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…

The 90's Are Back

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I didn't get much sewing done because I was out of town for Thanksgiving week but I got back and finished up my 20th quilt of the year, yes 20th!

The Cool Kids
As stated before, I didn't really have a name for this design but I shared a picture of the quilt top with my friend, Haven, she said, "It looks like a Trapper Keeper that a kid much cooler than me would have had."  I have to admit it does have that Tapper Keeper feel so I decided to call it The Cool Kids.  Originally I wanted to design a quilt with high impact color contrast and ended up with a little, yes Trapper Keeper, a little pop art and a whole lot 1990's.

The Cook Kids - Binding
I love black binding!  Whenever possible I try to incorporate into my design.  I always look at the binding an extension of the overall design and it is important.  I discovered the hard way that a bad binding choice can ruin a quilt (here)

I think I've turned the corner when it comes to my quilting, I hope.  I read somewhere, I wish I knew where, that a quilter had proclaimed that she was a walking foot quilter and that is ok because free motion was not her thing.

The Cool Kids - quilting
I have to admit I was feeling the peer pressure to quilt swirls and twirls manly because they get most ooooos  and ahhhh, traditionally, but after reading that it's ok to be a walking foot quilter if that's what you enjoy it was very freeing and I think it's allowed me to advance my quilting aesthetic.  For the first time I was more excited to about the quilting than the piecing.

The last design element is the back of the quilt.  I don't typically piece my backs but I do spend quite a bit of time trying to hunt down that perfect fabric.  For this quilt I chose Libs Elliott's True Love fabric line.

The Cool Kids - Back
The accent fabric on the front is also from that line.  The graphic bold colors and contrast went perfectly with this design.

Finally, did you catch that this is my 20th quilt this year?  I've made 17 lap/throw quilts, 1 baby quilt and 2 mini quilts.  I've also made 6 quilt tops, entered quilts into 4 shows and written 3 patterns!  I was shocked!

Again, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family and thank you for reading my blog and sharing a love of quilts.