Paint Chip Challenge Quilt Show

As you know, I made my mountain mini quilt for the Paint Chip Challenge with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. I first showed my mini quilt on it’s own, but it’s now just a block in a bigger quilt!



We had a team blue, light blue, teal and grey. And some lucky ones got to add in a bit of yellow! We all made our own mini’s, 18 inches square. We knew that they were going to be hung together, but I know I didn’t have a good idea of what they would look like together!


The idea was a giant quilt! And that’s what it reads as for sure! The idea was to reflect on the idea that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts’!


The whole family headed out and my husband started snapping a few pics!


We had more quilts than would fit in the wall hanging, so we ended up with a 49 patch wall quilt and a 9 patch table quilt! All of the pieces were amazing!




The show is at Dry Goods Design in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood. I wondered about the color palette for the paint chips. They are simliar to our quild colors, but not quite our colors. Then I didn’t think much more about it until I was looking at my pictures and saw this one… The colors are totally the shops colors! The light blue and darker blue of the logo, the shop has a lot of grey inside and a pop of yellow with the chairs! I get it now!


If you’re in Seattle and happen to be downtown… Or even if you aren’t downtown, you should head there anyway! The show is up through the end of the month!



Paint Chip Challenge

We seem to like challenges in our Modern Quilt Guild! This time we decided to tackle a paint ship challenge. You are given a paint chip and all your fabric has to match the colors on the paint chip.


The ones in charge of the challenge picked grey, teal, light blue and dark blue. Some lucky ducks got a yellow chip too, which meant they got to add in accent pieces of yellow. I stood in line for my envelope hoping ‘not grey, not grey, not grey…’


I got grey….


And it wasn’t easy to find the grey’s either. Everytime I’d go to a fabric store I’d pull out my chip and nope… Or I’d buy grey thinking it had to be right and I’d get home and it wasn’t. Then I finally raided my stash and found just the right pieces!


I’ve been really wanting to do one of these triangulated pieces. First I used a triangulation app on my phone. Then I just assumed I’d make it into a paper piecing pattern. But, um, no. My assumption was wrong! Paper piecing a triangulated piece, didn’t work so well for me! I ended up just piecing as I went.


I just couldn’t get snow out of my head when it came to this paint chip. So a snowy mountain top it is. I considered a white bunny in a snowstorm, but…..


I did get some yellow in the back! I’m loving that almost all of this was actually from my stash in the end.


How do you do labels? I just use a sharpie and make a had written label. Maybe I should a more professional looking label…


So, I am totally over my wanting to quilt a triangulated anything! It was a good exercise in inside corners… Not a big fan, I learned! But I’m happy with it. Glad it’s done.

If you want to see them all, check back in the first part of June. Or come out to the show at Drygoods Design on June 4th! That’s opening night, but the show will be up for a month. And they are for sale!! Yea! We’ve never done a for sale show before!

And I can mark this off as 1 of my Q2 Finish Along finishes!
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side


Seattle Modern Quilt Guild My Modern Show

Usually when our guild has a show, there’s a theme… Like the star show and the binary show…. But not this one!

This one was called,

My MODERN: Celebrating Five Years of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild

And we all submitted quilts that showed our idea of what Modern is to us! Is it…..

Use of bold colors and prints

High contrast and graphic areas of solid color

Improvisational piecing


Expansive negative space

Alternate grid work

Modern traditionalism

The show is over and my quilt has come home. But last month I headed over to the show with my friend Debbie and I thought I’d walk you through it with us!


The first one is a charity quilt that we all participated in. We made blocks with fabric donated by Clothworks. Two of my blocks got into this quilt! And the quilting is just lovely, done by Lisa Nolte.




I didn’t make that last block, but I want to do a whole quilt with teeny tiny half square triangles! What do you think? Would you?


Here’s mine that I hung in the show. I love love love this one, that I originally made for a show at Green Eileene. It’s funny because when I made it, it was square. but with some love it appears to not be square anymore!


So here we go! Let me show you around the show!


Kaleidoscope Love by Jessica Vehorn


Hunks of Sky, Matt Macomber


The grey and orange quilts are Double Binary by Deborah Ferguson.


The yellow and white one is a paint chip challenge by Kristen Ballou called Yellow Birds on Back (and yes, there are yellow birds on the back!)


The large quilt on the left is Falling by Allison Dutton. The red and white is Scrap Migration by Rachel Pascual. and the bottom right is Tinkering No 2 by Grace Lainhart


Double Trouble by Katie Pedersen


Orange Appeal by Lisa Nolte


on the left, She Loves Me by Katrine A Eagling and on the right Tempo Rubato by Martha Peterson


Antithesis by Rachel Singh


BitterRoot by Darcie Kantor


Soundwave by Amy Kilian


Our other window quilt, Rainbow/Zen by Megan Riley


 Happy Encounter: Gwen meets Karla meets Angela by Jackie Benedetti


Gina’s Gold Star by Marilyn Lone


If a Tree Falls in the Woods by Maureen Mandy


PNW by Becca Jubie


Happy Times by Chandra Wu


Fox Tails are a Girls Best Friend by Ellen Jackowski


The beauty of hanging quilts in the middle is that you get to see the backs too!


Spiraled Jungle by Debbie Jeske


on the left, Timelines by Carrie Franklin and on the right, Passage by Aly Bazeley


on the left, Isaac’s Quilt by Sandie Holtman, top middle is Molten Metal by Megan Vanderburg and the bottom middle is Untitled by Vickie Christensen and on the right, Reflection by Sandra Jean.


Top left, Waves by Amber Dawn Arnold, bottom left, Tunnel Vision by Sue Mariotti and on the right, Grey Geese by Kate Barnet


I love the matched binding at the bottom of Kate’s Grey Geese quilt! Debbie gave the group a demonstration on how to do this not too long ago. I still need to try it!


Postage Springs Eternal by Lynne Shandley


And last, but in no way least, is Not A Christmas Quilt by Dionne Matthies-Buban. I love the name!

Is was another awesome quilt show by our lovely Quilt Guild! I love being surrounded by such talent!!

Pop! Departures at Seattle Art Museum

Local? Near Seattle this weekend? There’s a great exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum! But only for another week!


 OCT 9 2014 – JAN 11 2015

From SAM:

In the 1960s, art for the first time embraced the brash world of commercial culture, advertising, and mass media—images of shiny newness, youth, and seduction. Pop art electrified artists, audiences, and critics alike. It changed our understanding of art, and the ripple effects of its seismic shift are still felt today. Pop Departures presents the bold visions of American Pop artists, including the works of icons such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, and Claes Oldenburg.

The exhibition takes us beyond the pioneers of Pop and to the work of subsequent generations of artists for whom Pop art has been an inspiration or a vehicle for critique. See works from the 1980s and ’90s by artists such as Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, and Richard Prince. Continue with work made in the era of digital markets and social media by Margarita Cabrera, Josephine Meckseper, and Ryan Trecartin—contemporary artists who use Pop as a point of departure.

Pop art changed the way we consume media and redefined art as part of our market economy. Pop Departures will blow open your notions of Pop and take you on a journey through the last 50 years of American popular culture.




I’ve loved Roy Lichtenstein’s work for ages, but I had never seen it so close I could almost touch it! All those little dots! It had been a while since we had been to the museum and seeing his work and the others, just reminded me of all that is lost on the computer screen. All the brush strokes. The lines of paint. You don’t see it on the photo above, but it’s there! You can imagine him painting it, you can look and try to figure out his process.

Pop Departures



Since I’ve been working mostly with fabric for the last, I don’t know how many years… I was totally drawn to the work of Margarita Cabrera. She’s new to me and amazing! The car above is probably 90% a sewn object! They had more of her work, household item made of vinyl. Again, as I was scanning over the exhibit online before I went I saw this image and didn’t think much of it. Because, like we do online so often, I scanned. I didn’t realize it was a sewn object! I will say, it was super hard to NOT touch this one! So hard!

Andy Warhol - Marilyn



And what Pop Art exhibit would be complete without Warhol? There was quite a bit of Warhol’s art, but not your typical pieces. Pieces I had never seen before!  The exhibit was so inspiring! I learned about artists I didn’t know about. Saw art from some of my favorites up close and personal!



The kiddo liked the exhibit too, but I have to say we had to DRAG him out of the totally cool photo booth! Needless to say we have all sorts of Pop Art Family portraits! You pick the style and out comes you transformed into Pop Art. I wish I had used one of these for our Christmas card this year. Darn!

I wish I could show you the whole exhibit here on my blog! I had so many favorites! But I can’t…. If you are near Seattle between now and January 11th, you really need to see this one!

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!


Our Little Library

I realized I hinted about our Little Library contest we did as a family, but I never showed you the finished, WINNING project! If you follow me on IG, you’ve already seen a lot of this!


We have a little library in our neighborhood and Max has wanted his own for a while now. Then I saw the Libraries on The Loose Design Competition! And it wasn’t just open to architects! Kids could enter too. We had a design plan. Then Max and Dad found a great sized box, so the plan changed. Then we found more materials so the design was a bit more organic than we had originally planned!



During the building process, Max was interviewed and on the news. He did a great job explaining his design and showing off the box that we had started. I think he stole the show in the interview! You can see it here!


For the most part, Max was pretty involved in the building of his library. Once he would have rather played with his pal next door than come home and stain the box. But once he got home he jumped right in! Dad did say that next time we sign Max up for a competition, it needs to be a competition that he can do on his own! Oh, Dad… We all did have fun putting it together!


Then Max filled it up! And all the books disappeared! we filled it up again and most of them disappeared. Again. We hope the books went to a home of kids that needed them. It just took some time and our neighbors are refilling, too!


We decided to go to the Seattle Design Festival Street Party to check out the others and see what there was to see and look what we found! Max’s library won his division! Yeah!


Max was kinda excited about his win… But way more excited about all the fun stuff at the Street Party! Like the Tape it box! Max and Dad wrapped tape all around and back again!


The light box was pretty cool! It lit up with motion sensors.



The big plastic tunnel was a hit! Max made friends with this guy and they had beach ball fight! It was pretty cool! Then later we saw the crazy guys behind this wandering around in green blow up suites.


But even with all these cool things, Max’s all time favorite was this Parkour Visions installation. It’s a gym in town where they seem to mix climbing on these boxes with gymnastics and gym! Max was in love! If he could have stayed on this all day he would have!



Yea to our Winner!


Binary Quilt Show

What do you think of when you think Binary? I kinda think of x’s and o’s and early computers… I have no idea really if that’s binary, but that’s my first thought! But that is NOT what our Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s latest show was about!



Adjective:  Consisting of, indicating, or involving two

Two Colors! That’s what our show was about. I really struggled with it, because everything I came up with were MOSTLY two colors, but I always wanted to add in a pop of another color… I had actually given up and come to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to have a quilt in this show….


Until I started my alligator quilt! I say I only used yellows and greens, but the three teeth are white. But they are less than inch each, maybe even all together… So, Gator made it! He’s pretty different than most of the quilts in the show, but I think he works!


The yellow was a blessing in disguise! I ran out of the yellow I was using. So my new friend picked up a bunch of yellow fabric for me from the quilt shop and brought it to the Guild Meeting. Turns out it wasn’t quite the same yellow. Of course, then I realized that I think I finished off the first yellow when I bought mine! Anyway, I knew I could make it work, but I think it ended up Making the quilt!

And, I need pattern testers for the gator! If you are interested, please let me know!!!


Blueberries for Sal  by Chandra Wu

I am so loving being a part of and getting to know all these amazing women! Everyone is so talented! Two ladies really inspired me on how to finish my quilt! At the same meeting that my friend Kristen brought me the yellow fabric, Chandra inspired me with her fantastic use of different purples!


Red/White Scraps by Vicki Christensen

And when I saw Vickie’s quilt on IG, I loved the little pieces of red, which in turn inspired by little tiny pieced pieces around the quilt!


Pendleton Love by Carrie Franklin


Pink Paper by Allison Dutton

When you first got to Island Quilter on Vashon, where the show was on display (yes, sorry, it’s over…) You were greeted by these two fantastic quilts!

As you head around the shop, here are some more of the fantastic work!


My Sister’s Quilt by Sue Mariotti


Oval Dance by Katie Pedersen


1 + 1 = 10 by Amber Arnold


Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House by Patty Ladd


(un)intentional by Andrea Slusser


And I loved the group of blue and white! From top left around, Crazy for Blue by Rachel Pascual, Crossknot by Allison Dutton, Tsunamis Debris by Marilyn Lone and True Blue by Sandie Holtman


Granny Swooned by Megan Bloomquist


Mansfield Park by Patty Ladd


Unknown Journey by Debbie Jeske

I had to do a close up of Debbie’s quilting! I love the variegated thread on the white that bring out the green X’s!


I love this one, Albers’ Orange Chair by Martha Peterson! The red and white is perfect! But what caught me was the little chair! This is what I mean about my binary colors. Where she added the chair, I kept want to add a different color. Just a little pop! I love her chair!


And we’ve got Lost in the Stars by Charlotte Ennis Clark-Mahoney on the left and Binary Quilt ’13 by Lynne Shandley, on the right,  taking up the middle position!



11:40PM with Carl by Anna Boenish

Then we have Anna… I’m in LOVE with her quilts! So Inspiring! I want to make a quilt like hers, but I don’t think it would be the same! I just love them! And she hand quilts…. love….


Little Birds by Laurel Thom


Clarity by Alison Bezeley

And Valentine’s Day is coming up, what a better way to end than with this one from our friend Alison!

Which one is your favorite??

The Green Eileen Chop Challenge

I’m sure most everyone knows about Eileen Fisher, right? But do you know about Green Eileen?


Green Eileen is an Eileen Fisher store where they sell gently used Eileen Fisher clothing and all proceeds go to organizations to improve the lives of women and girls. There are three location and one is here in Seattle!


Recently our local store hosted a Green Eileen Chop Challenge! And yes, I had to get it on it! (and can’t wait to do it again.)


How is worked was easy. The shop gave all the participants a bag of gently used clothing that was just not up to par to be resold. We then took the bag and remade the clothing into whatever we wanted to make! Then they auctioned off all the pieces and the earnings went to a local group called Coyote Central, a group that helps young adolescents to build competence and creativity through hands-on workshops with professionals in  creative fields!


From my bag of clothing I was able to make 2 quilts! I am in love with my throw blanket size quilt!


When I picked up my bag they told be mine was super colorful! I’m not convinced, because most of it was grey and black. But I guess that was what a lot of other people got too! Anyway! I used a red sweater for the center square with a piece of yellow knit. The whites were a combination of linens and silks.


The grey’s and blacks that I used on the front were a mix of linen and knit and a lightweight denim. And I used the rest of the yellow tee for the binding. I was worried I wouldn’t have enough fabric to finish the whole piece, but I did. I wanted the yellow binding to be around the whole thing, but in hindsight, I actually love the two color binding!


The quilting started at the red square and wound it’s way around and around and around to the outside!


I love the back as well! My husband doesn’t really like it because he doesn’t like the velveteen fabric that the black is. But to me, it’s super soft and would feel awesome to snuggle up with! And then I used a little more of the red sweater and a bit more knit.


My son had fun with the left over sweater! And we might just have a new hoodie design here! I cut a strip out of the front of a turtle neck sweater… And Voila! The turtle neck is a perfect little hoodie or ear warmer….


And then the mini! This was totally inspired by a little fairy box my son made!


I love how the silk, linen and knit all work so well together!


And I figured out how to machine bind a quilt! This was the first time I had done it with out if looking like a child had done it! It’s all in the ironing of the binding. Iron the front, then fold over and clip!


The auction was a lot of fun! The whole time I was making mine, I was wondering what everyone else was making! Then to see it all together and all the creativity that went into the project was inspiring!

1. There were quite a few of the collar necklaces. I loved these two from Julia Barallo out of New Mexico.

2. And of course, a lot of the clothes were upcycled into, you guessed it, more clothes!

3 and 4. My most favorite pieces in the show were these two pieces from Leigh Krueger from here in Seattle. Number 3 is called the Shadowfold Star of David Rosette  and Number 4 is Shadowfold Scales, both are done in silk.

5. This dress was pretty cool too! I, unfortunately, didn’t get the artists name on this one. If you know who did it, please let me know!

6. Mine of course! The funny thing is, at first I couldn’t find it. I looked all over the place for it and was about to get a little angry. Then someone pointed out that it was hanging right up front. Right where everyone had to go to sign up for the auction. Right behind the counter!

7. The Batman hat and scarf by Morgan Brooks was super cool! It was all one piece and along the scarf was hand sewn on the skyline! Cool!

8. And how adorable are these huge stuffies??? The black sheep was awesome! The sheep was created by Christine Cassidy from Seattle and the adorable black teddy bear is by Kadee Banello (I think that’s the last name. Again, correct me if you can!) also from Seattle.

9. This is another one that I didn’t get the artists name, but I loved the little flower! IT’s just a cute t-shirt with a little embellishment! Perfect idea if you have a little hole or stain in a well loved t-shirt!

10. And lastly, I loved how these little pouches from Shannon Clock of 2 Little Birds Design out of Portland seemed to be smiling back at you! Don’t they look like little faces to you?

What would you make if you were given a bag of old clothes to repurpose???

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Star Quilt Show by the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild

I’m not exactly what sure what happened to Friday’s post. I missed it. And I didn’t make it up… Instead I headed to Vashon Island and the Island Quilter to see the opening night of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Star Show!


As we were there looking around, my son said, ‘Hey, every one of these quilts has a star in it!’ Observant little fella that kid!


I included my star quilt that I made with the help of my do. Good Stitches group. I knew the show was coming up, but I had resigned myself to not participating because I didn’t have a star quilt and I didn’t have time to make another one. Then my friend Debbie from A Quilters Table, who is also in another group of the do. Good family, pointed out that I DO have a star quilt to enter! Hello!  I do! I ran it by the group and didn’t get any opposition, so in the show it went!


One of the families favorites was this one by Ara Jane Olufson.


The main quilt it the front window was also AMAZING! I loved it! Refresh by Anna Boenish.


Top: Starry Eyed by Megan Riley, Middle left: Traveling Stars by Amber Arnold, Middle Right: Summer Stars by Vicki Christensen, Bottom left: no tag and Bottom Right: Lone Star by Season Evans.


Another one of my favorites is Elliot’s Quilt by Amy Kilian. I sat by her at a guild meeting not long ago while she was working on this and I fell in love! All the nad stitching is fantastic. From afar it looks kinda like a grey quilt with yellow binding. But once you zoom in a bit closer, you see all the hand details, time and love that went into it!


In one corner there seemed to be a teal theme going on! Left: Echo Star by Blair Stocker, Top Right: no tag and Bottom Right: Seeing Stars by Katie Pederson. And that little one in the bottom right didn’t have a tag either!



Top left: Stars for Robert by Meaghan Quinlin, Top RIght: Auspicious Sky by Debbi , Middle Left: A Tidal Pool of Starfish by Kirsten Ballou, Middle Right: detail from the bottom quilt, Bottom: Seattle Star by Katie Pederson. I’ve had Katie’s Seattle Star in my flickr favorites for quilte some time. It was lovely to actually see it in person and to see all the amazing quilting!


The last one I wanted to show you is this one with the bird! Stealing Stars by Carrie Franklin. How cool! The detail is amazing. There are tiny little pieces! I just love the bird! As with most of my indoor quilt photography, this didn’t turn out as beautiful as it is!


And of course, it’s always nice to see people checking ours out! I hope they are saying nice things!! :)

And that’s pretty much it! It was a great show! Thank you Island Quilter and the Seattle Modern Quilting Guild for an awesome show!



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Blogger’s Quilt Festival- Kaleidoscope

For my second entry in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, I decided to enter my Kaleidoscope mini/doll quilt.


This is another one that I LOVE, but gave away! I made this for the flickr Doll Quilt Swap.


This was a little one that I sketched and then fell in love with! My intention was not that it would match the drawing exactly, but once I saw the sketch and the undulating patterns, I knew I had sketched it just how I wanted it to be!


The colors were picked by my partner in the swap. But, yes, I love them too! The back used the same colors. And since I quilted in the ditch for this one, on the back it ended up looking like a spider web. Kinda hard to see in this picture though.


The mini wall hanging ended up being about 18 inches square And was done all by little ‘ole me!

Did you enter the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this year???

Blogger’s Quilt Festival- Star Quilt

Over the years I’ve been seeing the Blogger’s Quilt Festival online and always wanted to participate, but never have. So even though I’m on vacation, I decided I’d play along this year and enter a quilt or two!


For the Group/Bee Quilt category, I’m  sharing a quilt that you have seen before quite recently…. The Nurture Group of do. Good Stitches Star quilt.


I’ve had a bit of an obsession about star quilts lately, as you probably know. Which means when it was my time to pick a block design I decided to use my own star block tutorial and have the group help me make the stars!


Each group member made 2 blocks, and size and any bright color! Once my son and I decided on the layout the quilt finished around 46” by 60”.  The group decided to hang it in the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild’s Star show coming up next month and then it will go to our group’s charity, My Very Own Blanket.


I quilted it in a star pattern as well. Starting with the one in the bottom and working out from there across the quilt! I love how it turned it. I do hope whoever receives it loves it as much as my household does!



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