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…

Introducing Maritime Quilt with Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun

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About a month or so I was asked by Robert Kaufman to design a quilt for their new Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun fabrics.  I was so elated to see they included stripes, check and solids.

Maritime Quilt 60" x 72"

This is quilt pattern will be available as a free downloadable pattern on Robert Kaufman's site.  I really enjoyed working with the new Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun.  They are so soft and have so much texture, I'll definitely be using them again especially that micro stripe.  I also couldn't believe my luck when I saw the color palette and it included one of my all time favorite colors, Nantucket red.  The collection also includes stripes and checks in black, grey and two more blues.  The blues are also available as solids.

Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun

One of the biggest challenges with this design was matching all those pieced stripes.  Thankfully by the time I'd finished piecing the top I'd come up with a cutting and numbering technique to include in the pattern.

Maritime Quilt

I'm so happy I finally get to share this quilt because it is also the first quilt that I completed on my Gammill Statler Stitcher.

Maritime Quilt

I had a few hiccups along the way, big thank you to Wanda at Heartbeat Quilting for helping me out in a crunch.   I've now decided to press my seams open especially with linen, the seams on this quilt got pretty bulky all pressed to one side.

I was told that I most people start with an all over design but I jumped right in making boundaries and designing quilting motifs.  I free hand quilted some of the straight lines and used the channel lock for others but you've got to love all those 1" circles!  Sorry walking foot you just cant do that.  Another fantastic thing about working with the homespun fabrics they ended up hiding many of my quilting mishaps.  I used a cream thread for the entire quilt and it blended so beautifully with all the colors.

Maritime Quilt

The second quilt I completed on my Gammill was a tan print version of my Positive Illuminations quilt.  This time I designed an elongated diamond pattern to be applied as an all over motif.  This time I had a few less problems, still some seam bulk because I hadn't decided to press open when this top was made, and I even got to step away while the Gammill quilted which gave me a chance to start piecing my next quilt, YAY!!

Positive Illuminations 3

I made this quilt for an auction at my daughter's school.  They have a backyard fun package and I said I'd donate a quilt.  I kept the background color "dirt" friendly and used prints from Cotton and Steel's Paper Cuts fabric line.

Positive Illuminations 3

This is the third version of this quilt that I've made.  The top comes together very quickly and it is available for free to all Modern Quilt Guild members.

I'm really enjoying my Gammill and have a couple very exciting projects coming up but right now I'm thankful I finally get to share one of them.  If you're interest in a sneak peek of a very exciting collaboration I'm working on check out Christa Watson's April 6th blog post, wink wink.

"'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