Virtual North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival Artist Spotlight – Marla Varner of Penny Lane Quilts

colorful quilt with crossings At the Junction by Marla Varner
“At the Junction” by Marla Varner


“At the Junction” (72″ x 69″)

At the Junction is an original design composed of blocks made using freehand cutting techniques. Creating the flow of color with special attention to value provided an intriguing design challenge. Dense quilting lines in graduated colors create texture while allowing the piecing to take center stage. Improvisation provides endless decisions at every junction of the process!


colorful quilt with rounded squares called squircles
“For the Love of Squircles” by Marla Varner


“For the Love of Squircles” (73″ x 63″)

Inspired by my first squircle quilt, this second version uses solid scraps and continues the process of creating a block a day for a year.  I once again joined a group of online quilters making daily circle blocks. I cut my shapes freehand and applied them using needle turn appliqué. The resulting squircle blocks created an opportunity to explore transitions and provided the perfect canvas for hand quilting.


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Marla Varner / Penny Lane Quilts