Dresden Escape Published in Make Modern Magazine

It’s true, I’m back from vacation!  Sandy is now vacationing on a beach on the east coast and hopefully avoiding tropical storms…or worse!

We’re excited to announce that a pattern we designed has been published in the most recent Make Modern Magazine, a digital quilting magazine.

Last August when Sandy came to visit, we decided to design a quilt for mom and give it to her for Christmas.  Mom is a fan of 30’s prints and we wanted her quilt to look modern and fresh so we added lots of white space and some pinwheels.  Mom loves her quilt and here it is…Dresden Escape revealed at last!
Close up curve with logoThis is a bed size quilt with a total of 9 Dresden Plate blocks and it measures 89 x 89 inches square.  We had fun shopping for the backing.  It’s a lime green with white polka dots…another modern touch.
Clothesline left shot logoIf you’d like a copy of the pattern, click on this link to subscribe to the Make Modern digital magazine:  Make Modern Magazine

We really enjoy our subscription.  The Make Modern Magazine team does a great job of posting modern patterns designed by quilters from around the world along with interesting articles, tips and tricks for quilters of all skill levels.  It’s also nice to have a magazine in digital format…less clutter in my sewing room!
Clothesline half in airHey Sandy, have fun on your VACATION!!!!!

 

 

A New Free Pattern!

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been working on a new quilt design with a “Dot Crazy” jelly roll.  These fabrics were designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio.

Sandy and I collaborated over the miles on this design.  Thank goodness for cell phone technology…what would we do without it?  I would send her photos of different layouts and she would give me feedback.

Below is the result of our collective design strategy and we are calling this quilt “Corner Kick”.
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We love these fabrics because they are bright, bold and modern.  The blue and white diamonds help anchor the blocks and bring all these fabrics together in a very easy, beginner friendly quilt.
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We think these bright fabrics make the perfect quilt for sunny day picnics or a casual throw on a cool summer evening.
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Grab a colorful jelly roll and get started on your own “Corner Kick”.
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You can download this FREE Pattern by clicking on this link: Corner Kick 06 06 19

We will also be posting this FREE Pattern to the Fave Quilts website.  This is a great quilting website where you will find free patterns, free eBooks, giveaways, and quilting videos.  Sandy and I both subscribe to their free email Newsletter, “Piecing it Together” and you can sign up by clicking HERE  Lots of quilting inspiration will be delivered directly to your inbox, it’s so easy!

Be sure to share photos of your completed “Corner Kick” quilts with us, we’d love to see them!

 

 

 

 

 

Reflecting

In the middle of the joy and bustle of the holidays, I like to take precious moments to sit quietly and reflect on the lessons learned, the chances not taken, the mis-steps, the words spoken and unspoken, and the joys and accomplishments of the past 365 days. Hand sewing always gives me that chance. #quiltbonding time can be therapeutic.

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The road to the farm under a December fingernail moon:

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Modern Piecing for a Cause

Good morning!  It’s Cindy reporting in from Ohio.

I recently joined the Central Ohio Modern Quilt Guild and have met some incredibly talented quilters.  This is a very active guild and the monthly meetings are full of inspiration.

Each year the guild chooses a community charity project, and for 2018, the Meals on Wheels program was adopted.  Guild members make quilted placemats that are distributed to Meals on Wheels clients.  These placemats are are great way to use miscellaneous scraps and left over quilt blocks to create small, modern quilt designs.

Below is the label each quilter/creator sews on the back of each placemat:

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I was looking through a large bag of colorful scraps from my dear friend, MJ, AND wondered how I could put them to work.  Then I started thinking about some of the leftover blocks I have from previous quilts.  Hmmmm…the lightbulb in my head turned on.

Left over pieced blocks + lovely scraps = bright, bold placemats!

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I need to practice my machine quilting skills and these placemats are the perfect size to machine quilt.  I’ll add them to my  “must finish” list for October.

I have plenty of leftover blocks to incorporate into some type of placemat design.  Below are just a few random blocks…wouldn’t that cute fox face brighten someone’s day?

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I hope you are still enjoying the sights and sounds of fall!  Here’s another photo I snapped while walking in the park with Norma and Sadie.

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