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…

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.

Urban Treak - MQG 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 hope that's the appraiser I don't think a measuring tape is common quilt show accessory.

The second quilt I had at the show was my City Planner quilt.  It was included in the Tactile Architectures showcase.

Valerie of Valerie's Thread Tales sent me some great pictures of City Planner while she was at Quilt Market.

City Planner

It was definitely fun seeing my quilts pop up here and there on social media I wasn't expecting that.  I thought maybe I'd catch a glimpse in passing in a video like this one from Aurifil Thread, psst I used Aurifil in my quilts so very cool.

City Planner

One more update, at Quilt Market the week before Quilt Festival the Modern Quilt Guild posted a flip through preview of their book that's coming out soon.  Modern Stepping Stones makes an appearance about a third of the way through the video, if you blink you'll miss it.

In closing I'd like to announce that my father, aka my boss, is retiring at the end of this month, ya dad, which means I will be unemployed in a couple months.  I'm planning on not going back to work until CoraJoan is in school full time.  I'm looking forward to almost two years of focusing on being a mom and this special time with my daughter.  Of course I'll keep quilting and am looking forwarded to this new season in my life.  Here's a fun tid bit, I've been working for McDonald's since I was 16 (minus a couple years here and there) so it will be a huge change for my family to no longer be in the "business."

"...'but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.'" John 9:3


  1. I would love to hear your thoughts about the appraisal when you get more details / have time to think about it. I certainly don't think you need to share with us the value, but I'd like to know if the fee you paid was worth it, etc. I agree that it's so fun to be able to vicariously see Festival quilts and items at market through social media. Very fun and congratulations!

    1. I’ll let you know. I don’t remember the exact amount somewhere between $40 and $60 but I was mainly thinking about the cost of insurance when shipping quilts. For the appraisal I had to submit a statement about the quilt, awards, publication and so on. They also requested the Quilters resume and accomplishments. We’ll see if it was worth it but I’ll keep you posted.

  2. Wonderful that you got such good photos of your quilts!! And yay for the change of pace. I'm sure it will be lovely for your family.

    1. Thanks Debbie! I'm really looking forward to the time off. I know I'm "young" to retire but I've had a job since I was 16, 25 years now, and it's going to be nice to have some down time. I'm glad I got to see my quilts. It's hard to enter them in a show and not be able to go but that's just the way it goes.

  3. Congrats Heather. What fun!! Your quilts look great as always. Enjoy time with your daughter it goes by really fast.

    1. Thanks Robin! I'm sorry we missed each other at the WSQ show. I was tied up at the INMod booth most of the time and didn't get a chance to roam. I'm going to be at the January WSQ meeting with our raffle quilt so maybe then.


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