Make Modern Magazine Issue 22 Features

Last July after I finished my gorgeous, glorious, rainbow-tastic Bow Tie quilt, I had the idea to submit it as an idea for a pattern to Make Modern Magazine. I had been trying to be more bold in getting my ideas out there and the worst they could say was no (which they did not!!). This beautiful quilt was made with the help of my BFF Birthday Bee mates, who made about 1/3 of the blocks of this quilt following my request for low volume (whether whisper quiet or I don’t have an inside voice low volume) and any color but brown for the print. They did such a stunning job. I filled in the rest of the blocks with prints from my stash to create this one of a kind quilt. We love this quilt so much, we used it in our family photos taken last year. It adds just the perfect touch of personalization we were hoping for.

I also submitted an idea to Make Modern about writing an article about the impact of using just one, simple quilt block to create a stunning quilt. They liked that idea as well. I am so happy to say that my article, One Block Wonder, as well as the pattern for this Epic Bow Tie quilt are both in issue 22!

Last Friday I received the huge, surprise honor of seeing my quilt on the cover of the magazine when they posted it on Instagram. I never, ever imagined I’d ever make anything that was magazine cover worthy and I feel so humbled to have my quilt featured there. Head to to purchase issue 22 and if you do so before May 6th, use the code MM22 to bring the price to $6AUD. There are over 120 pages worth of amazingly inspiring things in this issue!

The moral of the story is don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Sometimes the answer is no, but sometimes the answer is yes and you learn a lot during the process and realize you love writing quilt articles and patterns!!

Scrap Vortex Quilt

About a year ago I was looking for an idea of how to use up my ever growing scrap pile. It was about that time that I saw Amanda Nyberg’s Scrap Vortex¬†quilt methodology. I wasn’t sure I would like sewing pieces back together to make a larger chunk of fabric, but this has literally been the most fun I’ve ever had while making a quilt. I did not follow Amanda’s methodology completely, but it was such a good starting point for me to get the courage up to sew things together in any way I wanted.

This quilt became, in a way, a quilt scrapbook. I can look at any section and tell you which quilt the scraps came from. I am not sure if that knowledge will fade with time, but I absolutely love this as a reminder of all of the wonderful pieces of fabric that have run under my sewing machine. I am not sure if another one is in my future yet or not, but I do know this one will live on my couch for a long time. I backed it in a flannel sheet from Target and it just adds to its quirkiness and overall joy to me.

Modern Cogs

It’s been awhile (like a year) since I made my last quilt pattern for Moda Bake Shop. Today my latest pattern and tutorial, Modern Cogs, went live. This quilt is a FAST, one that uses BIG 16″ blocks to pack a punch. They go together quickly and showcase fabric beautifully. I loooooove tiny blocks and tiny pieces, but for some fabrics they are just meant to be shown in larger sections for the full effect. Ombre Confetti Metallic is definitely one that is fun to see in larger chunks. Modern Cogs finishes at 96″ square and is a great bed sized quilt with lots of movement. For the pattern and more details, head over to Moda Bake Shop.