1981 Quilt

Hello!  I wanted to share with you my quilt top that I had recently completed and entered into QuiltCon West 2016.  I had sketched out the bones of this design back in the fall of 2014.  It was incomplete but mostly it was just a starting point.   Just something for me to reference back to in case I ever felt inspired to finish it.  Since inspiration never came, I decided it would be best to make this as a sampler, so I could see what it would like look as a quilt top.   The majority of this quilt was improvised.  I wasn't sure which shapes would be which colors, and since the design was not complete, I wasn't even sure what the final product was going to look like.  It helped that I chose a cohesive palette.

I originally was going to frame it in black and then place a white border around that before binding it.  This was not planned and was not decided upon until I reached that point in the decision process.  When I had completed the binding, the white border did not include the black pluses in the corners.  I reached out to Instagram, and a lovely bunch of people suggested it.  Thank you if you were one of those who suggested black pluses because it came out fabulous.  I had also thought about incorporating 1981 somewhere in the quilt, but that never happened.

To balance out the large negative spaces of color, I added a strip of small piecing in the upper left corner, and to balance that out, I added the four triangles in the bottom right corner.

I would love to make this a bigger version as this only measures 39" x 42".

The biggest crime and mistake I made with this quilt was not entering it to be judged at QuiltCon West.  I only entered it.  I still beat myself up about it, but the reason I didn't get it judged was because I felt that I would be critiqued harshly on my hand stitching.  It's definitely not perfect, but I think that is what lends beautifully to the handmade look.  It is handmade.  I don't know why I ever listened to that little devil inside of me.

Why 1981?  This quilt is a dedication to my creative life and journey.  I love making things, and I hope it shows.

I had a few people say it reminds them of certain artists.  Some I have never heard of like Charley Parker and Mondrian.   Others, like Picasso, I do know.   But none of these artists were in mind during the making of this.  It literally was a sit down and draw, let's pull out some fabric, and let's-hope-for-the-best kind of quilt making.  So it all worked out in my favor in the end, and I couldn't be more thankful.

It makes me so happy when I look at it.  :)

xx nancy

One year ago:  Birchen Quilt top
Two years ago: Crafty Travelers Series
Three years ago: Creating with the Stars
Four years ago: Fabric Birds

I have a book!


American Patchwork and Quilting Radio Podcast

Hello!  I wanted to let you know that I will on the American Patchwork and Quilting Radio show Monday, Jan. 18th, 2016 at 4 pm EST.  I hope you will tune in to hear a few of my thoughts as Pat Sloan picks my brain about my work and book.  :)

To listen, click here.

xx nancy


QFEA Book Tour

This book is the fruit of sweat, blood, and tears.  Over the course of two years, it was a physically demanding task, as well as an emotional journey.  One that no one could ever fully understand until they experience the publishing industry for themselves.  This experience is one that I will be eternally grateful for.  It challenged me in so many different ways, allowed me to grow, and it will continue to test my strength and perseverance in the coming years.

When writing this book, I sincerely strived to make something different.  I wanted the designs to stand out from what we typically see in quilt books.  As a consumer of quilt books myself, I yearned to see designs that were fresh and appealed to a more modern aesthetic.   I tried to fill that void with Quilting from every Angle, and I think I did a good job.  I really hope you love it.

To celebrate the release of Quilting from every Angle, some wonderful friends and associates of mine have come together to share this book with you.   Please stop by to see what they are up to and what they have to say about the book.  There will be a giveaway at each stop, so enter for your chance to win a copy of my book.  I am very excited to share my book with you, and I hope you find great inspiration in it.


11/10- Michelle Wilkie of Factotum of Arts
11/11- Hillary Goodwin of Entropy Always Wins
11/12- Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles
11/13- Anna Graham of Noodlehead

11/16- Rachel McCormack of Wooden Spoon Quilts
11/17- Tara Larson of Rad & Happy 
11/18- Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
11/19- Holly Hughes of Holly Gets Quilty
11/20- Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft

11/23- Pat Bravo of Pat Bravo Fabric Design 
11/24- Astrid Slagle of Red Red Completely Red
11/25- Holly DeGroot of Bijou Lovely
11/26- Christopher Thompson of The Tattooed Quilter
11/27- Spoonflower

xx nancy
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