Monday, August 29, 2016

Week 35: Lorinda from Laurel, Poppy and Pine

Happy Monday, friends! I am so excited to be taking over the 52 Quilters blog and social media feeds this week!
Let me introduce myself:
My name is Lorinda Davis, and I have been quilting for a little over three years. My quilting journey began back in the spring of 2013 when my (then home schooled) children each made a quilt block for a Civil War project. I was intrigued by the way the block changed so dramatically as a result of the kids’ different color and fabric choices. And as they say, the rest is history… from that moment, I was hooked.
Now that my kids are all in public school, I spend my days quilting, playing with color, creating quilt patterns, and designing fabric.
I am a northwest girl through and through. The mountains and forests that surround me are my 'happy place'. I am constantly inspired by the colors I see in nature, and feel very fortunate to live where nature abounds.
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My style leans toward the modern, using lots of solids and saturated colors. I like geometric designs and bold blender fabrics.
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On of my favorite things to do is explore color. In fact, each day during the school year (and many summer days), I create a new color palette to share on my @dailycolorpalette Instagram account.  I also co-host a weekly challenge called Color Play Friday that takes a picture and translates it into a palette and fabric bundle. It's a great way to stretch your imagination in your fabric choices!
Dandelion palette and Bundle
You can see more of my work at my website or on my Instagram account (@laurelpoppyandpine). You can also see my fabric designs on my Spoonflower shop.
I'm looking forward to sharing with you a little glimpse into my life this week. Feel free to email me any questions at
Happy Sewing! ~L

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Day 4

Hello Everyone,

Today makes day 4 of my week. I hope you are enjoying the things that I have been showing. I just wanted to do a little recap on the blog for those that are not part of Instagram.

As I stated before I consider myself a quilter and a fiber artist. Once of my passions is to make portrait quilts and love applique.

The is picture below is my first portrait of my father. I made this quilt 7 years ago in December which was a few months after he had passed. The class I took, we had to get our quilts completed in 2 weeks. It was challenging but most of us completed our quilt tops.

I participate in several Instagram Swaps over the year. The one I liked the most was the No Tea No Shade (RuPaul Drag Race) Swap. I made this awesome RuPaul quilt for my partner and it was so hard to give it up. I will definitely be making one for myself. 

I have signed up for Crafty Gemini's Bag of the Month Club and this is the first back in the series. Its name the Staci Bag.

This is just a few of the things that I have showed this week so far. If you have any questions or would like me to showcase anything, just comment to this post, send me a note on 52 Quilters Instagram page and I will get back with you as soon as I can.

Also look forward for this weekend, I will have a little something for the people that are following me.


Dana (Diva Dane)
IG: craftdiva_divadane

Monday, August 15, 2016

Week 33:

Hello Everyone,

My name is Dana Rankin also know was Diva Dane. I am very excited to be taking over the week on 52 Quilters. You can follow me on my Instagram page, Craftdiva_Divadane and also on my blog A little bit about myself, I have been quilting for over 10 years. I love modern style of quilting and applique. I am born and raised from Detroit, Michigan. During the day I am a Conversion Computer Programmer. I hope everyone will enjoy this week with me and if you should have any questions, just let me know.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Week 30: Laura McDowell Hopper of Sonic Stitches

Hi 52 Quilters! My name is Laura and I’m thrilled to spend this week making new quilting friends by participating in this project. You can find me on Instagram @sonicstitches and on my blog. I’m a modern quilter living in the suburbs of Chicago. I’m also a museum curator specializing in textile preservation, so most of my life revolves around my passion for textiles. 

After spending years feeling inspired by the beautiful quilts I saw in museums where I’ve worked, I finally decided to make my first quilt in 2014 and fell in love. I learned to sew in grade school, but had always been intimidated by quilting. Little did I know it would become one of the most important things in my life!

My first quilt, Elizabeth Hartman's Hazel Hedgehog pattern
I am inspired by music (hence Sonic Stitches) and have made several music themed quilts in the last year. Most recently, I made a quilt for RJR Fabrics titled “The River” inspired by one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen songs.

"The River," designed by Laura McDowell Hopper and Mitch Hopper
Vinyl Quilts is a project I started in January to create a series of mini quilts the size of LP covers. Each mini quilt will reproduce an album cover by bands and musicians who have made an impact on my life. So far I have only made two, but I’m hoping to make my third Vinyl Quilt this week during my 52 Quilters take over!

"Blackstar," inspired by David Bowie
"The Bones of What You Believe," inspired by Chvrches
If you scroll through my Instagram feed, you’ll see a lot of rainbow quilts, and a lot of quilts made using patterns. I love finding exciting and interesting patterns and I love making colorful quilts as gifts for friends and family. But the longer I quilt, the more I am finding my own style and voice. I love using black, big shapes, and a limited number of colors and prints. My style continues to evolve, but I love a strong visual impact and I’m hoping to design more quilts myself in the future.

Many of my favorite quilt patterns are by Jaybird Quilts. One of my favorite quilts I’ve made from a pattern is her Gravity quilt. Made as a gift for my best friend’s wedding, the Gravity quilt was my first truly big quilting challenge. When I finished, I couldn’t believe I had made such a big and complicated quilt! Making that quilt made me feel like I was up to the challenge and could push myself to try new and difficult techniques as a quilter. I also love Elizabeth Hartman's patterns and recently finished a huge Fancy Forest quilt that I made as a sample for my local quilt shop, Quilters Quest

Gravity Quilt, pattern by Jaybird Quilts
Fancy Forest, pattern by Elizabeth Hartman
I’m participating in 52 Quilters because I love the quilting community! Since I started quilting, I’ve been so lucky to meet amazing new friends. I hope to meet new quilters online and find more inspiration from the amazing talent in our community. So follow me on Instagram @sonicstitches, check out my blog, and have fun learning about my quilts!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Day 6: The Day of No Sun

So, as those of you who follow along on Instagram may know, we are in the throes of a wildfire here and I woke today to an eerie, hazy sky....where there's fire, there's smoke and right now, we are tucked under a very heavy blanket of smoke and ash.

So because I rely on all of the gorgeous Southern California sunshine to sew in my dining room (the lighting in here is dim at best), I am a little stumped as to what I can do instead. I've already been out to run the few errands I had today and I came home with a terrible headache and sore throat from the smoke.

So I will be puttering around the house today, finishing up some other projects and trying to stay away from the smoke. I will try to post some more picture to IG if I can!

Take care,
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Day 4 and 5: All Caught Up!

Ahhhhh! So I finally have a day off and can focus on this project 100%!

I went to a "chain" fabric store last night (posted a couple of shots to Instagram, check it out!!) and picked up some new fabric - because when can you go into a fabric store and **NOT** pick up some new fabric?? - as well as a pattern for a caftan dress that I am dying to wear this summer.

One of the posts I made to Instagram was commented on by a follower that I had posted a picture from a "chain store", with a somewhat snarky emoji. I was shocked! I live about an hour outside of the center of Los Angeles and I don't think we have any local quilting stores (or if we do I don't know about them) and I only had a few minutes after work yesterday to stop in for some inspiration. It makes me sad to think that in this day and age, we can find something so small to pass judgment on!

For those of you who do not have a local, small business owner-type quilt shop to spend your money in, what do you do? Do you shop at the (gasp!!) chain stores? Or order online? Swap with friends? I am very interested, because I know that, for me at least, some of us must not have a big quilty community that we can rely on easily at our disposal. I have found a lot of inspiration online - through Pinterest, Instagram, online forums, etc - and I am so grateful for that!

Make a comment below - or jump over to IG to comment there - if you support your online quilty sisters (and brothers!) no matter where they shop!

Be kind to each other,

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Day 3 - The Day that Got Away

Ever have one of those? A day, like any other day, until it's 9pm and you wonder - WHERE DID MY DAY GO???

I had one today - an early day of work, followed by a long drive to an appointment, followed by a rushed (late) dinner and a failed quilt block. Maybe it was my scattered thoughts that kept my seams from marching in straight lines. Maybe it was just the wrong block to try on a day that got away. So instead, I can show you some pictures of squares that I did on days that did NOT get away...Enjoy!