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The Garden Continuum Quilt

I decided to participate in the Modern Quilt Guild’s Michael Miller Fabric Challenge.  My plan was to fussy cut some blocks and then improvise from there, although I must admit my improvisation ended up taking place on my drawing pad so that I would have an idea of how much fabric I would need to surround my blocks.  Does that mean it is not really improvised?  Can there be no planning with improvisation?  Perhaps not!

I am calling this quilt the Garden Continuum.  It is 48″ x 64″.  I used all 6 of the fat eighths provided and I think I made good use of them.  I used 2 yards of fabric for the background and the binding, and also added about an eighth of a yard of a solid green fabric.

In keeping with the theme of the quit, I went with edge to edge swirly quilting so that the garden blocks blend in and appear to be floating in the continuum!

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Good Fortune in Chicopee

My Good Fortune Quilt with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee Fabric is finished!  I finished it a couple of weeks ago but have not found time to share this with everyone. This is the quilt top that I put together at the BMQG retreat in March.

I used Patricia Ritter’s Bauhaus pantograph for this quilt.  I know, I know, I should have just free motion quilted, but I am a big wimp and do not trust my skills for keeping things even and consistent.

I want more time to practice and play!  But, I am happy with what I have accomplished with this quilt.

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One More Quilt for Boston

I just finished the quilting for this Top.

It is one of the many quilts that the Boston Modern Quilt Guild has put together as part of our Quilts for Boston effort.  25 of the quilts will be displayed in the medical tent at the Boston Marathon this year and others are available to those affected by the tragic bombing at last year’s marathon.

I am not even sure who put the top together.  It appeared at the Boston Modern Quilt Guild retreat last month and I told Alice I would finish it.  I really like this one.  The blocks are quintessentially modern and quite a few are wonderfully improvised.  This is the third one that I have quilted. Here is a blog article about the first one, but the second one made its way out of the house without a photograph!


The Modern Goose Quilt

The Modern Goose Quilt

This quilt is the stunning result of a challenge between Peggy Anne and me.  We were on our way to the Denyse Schmidt Pure Improv class in Nobleboro, Maine.  Peggy Anne had her book that lists all of the quilt stores in the entire country.  So we stopped at a few.  I ended up picking out some fabrics at one of the stores, and Peggy Anne decided to buy the same fabrics, so of course we had to have a challenge.  The only rule was that we could only add one more fabric with no limit on how much of that fabric you could use.  I chose one extra solid color, the brown, in the same amount as the other solid colors.

This quilt has large blocks which go together quickly, and you can achieve great precision and very little waste of fabric if you use the Deb Tucker Wing Clipper I.  I have included some pictures showing how to do the no waste method.

If you like this quilt I have put a pattern together for it and it is for sale in my Pattern Store.

We were trying to take this picture today … such a windy day, we could not get it to stay still … it wanted to fly away!