Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Push-up Series so far

I wanted to look at all of the Push-up series at once, so I thought I would do a short blog on them. For those who are new to my blog, my idea of a “push-up” is taking the opportunity to explore an idea without expecting to create a masterpiece. It is a relaxed approach. It’s low risk. I don’t worry about failure. I just try to enjoy the process. … Continue reading

Push-up #7, take two

Push-up #7: Trio by Maria Elkins

I hung Push-up #7 on my design wall and instantly realized I would need to make a few changes. See the section on the left with the pale pink polka dots on either side of the strip-pieced section? The pale pink completely disappeared when I stood back and all I saw was too much white. I decided I needed something a little bolder. I like the look of dashed lines, … Continue reading

Playful Push-ups

Aren’t these colors fun? While the snow piles up outside, it’s warm and wonderful inside because this is what I’ve been looking at. I’m practicing my word for 2014 and I’ve been trying to create a new piece that’s playful. I’m still exploring strip piecing and restructuring techniques while taking advantage of a few prints. This is my favorite part so far. … Continue reading

Push-up #7 will be warm

While I was making Push-up #6 over this past week, I was also pre-washing fabric that I purchased during the end-of-the-year sales. This morning, I folded them and put them away. In the process, I came across these four fabrics. I think I’m ready to work with some nice hot colors, so for Push-up #7, I’m going to take on the challenge of trying to transform these into “something else.” … Continue reading