Hi folks! I’m hunkered down preparing for an exhibition of nine quilts in the Chicago area in June (more details soon!) and trying to finish up a few projects for that. Eeek! Deadlines are approaching quickly.

Meanwhile, you can read a brief interview over here at A Gathering of Stitches and consider joining me and much more interesting folks like Carolyn Friedlander and Rebecca Ringquist for a retreat in August in Maine.

And you can join me in this impulsive indulgence of a quilt I finished this past weekend (that isn’t in the show in June…it’s a procrastination quilt!). Just some super super quick improv with those flippin’ pastels and some naughty dye-bleeding handdyed scraps.

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Here is the top chillin’ in the snow back in January. It just took a few days to slap it together.

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I left the top to marinate in a corner while working on the contractually-obligatory ones. Until I couldn’t take the pressure anymore.

My trusty longarm quilter/partner Pam Cole pumped out some hand-guided circuitry stitches that I then echoed with chunky hand-stitching in perle cotton. This step just took two weeks total: one week on the other coast in Washington state on the machine and one week back home here helping me avoid doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

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Sticky sweet pastels surrounded by dark cherry and chocolate browns? Yes, please!

The Details:

Materials: various commercial solids; muslin on back; #12 perle cotton
Techniques: improvisationally-pieced by machine; machine quilted; hand quilted; hand bound
Finished size: about 54″ square
Started: January 2015
Finished: May 2015