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Island Batik Modern Pattern Play

This month, the Island Batik challenge was secondary pattern play.  So, of course, I made it Island Batik Modern Pattern Play! I returned to one of my favorite techniques–improvisational curved blocks that I call Parisian Curves. (Pattern and detailed tutorial is in my book, Madly Modern Quilts available online and at local quilt shops).  This [ …Continue Reading ]

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Modern MiniQuilt Challenge: Connections

I love a good MiniQuilt Challenge!  And, the great editors at Curated Quilts Magazine have created some clever ones for every issue.  The current mini quilt challenge is Connections using the palette shown above. The palette–cream, yellow, mustard yellow, navy, moss green, grey– is more muted than I normally choose. And, that’s what makes the [ …Continue Reading ]

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Selvedge X Quilt Pattern Published

I am happy to announce that my Selvedge X Modern Quilt Pattern has been published and is available on Craftsy as a digital download. We all love to save those beautiful printed selvedges.  And, we really mean to use them someday in a special project. This pattern was designed to put selvedges to good use. [ …Continue Reading ]

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Improvising Triangle Mini Quilts

This month, I decided to enter the Curated Triangle Mini Quilt Challenge.  I decided to give myself some restrictions to further spur my approach to improvising one or more triangle mini quilts. My restrictions were: No curves! Straight lines only. Improvising design and quilting Machine quilting only (no hand quilting) Stash fabrics and leftover batting [ …Continue Reading ]

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Inset Circle Tea Pot Mug Rug

Here’s an update on making an inset circle.  It was my Island Batik Try A New Technique Challenge for March 2018.  I used one of my Inset Circle blocks to make a Tea Pot Mug Rug. A couple days ago I posted about learning to make pieced inset circles.  I decided that one of the [ …Continue Reading ]

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Using Fibonacci Numbers in Quilt Patterns

Now that I’ve published my first Fibonacci quilt pattern based on Fibonacci math, I’ve been asked why and how I started using Fibonacci Math in creating a quilt design. I was introduced to Fibonacci number series by a quilt colleague who was intrigued by how this number series might add other options for block design.  [ …Continue Reading ]

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Island Batik 2018 Ambassador

I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018! I’ll be posting lots of projects  throughout the year using Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil thread.  Some will be brand new patterns and others will be new versions of patterns from my books in batiks. It may seem [ …Continue Reading ]

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Wall Quilt Basting Tutorial

Wall quilt basting is much easier on the back and knees!! Here’s a quick tutorial on this method.  I prefer wall quilt basting because I don’t have to bend down or kneel on the floor.  And, I’ve had much better success–few or no wrinkles! Not a Spray Baster? If you prefer to pin baste your [ …Continue Reading ]