5 Favorites of 2014

1. Favorite quilt show I attended: Vermont Quilt Festival.  You can see some quilts from it here and here.  And here again is a detail of one of my favorites:

big stitch quilting

Detail of Fill the Void by Cinzia Allocca, at Vermont Quilt Festival 2014

2. Favorite thing about blogging: Meeting new friends, both in person and online.  Read about a couple of them here and here, if you like.
3. Favorite modern quilt trend: some textures and low-volume prints (those that show more background, having the prints smaller and farther apart)  to get us away from all solids, all the time.  Some of my favorites include these from Carolyn Friedlander:

and these from Alison Glass:Alison

4. Favorite new (to me) quilt tool: Frixion pen.  It comes in lots of colors and erases when you iron over the markings.  Only drawback I’ve found is that you can’t see the mark on dark fabric.  For that I still love my chaco liner with yellow chalk.  Show below:  chaco liners on left, frixion pens on right.

5.  Favorite lesson learned:  I’d rather see my designs in print than at quilt shows.  Yes, I entered several shows and contests, and I won something.  But my favorite quilt of the year (from those I made) was the one that was published in Modern Quilts Unlimited.  So here is a picture of it again.Zippy Star 2

And what were your favorites of the year?

Around the World Blog Hop

I’m happy to be part of the Around the World Blog Hop, a chain-letter type project in which bloggers tag each other to keep it going!  Here are my answers to the four questions:

What am I working on?  My current project is the Michael Miller Challenge for QuiltCon.  It is challenging in several ways that I’ll elaborate on in a future post.  Meanwhile, here’s a picture of the progress so far.

Pieced quilt, Michael Miller Cotton Couture fabrics

Quilt in progress for the Michael Miller Challenge

How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I enjoy making quilts with bold colors (one of the reasons the MM quilt above is a challenge with its pastels).  I value good design over intricate workmanship and believe difficult quilts should be re-designed to make them easier.  I focus first on the visual impact of the overall quilt, then on the details. Which is probably how I have more than once committed to making a quilt before I’ve quite worked out the details on how to do it.

T shirt quilt

This T Shirt quilt for a friend was not really planned ahead

Why do I write/create what I do? I write to make contact with other people and to promote quilting and quilters.  I create for fun and to challenge myself.  My idea of a good project is one in which I learn something new.  Even if it’s a difficult lesson sometimes. The blocks below were made in a class.  I enjoyed the class and learned a lot, but one of the things I learned was that I didn’t want to make any more of them 😉

Yin Yang quilt blocks

Yin-Yang blocks from a class

How does my writing/creating process work?  I read/observe/learn everything I can and then work on a problem off-and-on until a solution comes to me.  Then I make the quilt.  I’m sorry to say I can’t really verbalize it any better than that.

Around the World:  I was tagged by my friend Melanie.  Check out this post about the worst quilt book she owns!.  And I’m tagging Ann at Sew Messy, who is a pattern designer; Ann doesn’t yet sell her patterns on her site, but she has some fun pictures, so stay tuned.  I’m also tagging Lyric at LyricKinard.com, who is an art quilter and teacher. Check our Lyric’s website and classes for LOTS of new ideas!

Please tune in tomorrow…

I’m participating in the Around the World Blog Hop, and my post is supposed to launch tomorrow, so please check back!

Meanwhile, here are some blogs I enjoy, if you’d like to check them out:

SewMessy.wordpress.com  Isn’t that a great title?

catbirdquilts.wordpress.com  You may recall that I linked to Melanie’s articles on color last week.

quiltineering.com  Rachel is about to move to Japan, so look for interesting blogs coming up.

redpepperquilts.com  Rita has lots of beautiful pictures of her quilts.

lyrickinard.com/blog  Lyric is primarily an art quilter, so she has lots of ideas you won’t find in the usual quilt blogs.  A lot of her techniques could be used to zip up traditional quilts.






Tidbits: One may be for you

1.  Here is some beautiful fabric that just arrived from the Michael Miller company!  It’s for my next magazine project (for Modern Quilts Unlimited).  I love to use batiks for the “solids” in my quilts because of the texture and highlights they give to the design.

Michael Miller batiks

Michael Miller Batiks

2. Who wants these selvages I’ve been saving? I know the author of one of the blogs I read commented that there is a selvage quilt in her future, and I’m pretty sure there’s none in mine.  Comment or e-mail me if you want them.Selvages

Melanie, whose blog is

Melanie, whose blog is Catbirdquilts.wordpress.com

3.  For those who may want  more traditional lessons on color than the ones I’ve provided in my design series, my friend Melanie in Iowa has some nice posts.  You can find them here and here.  I think you’ll like them!

Zippy Star quilt by Mary J Puckett

Zippy Star I, which was sold at the Asheville Quilt Show

4. Woo!  I recently sold a quilt at the Asheville Quilt show!  And it’s a good thing, because–

5. My digital camera somehow got a little piece of lint inside (at a quilt show, of course) and I can’t get it out!  Any recommendations for a good replacement?

6.  I aim for a blog length of around 350 words.  I figure my attention span is short, so yours may be too 😀

7. And the more pictures in the blog, the better. So here’s my October finish, another quilt for Ronald McDonald House.  I quilted it on my new Bernina 530QE. There’s definitely a learning curve to that BSR, but I’m pleased with the result.

free motion quilting

Free motion quilting with my new Bernina