When I was in the testing and filming phase of Dream, Learn, Quilt!, I made a quilt with very specific goal in mind. I wanted to test out the concepts from the class- make sure everything was well-covered and understandable, with visual, video, downloads, etc- plus it gave me the perfect excuse to make another quilt! READ MORE
Where would my own Interwoven Quilt live? At least in its original, colorful, happy form, I’m thinking below. I knew that there was a nod to the look and feel of Gilmore Girls in Denyse’s original inspiration, and even though I’ve never seen GG (one day, I’ll binge it, I promise!), when I did a little research online I could definitely see the connection. That green! This collage was challenging, it took longer than I anticipated, but the finished image might be a new favorite!READ MORE
When I feel creatively stuck it really helps me to look back at the quilts I’ve made and create a #myquiltcouldlive here collage with them. A bit like revisiting an old friend, spending some time with these quilts reminds me of when I formed the initial idea in my head or when I worked through a design problem that I was feeling challenged by when making it. I believe every quilt we make, even the ones we really don’t like, teaches us something.
Photo by Stephanie Congdon Barnes of 3191 Miles Apart
While writing my book, I knew I wanted to include a project that was not traditional- meaning, in the sense that a traditional quilt has a top, quilt batting in the middle, and a backing. I wanted something lighter weight, a coverlet or lightweight throw. That’s really where the idea began for the Boro quilt. There is only a layer of muslin in between the top and the back, no batting. Making it the perfect lightweight cover for summer, and the perfect project to take with you to stitch on. READ MORE
A new quilt pattern, just in time for Spring! Flower Stamps is one of those ideas I had in my mind for a long time before I actually got the chance to work on it. You know the kind. They get scribbled or doodled down on small bits of paper when you’re doing something totally unrelated, just so you don’t forget about them!
I have so much to share with you! Now that my book is officially out on the shelves, I want to talk a little about each of the quilts in it and share some background of how they came to be and the meaning behind each one. I thought I’d start with one of my favorites, a quilt called Value. READ MORE