Sliding Shoji Screens is available at my etsy shop.
Lucky for me I have a mom who sews and is willing to tackle a project when visiting. Little did she know when she arrived for my daughter's graduation that she'd be piecing a whole quilt too! But that is the beauty of Sliding Shoji Screens...you really can piece it in a weekend. Thanks Mom!!
Moda's Bella Solids of Amelia Apricot (9900-162) and Persimmon (9900-294) are mixed with Blushing Peonies in warm tones to make a summery quick and easy quilt. Mom wanted to try my new Juki sewing machine and I think they formed a good friendship. (And yes, when I'm working in my studio I just pile things up and drape fabric wherever- it's how I work)
My mom is smiling because finally the slave-driver (me) will let her have a break. She did good. This happy quilt top is off with a long-arm quilter now. Stay tuned for more pics when the grandma-special returns!
Sliding Shoji Screens is available at my etsy shop.
Color play to visualize new quilts! I wanted to see how Hopscotch Happy might look with some Blushing Peonies fabric (This line will be shipping to stores November 2017). Since I'm still in my summery mode with bright and happy hot colors, I wanted to try the red and gray families of color ways and add a little more of the peonies in the pink/orange colors. For three of the blocks, I liked making the background color a soft apricot to warm it up more.
Too much charcoal gray can start to look like Halloween but a touch just adds contrast and sophistication. But what if you DO want a fun quilt that can look fall-like and transition into October and Halloween? A simple switch of background to black and my quilt now looks ready for cozy times in front of the fireplace and candy corn! Have fun playing with Hopscotch Happy! Available at my etsy shop.
Remember hopping over squares on the ground on one foot, balancing and having fun out in the bright sunshine? Bring back happy squares with Hopscotch Happy, a quilt pattern that is charm pack or layer cake friendly and that can be pieced quickly and easily. Love the brightness of it on white. Love the drama of the blocks on dark. Its fun to make it both ways and see the difference that color and contrast make.
I like to group my sections of blocks by colors. I like pockets of green and red and gray that play together with similar colors. It makes the blocks feel cohesive to me. In this pattern, as I played with colors, I realized if you used 4 Charm Packs (or one Layer Cake) of Moda Precuts of Poppy Mae, you could group the blocks for the lap size quilt to just be greens and reds, leaving the grays for a separate project. I wanted to create a modern feeling quilt that had plenty of negative space for interesting quilting sewing. I love the deep gray of Moda's Bella Solid Charcoal 9900-284. It is my go-to dark gray. I used that with my gray blocks set off to the left side. I also replaced one of the block pieces with a solid persimmon red for a pop of color. After I pieced this, I asked Gina Siembieda, the long-arm quilter who did the quilting for me, if she could work with the angles of the blocks and horizontal lines to create interesting quilting in the negative space. In a case like this, it is helpful to print out an image of the quilt and just draw on it, discussing it together with a long-arm person. Gina ran with it and I couldn't be happier. I love the linear nature of the sewing and the movement and contrast of lines and open space that is created.
Hopscotch Happy is written up for a variety of sizes, including Lap, Twin, Queen, King and as a table runner. It's an easy, fun quilt that goes together quickly. It's available through United Notions/Moda Fabrics as well as at my etsy shop. Hop on over to take a look and start playing happy with Hopscotch!
It's the beginning of July and I saw a fellow Instagrammer posted she was starting a July challenge started by "the Reset Girl". Perfect timing... the start of a month for the start of something new. The theme of resetting seemed appropriate for me since I'm restarting my mindset after a freelance stint that just ended and it's time to refocus on some other projects.
I realized today that I have been in the mood for challenges. I saw that blogger Gnome Angel had started the #100days100blocks2017 sew-along using Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book and designs. But I realized they were already at Day 34. Bummer. As I scrolled through the feeds of wonderfully varied solutions I kept thinking I wanted to jump in the fun too! I decided to start at the beginning with Day 1 and just be a slow-poke. Maybe one block a week was all I could do and then, well, at the end of two years I'd have a quilt! Not ideal but better than never starting. So I got going and soon realized that I could do one a day...and I decided to just jump in with everyone else who was on Day 39 and go from there along with doing my catch-up from the beginning. I love being a part of this IG activity!
The theme of challenges continues with one of my quilt guilds. At the LA Modern Quilt Guild they challenged us to work with new materials and to push ourselves. The theme for our anniversary year is linen so I've bought some and will take the challenge of working with a new material. I'm also taking a class in bias tape quilting given by the talented Latifah Saafir and that is also a completely new method for me. I signed up for Quiltcon 2018 and selected two workshops I wanted to do. Both of them are a challenge and new stretch for me. One is reverse appliqué, which I have never done. The other is advanced photography of your quilts. This means I need to get my good camera fixed and get more comfortable with it before the class begins. Which means stretching out of the comfort zone some more.
This all makes me realize I am the type of person who responds to groups and being accountable to others. I like having assignments and other people to interact with (online and in person- yes!) as well as the challenge of learning new things and pushing myself beyond what I already know. And the other wonderful thing about challenges is that they are often for a set period of time where you can sustain your momentum and enthusiasm. David DiSalvo, in an article he wrote for Forbes ("Kill Your Resolutions And Replace Them With One Little Thing" from Jan 12, 2015) says "Small habits get you in the backdoor of behavior change." This is my way of small daily actions and tasks helping me accomplish something bigger and create positive behaviors and habits in my life.
What are you challenging yourself with? For the Reset Girl Self-Care Challenge I want to work on time/life balance and diet and health. After the 100 Days100Blocks Challenge I want to find a group to do Jen Kingwell's Long Time Gone sampler. Do you look for a group to push you on to new activities and learn fresh things too? There is a wonderfully creative and evolving person deep within you and may the right challenge find you!!
What would Sliding Shoji Screens quilt pattern look like in a new line? I wanted to try it out with my Blushing Peonies prints that will be shipping from Moda Fabrics in November. Here is the original color version of the quilt done in the light version:
And here are two versions of the quilt in new colors and prints! For the first one I wanted to try a punch of citrus orange (this is Bella Solid 161 Amelia Orange). I made the smaller divider strips in Persimmon 294 to add some deeper contrast. I have ordered my fabric and can't wait to get started on this one! It feels so summery and happy to me!
This gray version evokes a calmer, more restful quilt with the pretty color pop of peachy peonies. I wanted to try more light and mid-tone grays and keep my contrast relatively low. I like the added in deep charcoal in the floral pinwheels pattern as my dark color. I don't think it overpowers the other patterns because there is still a lot of light gray in the floral motif.
My secret to a never ending garden? Blooming fabrics that never wilt! The botanical sketchbook continues with my new fabric line for Moda Fabrics. “Blushing Peonies” have bloomed in a dramatic and colorful fashion. I’m so excited to be able to share this new line that just showed at Quilt Market in St. Louis! When Moda sponsored the Fabric8 contest in 2015 they picked “botanical sketchbook” as the theme. I can’t think of anything lovelier to draw and explore than beautiful, colorful flowers. I’m so happy to keep the theme going and keep the color blooming. These peonies may be blushing, but they certainly are not bashful.
I love the romance of peonies as they open. When I was younger, I would see the round bud balls in the garden with ants marching in frenzy on the surface. They were just as eager to see the flowers burst open with full soft petals. Breathtaking in a vase on the table. Colors so pink and pretty and lively with light. Don’t you just love the beauty?
I’m happy to say that the Blushing Peonies line will still coordinate with my Poppy Mae line so have fun mixing your floral favorites. This new group has a larger range of grays to play with along with a warm group that includes a punchy orange to go with the warm pinks. Some solids you may want to mix in with the Peonies are Moda’s Bella Solid Persimmon 294, Cameo 298, Bubble Gum 88, Pesto 233, Chartreuse 188 and Light Lime 100. For light backgrounds I use Eggshell 281 or White Bleached 98. I love love love Moda’s Bella Solid Charcoal 284 for a dark drama and some other lovely grays are Etching Slate 170 and Gray 83.
Blushing Peonies will be shipping to Quilt Shops in November. Just in time to make that quilt to snuggle up under and to remember warm days and the sweet scent of pink and white blooms.
In honor of National Quilting Day I am going to spend my day sharing about some quilting love! I exhibited at Quilt Market in Houston at the end of October with the Moda designers and it was tremendously fun! The view from registration on set up day... it is so exciting to see the booths going up.
And my little corner of the world with space to show off Poppy Mae and my quilts. I loved meeting shop owners and quilters and other designers. Can you tell I'm excited to be there? I love being around other creative people.
Barb from Coach House Designs created three patterns with Poppy Mae. This is her Poppy Garden quilt!
Linda King made this splendid quilt with a block using each designer's line. I loved how they all worked together.
Mr. Mark Dunn and all the Moda folks were incredibly welcoming and warm. Exhibiting can be an adrenaline rush and its a great change from solitary work in my studio. And the quilts...the exhibits were gorgeous!
I am very happy to finally have my first downloadable coloring image up on my etsy shop! I made this image up for my recent trip to Quilt Market in Houston. One thing quilters and coloring peeps have in common is the lovely experimentation and play with color! So have fun with trying out different palettes without cutting into your stash!
Color and more color...I love to play with different color ways and see how different a design looks in each! Here is my Deco Garden tea towel in gray and green colors. I've got my sample swatch on the way and I will be ordering this one and the citrus palette for my kitchen.
I couldn't resist one more color grouping. I was thinking of a kitchen, two houses ago, where I had my cobalt blue kitchenmaid mixer on the counter and lots of warm orange and gold colors in the decorating. The jewel tone towel would have been the right choice for that kitchen.
If you'd like to see these and more, check out my spoonflower shop!
I love old mason jars. The beautiful aqua blue of the glass reminds me of sea-glass and retro kitchens. When spoonflower.com had a competition with the theme of "spoons" I thought it would be fun to have the colorful plastic ones waiting for a bowl of ice cream at an afternoon party, displayed in lovely mason jars. Since then I created a set of tea towels using the party spoons and mason jars that fits an assorted four designs on one yard of linen cotton canvas. I recently updated the calendar tea towel for 2017.
You can find the group of four together on my spoonflower shop link here or find them individually and see other tea towel designs in my tea towel collections page.
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I'm a Moda fabric designer, quilt designer, coloring book artist, home decor and giftware designer and illustrator. I enjoy sharing my passion for art with my love of family and friends and making a creative home.
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