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a closer look at: No. 063 — Groove


I’m going to go out on a limb – and based on pre-orders – and say you guys are somewhat fond of this pattern. πŸ™‚

One of the challenges of making the quilts and photographing them is keeping them from getting wrinkled between the last stitch of binding and picture day. In the old house there were a lot more rooms to just lay a quilt on the floor where no one would touch it. Here though it’s tough. So when I finished this one, I took it upstairs and laid it over our bed. Mostly so it could just lay flat, but I also wanted to see it on a bed.


The good:

a) it looked really awesome with the dark wood furniture
b) it just looked really awesome

The bad:

c) we eventually had to go to bed and another quilt = too hot
d) it really (really) clashed with the walls in our bedroom
oh, and e) I just made a new quilt for us

So The Husband found a flat space for it to live and luckily it was somewhat sunny the next day for pictures.

This one was interesting to draw. It had curves. Not much of what I do has curves. But, damn, I like them.


When I send the quilts to Angela for her magical touch, I try to send her some thoughts if I have something particular in mind though I’m sure I’ve said to her before, “I have no idea. Make it pretty.”

For this one? The words “groovy, trippy and acid” where mentioned too many times. You can read Angela’s post on the quilting here.


The almost-white color in this quilt isn’t white — it’s Pale Mint (Robert Kaufman’s Kona). When I looked at just the swatch, I honestly questioned my sanity. While not a bad color, it just wasn’t a color I would normally touch. But with the rest of the colors I just loved it. It gave the almost-white sections just a little something that it needed.

This project also come with everything you need to make it in five sizes. You can have your own little Brady Bunch of quilts! Yay!


The thing behind the photo is Gas Works Park in Seattle on the north side of Lake Union. It is just a freakily neat place to look at – and I knew from the second I finished the drawings of this quilt that it *needed* to be photographed there. It was a bit of a challenge as it’s (sadly) a popular place for taggers, but with the right angles and a big enough quilt it ended up working.

I’m happy that the blue skies decided to visit. This is looking the other direction.


Not so blue over there.

We leave the 60s and head to the 50s tomorrow: No. 064 — Quilt-O-Matic!

8 thoughts on “a closer look at: No. 063 — Groove”

  1. elsa says:

    This quilt reminds me so much of the late ’60s and 70’s. It’s a great one!
    I’ve been to Gas Works Park in Seattle before too ~ great park!

  2. EG says:

    What does “It was a bit of a challenge as it’s (sadly) a popular place for taggers,” mean? I don’t think I know what “taggers” are in this context.

  3. emily says:

    graffiti=tag. taggers=those who graffitiatize any reachable surface. it’s everywhere.

    I think i just made up the word graffitiatize though πŸ˜‰

  4. Jeanell says:

    You could roll them on tubes and keep the wrinkles out.

    EG tagging is when there is grafitti all over, taggers are the ones who do it.

  5. emily says:

    jeanell — rolling onto tubes would just be way too logical! πŸ˜‰

  6. Petra says:

    Hi again! I really love the colours in Groove, would it be possible to get you to wright down the fabric names for me???? We don’t have shops in Sweden that carrie quiltingsolids. We by from websites in the US but its hard to know if the colours work together when you can’t touch and see. Happy Easter! /Petra

  7. Petra says:

    I meant which colors you used. Cause I know its Kaufman’s Kona.

  8. Petra says:

    And there it was on the last page of the pattern. Don’t mind me!!

    No more eggs for me!!

    Happy Happy Easter

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