Blue Moon Quilters Final Colored Design
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Quilt Design, Quilts

QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge

When I read about the QuiltCon 2017 Charity Quilt Challenge, I was really excited. As an individual Modern Quilt Guild (MQG) member, I had the choice of forming a group or submitting my name to the MQG to be placed in a group. I reached out to the group of women whom I recently worked with on the personal...

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Sunburst at Badwater Salt Flat, Death Valley National Park
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2016 Finished Quilts, Giveaway, Quilts

Sunburst Background & Giveaway

Today I wanted to share more about Sunburst, which is probably my favorite quilt that I have finished to date. I love blogging and sharing my thoughts on a quilt as I am working on it, and I really missed out on getting to share details and lessons learned with you as I made Sunburst. I have been looking...

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Lighthouse Lens Placemat - 1 of 8
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Quilted Placemats

Lighthouse Lens Placemats {WiP}

As I mentioned in my Sunday Stash post, I am really excited about a new custom order that I received this past week. I thought I would talk through the design evolution and share the progress I have made piecing this project so far this week. The design inspiration for this project was a lighthouse lens, and the requested color palette...

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Red Herring - Halfway Pieced
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Quilts

Red Herring Quilt {WiP}

I have made good progress on piecing the Red Herring quilt since I shared my design concept with you on Friday. I am just so excited about the quilt that I jumped right in and got started on piecing it this past weekend. The top 3 rows (or half of the quilt top) are complete. The very first block I...

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Inkscape Design Tutorials

Using Fabric Swatches in Inkscape

One of the things I have wanted to learn how to do within Inkscape is how to import fabric swatches and use the fabric swatches in my designs. This is something that is definitely a huge plus for the Electric Quilt design software, and I was hoping I could figure out a way to use the free Inkscape software...

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20150404 - Final Medallion Design
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Discussion, QDAD

QDAD Medallion Week

Quilt Design a Day (QDAD) is a wonderful design challenge. I dabble in it from time to time, but this past week I committed to working on a design each day because it was Medallion Challenge week. On the first day, the goal is to create the design for the center of a medallion quilt, and each day the goal is to add...

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Out of the Woods - Sun and Sky Detail
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Quilts

Out of the Woods {Flimsy Finish}

When I received the Hawthorne Threads order that contained the fabric for Out of the Woods, I could not wait to dive in and piece the quilt top! I jumped right in and in 1.5 hours I had the top 40% of the quilt top pieced; the sun and sky. I took my time and pieced half-square triangles (HSTs) carefully...

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Quilt Design, Quilts

Out of the Woods – Quilt Design

A friend contacted me in November to discuss having a quilt made. She is a breast cancer survivor and she is currently recovering from a knee replacement. She has a bright outlook on her future, and she wanted to celebrate turning the page on illness in her life with a cheerful quilt. Hearing her discuss her optimism and hopes for the future...

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Life: Ups and Downs
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2015 Finished Quilts, Quilts

Life: Ups and Downs

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably saw my whirlwind make last Wednesday. Once again, I found myself in a sewing / quilting lull while I was waiting to work on some larger, long term projects. Since many of the large projects I have been working on recently have been for others, I wanted to challenge myself...

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Aesthetic Experience
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Discussion

Design Aesthetics and Quilts

My husband has been researching design aesthetics recently. He is focused on evaluating a large object and refining it to have pleasing aesthetics, which is a design challenge that he has not been faced with previously. As an engineer, he has found himself presented with long lists of requirements that an item needs to meet, and on this project,...

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Tessellated Leaves - Design
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Quilts

Lots of WiPs

I definitely think of myself as a one project at a time kind of person, and I have found myself with many more projects than I am used to at one time at the moment. Today I want to introduce you to 2 more queen sized quilt projects that I have taken on. The goal is to have both of these...

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Concept Hand Sketch
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Quilt Design

Cocoa Leaf Queen Size Quilt {Quilt Design}

I delivered the Cocoa Leaf mini-quilts about a week ago and spent some time with my customers discussing design options for the larger, queen size quilt. I drew up some pretty nice hand sketches and colored them with colored pencil, and I am kicking myself for not photographing them before leaving them with the customers. Oops. So I pulled...

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Cocoa Leaf Mini Quilt
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2014 Finished Quilts, Quilts

Cocoa Leaf Mini Quilt

I am going to be working on the design of a queen size quilt based on a beautiful multi-colored stained cocoa leaf light fixture. Thankfully, I have access to this fixture in person, and I was able to take my Kona color card over to color match earlier this week. I particularly love the strong lines of the veins in...

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Flannel Baby Quilt - Ready to Gift!
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Quilts, Quilty Flashback Friday

Flannel Baby Quilt {Quilty Flashback Friday}

Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy is starting a new linky party on Fridays called Quilty Flashback Friday. Her kick off post and linky party are up on her site today, and she talks about one of the first large quilts she made: Quilty Flashback Friday: The One With My Castle Peeps Quilt. Taking a stroll down memory lane, I...

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Namibia Trees Quilt Top
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Quilts

Namibia Trees {WiP}

I had about a yard of Bella's Poppy Lind Fabric by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics (in orange) left over from the backing on the Pink Tumbling Block Baby Quilt I made about a year ago. When I was pulling orange fabrics for the Orange, Jade, and Cocoa Placemats, I re-discovered this fun fabric in my stash. After completing the...

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