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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…