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…

From Inspiration to a Quilt

More Stop Than Go
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:
Orla Kiely Luggage
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.
Intermediate Design
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.

Final Design
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 doing that it accomplished few things: it made the design mine, maintained the look of cars without being cars and it gave the illusion of tire tread.  Even though that sounds pretty simple I probably spent 8-10 hours playing in Photoshop before I arrived at my final design.

More Stop Than Go
Because the traffic theme was established at the beginning of this design I tried to create quilting that fought against the forward progress of the cars.

Finally, I took pictures and my dog Anne, who have been featured on this blog in the past, was less than thrilled with the whole thing.

Oh Bea!
I've done quite a few very structured-geometric quilts lately for my next project I'm planning on something a little more organic and in shot cotton, I'm very excited!!


  1. this is a really lovely quilt. thanks for sharing your process.

    1. Thank you Cheryl. I hope to have a followup post about designing modern quilts if not this month than definitely March!

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    1. Thanks Debbie and those strawberries are super cute!


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