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…

Ladders Quilt Pattern

[UPDATED 12/01/2017]  

The Ladders quilt is a beginner level pattern featuring a modern color palette and minimalist design.  The layering of colors adds depth to the quilt, while the negative space is a great opportunity to let your quilting creativity shine.  This design will look great in solids, prints or a mix of both.  The Ladders quilt pattern is now available for purchase on !!


The jumping off point for this design was my Urban Trek quilt.  I took one element, interlocking stripes, from the Urban Trek quilt and expanded it into a lap size or large wall hanging quilt.  This is a great quilt for those looking for a quick easy modern project and because there are only four colors in the color palette it's easily customized.

As soon as I get a chance I'm going to make this quilt with a mix of solids and prints.  I think there is a perfect Cotton + Steel print for the background.  Here are the fabric requirements:

Brown: 1 7/8 yards
Aqua: 1/2 yard
Grey: 3/4 yard
Off White: 3/4 yard
2 1/2" Binding: 1/2 yard
Backing: 3 3/4 yards
Batting: 58" x 68"

I'd love to see what people come up with so if you make this quilt don't forget to post it online and use the hashtag, #laddersquilt or tag me in the post, @quiltachusetts.  I hope you enjoy my very first free pattern offering and thank you for reading!


Ladders Quilt


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Mickey! I think I'll whip out a quilt top this week.

  2. I do love this modern design! I'd like to whittle it down to a table runner's now on my list! Thank you for offering the pattern!

    1. I'm glad you like it and it should be pretty easy to make as a table runner. I'm glad you found the pattern after the 25th of August the pattern will be offered for $7.50.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this pattern with us. Love the design!


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