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Infrastructure Quilt Along - Solids

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At fall market last year Benartex expand their solids fabric line and introduced their Super Solids collection!  For the quilt along Christa will be making my Infrastructure using her new Geo Pop collection and I will be making it using Superior Solids.


Almost all the colors are a match to the original pattern but the two differ when it comes to some of the greys.  Below is the fabric requirements for the solid version:



Benartex was very generous and sent me the fabric a couple weeks ago.  I haven't started cutting into them yet but they are very soft and a nice texture.  Superior Solids have a tighter weave than Kona and Bella solids and are heavier than AGF solids but not as heavy as Painter Palette solids, I hope that helps.


I've compiled a quilt list of online fabric shops that carry Superior Solids if your local shop doesn't have them.  It's always a good idea to let your local shops know what fabric brands you'd like to see in the shop so it doesn't hurt …

Modern Arrangement - APQ October 2019

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I haven't done too much magazine publishing this year but back in January and February I made four quilts all due for publication, Banner Day-Curated Quilts, Petal Patch-MQG Modern Monthly, Follow the Leader-Modern by the Yard and lastly, Modern Arrangement-American Patchwork & Quilting!

This is my first time working with American Patchwork & Quilting magazine so I wanted to design a quilt that would introduce their readers to my style of design and quilting.  Most of my work carries an element of balance, depth and movement and Modern Arrangement has all three.


For the quilting I wanted to use a geometric design that draws your eye into the color intersections but at the same time gave interesting resting areas while looking at the design form a distance.  I accomplished both by using a point to point method and a broken glass motif in the circles.


For this project I used Paint Brush Studio's Painter Palette Solids, Aurifil thread and Warm and Natural cotton batting.…

Quilt Along Update

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It's already August and we're just a little over a month out from the start of the Infrastructure Quilt Along!  I've been working behind the scene and am more than happy to share with everyone our Quilt Along partners!  There will be a new giveaway every week with a chance to win fabulous prizes from our sponsors.


There will be two versions of the quilt for the quilt along.  Christa will be working with her new fabric line Geo Pop and I will be making a quilt using Benartex new Superior Solids!  I'll be posting the fabric requirements for the solids quilt in the next couple weeks.


If you haven't purchased a pattern yet you can get a print or digital copy in my shop, https://quiltachusetts.com/shop .  Christa is selling kits on her site for the print version.


I hope you will join us for the quilt along in September it will be a great way to build a quilt row by row with fantastic prizes and weekly updates.













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It Never Rains but It Pours Quilt News

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There's been no end to the quilt news coming in this week, a new quilt along, quilt show acceptance, a magazine feature.  So much to share so I'm just going to jump in.


I'm teaming up with my good friend Christa Watson, christaquilts.com, to host a quilt along starting in September.  I designed the Infrastructure quilt for Christa's new fabric line Geo Pop and am so excited to be working with Christa again.  I'll be making a version of the quilt in the new Benartex Superior Solids and Christa will be using her fabrics.  
If you're interested in getting a head start Christa has kits available on her website and we both have patterns available for sale in our shops.  There will be more information about the quilt along and the fabulous giveaway as we get closer to September.


Next up I have some quilt show news.  Earlier this week I found out that my quilt, Banner Day, will be part of the 2019 Modern Quilt Guild Showcase at the International Quilt Festival in Hou…

Spokane Area Workshops Now Open

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Washington State Quilters in Spokane have asked me to teach two workshops in July, Modern Drunkard's Path and Secrets of Modern Half-Rec Triangles, Triangles, and Diamonds.  Registration is now open to non-WSQ members!  Fill out the registration form and follow the directions to sign up for one of the workshops.



The Modern Drunkard's Path workshop goes through the basics of curve piecing to more complicated designs involving curves.  My Jawbreaker pattern is included in the cost of the workshop and I offer acrylic templates for sale but they are not required for this workshop.



Secrets of Modern Half-Rec Triangles, Triangles and Diamonds workshop Goes through how to update triangle quilts into a contemporary modern design using the Tri-Recs Tool.  My Diamonds On Display pattern is included in the cost of the workshop and if you don't have the Tri-Recs Tool there will be templates available to purchase at the workshop.



I know that the classes are near full so if you are int…

Bird Watching Quilt

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I finished up a new quilt, my Bird Watching quilt, (40" x 48").


Earlier this month I got an email form the Audubon Society, no I'm not a bird watcher but I do like to identify birds I've never seen before from time to time, and in the that email was a picture of a Bohemian Waxwing which caught my attention instantly.  What struck me first from the picture was the color palette followed by the angel of the feathers on the Waxwing wings.

Originally I was going to hand quilt this design, so I made it 40" x 48" but after I completed the top I realized that 40" x 48" is not a small quilt.  In the end I decided machine quilt the top.


This design is a bit different for me so I decided to try out some new quilting.  The more I quilted the top the more it reminded me of the back of playing cards.  With that in mind I added some flouncy border motifs in the blue sections to capture that feel.  Even though it was scary to try something new I think the end re…

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…

Quick Quilt News

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School is out and believe it or not that means I have more time to quilt but before the school year wrapped up I made a mini quilt for my daughter's teacher.  CoraJoan picked the subject and helped with the fabric choices.  I raw edge appliqued, my kind of applique, the rainbow and hand quilted the details using Aurifil floss.  CoraJoan picked the pastels and the background fabric.  I can't thank Mrs Simpson enough for two wonderful years as CoraJoan's teacher.
I also found out that my little Chaotic House mini won 18th place in the Quilt Expo Modern Mini Quilt Challenge!  Placing second to last might not seem glamorous but I did win a new ruler rack and I'm always looking for a better way to organize my sewing room.  Unfortunately, part of me knows the only way to solve all my storage 'needs' is to have a bigger room but since that can't happen I'll take what I can get.

I received more great news this week when I found out two of my quilts have bee…

QuiltCon Workshops - Catalog now available

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Time to register for QuiltCon is fast approaching, June 25th or MQG members and July 10th for non-members, and with the release of the QuiltCon Catalog I am finally able to share more about the workshops I'll be teaching at QuiltCon 2020!!

I'm very excited to announce that I'll be teaching two different workshops and one lecture all focusing on quilt design, a topic I'm very passionate about and hope to encourage other quilters to explore.

The first workshop, offered on both Friday and Saturday, is Designing Modern Quilts.  This workshop will go through tips and tricks for successfully designing your own quilts.  You don't need a degree in art history or even be tech savvy to design a great quilt you will be proud to share.  I want to make quilt design approachable to all and describe tried and true techniques in easy to understand terms.  This workshop includes hands on activities that will help quilters jump into design or fine tune how they are currently design…

PreQuilt Partnership

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At QuiltCon this year I was introduced to Laura through a mutual friend.  She was super sweet and she invited me to share some of my designs/patterns through her company PreQuilt!  I have three patterns that launched on their site this week and am very excited about this opportunity and to share what a great service PreQuilt offers to quilters.
PreQuilt is a great resource for quilters looking to customize a pattern to their own color palette.  When you sign up with PreQuilt you get to experiment with different color options for a pattern and then purchase a digital version of that pattern all on their site.




Currently I am offering my designs Jawbreakers, Positive Illuminations and Sparrows at Play on the PreQuilt platform.



I hope you will check out the PreQuilt site have some fun playing with color and customizing so many great patterns on their site.  I think PreQuilt is a great tool for quilters and a great way to explore your own creativity so I hope you check their site out!!








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Aurifil Artisan

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A friend of mine wrote me and asked if I was applying to be an Aurifil Artisan and at that point I had no idea they were accepting applications of how it all work so I got the link from her, thank you Daisy ( @warmfolk ), and applied.   I love Aurifil thread and use it for all my piecing and quilting.  After a few weeks of nail biting waiting I found out I was chosen to be an Aurifil Artisan!

I'm super excited to take part in the Artisan program.  Aurifil has a bunch in store for us including monthly challenges.  The announcement is also perfect timing to share my Coral Commotion quilt.


For this quilt I used a mix of Aurifil thread weights, mainly because I was raiding my stash and the number one priority was matching color.  My favorite weight to use on my longarm is Aurifil 40wt3ply, Aurifil's thread made just for longarms.  If I need a specific color I like to use 28wt with my longarm.  Most frequently I'm quilting straight lines and both the 40wt3ply and the 28wt perf…