A Palate Cleanse

Bold, Graphic, Black, White – These themes have been calling me this week, perhaps in reaction to the color overload of our recent vacation.  I’ve ditched the small needles and delicate lace weight yarn for some lovely worsted weight hand dyed yarn in dark gray by Neighborhood Fiber Company.   I also finished up a quilt top this morning in black and white linen/cotton by Rober Kaufman that is all bold and graphic.  These have provided quite the palate cleanse.


My quilt top was heavily inspired by the work of Mark Grotjahn.  You can find some of his paintings here:

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I’m calling it “Queuing Theory” which per the Wikipedia definition means “the mathematical study of waiting lines, or queues”.




I’m not quite sure how to quilt this bold beauty up.  A big package of Aurifil thread came into by possesion recently.   Here’s hoping it lives up to  it’s amazing reputation.

in other news, the challenge of working with lace weight yarn paid off and a picture of my Windspiel shawl was picked up by Flickr Explore.  My husband is happy to remind me that it is actually HIS picture.  🙂

Windspiel Lace Shawl- Explore | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.


I have about 4 more quilt designs and several bag designs percolating but the next few weeks are full of work and family.




14 thoughts on “A Palate Cleanse

  1. Shhh! Don’t tell your husband, but I don’t think there would be as much interest in the picture if not for your beautiful shawl. Queuing Theory is graphically intriguing. I would recommend doing radiating straight lines in the triangles (triangles that fit inside each other and get smaller and smaller). I’d do something contrasting in the background. If you do a curvy fill or pebbling on the triangles, for example, do something very angular in the background.

    1. Thanks for the quilting suggestions. With everything else on my plate it may be a bit-wll see. 🙂

  2. Ah yes, but his picture would not have worked without the fabulous model who knit the beautiful shawl.
    I am sure you will think of a way to quilt your dramatic quilt top. Black on black and white on white to let the bold shapes speak for themselves, perhaps?

  3. I like how even your name, Queuing Theory, adds to the quilt top. I might be tempted to follow the theme of the bold black pieces in the negative space and make off-shoot lines of queuing triangles, and I would probably do some straight line stitching inside the triangles themselves. Good luck coming up with a quilting plan and I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  4. I am in awe of your quilt top! simply breathtaking. you make some amaizng modern quilts. can’t wait to see it finished.and congrats to you (and your husband!!) for the flickr pick!

    1. Thanks so much Sophie. Your comments are appreciated as I respect your work very much.


    1. Thanks Becky. The knitting will be a cowl. It’s coming along quickly so will share details soon. 🙂

  5. Congrats on Flickr explore it is fun when one’s coolness is recognized. Your quilts are always so wonderful. I love the boldness of this one. For a time in my teens, I only wore black and white. It was unintentional too. This flashes me back to those days in the best way 🙂

    1. I can just imagine you in black and white. I think you were born stylish. Would love to see one of your TBTs any day of the week.

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