rylee's quilt 

This quilt was made for a good friend’s new baby – a tiny, sweet girl named Rylee Paige.  Her mom Amanda is the Vice President of the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild. The quilt was a collaboration between the guild officers, inspired by our friend April’s version (also a guild member! I can’t tell you enough how fun, talented, and inspiring the DMQG ladies are.)

Each of the ladies contributed the bunting flags from their stash, and I put the quilt together.

rylee's quilt

(Don’t you love the pieced flags by Monica?)

rylee's quilt - detail 

Little Rylee even has some yet-to-be-released Sherbet Pips courtesy of the famous Jenny Garland. 😉

This quilt  was finished at Thanksgiving and I had to keep it a secret until all of us were able to get together and give it to Amanda. I’m terrible at keeping good secrets so that was a rough few weeks for me. I wanted to tell Amanda every time I saw her in person, on Facebook, or on email. Torture, I tell you!

I know we are all so happy to know you, Amanda, and be a part of your family’s life. We can’t wait to watch Rylee grow into this quilt. Congratulations!


linen + love

This quilt started with a fat quarter bundle of Love and a Kona jelly roll. I cut the fat quarters into various squares and rectangles, and then added coordinating Kona fabric. Then I added some linen around each block to tone down the bright colors a bit. The contrast of nubby linen with bright quilting cottons really appeals to me.

linen + love (detail) 

I stipple quilted this one and broke 5 or 6 needles during the process. I think it was a combination of the weight of the quilt and the linen that made it such a bear to quilt. It was worth it, though, because the linen crinkled up so nicely with all of the heavy quilting.

It’s backed with some polka dots from 1974 by Urban Chiks.

linen + love (back) 

linen + love (binding) 

This marks completed quilt #9 for the year! I’ve already finished #10 but I have to keep it a secret for a bit longer.

Dimensions: 70″ x 70″

Fabrics: Love by Amy Butler, 1974 by Urban Chiks, Weekends by Erin McMorris, solids from Kona Solids by Robert Kaufman, linen sashing, white from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: May 2010

Completed: November 2010

far far away 2 bundle

I’ve had a little stack of Far Far Away 2 fabrics  sitting on my cutting table since the end of July. The deal  I made with myself was that I would complete three quilts before cutting into it.


I didn’t even realize until today, when I was updating my WIP list, but I’ve completed three quilts since July and have two more + a table runner that just need binding.

Sadly, though, one of those quilts was completed and sold at a craft market before I ever had a chance to photograph it. It was one I made using my Gridlock pattern. This sad, wrinkled photo is the only thing I have to show for it.

gridlock: boy palette (pattern coming soon)

Dimensions: 42″ x 42″

Fabrics: Zoology from Michael Miller, Flutterby by Tula Pink, Woodland Delight by Paula Prass, Dandy Damask from Michael Miller, various others, solids from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: May 2010

Completed: September 2010

[my other two finishes were blogged here]

It’s fun to complete a goal you’ve forgotten about. And the timing for a new project is perfect with the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild retreat coming up this very weekend. So I’ve been adding to my little stack (original stack on the right)


It may need further refining but I’m really like it so far. The colors are not quite accurate in the new photo because I had zero natural light.  Does it need more orange? Less purple? A true grass green? That last one wouldn’t be a bad idea at all.

tumbling blocks quilt

This first quilt is one that I started late last year. I ended up getting frustrated with the quilting and I put it aside for a long time.  My plan was to cut it up to use the fabric for something else…but a week ago I decided to pick out the bad straight-line quilting and giving it another go with stippling. I’m much happier with this result. The vintage sheet I used for backing it is incredibly soft and snuggly.

tumbling blocks quilt - back

Dimensions: 51″ x 37″

Fabrics: Hushabye by Tula Pink, solids from Bella Solids by Moda, vintage floral for backing

Started: December 2009

Completed: August 2010

This next quilt is called Vintage Florals. I sold it as a kit in my Etsy shop and this is the sample that I finished last week…ages after the kits all sold out. Oops.

vintage florals - finished!

The back of this quilt is chenille so it’s a nice heavy quilt.

vintage florals - chenille back

You can just get a peek of my new quilt label in this photo. Moose always thinks that he is supposed to be the focus of any photography that occurs in this house.

moose + vintage florals

What a brat. 🙂

Dimensions: 41″ x 41″

Fabrics: Nicey Jane and Pop Garden by Heather Bailey, Girly Girl by Art Gallery, Dolce by Tanya Whelan, Love, Lotus, and Midwest Modern by Amy Butler, Mendocino by Heather Ross, solids from Bella Solids by Moda, chenille for backing

Started: December 2009

Completed: August 2010

lori's quilt

Cross another one off my WIP list! I started this quilt for my sister back in April. The colors are punchy and bright so it suits her beautifully.

She helped me photograph it on my last day in Houston over the weekend. We found the perfect spot in the Medical Center –  a modern new building that’s part of Rice University’s campus.

lori's quilt 2

The back is a simple oversized patchwork design of mostly leftovers from the front. This kind of patchwork is fast and fun to piece and I love the impact of it. Each fabric is really allowed to shine.

lori's quilt - the back

Dimensions: 65? x 65?

Fabrics: Chocolate Lollipop, Garden Party, and Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner; Love, Midwest Modern, and Daisy Chain by Amy Butler, Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt, Alexander Henry, Mendocino by Heather Ross, Ta Dots from Michael Miller, various oranges and pinks from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: April 2010

Completed: June 2010

We also photographed my latest vintage find, an adorable scrappy hexagon quilt.

vintage hexagon quilt

It’s in the exact style that I’ve started piecing my own 3/4″ hexagons in so I was really excited to find it. $39 at an antique shop in the Heights.

I have a new nephew. He’s about 6 lbs, chocolate brown, furry and he came from the Houston Humane Society. My sister Lori adopted him last Saturday. I haven’t met him yet, but I love him already. I even made him a quilt to welcome him into the family.

oliver's quilt

oliver's quilt - color palette

A Heather Ross dog quilt for a dog. Seems fitting.  This is my favorite block:

my favorite block

It’s backed with chenille so Oliver will stay nice and warm while napping on the sofa. After being homeless on the streets of Houston, I think he deserves some spoiling.

binding + chenille backing

Moose tested it out for Oliver, just to make sure it’s nice and soft.

Moose approved

I think that’s approval, don’t you?


Dimensions: 24  x 24 in

Fabrics: Lightning Bugs & Other Mysteries by Heather Ross; Good Folks by Anna Maria Horner, Love by Amy Butler, Woodland Delight by Paula Prass,  Summer in the City by Urban Chiks,  feather and gray from Bella Solids by Moda

Started: June 2010

Completed: June 2010

hello again betty

I’m calling this one Hello Again, Betty because it’s the second quilt I’ve made using Moda’s Hello Betty fabric. (This is the other one.) It’s an improv style block made using jelly roll scraps. I quilted it with simple uneven lines to complement the wonkiness of the blocks.

hello again, betty

Dimensions: 70″ x 54″

Fabrics: Hello Betty by Chloe’s Closet for Moda, Bella Solids in white, buttercup, Kona solids in charcoal, Aviary by Joel Dewberry (rose damask in yellow)

Started: October 2009

Completed: May 2010

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Love Coins - front

This one got nice and crinkly after spending the afternoon in the dryer. The lighting outside was less than optimal by the time I got home but I was too excited to share. It’s my first completed quilt of 2010. It’s a scrap quilt – it’s big sister is still in progress but will hopefully be appearing here this weekend. It’s a good snuggle size – about 50 x 50.

This baby will definitely be in my booth at the Spring Fling.

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