March 5, 2009

Another Twilt

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , at 3:55 PM by Shelley Swanland

Spotted PardaloteThis really could be addictive. I chose this Australian fabric to feature in this Twilt. The strip in the center has 3D Flying geese with Cathedral Window scallops. I’ve used the geese in quite a few of my patterns.

“Oh what kind of birds are these, Spotted Pardalote maybe”.

What do you think? Are they Spotted Pardalote from Australia?


March 3, 2009

Twilt Tuesday

Posted in Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , at 10:07 AM by Shelley Swanland

Looking for a Lucky Charm

I’m finding the Twilt process very intriguing. I get the opportunity to go through all my stuff and play with bits and pieces.

Here’s my latest piece. There’s not a bit of Cathedral Windows in sight. I did enjoy going through my buttons and charms though.

“Looking for a Lucky Charm”

March 2, 2009

My Technique, Your Work

Posted in Designs & Patterns, My Designs, Your Work tagged , , , at 3:12 PM by Shelley Swanland

I love, love, love it when I get pictures in the mailDenise Santa Clara Quilt and Cat or email from quilters who have used one of my patterns or books to make a quilt. It’s very gratifying. So, I am going to make an effort to track some of them down. I have two today that I would like to show. Denise from Santa Clara, California made a quilt from my pattern Romantic Reflections. What a lovely quilt!! Her Cat enjoyed it as well.

Denise Santa Clara Romantic Reflections

Elizabeth from Portland, Oregon made this quilt from my second book, “Machine Stitched Cathedral Stars”. The quilt design is called “A Window Full of Stars”. She made it larger and added a very cool border. Wow!

Elizabeth Oregon A Window Full of Stars

If you’ve made one of my designs, I would love to show it off. If you want me to use your full name, just let me know and I will. A great big Thank You to Denise and Elizabeth!!

March 1, 2009

Twitter Quilts ….. Twilts

Posted in Designs & Patterns, Twitter Quilts...Twilts tagged , , , , at 8:49 AM by Shelley Swanland

The Reason


When I get home from a trip, am between projects or in any kind of transition I often have creative down time. I realize that I don’t give myself a lot of permission to play. This idea really got me excited because it gives me the opportunity and rewards of creative play in small bursts.


The Concept


I have been exploring the social networking phenomenon partly at my daughter Becky’s encouragement and partly because I believe it’s the direction of the future. Still, it makes my head spin, Blogs, Widgets, Tags, Links, Flickr and Twitter. Where does an aging hippie start? Twitter in particular got my attention. Quick bursts of concise chatter called Tweets exchanged between users. Read about it in Wikipedia. It’s a fascinating concept. I don’t feel ready to jump in just yet but I thought what about using the same concept to do little quilts. Twitter Quilts or Tweet Quilts…….Twilts.


The Rules


The size of the piece can’t be larger than 144 square inches, which is 12” x 12”.

The title should be a quick pithy idea like a Tweet, which is limited to 140 characters.


That’s right, just two rules. I have added two additional rules just for myself. I will try not to take more than a day to do each Twilt and the materials should come from my stash.



I will try to post my Twilts as I create them and welcome everyone to join me. I would love to see what other quilters come up with. I am excited to have the opportunity to play; some of my best ideas, like my method for Cathedral Windows, came from a moment of play.


What do you think of this idea? Want to join me? Here’s my first one. I will be posting a new Twilt every tuesday so check back to see what’s new on Twilt Tuesdays.

Thinking of Cherry Blossoms

Thinking of Cherry Blossoms

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