Modern by the Yard Cover

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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…

Random Design Influence

I don't know how this happens but I the 90's keep creeping into my designs, which is funny because I don't have the fondest memories of the 1990's, I did meet my late husband in 1997 but that was probably the highlight of the decade for me.  My latest quilt is inspired by and old Panasonic stereo I had in junior high and thanks to a quick google search here it is.



In particular, I was inspired by the audio mixing controls and I couldn't even begin to tell you why.  That being said, I set out to design a quilt.  I chose a bright color palette from my the solids in my stash but wasn't satisfied with my design until I rotated it 90º counter clockwise and added a white border.  My Balance & Fade quilt is definitely bright and cheerful.

Balance & Fade

If you're able to rotate this picture clockwise 90º you can see my original design.  I also used a combination of straight lines to quilt this design and I added an accent thread color in the pink and blue.  For this accent I used Aurifil thread 28wt.  Most of my quilting is done in Aurifil 40wt and I load my bobbin with 50wt.


Balance & Fade

 As you can see I snuck in a couple prints for this project and as stated above I used stash fabric to make the top, fulfilling two of my quilty resolutions this year, use prints more and use my stash more.

Balance & Fade

I just love the impact of a high contrast color palette and even used it in another design featuring fabric I had printed at Spoonflower.com.  It's going to be a challenge to execute this design because it involves applique and, ah, I don't do that often.  Ok, I can count the times I've appliqued on one hand but I hope I can pull it off.


One last picture in closing.

Balance & Fade in Montana





Comments

  1. Very cool. I loved hearing your backstory AND how wonderfully you used those high-contrast, bright solids. Nice!

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    1. Thanks! Some quilt designs come about in the craziest ways, a stereo... but it worked.

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  2. Your quilt looks really awesome. I think you did a great job. Not sure if you're in the MQG but consider submitting it for QuiltCon.

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    1. Hi Nicole, thank you for your comments! I am a member of the MQG and will probably enter this quilt in the 2018 Quiltcon. I've had quilts hanging in past shows so fingers crossed one of my quilts get chosen this time around.

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  3. WOW! What a bold design and I just love your color palette. Very reminiscent of the 90s!

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    1. Thank you! I really don't know how that keeps happening it's not like I've been listening to C+C Music Factory while designing 😉

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  4. Awesome design! It was very cool to see your design inspiration and then see how you interpreted it.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl! Isn't funny where inspiration comes from sometimes.

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