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…

Lilium - Kona Cotton Color of the Year Quilt

For the last two years my guild has done a theme with a challenge.  Last year's theme was solids and the challenge was to make a mini quilt with only solids in three colors, please see my Lost in Oz quilt that hung at QuiltCon this year.  This year the theme is curves and the challenge was to make a 50" x 60" quilt using curves and the Kona color of the year, Tiger Lily.

Lilium Quilt
Tiger Lily is a really great color of orange red and was my inspiration for the quilt name.  I added some other soft Kona Solids and a few Cotton and Steel prints to finish up the design.

I decided early on to quilt each of the background colors with a different motif and to use the prints as my quilting inspiration for the circles.

I really love the look of orange peels and they find their way onto quite a few of my quilts but before my Gammill I could only successfully execute 4" circles the orange peel on this quilt is 1 1/2"!

On the back are a couple Cotton and Steel prints from their Poolside line.  The colors couldn't be more perfect.

As great as all those pictures look I did have a couple "issues."  My opps 1 & 2, reminds me of a Cat in the Hat story, hmm.  Here's Opps 1:

Yep I forgot to complete a handful of the orange peels.  It should be interesting finishing those up on my domestic machine.  Then this happened, Opps 2:

The thread broke as I quilted over it.  I've been using Aurifil 40-3 for most my quilting and really liking it but I only have two colors right now, cream and medium grey. My Gammill came with a thread sampler package and I found a golden brown in that blended decently but for whatever reason I had several thread breakages and this break in the quilting.  It was especially disappointing because I had ironed all my seams open for the first time to avoid just that problem.


I've officially converted to a seams open quilter.  I didn't have a problem matching seams, I've always been a pinner, and I followed Christa Watson's advice from Instagram and shorten my stitch length.

I'm really pleased with this quilt and so proud that I've now finished 3 quilts on my longarm.  I have some crazy deadlines coming up, a quilt a week for the next 4 weeks, so I'm sure I'll be getting plenty of practice in.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My loveIf you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.  These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."  John 15:9-12