Friday, March 6, 2015


A few weeks ago, Kira Bell of the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild asked if she could share a photo of my quilt Unknown Journey.
At their guild meetings, they have a feature called "Modern Minutes: What makes this quilt modern?" She wanted to share my quilt, and here's what she had to say about it: Debbie Jeske used improvisational piecing and created a new fabric using solids in different colors of green. Then she cut this newly created fabric to make her ‘pathways’ or sticks. Large areas of negative space surround the ‘pathways’ that travel across her quilt. Very linear quilting and a binding in the same color as the background also help keep the visual focus on the ‘pathways’.
It's fun to actually define modern elements in quilts now and then, isn't it? The guild has created a Modern Quilts and Why Pinterest board, if you want to see more.

I keep meaning to tell you about how I managed to get snaps on my Noodlehead Cargo Duffle.
You may recall I had issues with the snaps I had purchased, so when my guild-mate Matt/@odditease offered to help me at our meeting that week, I took him up on his offer. He brought this tool and snaps, along with a small hammer. In no time he gave me a quick demo and we installed those snaps! So hopefully I can manage it myself next time.

Jacey/jaceycraft shared a mini-tutorial of her HST + 1 block, a block I'm sure I've seen in projects before, but had never really thought through. Click over to her post to see the deets as well as how these blocks will look in a finished quilt - terrific, I'd say, and definitely on my list to try.

Now go check out Louise/I'm Feelin' Crafty's placemats! Click here to see each one close up. Aren't they gorgeous? I love how they're all different, but so modern, and they coordinate so nice together! Wouldn't they make mealtime fun?

I wanted to show you a quilt that was shared by Aneela Hooey/comfortstitching not long ago. When Aneela shared she was dealing with cancer last year, Chelsea/pins and bobbins put a call out on Instagram for 'X' and 'O' blocks to make a quilt for Aneela. We used this tutorial by Canoe Ridge Creations, and here's the post Aneela wrote about the quilt. I think it's a pretty sweet quilt to make to encourage someone.
xoxo quilt in full glory. Thank you to this amazing community of quilters who collaborated from far and wide to produce this quilt for me. I am massively humbled to receive such a personal gift.  @chelseafr you did an amazing job of pulling this together,

Another quilt I thought you'd enjoy is one finished by my former Mid-Century Modern bee-mate Carla/Lollyquiltz. It's her Juicy Fruit quilt made from a variety of sized churn dash blocks. Isn't it something? Here's Carla's original instructions - a 12" block made with 4 - 6" blocks. I remember being wow-ed by her palette! We made blocks for her in 2 different rounds - the first we used just pink and orange, and in the second we added in yellow and white. There's something about this quilt I really love!

Whew! I think that's plenty of randomness for today! Who knew I had so much to share?!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing all of it! And your tote really does look great with snaps. I'm glad you showed us that you won out over them in the end so that I'll be more encouraged to give them a try when they come up instead of remembering the negative :)

  2. Oh, forgot to mention that I thought what Kira Bell said about your quilt was very interesting. In my head, if it was my quilt, I would probably be going, "wow, she's really making me sound good." Haha! Not that I don't agree with her! I love the quilting in the negative space particularly. It honestly does start a modern type of observance in my head noting that it reminds me of an aerial photograph of downtown city blocks and going on from there. I won't go on except to say it is a very cool modern quilt :)

  3. Fun randomness! Thanks for sharing and providing links so we can learn more.

  4. Hyperlink now working...can you send me the whole link? :) (Modern Quilts and Why)
    Congrats~your work is always lovely~

  5. Thanks for showing off my placemats! Glad you like them!!! That churn dash quilt looks huge! Love the colors! Love everything in the post, actually!

  6. Debbie, what a treat to scroll through and see Juicy Fruit...thanks for the quilty love! I didn't know about Aneela Hoey and was just wondering with a quilt friend why we hadn't seen any new fabric lately. Great post!