southwest tour

my amazingly talented friend, kristi schroeder of initial k studio just released her first book, southwest modern. it's beyond beautiful!

kristi and i met one year at quiltcon and spent a night bonding over our love for quilting and swapping insider fashion industry stories. it was love at first sight!

from marfa to new mexico, kristi's book features 18 modern quilts, each inspired by a specific location. outside of tips and tricks for piecing, kristi includes some of her favorites in each location. taking it from an awesome quilt book to an ahhhmazing quilt book. i'm not just saying this because kristi and i are friends, her book is seriously coffee table worthy. the photography, shot on location, is unlike any other quilt book on the market. and if you haven't checked it out, head over to her website to see a behind the scenes video of the book. so cool.

{side note: i drove from san francisco to washington d.c. with my two roommates on my big move to nyc. we decided to take the southern route, stopping in marfa (featured in the book) to see the infamous prada art installation. we loved marfa so much that we decided to be adventurous and spend the night. i would highly recommend a stop in marfa!}

okay, back to quilts. naturally i wanted to make the mini's in kristi's book, but kristi challenged me to break down one of her larger quilts into a mini. i'm just going to say it out loud, but half rectangle triangle (otherwise known as HRT) are not my favorite. but, i love a good challenge and decided to create my own foundation paper pieced HRT's. following the macho canyon quilt block, i made (3) 5'' x 14'' rectangles which features (8) HRT's. using riley blake designs confetti cottons solids in two of my favorite pink colors with a little turquoise for contrast, it turned out to be really cute. in retrospect, i should have machine quilted in the opposite direction, but none-the-less, it's the perfect little spring mini quilt. i used melissa mortenson's safari party leopard print for the binding and the floral print for the backing. i love a printed binding.

if you only buy 1 quilt book this year (but why limit yourself), buy krisiti's. from the photography to the beautiful quilts, you'll certainly be inspired. if you look closely, you may see a little tattooed quilter flare in her book too!

and if you haven't met kristi yet, please introduce yourself to her. she's kind, thoughtful, and authentic. she's a dear friend and i couldn't be more proud of her success!

follow along this week to see more designers take on southwest modern! i'm honored to be part of this talented group of bloggers:


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