Modern by the Yard Cover

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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…

Fun Odds and Ends

Summer is flying by but I do have some fun news to share.  Both patterns that I wrote for Robert Kaufman earlier this year are now available to download, instructions and all not just fabric requirements.

The first pattern is my Moments quilt featuring Lou Lou by Emmie K.  I am completely in love with this fabric line and all the great low volume prints.


Also available as a pattern is my Maritime quilt.  Not only is it a pattern but Robert Kaufman featured it in a It's Sew Friday video!!  The Maritime quilt features Essex Yarn Dyed fabrics and has excellent tips for piecing strips with curves.

I also am excited to share that my Stratagem quilt will be hanging in the MQX Quilt Festival - Midwest September 18th - 22nd.  I've always been a little intimidated by this show becuase it focuses on machine quilting and I never thought I had a piece "good enough" to enter but earlier this year someone suggested I enter my Diamonds on Display quilt and that's what convinced me to give it a shot.

Stratagem Quilt 

In the end I didn't enter Diamonds on Display, I want to redo the binding because I was on a tight timeline for that quilt so I chose to machine bind it but I'm not the best machine binder, but after Stratagem was reject from the MQG Showcase I thought it would be a great fit and because I quilted it on my domestic machine I was able to enter it in the modern category.  I've only ever heard good things about this show so I'm very excited to have a quilt in it.

Speaking of the MQG Showcase, even though Stratagem was rejected Fringe Area was not.  This is one of my favorite showcases to enter and I'm so grateful that I will have a quilt on display for the third year in a row at the Houston Quilt Festival.

Fringe Area
In addition to all the quilt show entries my Clockworks improv mini quilt for Curated Quilts was accepted!!  Curated Quilts already has their next challenge posted if you want to check it out.

Clockworks

**Finally a not so fun odds and ends but definitely something very important.  While I was in Alaska someone sent me a message about entering a quilt in a show, sorry for the lack of details but I only saw the message briefly.  Unfortunately I can't find it anywhere.  I don't know if it was an email, comment or DM but if you wrote me about entering a quilt in a show PLEASE email me at, heatherblack@quiltachusetts.com.  I feel absolutely awful that I can't find the message now that I'm back home and am so sorry.**


Psst...  check out Clambake and Urban Trek at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.  Thank you Karen (@quiltaposy) and Maria (@mdwhite2012) for the pictures.

Clambake

Urban Trek









"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." 
Eph 2:8-10

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