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…

QuiltCon Challenge

Usually I'm on top of things and entering my quilts in QuiltCon that first week in July but this year I haven't done that and it's been ok because it gave me a chance to make a quilt, Pickle Knots, for the American Patchwork & Quilting Two-Color Quilt Challenge.

Pickle Knots
The second I saw the two color challenge I was inspired to design a quilt.  I wanted to go high contrast but not too jarring so I toned it down a touch by using Kona Pickle and Kona Storm.

Pickle Knots
I also wanted to expand and experiment with my quilting skills and used a mixture of straight lines and circles to enhance the design.

Pickle Knots
It was nice to take a break from all the deadlines and make a something more creatively inspired.  I was still on sort of a deadline because I wanted to have the quilting done in time to take this along on my recent vacation to Alaska.

Pickle Knots - Denali National Park
I actually lugged three quilts along with me to Alaska in order to finish hand binding them.  I knew we'd have alot of down time while traveling so it was nice to have something to keep me busy.  I'm happy to say I finished them all!


I'm kind of liking taking my time to complete my QuiltCon entries and I think I have four or five picked out to enter.  This year I may enter seven quilts in hopes of getting the maximum 5 accepted.  Last year I entered 5 so we'll see. 

Pickle Knots - Denali National Park

Big thanks to my dad for filling in for my quilt stand!!










"For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.  From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.  I will ever praise you." Psalm 71:5-6

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