Inspired by a rather strangely constructed 1970’s quilt top purchased at auction. I spent many many hours playing with the design and trying to understand how it could have been constructed. I’m not sure I ever figured it out. But in the process, I created Skiddy. Grab the pattern in my shop. Then grab your precuts and other favorites from your fabric stash and watch this pattern come together like magic.
The design for this quilt was inspired by the Spring 2020 fabric collection “Stellar” by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Ruby Star Society. It uses a complete fat quarter set of the the entire line. Riffing off of vintage spool and attic window quilts, the success of this design relies on dividing lots of fabrics into either a dark or light color value stack. The sides of each block are a darker value than the top and bottom, these are the lightest values in each block. The center square is the darkest, the “portal”.
Want to make your own Portal Quilt? The complete pattern is available here. I recommend using my Ruby Ruler™ to look through at your fabric selections throughout the design process, it helps you discern dark and light values.
Kaleidoscope is a color value study of my favorite shades of blue. I asked the folks who follow my work to help name this quilt for me, and the overwhelming choice was Kaleidoscope.
Made using the entire line of Wayside fabric by Karen Lewis for Robert Kaufman, with emphasis on light and dark color value differences between the fabrics. The design is achieved by using the Ruby Ruler to judge the subtle value differences. And, of course, pompoms make everything better!
Made of t-shirts from the iconic Sasquatch Festival, which happened every Memorial Day Weekend in the Pacific Northwest from 2002-2018. This quilt was commissioned by the owner’s wife. Contains all the t-shirts they still had, in chronological order across the quilt.
A commission quilt, made of Lillian’s colorful clothing and unfinished cross stitch pieces. Made in 2018.