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June 11, 2018
Modern MiniQuilt Challenge: Connections from Carol Lyles Shaw

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 challenge such a good exercise for me.  I decided to challenge myself further by using only 3 colors– grey, navy and yellow. I don’t often work with navy and wanted to explore it a bit.  The blue and yellow are Moda grunge ...

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June 10, 2018
Parisian Curves Modern Batik Quilt from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello everyone,  My explorations as an Island Batik Ambassador continues and wow, I had fun this month!

The Island Batik challenge for June was to make a modern batik quilt. Of course, this was music to my ears!

I decided to make a modern batik quilt using the Parisian Curves technique from my book, Madly Modern Quilts, available at local quilt shops, bookstores and online. Parisian Curves is also one of my most popular workshops–even very traditional quilters have a lot of fun learning to piece these improvisational curves.  If you have the book, you’ll find the process ...

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March 28, 2018
Improvising Triangle Mini Quilts from Carol Lyles Shaw

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 (use it all up!)
  • Minimalism!  Limit color palette and pieced design [See this blog post for more on my thoughts on  minimalism.]
  • Time!  I started on Sunday March 25th and the due date is April 1, 2018.

This is the required palette:

 

I decided to ...

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August 12, 2017
Cherrywood Fabrics Van Gogh challenge - a finish! from Closet Quilter

I have really enjoyed seeing the last two challenges hosted by Cherrywood Fabrics.  There was the Wicked challenge (see pics HERE) and last year, the Lion King challenge was phenomenal!


Lion King Cherrywood Challenge at Road 2 CA

While at Road to California in January, I was intrigued with the idea of entering this year's challenge - inspired by Van Gogh.  But I don't think I actually purchased the fabric bundle until QuiltCon in February.  I lacked the confidence and was worried about lack of time as well.  In the end, the colors won me over.  Who could resist the lovely blues??

In true "Jen form", I ...

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July 26, 2017
AHIQ Linkup Plus More! from Indigo Threads

Last year about this time, Debbie of A Quilter's Table blog hosted a quilt-along, mostly on Instagram, doing the Crosscut Quilt.  I had just gotten the prompt for my local guild's yearly challenge, which was "Get Creative With Black".  There were no rules for this challenge other than a minimum size of 24" x 24".  So, I decided that it would be fun to play along, using black fabrics for the background.  Maybe not the most creative way to use black, but I thought the quilt looked like it would fit the criteria.

I promptly ordered a good ...

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July 1, 2017
Bird is the Word* from Indigo Threads

"Bird" is the word I drew for the Animal Challenge by the Tacoma Modern Quilt Guild.  

"Bird is The Word"
19.5" w X 18" h
The word brings to mind so many possibilities....owls, penguins, emus, cardinals, eagles and so on.  But I knew immediately that I wanted to make my bird with Lynn's tutorial.  Lynn blogs at Patchery Menagerie, and her tutorial is available on her Etsy site.  I've long admired Lynn's way with improv and especially her fabric choices.  So I bought both the bird tutorial and the tutorial on making your fabric work ...

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