Cosmic Yin and Yang…out of this world easy!


If you want a quick, easy quilt to put together pick up a copy of the March/April QUILTY magazine and look for my Cosmic Yin and Yang quilt.

This stunning quilt is out of this world easy!  Starting with the 8 from a square technique for making half square triangles (HST), then cutting those HST in half to make the star points, I eliminate the need to cut small squares and sew them into strips to make star points.  Also, there are no set-in seams.  This quilt can easily be put together in a weekend.  One colored fat quarter makes up one of the squares.  So it would be easy to make additional blocks to enlarge this from a wall hanging to a lap or twin size quilt.

My inspiration for this quilt came from watching a Craftsy class, “Cut to It” by Debbie Caffrey.  She showed how to use HST to make the Delectable Mountain block.  I began to play around with HST to see what I could come up with.  The technique described in the magazine yielded a colored star and a dark star and using a non-traditional setting, I came up with a design  that has a more contemporary look.  The dark and light triangles  joined together make a whole unit as in  Yin and Yang.  As you can see in the close up, the quilting is representative of gravitational pull between celestial bodies, thus the “cosmic”.Pink Cosmic Yin and Yang 1800

I must say I am really impressed with the fresh modern quilts in QUILTY magazine. They are all beginner friendly, but don’t look simplistic.   I wish this magazine had been around when I first started quilting.  Be sure and pick up a copy and have some fun!  Apr_Cover-2





Liberated Rail Fence




In September I posted about doing a Fun, Fast, and Liberated rail fence quilt inspired by Gwen Marston’s book Liberated  Quiltmaking.  I finished quilting it yesterday on SuziQ (aka my Bernina Q 24) and finished the binding this am.  The colors for this quilt were inspired by the dessert southwest…the adobe colors along with the reds, blues and turquoise.  The border was quilted to look like a wood frame surrounded by tiles using a variegated King Tut thread.  Up close, I thought it would look too busy, but you really don’t notice the variegation from a distance.  This was such a fun quilt to do, both the piecing and the whimsical quilting (see the close up). I love the colors!  This quilt makes me smile!


I still need to finish the 5 pieces I created at the retreat at MISA with Gwen and Pam Beale, and then will post those.  I have a lot of UFO’s to work on, and although I’m itching to do something new, I have to stay focused on finishing what I’ve already started.  Stay on TASK will be my motto for the rest of December!

Fun, Fast, & Liberated Quiltmaking!


I have loved every minute of the 12 month journey of Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine/Michael Miller fabric block  challenge; and have grown leaps and bounds with regards to my creativity as well as expanding my skill set; however, after finishing the intense piecing and quilting on my final quilt composition I needed to do something creative, fun, fast and immediately gratifying!  I had gotten Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking II some time ago and had been watching her class on iQuilt, so I decided to do a liberated rail fence!  I dove into my pile of fabrics and scraps  and in two days had the main body of the quilt done.  It is such a fun and free process, designing and improvising as you go.  And it is liberating!  I haven’t finished adding the final border, but wanted to share what I have done so far:fullsizerender-18

One of my goals for the next year is to work on doing more minimal quilts (that sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it!), so  earlier this week I got Gwen’s book Minimal Guiltmaking.  I have poured over this, and have been very inspired.  There were many of her students’ beautiful works in the book and I thought what fun to do a retreat with her.  Looking at her website, I found that this is her last year of teaching, and on a whim looked to see what her schedule was.  Unbelievably, her last retreat before retiring will be in 3 weeks at the MADELINE ISLAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS (MISA) in Wisconsin and there was one spot left!  I think this is fate!  The topic is “Small Studies” and I am going!