Do You Name Your Quilts?

When I started quilting, I would go to quilt shows and marvel at all the quilts on display. One thing I noticed was the naming of the quilts. Some were very obvious while others clearly meant something only to the artist. So today I want to know, do you name your quilts?

By this time I had a few quilts of my own under my belt and never once considered naming them. It just seemed so pretentious. I mean, who did I think I was?! I’ve learned since then that there are three important reasons to name your quilts.

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4 Ways to Get Out of a Color Rut

Have you ever been in a color rut and just didn’t know how to get out of it? Or are you there now? Being in a rut like this really messes with my sewjo! I think all quilters can relate to these questions, so today I’m sharing four ways to get out of a color rut. Here’s how I got here:

I’ve been organizing my online photo albums and have been looking at pictures of my quilts over the years. I’ve noticed very distinct trends in my color preferences. At one time, I loved putting bright colors on black backgrounds to make the colors really pop. Then it was those same bright colors on white backgrounds. (I wasn’t much for switching things up!) Then there was a black and white phase, a rainbow phase, and an “all the colors” phase. Now I’m working through the Playful Color Quilt Guild exercises to really refine and define my color style.

But there were still times I just looked at all my fabric and couldn’t create anything without getting stuck in that groove I was already in. It was frustrating because I really admired quilts in other color ways. I just couldn’t figure out how to get there. These ideas came to me as I was putzing around aimlessly in my studio one day. I hope they help you.

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I’m a Rockstar!!

A free motion quilting rockstar, that is! And I’m so dang proud of myself and everything I accomplished over the past 12 weeks in the Free Motion Quilting Academy with HollyAnne Knight. I’m not even going to try to humble brag – I’m going full on woooooo hooooo on this achievement. So strap in.

The class is 12 weeks long, you learn 28 quilting motifs, and you have access to HollyAnne and her amazing community. To graduate, you have to submit pictures of your motif sampler and a whole-cloth quilt. Here’s my finished sampler.

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