Modern by the Yard Cover

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…

About Me

A little bit about myself, I'm a single (widowed) mother of a beautiful little girl and sneak quilting in whenever possible.  I've always been creative and began oil painting at age 9.  I continued to oil paint as an adult but never liked the clean up, especially cleaning my brushes, so I basically gave it up.  I was starved for a creative outlet when my friend suggested we make quilts.

I began quilting in the summer of 2011 and finished my first quilt (Versailles) in November 2011.  I loved it instantly.  My only "training" was two semesters of home ec. in junior high so I hit the web looking for tutorials on how to make a quilt.  I worked through the piecing and sandwiching then began hand quilting.  I had no idea that you could use a sewing machine to quilt so I hand quilted my first quilt, queen size.  That was the last time I hand quilted an entire quilt.

I chose the name quiltachussets for my blog because that's what my late husband, Stephen, called my sewing room.  He'd casually say, "are you going to quilt-achussets?" and it stuck.  At the time I thought it was a fun name and now I'm very proud to use it for my blog.  Stephen also bought me my first 'real' sewing machine for our 6 month anniversary and it was at that point my love for quilting really took off.

About the quilts!  I'm not a traditional quilter.  I love and respect the talent, time and creativity in traditional quilts but they would look really odd mixed into my home decor.  I'm a modern quilter and designer with a love for bold geometric designs.

I enjoy finding inspiration in textile, patterns, architecture and, of course, other quilters.  I 'm dedicating this blog to medium to larger quilts I have designed.  If you'd like to see more of my quilts please visit my Flickr or Instagram Accounts I hope whoever stumbles across this site will enjoy browsing some of my quilts.

My daughter (2 years) and Myself

Stephen and I at Hungry Horse Dam, MT 2012