Jen Carlton-Bailly is the creative force behind the blog BettyCrockerAss. You can also find her on Instagram as @bettycrockerass. Jen is the Communications Manager of the Modern Quilt Guild (and she is so very helpful!). She comes up with striking color combinations, such as this baby quilt. Here’s another example of her colorful and modern style.
Tell us about your favorite quilt.
5 HTP Squared is simple, clean, and modern quilt that came together quickly. I made this quilt during one of the darkest, coldest and grayest months in the Pacific Northwest. It brought so much light and happiness into my house, so it’s still my favorite quilt.
When did you make it?
I made “5 HTP Squared” in February of 2012.
What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
This was one of the first designs that I patterned myself that really came out the way I envisioned in my head. I used all Kona Solids and Essex Yarn Dyed in Flax for the background. Elizabeth Hartman helped me draft the ¼ circle template and then made me practice until I got my curves right. Now I can’t stop making them more than two years later.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
This quilt was my entry for The Modern Quilt Guild’s Showcase at the International Quilt Show. I was also contacted by the editor of Quilters Companion in Australia to have the quilt featured in their magazine. Since the quilt was traveling at the time, I remade it in different colors. While I like how it turned out, I still am in love with my first version.
What do you like best about the quilt?
The colors really make me happy. It’s a total therapy quilt in the middle of the dark winters in Oregon. In fact, the name “5 HTP Squared” comes from a homeopathic supplement that helps increase your sense of happiness.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I learned that I actually had a good sense of color. I’d always doubted myself until I made this quilt. I also found that trimming and making everything perfectly squared helps so much. Now something I use to hate is one of my favorite parts.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
Nothing! Well, my skills are better now so my quilting would be better. But really I love everything about this quilt.
Where is the quilt now?
Currently it’s in a tent in our living room left over from a sleepover last night! It usually lives on our couch and is used daily for warmth, forts and snuggles.
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