Seeing Stripes came from a lot of different places, including my 80s teenage years mixed in with some childhood storybook illustration references. When I sketched this design out initially, my mind went to the outside art of the "It's a Small World" ride at Disneyland designed by Marc Davis. I'm not a huge Disney fan but I've always loved the shapes of the facade and its quilt-like aspects. Of course, there are also the stripes. I can't seem to get enough of these lately. In my fabrics, in my clothes, in my work... everything stripes. Thus the title. This quilt was designed for the MQG Block of the Month. You can find this pattern available for free in the member section of the MQG website.
This quilt started as part of a guild Gee’s Bend challenge based off of different quilt blocks using improv. I couldn’t stop creating these fun pluses and ended up with a full quilt! I gave this one away as a baby gift.
This quilt was part of a challenge I did with Amy Ellis with the 100 days of Improv that Sherri Lynn Wood instigated. It was such a fun learning process for me. I went through so many stages of design. Each day it changed depending on my color choice and mood. I only made it through 50 of the days but I'm so glad I did. It helped me to explore more freely my use of pattern and texture and color and hone in on my design aesthetics. I have another quilt using the remaining pieces I didn't use here that I will hopefully finish soon to complement this one.
Diamond in the Rough was featured as the Block of the Month for the MQG. It is a foundation paper piecing block that you can use to create a quilt design or make it simple and create a pillow or mini quilt with the pattern.