1,2,3 Quilt of the Day


Here’s the Cluster Dots Quilt from my book 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This one features appliquéd circles made using a freezer paper technique for neat circles. I machine stitched them with a zig-zag stitch for speed and durability.

Although it looks like this is a whole cloth quilt, it’s made up of individual blocks. If you used patterned fabrics for the background pieces, this would make a very different quilt. I used a combination of quilting cottons and Liberty of London lawn fabrics. This is a 72″ x 90″, or twin-sized quilt.


The very talented Tia Curtis did the quilting on this one with simple pebble quilting to echo the circle design of the fabric. Photos by Laura Malek.

Here’s a detail:



1,2,3 Quilt of the Day


Today I’m featuring my Dresden Quilt from 1, 2, 3 Quilt. In the book, there’s a quick shortcut technique to make these large 25″ dresdens that are then appliquéd to the whole cloth background using fusible webbing. I really had fun with the quilting on this one, taking the geometric straight line quilting in all different directions. I wanted the flowers to stand out a bit, so there’s not much quilting on them.

This is a throw-sized 60″ x 60″ quilt. Here’s a detail shot:



Photos by Laura Malek.

Framework Blocks


More experimenting with blocks in my Framework fabric, mixing double-gauze cottons, quilting cottons, and linens. I think I’m actually going to try a basic courthouse steps pattern instead of any of these log cabin variations. But I will definitely mix the Framework prints with neutrals.

Also, if you haven’t done so already, you might want to read this post from Abby Glassenberg regarding Aurifil’s social media marketing. I commented on her post and also posted some of my thoughts over on The Long Thread Facebook page. I think that this is an important issue to discuss as a quilting community.

In our current age of ubiquitous social media, how we conduct ourselves online is a reflection of who we are, whether we feel it’s an accurate depiction or not. As someone who struggles with how much I should communicate via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, I am keenly aware that we never fully know a person based solely on their online interactions. It’s a difficult world to navigate and I’ve got no clue how I’m going to guide my daughters through this maze.

While I’m encouraged that Aurifil may change its social media marketing practices, I also hope that in this process we will remember that tweets, posts, comments, and status updates are meant in fact to be social interactions. We should perhaps give the same care and consideration that we use with people in real life.



A bit of sewing with my new Framework fabric collection. It’s summer, so the best I can do is share Instagram photos. The block above is a log cabin turned 45 degrees with an appliqué circle, echoing the design of the bottom fabric (Corners). And, yes, I mixed double gauze cotton with the linen/cotton blend. You can totally do that! Mixing fabrics creates texture and interest in your quilts.

Below is a storage cube, made basically like a pattern in my book 1, 2, 3 Sew. Quick, easy, and actually useful.

Look for Framework to be available in stores soon!


Triangles Quilt


Triangles, anyone? They don’t seem to be going anywhere, so if you want to learn to make four different types of triangles, you could try the Triangles Quilt from my book 1, 2, 3 Quilt. This is still one of my favorite quilts in the book. Quilting done by Lisa Sipes. I think this quilt is still hanging out at Intown Quilters if you want to go visit it in person.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how I make things, then take photos of the things, which gives them a new life of their own. Objectifying objects. It’s the Instagram shots, book photos, and blog posts that reach farther than the object itself ever could. Most of my quilts end up stacked in a closet. So it makes me wonder, what am I really making? I think the reality of social media has given a new dimension to crafting; hearts, comments, and likes added to process photos, detail shots, and enhanced images. I love it all, but I wonder if this digital objectification is taking us too far from the original intent and purpose of the object itself?