Modern by the Yard Cover

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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…

Room for Improvement

I had three quilts in the Washington State Quilters show this weekend, no awards this time around.  There were over 500 quilts and 50 vendors and a great show to attend.  It is a very traditional show with one small modern quilt category.  Unlike the other categories modern quilts are awarded ribbons based on attendee votes.  It is not a juried show so it is not uncommon to see quilts designed by person x, pieced by person y and quilted by person z.  My impression is the most valued part of a quilt in this show is the quilting which leads me to why I titled this post 'Room for Improvement."  My quilting needs help!  Yet another goal for next year, work on my free motion quilting.  I've decided to make Monday's Free Motion Monday and use some of my leftover blocks to work on quilting.  If I ever want to improve I need to practice, so goes life.

Here are some of the quilts at this years show:

Designed: Trisch Price, Pieced/Quilted: Judy Bell (Featured Quilter)
Designed: Sharon McConnell, Pieced/Quilted: Judy Bell
Designed: Laurel Anderson, Pieced/Quilted: Michelle Baker
Designed: Jaybirds Quilts, Pieced/Quilted: Wendy Iris
Designed: Natalia Bonner, Pieced: Kristy Ayers, Quilted: Natalia Bonner & Kathleen Whiting
Designed: Amy Walsh, Pieced/Quilted: Stitched by Susan
Designed: Jay Birds Quilts, Pieced/Quilted: Mary Murphy
Designed/Pieced: Wendy Iris, Quilted: Jenny Pedigo
Designed: Sam Hunter, Pieced/Quilted: Judy Bell


There were also some really great vintage quilts on display.

1930's
1890's
1920's

Next year I'm hoping to submit a quilt with some fairly decent free motion quilting.

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