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…


I finished a throw size quilt (57 x 68) and not just any quilt but the Busby Berkeley Inspired Popsicles quilt I've been working on for a couple months, almost exactly two months!

Busby Berkeley Inspired Popsicles Quilt!

I don't typically design using blocks but I couldn't pass up this Popsicle inspiration.  When I design I usually see the whole area as a blank canvas to create on so it was unusual for me to start with a block.  The idea first came into my head when I saw a great promo for featuring some popsicles.  Around the same time I started thinking about some old movies I'd seen and for whatever reason I landed on Busby Berkeley and his over the top choreographed dance scenes but it wasn't until I was laying out my quilt top with the popsicles that I got the idea to combine the two inspirations.

Busby Berkeley Inspired Popsicles quilt

This quilt was a change challenge for me and even though my points don't match up I'm very proud that I saw it through to the end.  I also chose quilting to accentuate the Busby Berkeley theme.

For the back of the quilt, no surprises, I used a Cotton + Steel fabric.  The colors on Melody Millers Trinket Whistles in pink is perfect and I just love her designs!

Busby Berkeley Inspired Popsicles Back

CoraJoan was a good trooper for the most part but she did start to get bored...

In closing, last post I hinted that I'd been doing a lot of designing lately and I have.  I am participating in an Instagram challenged hosted by @stitchedincolor and @gothamquilts, #30daysofquiltdesigns.  I've done 20 designs so far and have even created a few I'd like to make into quilts.  If you get a chance check out my Instagram account @quiltachusetts or the challenge hashtag.


  1. Now I feel like an iceblock(Popsicle)!

    1. I know the feeling. While working on this quilt I could almost taste a cherry push-up... I found your blog, love your quilts!

  2. This is lovely! The colors just sing, and who could resist Busby Berkeley executed in popsicles? I arrived at your site via In Color Order's pin of your gorgeous Mountain Scene quilt. Consider yourself bookmarked!

    1. Thank You! I'm glad you found me and that you like my work!! I have to say I love old movies, more than new, excluding The Hobbit and LOTR trilogies. Right now I'm on a Gene Tierney kick and LOVE LOVE LOVE Dragonwick and Leave Her to Heaven. It's so cool you appreciate the Busby Berkeley reference :)


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