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…

Quilt Shows Are For Everyone

I entered my quilt, Canoe Paddles, in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and while I would have love to be there this weekend I couldn't make it but by the miracle of social media and some very helpful Instagram quilters I got to see my quilt!  Maybe next year I can talk my parents into a camping trip to Bend, OR the same weekend.

Canoe Paddles at Sisters, OR
Doesn't it look great there, ok I'm a little biased it's been one of my favorite quilts for a while now.  This was the first time I had a quilt in a show I didn't attend.  It was a little scary like letting your baby spend the night away from home for the first time, well not that I know about that... yet.

Canoe Paddles at Sisters, OR
Believe it or not, Canoe Paddles is a Quiltcon reject but whether a quilt is accepted or not into a show does not change the value of that quilt to the maker, and (most of the time) others.  When you go to enter a quilt in a show it is important to consider the venue.  The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is perfect for Canoe Paddles, which tends to go a little more folksy than modern, the quilt not the show.  It may seem crazy but rejection is part of acceptance.  Each time a quilt is accepted or rejected you learn more about yourself and your quilts.  Paris Medallion was also a Quiltcon reject but won a special award at the Spokane Interstate Fair last year, that's just the way it goes.

Canoe Paddles Sisters, OR
In conclusion, if you've been on the fence about whether or not to enter your quilt in a show, I'd say DO IT!  It's a fantastic process and I've learned so much about quilting and how to better my quilts from quilt shows.

Update: Here is an article from the Bend Bulletin, click here, about the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and one of the pictures they used was Cannoe Paddles!!!  What an honor to be single out.