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Second Place

My quilt, Urban/Suburban, recently received second place at the Golden Ticket show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center.

If you are in Cincinnati, stop by and see the show before December 10.

Updated Design Wall

I recently updated the design wall in my studio...

I really needed additional space to work as my original design wall is always occupied. As a temporary solution, I had clipped felt on to binder clips and hung them from nails. To make it more permanent, I taped together styrofoam sheets, covered them with the felt, stapled the felt to the back, then nailed them to the wall.

I now have over 60 sq. feet/18 sq. meters of space to work!

Quilt Prototypes

I recently took the time to finally photograph some of the quilt prototypes I made a few months ago. I would like to start selling my quilts, and photographing them is one of many steps in that direction. I had been putting it off, making excuses about where to photograph them, how to style the photos, etc. A friend told me to just get it done and use what I had. So I put some nails in the wall in my apartment, found some bulldog clips, hung the quilts, and got out my camera...


Golden Ticket at CCAC

I'm happy to announce that two of my quilts, Dwellings #1: Tidy Towns, Irish Houses and Dwellings #2: Urban/Suburban have been selected for the Golden Ticket show at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Cincinnati.

Check it out if you are in Cincinnati between 11 November and 10 December 2016.

The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters

I’m so excited to be a part of Sherri Lynn Wood’s book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously.

Sherri asked me to submit my quilt Letting Go, which was selected as an example for the “Get Your Curve On” score. I created the quilt a few years ago from a tutorial that Sherri shared on Flickr, which ultimately was included in the book.

See more test quilts for the “Get Your Curve On” score here.

It’s thrilling and humbling to see my quilt appear in print. Thank you to Sherri for the invitation to participate.

Cincinnati Magazine InstaLove

Thank you to Cincinnati Magazine for sharing some “InstaLove“…

Creating Line Study #4

Line Study #4 is a quilt that I created for The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting, and Living Courageously by Sherri Lynn Wood. She asked me to create a new quilt to be considered for her book. This quilt wasn’t accepted, but another quilt of mine, Letting Go, was.

I had a lot of fun creating this piece. I used a strip piecing method that you will see explained once the book is released. I’ve used this method before for other quilts, like Line Study #1.

As you can see above, after I created the squares/pieces using the strip piecing method described in the book, I arranged them on the design wall. Once it’s laid out and I’m satisfied I assembled it starting small and working to larger pieces/areas. I didn’t have a plan when I began; other than the fabric selection it was 100% improvised.

I love and hate piecing/assembling the quilt top. It’s frustrating trying to figure out how everything will fit, but satisfying when you finally figure it out.

That time I had to sew in front of an audience

Recently, Sherri Lynn Wood stopped in Cincinnati on a cross-country tour promoting her new book. She asked me to attend the book signing and improv performance at Sewn Studio so I could show the two quilts I made for her book. What I didn’t know was that she was going to include me in her improv “performance”.

I was a bit nervous, but once I got used to a different sewing machine I relaxed a bit. I helped Sherri sew a small quilt top using methods and ideas from her book. The audience participated by suggesting her next move, shape, fabric choice… not unlike an improv theater performance.

I was also able to meet Heather Jones of Heather Jones Studio who also has a book by STC Craft and Melanie Falick.

It was a lot of fun… I’m so honored that Sherri included me in her book tour!

Creating "Letting Go"

My quilt, Letting Go, was an important piece for me… while it’s not the first quilt I have sewn, it’s the first quilt I have completed. This piece is about discarding previous baggage and hang-ups about creating quilts…

I was first introduced to art quilts via the internet. I loved art quilts and had several coffee table worthy books devoted to them. I thought maybe I would like to try to make one, but I had no idea where to begin, which stopped me from trying. After a few years of self-doubt I decided to shut-up and go for it.

“Will it be good enough?” “What if I fail?” are questions I had to let go of to begin the process of creating this quilt.

Using a tutorial on Flickr by Sherri Lynn Wood (which ultimately became the “Get Your Curve On” score in her book) I pieced the quilt improvisationally with no plan for the ending product. I just grabbed fabric and started sewing, not worrying about if I was doing it “wrong” or if it would even work in the end.

Below you can see I had several different thoughts about the layout and how to orient it once I had picked something.

Sewing the curves and assembling the quilt at the time was rough for me. I had no idea how to do it and ended up with several inset seams… I had to top stitch some of them to make them work.

Quilting this piece was another issue… again, I didn’t have much experience and had no idea where to begin. I’m not sure I even used true batting… I think it’s a layer of felt… not kidding. And when I finally got the nerve to quilt it I had the stitch length too short and the wrong bobbin tension. I can remember being sick to my stomach after sewing the first quilt line because I thought I had ruined it.

As crazy as I was to attempt something so complex for my first quilt, I can’t complain about the amount of recognition this piece has provided. It appeared at QuiltCon 2015, is a sample in Sherri Lynn Wood’s book, The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters and is one of my most liked photos on Instagram.

Sometimes it pays to just let go and try something new.

Creating "Urban/Suburban"

“Urban/Suburban” continues the Dwellings series that I begun with “Tidy Towns: Irish Houses". Although, inspiration for this piece was found much closer to home…

Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood in Cincinnati, has received a lot of attention lately. It’s one of the largest intact historical districts in the US and is undergoing a major revitalization (or, gentrification, depending on your viewpoint.) While change has come to large portions of the neighborhood (along with skyrocketing rents/mortgages) about half is still in disrepair.

I used to work in the neighborhood. Every morning I would park my car and walk by 200 year-old buildings waiting to be renovated. Their urban decay was the inspiration for this quilt.

As I was working on this piece, I began adding green to the color palette and it eventually overtook half the layout. Thus, the “suburban” was added. That’s not entirely off topic for this piece, as the once crime ridden Over-the-Rhine neighborhood is still looked down upon by many suburbanites.

This piece was selected for QuiltCon 2016. I’m hoping that it gets some good feedback.
I really do like the block that I created for the Dwellings series. It creates a lot of controlled chaos and I think it will look great with any color palette. I’m looking forward to creating more in the series.

I'm on a Podcast!

I'm on a Podcast!
A few months ago Sandi from Crafty Planner asked to interview me for her podcast. I was blown away! Not only because I’m a listener of her awesome podcast, but because being interviewed for a podcast is on my bucket list.

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed speaking with Sandi.