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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…

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…

Trellis Quilt Pattern Is Here!!

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Eventful week this week...  I'm happy to announce that the pattern for Trellis is now available in my Etsy shop!  Also, all patterns in my shop are 10% off now through Sunday (5/5/19) to celebrate the launch.  That's all digital downloads and printed patterns, 10% off!

The pattern makes a quilt 70 x 84 and features easy to follow instructions, full color diagrams, a coloring page and full size paper templates.  This is one of my favorite designs and is inspired by a burning bush I saw last autumn.  It looked very red from a distance but when I got closer I could see that most of the leaves were hot pink to burgundy. 


I've been working hard on getting new and updated patterns in my shop all this year so I hope you will check out my shop and see what's new.



Don't forget if you're not that into piecing and would rather buy a printed quilt top to get right into that quilting you can buy the Trellis quilt top at www.honestfabric.com.  Honest Fabric is also offer…

Summer Sampler 2019

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I have an exciting announcement...  I have been invited to design a block for this year's Summer Sampler hosted by Katie Blakesley, Faith Jones, and Lee Heinrich.
The weekly quilt along begins May 20th but you can purchase a Summer Sampler subscription for $29.00 now!  If you enter the code QUILTACHUSETTS at check out you'll save $5 off the purchase price!!  You can purchase the pattern here.


Along with the weekly blocks you'll also have the option of two layouts, squares or circles.  Can you find my block among all those great designs?  There are several curve designs so I'll keep you guessing for a while.


You can use this year's color palette, curate your own or use the one I came up with, it definitely has more of a retro feel:


It's a huge honor to be included in a group of all these talented quilter and to have a block next to theirs.  Make sure you check out all these wonderful designers and their work on their websites and on Instagram.

Petal Patch for the MQG

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Last year I submitted a design for the Modern Quilt Guild's quilt of the month and was thrilled to find out it was accepted but with a catch.  The MQG was starting a new quarterly format with a common color palette.  I was thrilled to try out the new format and adjusted my design, here is Petal Patch:

The MQG did an amazing job finding a fabulous photographer and stylist and were kind enough to allow me to use their images of Petal Patch from their new website, www.modernmonthly.com .

The color palette was a soft modern palette with tans, aquas, corals, grey and black.  Not my usual colors but it was nice to have a challenge and to try once again to make brown modern.  I wanted to use as much of the color palette as possible and I manged to use all but one color, the light coral.

What I love most about this quilt is the secondary pattern created by the two blocks in the design.  The blocks are fairly simple but combined it creates petals and flowers that flow over the quilt.  I a…

Swatches

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I've really enjoyed the time I set aside for myself to create new designs and quilts not tied to a deadline.  One of the projects I was able to work on and complete, which is always a bonus, is my Swatches quilt!

This quilt was inspired from my oil painting days; sketches, painter palettes, paint tubes, canvases, brushes, lighting and other images both concrete and abstract.  I designed this quilt to convey a feeling more than actual objects tied to painting.

I’m finding that more and more I’m merging my first creative love, oil painting, with my current creative love in my quilt designs.  I've even started working with watercolors again mainly because the clean up is so easy. 

I chose the quilting to add interest and depth to the design. I took some risks, like black thread echos around the paint swatches and hand quilting the small grey squares. Most of the quilting is fairly dense and I was shocked when blocking the quilt to find out the length shrunk by 3”.

I reall…

Banner Day in Curated Quilts

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A few months back Curated Quilts announced that their next magazine would have a curve theme.  I was so excited and even though I already had three looming deadlines, I submitted my design, Banner Day, and it was accepted for publication as a pattern!

The curve issue of Curated Quilts started shipping earlier this week and is currently for sale on their website.  There are so many great articles and quilts in this issue I can't wait to get a copy in my hands!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of Banner Day before I shipped it off but I do have a picture of the quilt as shown in the magazine.


As soon as I get the quilt back from the magazine I'll get more pictures up.  In the meantime,  I can share the original design mock up.

Along with the Banner Day pattern I was asked to share Scandinavian Pathway in gallery section of the magazine.  Scandinavian Pathway is currently available as a pattern in my Etsy shop.
Since I frequently work with curves there may, or may not I …

Why Not, Why Knot Quilt

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I spent much of last year making quilts for one publication or another, for this fabric line or that fabric line but almost all on some sort of a deadline.  I started 2019 telling myself that this year was going to be different and I was going to make some quilts for me, taking my time and enjoying the creative process but before I knew it I'd booked several quilts for publication and had made four quilts all before QuiltCon in late February.  After QuiltCon, I caught my breath and decided to change course and make a quilt for me, my Why Knot quilt.


I really didn't have to much of a direction.  I knew what colors I wanted to use and pulled them from my stash and I knew I wanted to use the arc shape so I started designing and playing with layout.  I finally decided to just start making!  I used Jenny Haynes' 7" Double Drunkards Path template which comes with a great squaring tool.


I settled on a layout and before I knew it I had my quilt top finished and I started on …