My Favorite Quilt: Molli Sparkles

on June 5 | in Featured Creativity, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 4 Comments

Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit curated our My Favorite Quilt series! Visit for a new quilt every day, and join the fun with your own link.

Molli is a quilter all his own. I’m always impressed with his color selection and his entertaining blog posts. He also routinely stirs up a steaming pot of controversy, which is how I found him in the first place! Molli recently won Best In Show at Australia’s First Modern Quilt Show. Make sure you check out his recent eye-opening Sew Mama Sew feature on Placing a Value on Your Quilts!

Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
Without a doubt, my favorite quilt is Collecting Memories which I made alongside Grandma Sparkles in October 2011. It was my first foray into quilting, way before I even knew quilt blogs existed! I was visiting my childhood home in Oklahoma for five days, and on Day One, practically stepping off the airplane, I said to her, “I want us to make a quilt together.” I had watched her making many quilts as I was growing up, and it is a special memory I have of her. I wanted the opportunity to have a shared memory engaging in this activity, and knew this was the perfect time to do so. Grandma Sparkles was a bit hesitant to try and attempt a quilt in five days, but I was completely persistent.

The next morning we headed into town to get our fabric shopping mojo on! All I knew is that I wanted the quilt to be blue and I wanted it to sparkle. With that thought in my head, (remember, this is all pre-exposure to the influence of quilty blog land) and after seeing the wide breadth of blue fabrics available, I decided I wanted to try to make an ombre effect from white to blue to black. I set about picking fabrics all from the same shop and lining them up against the wall, trying to visualize a proper gradation. I mixed and matched, and matched and mixed, no fabrics left unturned. I left the shop with yard cuts of 41 different fabrics, hoping and praying I could figure out what I needed to do.

Collecting Memories by Molli Sparkles

Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
Collecting Memories is too personal of a quilt for me to subject to any judging eyes. It’s exactly what I want and need it to be. I’ve already awarded it the Best In Show!

Love that answer! What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
A single 2.5″ square and I am transported back to a week of late nights, burnt fingers, endless cups of coffee, deep and meaningful stories, indecision over fabrics and the magic we made together.

What do you like best about the quilt?
I love the freedom and metaphor in this quilt. It represents the birth of a new creative adventure in my life, as well as the shared joy of creating it with my grandmother. With regards to the physicality of the quilt, I am proud that I designed the pattern and cutting instructions myself. I’m sure this pattern existed previously, but I didn’t search it out, instead relying on myself to make it exactly how I wanted.

How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
Well, I quickly learned how enchanting fabric is! Ironically, I completed every step of this quilt, except for the sewing. I learned so much about fabric, cutting, pressing, patterns, texture, color value and the incredible amount of time it takes to produce the results you want. I basically went from newborn to teenager in one quilt!

If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
There are a few fabrics where I misjudged their value, so they seem slightly out of place in the color gradation. However, I’ve often thought they allow a subtle resting point, before your eyes keep journeying across the quilt. Oh, and I wish I wouldn’t have been afraid to use the sewing machine. What was I thinking!? I have every intention of making this quilt again with all the quilty knowledge I have now!

Where is the quilt now?
It lives on my bed nearly year round. I really can’t get enough of it!

Would you like to add anything?
The finished quilt combines both quilting cottons and batiks, which is what I think allows for such a strong, sparkling ombre. I know this isn’t a common practice for a lot of quilters, but I would recommend for everyone to at least try it out. You wouldn’t discriminate against people, and why would you discriminate against fabric?!

Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt

What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.


  • You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
  • Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
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  • Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
  • Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
  • What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
  • What do you like best about the quilt?
  • How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
  • If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
  • Where is the quilt now?

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4 Responses to My Favorite Quilt: Molli Sparkles

  1. Sarah Olencewicz says:

    I am very lucky and have seen this quilt in real life, it is incredible, just amazing. It is almost liquid. Molli is a very talented quilter, his eye for colour is refreshing and he is approachable and will answer any questions. I am constantly blown away by the quilts he produces, his use of colour is always bang on the money. Keep up the good work!

  2. Staci says:

    What a fantastic quilt!
    I really am enjoying this series and hearing the stories behind them. I’m going to try to do a post about my favorite tomorrow to add to the linky. 🙂

  3. The story behind this quilt is so enchanting and adds so many layers – the memories, the family connection, the shared experience of creating and learning. Just lovely, Molli!

  4. Krista says:

    I don’t have a blog so I didn’t link up and I can’t share a photo. I think it’s great to stop and appreciate the sentiment and emotion of the quilts that we make, instead of always focusing on technique or the latest fabric line or sew a long. My favorite quilt is actually one made by my grandmother who is long gone now. It’s a scrap quilt in a staggered brick layout – and what is special about it is that my mom can tell me where every fabric in the quilt came from – uncle Larry’s shirt, or Aunt Mabel’s dress, and so on… I’m going to video her telling me about it asap!

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