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…

Roller Stakes and Licorice Ropes

When I was in grade school it was still popular to go to the roller rink, rent a pair of skates and do the chicken dance!  Before the Hokey Pokey I frequently re-energized with a licorice rope that would be tied to my belt loop if not finished. So when I saw  Melody Miller's print, Roller Rink, for Cotton and Steel's Black and White 2017 fabric line I was instantly inspired to design a roller skate themed quilt.

Retro Rollers

I also had hidden away in my stash 1 yard of Riley Blake neon pink form a couple years ago.  It was just enough for the quilt top and binding.  The white and black are also from my stash and the background fabric is another Cotton and Steel print, Sprinkles in Jelly Bracelet designed by Sarah Watt.  The roller skate theme and the neon pink kept me motivated.  I finished this quilt from design to blocking in 16 days!

Retro Rollers Quilting

I wanted to keep the retro theme in the quilting so I thought of the circles and stars.  Fortunately I found a star in my stock Photoshop shapes that I could quilt without any starts and stops.  I used a combination of Aurifil threads 28, 40 and 50 weight to add depth and texture.  Aurifil Thread was kind enough to notice my quilt and repost it on their facebook page and Instagram feed.

Retro Rollers Back

In the end I couldn't help myself I had to get a black light and snap a picture with the neon pink in it's full glory!

Retro Rollers Black Light

This quilt was so much fun to make that I've already written a pattern for it!  I'm going to have it to a couple tester by Friday and I'm hoping to have it available to purchase towards the middle of May.

On another note I've been following the adventures of my Modern Stepping Stones quilt and it is currently in Australia, yes Australia, for the Australasian Quilt Convention.  HERE is a link to a post that The MQG made on their Instagram account showing some of the quilts in the Best of Quiltcon showcase.   The quilts in the showcase are so amazing, I'm still shocked each time I see Modern Stepping Stones hanging with them.  I'm hoping to get a picture from the show via IG that I can post on my blog, fingers crossed.

Modern Stepping Stones


  1. This is such a fun quilt, and evokes wonderful memories for me as well, as I spent alot of my childhood at the rink!


    1. Thanks Debbie! It was a super fun quilt to make. I almost wanted to go to our local roller rink, Patterson North which is still open, and take pictures... almost 😉

  2. Very Fun! Very cool! Love the shapes, the pink and those stars!!

    1. Thank you! I think it's great when a maker's excitement for a project is visible in the finished design!

  3. Saw it in the flesh at the show on Friday - love it!!

    1. YAY! Thank you. It looked like an amazing show.


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