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…

This One's for Me.

The last time I made a quilt without a deadline was my Balance and Fade quilt in July.  It was also the last time I designed and created a quilt for no other purpose than the joy of the process... until now.  Here's my Stratagem quilt!

Stratagem Quilt
The inspiration for this quilt came from a Parcheesi game board and the first time I saw Parcheesi was on Christmas morning so the timing of this finish couldn't be more perfect.

My dad got my sister and I a board game a piece for Christmas one year when we were kids.  She got Parcheesi and I got Tripoley.  Upon opening the gift I was very unappreciative, teasing my dad for picking such an "uncool" gift but after a bit of persuasion we played Parcheesi and had a blast.  We eventually played Tripoley and it was a great too.

As you can see from the game board above the overall design of the quilt meant only to capture the feel of the Parcheesi board and not be a literal representation but the quilting patterns I chose come directly from the detail on the game board.  I even added circles to the middle of the dark green stripes just like the exit and entry squares.

Stratagem Quilt
Stratagem Quilt
I knew instantly what backing to use for this quilt, Anna Marie Horner's Pretty Potent Banner.  I had about 5 yards hanging out in my stash which was the perfect amount for the backing and sleeve.  (I've learned my lesson and now add a sleeve to all my quilts while attaching the binding.)

Stratagem Quilt
I love this quilt and really enjoyed making it and for once picking a name.  I knew I couldn't use "Parcheesi" but I wanted to pick a name that captured the spirit of the game so I chose Stratagem.  It took me over two months but I squeezed it in here and there between deadlines and am so happy to finally share it.

Statagem Quilt
I have another deadline coming up but for now I have a few days to just play around in my sewing room.  I don't mind deadlines because I love quilting and I love finishing projects so a good deadline gives me an excuse to make time to do what I love!

In closing, QuiltCon notifications will be coming out shortly so fingers crossed.  I've seen some of the submissions on social media and the competition is fierce, there are so many talented quilters with amazing modern quilts out there.  I can't wait to see all the QuiltCon submissions on Instagram!

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11