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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…

Barcode Chic

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I've finished quilt No. 6 of 2017 yesterday... Barcode Chic (originally chic barcodes I tweaked it a little after the initial post).


This was a slight, very slight, departure from the quilt I usually design.  It's still geometric but less structured.  I even used shot cottons so give it more of an organic feel.  While I've made quilts before with shot cottons I don't think I will use them again anytime soon.  No matter how much I cleaned up the loose threads I still ended up with shadowing and rogue threads after sandwiching, ugh. 
I was able find the perfect backing fabric for this design;Observer by April Rhodes - Speck in Bronze.  I really like shopping for backing fabric, typically online.  When looking for a fabric I want it to be something I like, a medium to large print, in a coordinating color palette that has the right feel or theme as the front.  Sometime this can be very difficult other times, like with this quilt, the perfect fabric jumps off the computer sc…

Quiltcon Magazine

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I'm very pleased to announce that Quiltcon Magazine is available for pre-order at the MQG shop!  I can't wait to see all the quilts especially since I can't go to the show.


After the Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at Quilt Festival in Houston, TX I was asked if I would be willing to share my quilt Modern Stepping Stones in Quiltcon Magazine and of course the answer was YES!
This quilt has had more than it's fair share of fun.  It was shipped off to Texas earlier this year, home for two weeks or so than off to it's magazine photo shoot.  After the photo shoot it returned to Texas and is now either on it's way or prepping for travel to Georgia.  I've never even been to Georgia and only to a couple airports in Texas!  After Quiltcon it's off to another photo shoot for a book somewhere USA, I think, I can't even keep track of my own travel plans let alone this quilt's.  I know that without the MQG I would not have any of these opportunities to share my…

From Inspiration to a Quilt

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Here's my More Stop Than Go Quilt.  This quilt was inspired by a set of Orla Kiely luggage I own. So I thought I'd share really quickly how I got from my luggage to this quilt.  Here is the inspiration piece:
Obviously, I really liked the design, I bought it right, and it hit me one day that I could make a quilt like that.  So the first step was to stop and think about what I liked about the design.  For this piece it was the uniform repetition of the cars and the limited high contrast color palette.  After determining what I liked I started with a simple design then added some fancy boarders. I posted this design on Instagram and got some very good feedback along with several comments say "it looks like Orla Kiely!"  At that point I knew I needed to change up the look in order to make the design an inspiration and not a copy.
I added some different cars but it just didn't get far enough away from the inspiration piece so I changed the cars to chevrons.  By doin…