Monthly Archives: February 2014

I’m participating in a Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along, join in too!

My friend Amanda Castor of Material Girl Quilts is hosting a Layer Cake Sampler Quilt Along. Amanda is a great pattern designer who also owns an online fabric shop.  If you have ever looked at the Moda Bake Shop, I’m sure you have seen one of her designs.

Anyway, she is doing a quilt along for this fun sampler. In the past, I’ve stayed away from Samplers because I just can’t wrap my brain around them. I think that some are just spectacular, but I like a little more order in my world. One of my goals this year has been to push myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do. I find that almost always, I love the end result when I do just that. And this sampler is just too fun to pass up.

So when Amanda said she was doing a Quilt Along  of her lovely sampler, I decided it was something I HAD to do. It is two simple blocks a week and they are made from layer cakes. Can’t be more simple!

I am going to do a 4 by 4 layout. Amanda shares two different layouts on her blog. I did a mock up in EQ7 so I can color in to see what I want to do. I love doing this and seeing how color placement can change something.

Layer Cake Sampler to color in

Of course, you will have to refer to the images Amanda has done that show you which is a background and which is a patterned fabric in this.


color me happy layer cake sampler

Here was my original mock up with the layer cake I plan to use. I’m going to use V and Co Color me Happy line. I think I may just use the blues, greens and greys and fill in with some solids maybe? Still playing around with it in my mind a little. I need to take colored pencils to paper first to see how my idea would look as a 4 by 4 layout.

Please join in. Blocks 1 and 2 start today. It is just two a week. Oh and check out Material Girl Quilts blog for all the details. (I secretly want to make it in her layout 2 that she shared. Wouldn’t that rock with that dark blue for the background? Sigh.)

We hung the quilts for the Stitched DC Art Show


Here in Maryland, we have had some pretty big snow storms lately. We actually ended up getting snowed in for a whole day. I mean completely snowed in. Of course this happened on the day we were supposed to set up for Stitched DC Show. On Friday a handful of us from DC Modern Quilt Guild, ventured out to hang the quilts. We had received some more snow and luckily school was cancelled for my kids. My husband was already off and we decided to take the boys into DC and do it together.


I don’t live exactly close to DC, even though I am in the DC Modern Quilt Guild. It is just the closest Guild that I felt like I could belong in. So by the time my little family of four made it, there were several of my friends who had been there for a little bit already working on setting up.


Jessie’s mini quilt was originally supposed to hang under the signage for the Anocostia Arts Center. But it just didn’t seem like a great place for it. Above Linda was holding it in its original position. They decided to hang Melinda’s Hexagon mini there instead. I think it worked well because some of the colors for the sign went with Melinda’s mini. Also, this meant Jessie’s got to hang next to my quilt.


The Art Center is a really cool configuration. It is kind of two hallways that form a capital T. I guess it used to be an old Woolworth’s store. I Loved the old wood floors in part of it.

My husband hadn’t really met my guild yet, so I guess you could say it was his coming out party too. HA! He is very meticulous when it comes to measurements and things being level and correct. I am totally fine eyeballing something. When we hang anything at home, he will always pull out the level and make sure everything is perfectly in line. I thought this job was perfect for him. He got to evenly space the quilts and decide exactly where they would hang. I kept teasing him and saying that his quilts weren’t hanging straight. It was nice having him there to help. I’m sure he was much more productive than I was. I’m nursing a killer headache lately. My hubby and Frederick did an amazing job working together. 


The Gallery director and assistant had printed out pictures of each quilt and taped it to the wall where it was supposed to go. Above is one space with just two quilts hung and below are Linda and her husband hanging the other four.


The Arts Center recently opened NURISH. Taken from their site “This is the second restaurant for entrepreneur Kera Carpenter (owner/operator of Domku in Petworth). With an anticipated opening of January 2014, Nurish will offer a full expresso bar, breakfast, lunch, supper, and beer and wine.”


My quilt was hanging to the side of the entrance to Nurish. Jessie’s mini ended up being hung on the right side of this door, but I didn’t get a picture of it.




It was nice to be able to support our show and help hang the quilts. I had family plans on opening night and wasn’t going to be able to attend. I was happy that I got to be part of it in another way then.  There are more pictures on our guild’s flickr stream. I really adore my quilt guild. I am so glad I found them when I did. I really need that kind of creative sharing in my life.

My Botanics Star Quilt

Botanics Star Quilt front


DC Modern Quilt Guild is having an exhibit at the Anacostia Arts Center named Stitched. One of our members, Frederick, managed to arrange it all for us. Of course, the board of the guild has also put in a lot of time too.  Our quilts are going to be on display for a good month starting February 15th. We have the option to put a price on our quilts if someone wants to purchase it.

Anyway, we knew about this a while ago. When I first heard about it, I was already planning to make a wall hanging with Carolyn Friedlander Botanics line.  The orange speaks to me and the textures are just delicious.  After I missed out on the Architextures line, I was determined to snatch up some of the Botanics line. I figured I would kill two birds with one stone and make a wall hanging and submit it to the gallery too. If my quilt does not sell, I will be delighted to hang it up on my wall. If it does sell, well then I’ll just have to buy myself some more fabric. Win/win!

Star detail

Since I knew it could be in an art show, I decided to do something geometric. I wanted some depth to the stars so I went with coordinating colors for each star. I planned out the background fabrics carefully too. I know that the first impression may be that it is just scrappy and random, but it took me a few days and some rearranging to get everything exactly where I wanted it to go. I wanted a little added dimension to the whole thing so I played with the free motion quilting as well as added in two extra star points to the top before I put the binding on.

star points

I love a good overall meander when free motion quilting. It just feels so good to move the fabric around under my needle. I wanted there to be movement around the strong lines of stars. The background I started with a circle around one of the stars. From there I did a combination of stippling and pebble quilting.  It took me several times at the machine to get all the background quilted. I am delighted with how it came out.

Botanics Star Quilt back

I put this up on my wall to get a picture to submit it to the art center. I am so tickled with how it came out. It makes me happy just to look at it.

Botanics Star Quilt back close up

Instagram is crazy awesome because, it puts you in touch with people that you may not otherwise get to communicate with. Carolyn Friedlander has left a few comments on my pictures of this quilt. Who doesn’t love that?

Instagram comment


One of the ladies from the art center emailed me to ask me if it would be ok to use an image of my quilt on the flier for the show. Uhm, yes! Of course!

I love this quilt so much. I can’t wait to see it in the gallery. Wouldn’t it be a treat if it did sell?