Modern by the Yard Cover

At the beginning of the year I had several deadlines, four in fact all due before QuiltCon in February, and now that the latest issue of Modern by the Yard e-zine is out I can finally share my Follow the Leader quilt!!

Click HERE for the free pattern/e-zine

My Follow the Leader quilt features Christa Watson's newest fabric line with Benartex Contempo Studio, Abstract Garden.  I love Christa's playful prints and that each of her lines coordinate with the other previous lines.  The background on this quilt are grey prints from her Fandangle fabric collection.

This design is fat quarter friendly and is 100% compatible with one of my favorite templates, the Tri-Rec tool!  I wish I would have remembered to take more pictures before sending the quilt to Benartex.  I did manage to get a quick shot of the quilt top.  I can't help but smile when I see all those bright cheerful colors.

I hope you will take a moment and check out the latest issue of Modern by the Yard.  It's comp…

Odds and Ends

I haven't finished any big projects lately, one is ready to sandwich and anther is completely cut and ready to piece, but I have completed several smaller projects recently, including two pillows, a basket and zipper pouch.  I also did a wall hanging quilt for my friend's new office.

I used stash fabrics for the petals and Zen Chic's Modern Backgrounds for, of course, the background.  I really like the over feel of the medium grey.

Plum Petals

I hope it will brighten her office.  The finish size is 40" x 48" and I added hanging sleeves on two sides so it can be hung horizontal or vertical.

Changing gears, each year I set a handful of skill building goals for myself.  This year I wanted to try curve piecing and on point layout.  Thankfully I did both and it feels great!  I've already made a list for next year some of the items on the list include:
  • Double wedding ring quilt
  • Pineapple log cabin quilt
  • Triangle piecing
  • Improve pieced quilt
  • Use my stash more 

Even though it's still 2015 I've begun to work on my list.  My double wedding ring quilt is all cut out and have pieced a single ring for an accent pillow.  I've found a great inspiration for a beginner improve pieced quilt.  Lastly, I pieced a triangle quilt top for my friend's daughter's first birthday.  I'm excited to have a jump start on my skill building with the holidays coming up sewing opportunities will be limited.

Lily's Quilt

This quilt ended up being 49" x 65", or so.  I have to admit it's not perfect but as I went along my piecing got better.

Early Piecing
Later Piecing

Finally, I'm making a twin size quilt quilt for my niece so she and her mother came over and we went through my stash and pulled fabrics for a log cabin quilt.  I love the color pallet and the backing material, Carie Bloomston's Paint.  I'm also gonna make her a couple coordinating throw pillows, probably a paint can and a brush.

Sophia's Fabrics
Too Cute!