 2012 - 8:56 pm

In so glad you’re back. I’ve been waiting!

Lynda M O - April 9, 2012 - 6:31 am

Good to see you again, Latifah, wondered what had kept you….

Looking forward to seeing your next months’ fun. Thank you.

Margaret - April 8, 2012 - 7:44 pm

Glad you’re back!

Nicole - April 5, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Welcome back! Can’t wait to see what you stitch up next!

Sharon T - April 2, 2012 - 6:46 pm

So glad to see you back! And a give away, too! Thanks!

Ann - April 2, 2012 - 3:46 pm

So glad to ‘see’ you back. You certainly do make it enticing and what a way to make it easy to forgive your absence.

Kelly - April 2, 2012 - 12:38 pm

SOOOOO glad you’re blogging again! i only intermittently check blogs these days, but when i saw you had posted, i came right over! looking forward to the next few weeks!!

Dree - April 2, 2012 - 8:28 am

Can’t wait! Your quilts are always so impressive.

Melissa - April 2, 2012 - 7:32 am

Well, hello again! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve. :) You are always so inspiring and brilliant with your quilts and blog posts. I can’t wait! :)

Sewjournal - April 2, 2012 - 5:05 am

Welcome back!

jan - April 1, 2012 - 11:55 pm

So happy you are posting again! Always an inspiration!

Donna - April 1, 2012 - 10:55 pm

So glad to see you again! You do amazing work!

katie@ swimbikequilt - April 1, 2012 - 8:37 pm

Yay. I’m glad you’re back. Or rather, the blog is back. :)

DianeY - April 1, 2012 - 8:01 pm

Welcome back! I’m so glad! Your projects are always such a source of inspiration!

Anne - April 1, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Wow! I’m glad you’re back, and may I just say, you know how to make a HELL of a [re-]entrance! :D

“Gossip Girls” at the LA County Fair

I thought it would be fun to see some modern quilts at the LA County Fair, so I thought I’d enter one. It’s not really a show quilt BUT, it is definitely different than any other quilts at the fair. We usually go to either the LA or Orange County Fairs every year. My primary goal is usually to get a turkey leg (Hehe) but, this year I wanted to grab a picture of my quilt hanging.

Remember this quilt top? Well, it got quilted, bound and named “Gossip Girls”. It was then dropped off a few weeks ago as a submission to the fair.

Here it is on display at the LA County Fair:

The funny thing is, my ONLY intention was to have a modern quilt at the fair but, it looks like she has a little ribbon pinned to her!

Next year, I’m going to see if we can get the LAMQG to enter a whole bunch of quilts. Maybe we can get our own section. . . Hmm. . . I think we should get MQG’s all across the world to enter quilts in their County or Local Fairs!

How fun!

Shauna - April 1, 2012 - 1:14 pm

Hi- found your blog and gorgeous quilts through the Ladies Home Journal artical. In the article you state you design and draw on the I-pad. Which app do you use? I’m looking for a new one.
Love your work!

Lindsay - March 29, 2012 - 9:09 am

Loved reading your post on the MQG blog! Also, I wanted to let you know that I posted a review of Modern Blocks today and featured “Saturn’s Rings.” http://www.craftbuds.com/book-review-modern-blocks/

Babs Bayliff - March 9, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Is there a modern quilt guild in Phoenix, Az?

Sue. - January 14, 2012 - 7:13 am

Hello! Congratulations on your showing in Ladies’s Home Journal! The article was great! It is so nice to see modern quilting done by a young and modern woman! Too many times they feature old granny style ladies with old granny style quilts…not this time! Hope to see you around Flickr again!

Smiles to you!

Beachgirl Sews.

Yemisi - January 13, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Hello, I saw your name in one of the magazines here in Northern Arizona. I am interested in making contact with you for discussions about how you can help me with my quilting ideas.
Your work are excellent and beautiful.

I look forward to hearing from you.


Patty Simmons - November 17, 2011 - 7:41 pm

Wow! Congratulations! That’s so exciting!

Arita - October 13, 2011 - 6:59 pm

Great job on the quilting and winning a prize.

Pippa - October 13, 2011 - 4:34 pm

It turned out beautifully! Love the name, too ;) Congrats!

Eileen - October 12, 2011 - 10:04 pm

Yay! How fabulous is that?! Congratulations! :)

ali - October 9, 2011 - 8:57 pm

What a great design–it has so much energy and, for lack of a better word, pizazz!

liberty - October 2, 2011 - 10:56 pm

Latifah…. that’s GREAT!!!!
so fun to see your work in that fun setting.

Holly - September 28, 2011 - 4:57 pm

Good for you for entering your quilt in the fair! What a fun surprise to win a ribbon, even if it is for “tapestry”! One of the members of our guild entered a collaborative quilt into our local fair and we got first in the contemporary quilt category!

kendascrafts - September 28, 2011 - 9:43 am

congrats on the ribbon! The quilt looks great!

Alison Marie - September 27, 2011 - 8:09 pm

Way to represent! and hooray on the ribbon! I wanted to enter something this year, bit things have been a bit hectic…..This looks great finished!

Lynda M O - September 26, 2011 - 6:57 pm

Love your quilting and happy for a ribbon, too !~!

Ann - September 26, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Congrats. Did you pick up your &5 prize money…or does LA hand out larger prizes?

Melissa and Piper - September 26, 2011 - 12:44 pm

I am SO proud of you! First that you had the idea to enter it into the fair, and second that it won second place! (It should have one first.)
I think a couple of FRMQGers are going to enter quilts in the Denver County Fair next year. We’ll be sure to let everyone know if any of them win! :)

CC Baby Quilt Set, Part 2

Since Katie, Cici’s mom, is an active member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild I figured she would get lots of quilts for little Cici so I wanted to make her something more than just a quilt. I hadn’t sewed garments in a LONG time so I wanted to do this and I wanted it to coordinate with the quilt without being too matchy-matchy. So for the dress, I picked one of my favorite of the Art Gallery Paradise prints called Ivory Double Bloom and picked a coordinating Art Gallery print, Ashy Tealight for the bloomers and the trim of the dress. I loved working with the Art Gallery fabrics! LOVED! They are super soft and have a very high thread count. I loved the little details of this project like the bias binding facing on the inside of the arms of the dress which match with the bloomers.

Then, the pattern I picked (Simplicity 2668, see below) had the cutest coat that I wanted to make as a lightweight coat for Cici – so perfect for Los Angeles nights. So, I searched for a light to medium weight suiting that would coordinate with the two prints that I had already chosen. No major name brand, just suiting fabric that I found at Michael Levine’s in downtown Los Angeles. I think it’s a wool blend but, I’m not 100% sure. Don’t you just LOVE IT though?

As I mentioned this whole set was was made using Simplicity Pattern 2668.

A few detail shots. . .

The fun thing about sewing patterns is making them your own. I made the dress as is but, I changed a couple things on the coat. For one, I added a lining. Linings make things like coats and jackets hang a lot better and I thought it would feel better on Cici’s skin.

Also, I changed the sleeves. The ruffle at the bottom of the sleeves were actually gathered and not pleated but, I thought a pleated sleeve would look a lot classier.


Marianna bridge - August 18, 2012 - 8:24 pm

I love tour work and your bog. Thank you!

Dixie Latsha - March 18, 2012 - 8:11 am

I love to quilt, I started sewing at a young age also. I am drawn to bright colors and patterns also. I can’t find a quilt club for myself. I am from Pennsylvania and the old fashion quilting.

Elisabeth - January 9, 2012 - 3:02 pm

That coat is so super cute. It looks a lot like one my mom, who didn’t actually really sew, made for me when I was tiny. I still have it hanging in my closet, 50 years later. Mine was (is) sage green wool, lined with something silky, but it had a little velveteen collar.

And guess what my nickname was when I was that age? Cee-cee (because I could not say “Lisa”).

Isn’t that funny?

abi - November 29, 2011 - 8:49 pm

That little jacket is so super adorable. Great work!

Eileen - October 12, 2011 - 10:13 pm

Super super adorable! It’s such a cute set! and I’ve been looking for a dress pattern that’s not too complicated for a friend and I think I might be able to handle that dress! :)

Fabric Fascination - September 18, 2011 - 3:58 am

My daughter would love something like this for her little girl.

jeannette - September 7, 2011 - 5:02 pm

those are really nice! you did a great job on them!

Lynda M O - August 30, 2011 - 4:55 am

Beautiful outfit-your work is very professional looking. The pleated sleeves are a wonderful subtle touch that add class to the garment. Lining makes it all so much nicer, too.

Pippa - August 26, 2011 - 5:04 pm

Oh gosh, you make clothing now too?! Too adorable for words ;) As much as I love freewheeling quilting, I have to admit following clothing patterns can be very rewarding. Yours turned out beautifully.

CC Baby Quilt Set, Part 1

A dear friend of mines Katie had a beautiful baby girl, Cici in December of last year. This project was almost completed. But, it has taken me this long to finish it up and give it to her!:-(Life sometimes happens and before you know it months have blown by! But, it was made and given in love and I hope they enjoy it. I started out with a stack of 1/4 yard pieces of Art Gallery fabric mainly from the Paradise line and added lots of coordinating prints along with Kona Bone and Eggplant.

We all knew the baby’s name and nickname before she was born and I knew that i wanted to somehow incorporate that into the quilt. So, here’s my version of Cici (CC). Kinda reminds you of the Chanel logo but, this wasn’t the idea when I sketched it out! I wanted to make it personalized but, not make it super obvious and cheesy. I think I achieved that!

When I design a quilt for someone in particular like this and have an idea I brainstorm first by just doing rough sketches on paper. I ran across one of these pages recently and thought it was fun to share! This is obviously very far into the brainstorm process because it looks very similar to the final project BUT, there were many, many iterations on paper before the decision was made. And the multi-colored markings on the center of the page are bleed through from other brainstorm pages!

I didn’t get great shots of the back because it was starting to get dark when I was taking these photos BUT, here’s a close up of the back.  As some of you know, I’m a bit obsessive about baby gifts and I almost ALWAYS make more than a quilt. There’s a dress and coat set that I’ll share with you soon. But, I used the leftovers of the two main fabrics I used for the dress on the back.

And, here’s a really dark shot of the whole thing.

More detail. . .

And, yes for those of you that might ask, this is sort of an iteration of the Huckleberry Quilt. The big circle is just cut in half!

Lisa G - April 5, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Love the movement on the front, straight lines on the back. Beautiful.

Jess B. - March 30, 2012 - 7:43 am

Gorgeous quilt! Once the baby is wrapped up in the blanket, the circle will be made whole. :)

Amanda - January 28, 2012 - 2:00 am

This is one of my favorite modern quilts! Just beautiful!!!

Heidi Bartle - January 6, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Oh my gosh. You blow me away! You are stupid talented!!!! You need to sell patterns for all this, or teach me. One or the other. This is awesome! Great job!

Baby Quilt Idea… « Aussie Stitch - October 9, 2011 - 2:17 am

[...] latest baby quilt and the lovely Latifah who ALWAYS inspires me with her beautiful use of circles and half circles. I will have a play with the fabric and see if it works scrappy or straight. I am a huge fan of both [...]

Barbara - September 8, 2011 - 12:50 pm

This is so gorgeous. I love all your quilts. I would love to be able to make something like this!

Arita - September 7, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Love, love this quilt. Great job on every part of the quilt.

ali - September 2, 2011 - 7:44 am

I love this quilt! There’s so much movement and energy–it sings!

Sherri ~ daintytime - September 1, 2011 - 1:40 pm

You have a great sense of design and I love what you are doing with scale. Awesome!

When are you going to be in the Bay Area again? Hope you’ll ring me up.

Brye Lynn - August 26, 2011 - 7:22 am


Brye Lynn - August 26, 2011 - 7:22 am

I found you on twitter and I am so glad that I did. Your work is amazing! I love this quilt. It is so unique! I am a co-founder of a new quilt community site. Please check it out – I would love to see this quilt added to our site.

Katarina - August 25, 2011 - 12:31 pm

I think it’s the most beautiful quilt I’ve ever seen! I’ve never made a quilt in my life but this one is so beautiful it makes me want to try! :o) Thank you for the inspiration.

Amanda - August 23, 2011 - 2:54 am

Just beautiful!

Dawn - August 19, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Oh my, this is AWESOME!!

jeannette - August 17, 2011 - 7:09 pm

This is really awesome and I love it!!

Cinzia Allocca - August 17, 2011 - 2:43 pm

Just lovely! Stunning, actually. The quilting lines are brilliant!

Shannon - August 17, 2011 - 8:14 am

I LOVE the CC quilt! Definitely one of my all-time favs!!

Melissa - August 16, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Oh my goodness. Dare I say that quilt is your best, yet? What a treasure for Katie and Cici. YOU are a treasure for Katie, I know, but that quilt is just beautiful. The colors are gorgeous, and the quilting is just divine. I could gush for hours. :)

“Stairway to Heaven” Quilt Top

After many months of very little quilting, I’ve been cranking out quite a few quilt tops that have been floating around in my head. This is one of them. I’m so happy to be back to quilting too! This one is called Stairway to Heaven. Now, I don’t even know if I fully believe in a heaven but, if there is one then I’d imagine the journey to be something like this quilt. Each step while beautiful in itself is just one color looking at the next colorful step. Even the big step in the middle could represent the big challenges that we all face. but, when you step back and look at the whole thing then it is a beautiful symphony of colors. OK. I may making more of this than I should! But, I like the name nonetheless!

So, when I showed this at the LAMQG meeting this month, I mentioned that I was sure this was a specific style of a Log Cabin. I decided to do a little research. And guess what, this happens to be a rectangular version of just a plain ‘ole Basic Log Cabin block. Who woulda thunk?:-)Of course, this is a massive version at around 53″ x 60″! The balance of the light on one side and the color on another side is what is important in the Basic Log Cabin Block design. Traditionally it is not just one block in a quilt like this one but, it is combined with a series of other similar blocks and the contrast in colors on both sides can be used to create many interesting designs.


A not so great picture of "Stairway to Heaven" Quilt top


A few days ago I was in the bookstore and ran across this awesome book by Susan Beal called Modern Log Cabin Quilting. Perfect Timing. I had seen this book on the internet but, hadn’t gotten a chance to flip through it yet. Now, in a seemingly futile effort to keep the secret (or not so secret) hoarder in me at bay I don’t buy too many books but for those of you that don’t have this issue this is a good book to look at. I was fascinated by the history that it told and the fresh modern projects that are great even for beginners!

Off to do the quilting! (I’m definitely thinking very linear quilting with white on the white side and maybe some contrasting colors on the colorful side!)


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jane - August 2, 2011 - 9:53 pm

Another incredible design. I love this one!! Bravo Lady.

Sherri ~ daintytime - August 1, 2011 - 8:17 am

Great job. Love this. Shows a lot of commitment.

Melissa - July 23, 2011 - 9:24 pm

I absolutely LOVE it!! I love how colorful and linear it is. Makes my creative heart sing. :)

I saw something vaguely similar in one of the Gee’s Bend books, and sketched out a plan for one of my own. I love how your steps are so skinny!

Pippa - July 20, 2011 - 5:08 am

Oh my gosh. LOVE this!

Val Campbell - July 19, 2011 - 8:56 pm

This just takes my breath away. I love all your quilts, but this one my be at the top of my list. Good work, lady!

Hollie - July 19, 2011 - 12:12 pm

Latifah, it’s stunning! I’m so sorry I missed the last meeting and didn’t see this in person.

Latifah - July 13, 2011 - 11:40 am

Thanks Jenny, Jan, and Vicki!

Cheryl – you totally have to make your version as well. I hate when I have an idea and someone else does it first though! But, I’d love to see what you would have done with it.

Lynette, it was a big log cabin! :-) Half way through it I started to count down the number of strips till the end. Thankfully I included some of my favorite “have to include” colors towards the end.

Thanks Kenda! I can’t wait to see it quilted too! ;-)

Jenny Pedigo - July 13, 2011 - 10:29 am

So interesting!! Love it!

Cinzia Allocca - July 13, 2011 - 5:42 am

this is AMAZING! so well done. i love the rectangle as a starter point as opposed to the traditional square! Can’t wait to see it finished.. and i love your description of it, too.
I have Susan’s book and I love it. The history is fascinating. Your fresh modern take on log cabin should be included in volume 2!

jan - July 12, 2011 - 9:08 pm

Very nice!

Cheryl Arkison - July 12, 2011 - 8:52 pm

No way! I’ve had the fabric pulled for a square version of the same concept for months now. Pretty sure yours is cooler than mine could be.

Vicki W - July 12, 2011 - 3:14 pm

That is sooooo cool!

Lynette - July 12, 2011 - 2:08 pm

Wow – That’s a BIG log cabin. :D Nice job mitering all those color strips on the one corner

kendascrafts - July 12, 2011 - 1:53 pm

wow! that looks great! Can’t wait to see it quilted. I love log cabin blocks.

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