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…

Summertime Clambake

I have a finished quilt to share!  I know it's been a while but there's been a good reason for that.  I've had a project, that I can share at a later date, that needed to be wrapped up before I could start on a new project.

Clambake Quilt

Inspiration comes out of no where sometimes and when you least expect it.  I had posted a picture of my Modern Stepping Stones mini on Instagram and Jenny ( @papersaxsten ) made a comment about the piecing process.  In the back of my mind I knew Jenny had a Double Drunkards Path template and as soon as I saw her comment this design began to form and I had to get one of her template sets.

It's really a well designed template that even includes a squaring up template that made matching up seams so easy.  I'd recommend it in a heart beat and Jenny has done some pretty amazing designs with it, see her Instagram account for more pictures.

Fortunately, I had the perfect print in my stash for the backing, and yes it ended up being another Melody Miller print for Cotton + Steel.

I spent several days deciding on a quilting motif and finally settled on a combination of horizontal lines and orange peel.

Clambake Quilt

I wanted to make sure that the quilting kept with the summertime feel I was going for.

The name.  From the beginning of the design I knew I wanted this quilt to feature Nantucket red, a fav of my for many years, and that color was the jumping off point for the name too.  I was leaning towards a summer name but then my sister in law mentioned using clambake in the title and I instantly liked it mostly because it fit but also because I love old movies and like Bing Crosby, He's from Spokane you know.  All in all this design came out of nowhere and fell into place, sort of like Modern Stepping Stones and Urban Trek did.

Finally, no good quilt photo shoot is complete with out a helper and she's just too cute to not share.






  1. This is just SO striking and I love the red you used! How you used color is so inspiring and your quilting! What interest it adds to your design! Would it be ok to share this in my upcoming newsletter, and link back?

    1. Thank you and of course, I'd be thrilled!! I'm glad you like the red it really was the foundation of the design.

  2. WOW! WOW! WOW! I love the stripes, the quilted textures and the colors. It is just stunnning!!

  3. Saw this quilt on MSQC Quilts by Me--sew creative! Had to follow your blog. Love your style!

    1. Thanks Denise, I'm glad you found the blog. You probably saw on but I learned most of the quilting basics from watching MSQC tutorials


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