Showing posts from November, 2017

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…

Modern Marks Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Several weeks back Christa Watson ( asked me if I'd be interested in participating in a blog hop and giveaway for her debut fabric line Modern Marks by Benartex.  I couldn't believe it, I'd been eyeing Christa's fabric line via Instagram and her blog dreaming about how I can use them in a quilt design and now I had an amazing opportunity to do just that.

I set out at once playing with quilt designs and in the end I settled on a sampler styled quilt featuring many of the prints.  When I got my hands on the Modern Marks fabric the first thing I noticed was how bright and saturated the colors were and then secondly what great quality the fabric was and how easy it was to work with.

When I started quilting my design I couldn't help but smile when seeing these colors under my needle.  They're just so cheerful.  I also wanted to try some phantom shapes in a few areas of the quilt, it was too much fun.

I'm so happy with how this quilt came out. …

Quilt Festival

I wasn't able to attend Quilt Festival and I'm hoping next year I'll be able to make it but I did have two quilts in two separate showcases at the show.  Both my Urban Trek quilt and my City Planner Quilt were in Houston and through social media I was able to see my quilts.
First up, Urban Trek (I hope you're not getting tired of seeing this quilt):

Urban Trek was hanging in the Modern Quilt Guild showcase.  For more details on the showcase please check of Whole Circle Studio's blog post.  Sheri was also kind enough to send me a picture of my quilt.  Sheri's quilt Road Work was also in the showcase.

Quilts, Inc. offered a quilt appraisal for quilts in the show, for a fee, and I elected to have Urban Trek appraised so I could have an idea of what the monetary value of my quilts are, mainly for shipping insurance purposes.  It looks like Julie of Balzer Designs (a fabulous artist) may have caught the appraiser in action when she posted a picture of my quilt.  I …

2018 QuiltCon Submissions

I read an excellent blog yesterday by Yvonne Fuchs ( listing the quilts she's entering into QuiltCon 2018.  I was particularly intrigued by her Transparent Ribbons entry, both of them, because they are the same design but one is in solids and the other in Christa Watson'sModern Marks prints.  It will be interesting to see what the jury does.  They are both so different I'm guessing they will both be accepted.  Yvonne also encouraged other bloggers to share their QuiltCon entries and I loved the idea so here they are.

This year the Modern Quilt Guild changed some of the rules for entering quilts in QuiltCon which meant I needed to to change my entry strategy.  I originally entered 10 quilts but decide to withdraw 5 after submission, more on that later.  Here of the five that I still have entered.

I had no doubt that I would enter this quilt.  It's my favorite make this year for many reasons.

Another one of my 'favs' this year made with J…