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Grey: Guest Posts {Nydia Kehnle + Nicole Daksiewicz}

This month’s color is Grey. We have two amazing guests this month. I am so excited for you to read their posts.

First up, is Nydia Kehnle. I met Nydia during Quiltcon 2015 and have always loved her work. Her improvisation quilt that included both machine quilting and hand quilting, won an award that year.  She is an amazing designer, and photographer. I have been so excited to see her quilt pattern/design collaboration with Alison Glass, her releases of embroidery designs and experimentation with improvisation. Recently, she has been teaching some of her techniques at Glamp Stitchalot and next year at Quiltcon. Check out her thoughts on photography and how it influences her use of Grey.

Instagram: @nydiak

Nicole, from Modern Handcraft, was one of the first people I met in this virtual crafting world. If you don’t know her, she has a great sense for modern design and craft beers/ciders. You might know her from her Hexie projects but she has recently been releasing some amazing new quilt patterns. Grey is one of her favorite neutrals. Find out how she uses grey in her projects and in naming her son ;-).

Blog: @modernhandcraft


Black + White: Guest Post {Christa Watson}

This month’s color for the Colour Blog Series is Black + White. Christa Watson (IG: christaquilts) is our guest this month.

Christa’s blog was one of the first blogs I started to follow, when I started on this quilting journey. I finally got to meet her at Quiltcon 2015, a highlight for me of the show. She has since showed her flare and brilliance with Domestic Machine Quilting with the following book releases : Machine Quilting with Style and The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting. Both of which I can highly recommend.

Today, on her blog she talks about her choices and makes using black and white. Her use of black and white is very graphical and she uses pops of color to add additional interest. It’s a great read.

I’ll be back later this week with my perspective of using black + white in quilts.


I had such a blast last week, participating in Amy’s IGQuiltfest.  For those that are not on Instagram (IG) or missed it last week, Amy came up with 5 daily prompts in which you posted photos relating to those prompts.

Monday – Finally Finished

My finally finished quilt was my Spoonflower Sampler Quilt, which I posted about yesterday.
Spoonflower Sampler Quilt

Tuesday – Recently Finished

Cherie D’Amour is another long-time WiP, that I just recently finished. I plan to post about it next week so stay tuned!!
Cheri DAmour

Wednesday – Quilts in the Wild

The idea of quilts in the wild to see how quilts are used. This is my son’s room. He loves making his own cave out of my finished quilts. On display here are:

Quilt tents

Thursday – Fast Finish

My fast finishes include these mini quilts that I have on my wall at work. They keep me calm and a smile on my face. My quilts on my wall include (Left – Right):


Mini Wall Hanging Quilts

Friday – WiP (Work in Progress)

On Friday, it was about your WiPs. I have 4 featured here in my sewing studio:

  • Mum’s Quilt (front),  which I tried table basting and loved it. I think this is my way forward with basting
  • Push me, Pull me quilt (on chair), ready to be sent off for quilting
  • Treehouse Ladders (left on design wall) is my entry for the Michael Miller Challenge for Sewtopia Atlanta. It’s me, channeling Pop Art Theme.
  • Beating Heart Quilt (right on design wall), my minimalism of a heart made from Ruby Red Oakshott Cotton Bundle.

WiP_Sewing Studio

I hope those who did participate had a great time. There was so much inspiration, check out #igquiltfest on Instagram.

Bright Prints | a color study

Last year, I did a design that I thought would be perfect to play with prints. I like using solids and prints, but what I wanted to do is step outside my comfort zone and use a variety bright and loud prints. I was inspired by designers like Anna Maria Horner, Alison Glass, Tula Pink and Amy Butler, as their prints are so amazing.

I chose Alison Glass prints from Field Day, Ex Libris, Clover Sunshine and Lucky Penny to play with.

LPQ 30 - Square in Square
[Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting]

I love how it turned out. I stressed the whole time while this was in the making. I had to change my inner background fabrics as the print I wanted to use was out of print (OOP) and I could not find it anywhere. The Ex Libris prints I did go with were much “noisier” than I was wanting. I was not sure until it was finished that it was what I wanted.


The back was made from left over straps from the front of the quilt.ColorStudy_back

You too can make this pattern, if you like it. This project was ultimately done for Love Patchwork and Quilting. It is in this month’s magazine (Issue 30) and it actually made the cover. So, I am ecstatic that they loved it as much as I did.

LPQ 30 - Front Cover
[Photo Credit: Love Patchwork & Quilting]

Not to bad for my first finish of 2016. Looking forward to the rest of the year.

New Projects for 2016 – In Progress

Isn’t it amazing how traveling makes you so tired?? I have traveled for about 30 hours this past weekend to come from North Carolina (USA) to Napier (New Zealand).

I wish, I could say I was traveling back home to have fun visiting family, friends and vacation, but unfortunately that is not the full story. My mum (who is in her early 60’s) has been put through some rigorous and long periods of testing over the last year. She has finally been diagnosed with a large benign, inoperable brain tumor. She is in her last 3 weeks of radiation, in attempts to try to shrink it.

Playing with color placement of the expanded design

As she travels and stays in a different city for her treatment each week, I decided that I wanted to be there to support her. I also want to leave her with something that brings her comfort when I am not around.

Original design

A quilt would be perfect. I have been playing around with her favorite colors, purple and orange and one of my Quilt Design a Day patterns. I have added a few other colors to add depth….coral/peach, yellow and magenta. The background fabrics are a mix of 20 white on neutrals prints.

Close-up of the blocks in-progress

I had to expand the design and play with the color placement but I am really pleased with how it is looking all up on my design wall. I bought all the rows with me to try to finish it before I leave.

All the pieces up on my design wall

The other project I am working on is a “secret”. It took a lot of procrastination trying to work out how to make this design into reality. The color palette is also way outside of my comfort zone but I am loving how it is coming together.

And you can’t complain, when you get joins like these on your first go.

Anyway, that is what I am up to this week. I am getting plenty of design and sewing time which I am very happy about.

Linking up with Lee over @ Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.



Sewing Studio: Final make-over

Every so often, I have posted here about my sewing room and how it has been transitioning over time into more of a studio. Except for the wood floors (that may never come), I think finally have the ultimate space for me.

Over the holiday, my husband moved his office out, to the third floor….woohoo. This opened up my room. I realized that I could use the same storage we have in our walk in closet (Ikea), along the stair case railings. A space that was not really usable, became usable.
I love having my Kona’s in one spot and have a hanging area for my backs. This space is also used for all my scraps and my WiPs.

I have also added a new chair from Ikea, which is the new home for a great cushion/pillow that I got for Christmas (from wonderful Nicole @ mamalovequilts).  I now have this amazing 8×7 foot design wall which has already been put to good use.


Of course, you can’t have a comfy chair without a footstool. I managed to finally finish one of my WiPs using Cloud9’s barkcloth. It was a total fluke that the columns lined up in the panels.

These are additions to my sitting area, where I can sit and blog or have coffee with friends.

This is an older picture of my sitting area, as I replaced that little design wall with an inspiration design board. Its made of cork tiles.

One final photo of my new-ish table, that I teach, host friends and quilt large projects on. It seats 4 people with machines ok. At the back is my project table and fabric storage which has been uncluttered of late with the new storage.

If I can work out periscope sometime, I will actually give you all a walk through. Anyway, I love this space and I hope you enjoyed my photo journal of my space :-).




Last official finish 2015: Negative Crosswalk

Love Patchwork & Quilting issue 29 NEGATIVE CROSSWALKS
[Photo provided by Love Patchwork & Quilting]

I feel so appreciative for the chances I have had this past year. The last of the year, my “Negative Crosswalk” quilt and pillow were published in Love Patchwork & Quilting, Issue 29 (arriving in stores this week in the US). I love this photo, they did an amazing job with staging my quilt.

The quilt came from one of my quilt design a day’s design.

The quilt has come home now. It’s one of my favorites. I love the graduation of the back to light greys. I continued the lines through the edge, in the binding.


The quilting was all straight line quilting with my walking foot. I used 1/2″ lines for negative space and then matchstick quilting for the crosswalk pieces. I used matching Aurifil thread which worked out great.


I wanted to continue the striped theme on the back. I used a variety of striped fabric (black, grey and white stripes) to comprise the back with a couple of pops of color (from Tula Pink Elizabeth prints).



Name: Negative Crosswalk
Designed by me, Pattern in Issue 29 – Love Patchwork Quilting.
Fabric: Kona Cottons + Various striped prints (Lotta Jansdotter, Cotton + Steel, Tula Pink)
Dimensions: 60″ x 60″
Quilted: Straight Line quilting, Aurifil 50wt various grey’s, white 2024.

I am looking forward to entering it into Quiltcon 2017. It will be the first time, I will finish a quilt with plenty of time to spare :-).