Two In-Progress Quilts

I have two quilts that I’ve been working on for a while.  The tops for both are complete, and I’ve made good progress quilting one of them.  There are a lot of similarities between these quilts–both use fabric that I designed digitally in Photoshop and Illustrator and that I had printed at; both combine those fabrics with  my hand-dyed fabrics; and both use a circle motif.

Over the next posts, I’ll detail the process I went through in creating these quilts along with the techniques I used to put them together.

Below is the first quilt top, with the working title Reeds.  I showed some of my inspiration photos for this in an earlier post.  I can’t figure out the best way to add quilting to enhance its design, so it’s sitting while I work on the second quilt.  (Suggestions on how to quilt this, anyone?)

Urban Sunset is the second quilt top.  It’s inspired by a fabric design I created (read about it here or buy it from Spoonflower here).  For the quilting, I’m doing it in a grid pattern to play off the fabric design.  It’s looking good, but taking a lot longer to quilt than I’d anticipated.

Here’s the unquilted piece.


“The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.”

Philippe de Commines

“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

Barack Obama

“Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

Scott Adams, The Dilbert Principle

“A work in progress quickly becomes feral. It reverts to a wild state overnight. It is barely domesticated, a mustang on which you one day fastened a halter, but which now you cannot catch. It is a lion you cage in your study. As the work grows, it gets harder to control; it is a lion growing in strength. You must visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. If you skip a day, you are, quite rightly, afraid to open the door to its room. You enter its room with bravura, holding a chair at the thing and shouting, “Simba!”

Annie Dillard, The Writing Life