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…

Mini Quilts Galore

I don't typically make mini quilts.  I've made a few in the past but these past couple weeks I made FOUR!  There were two factors motivating all these mini: 1) It was part of a challenge or 2) I wanted to play with prints.

Mini Quilts Galore

The first mini I made was for the Curated Quilts call for mini entries.  There was a great color palette and amazing architectural inspiration pictures that enticed me to design the Intersections 2.0 mini.  Submissions are open until midnight Monday (5/8) if you're interested in making a mini for this challenge.

Intersections 2.0 mini (14" x 14")

The next two mini quilts I made because I was in between projects and wanted to use prints in my stash.  I decided the best way to do this to remake one of my original designs, scaled down of course.  First I made a mini version of Urban Trek using Tula Pink's Elizabeth prints and the second was Modern Stepping Stones using Carolyn Friedlander's various prints.  I don't work with prints often and this was a great project for me to experiment with prints and see what I like and don't like to work with.

Urban Trek mini (15" x 18")

Modern Stepping Stones mini (20" x 24")
Finally, I finished a mini quilt for Quilt Expo's Modern Mini Quilt Challenge.  I enjoyed making this mini the most.  I used a combination of my City Planner quilt block and an hourglass block to create a 3-D effect.  In the end the design reminded me of a game board from when my friends and I would get together for game night, (one of my all time favorites games is Arkham Horror).

All's Fair in Love and Board Games mini (24" x 24")

The blocks reminded me of game pieces sitting on a game board so I instantly knew I had to use hexagons in my quilt design, think Settlers of Catan, and the white fabric looked like a Carcassonne game to me so it became a grid.  I'm really loving Carolyn Friedlander's prints.  Thankfully I have almost all of them as fat quarters in my stash.  The submission deadline for the Quilt Expo challenge is 5/23 so I knew I couldn't procrastinate.  

In conclusion, mini quilts are fun.  They can be finished in a 1-3 days and small enough to use stash fabric, oh, and you don't have to wrangle a huge bulky quilt to quilt it!  I will probably make more in mini quilts in the future but right now I'm really excited about some quilts I've designed recently so I'll have to hold off for now.


  1. I love "All's Fair". The 3-D effect is perfect and I love the board game references in the quilting.


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