I’ve been working hard this summer on two quilts for my store, and I’m so pleased with how they turned out. The process completely re-energized me and now I can’t wait to design the next one. It was my goal to come up with something that was truly fit for a modern home but also had some elements of tradition attached. After a visit to a quilt museum, I settled on a spare map of the United States and a spin on an Amish quilt I had fallen in love with. For the map quilt, I kept it simple and modern by appliqueing each state with a raw edge out of various denim fabrics on clean white and then hand-quilting the original 13 colonies flag on top. The Amish re-mix was a lot more complicated, but totally worth the work. I scaled four of the original circles up until they filled the whole quilt and then machine quilted doodles on top, as if from a school notebook. I adore the juxtaposition between the traditional idea of a quilt and the youthful, modern images and words hidden in the stitching.