June 9, 2018

Traveling Quilts

Positively Transparent, the mini version, was selected for the Modern Quilt Guild's new museum exhibit.  The first stop is The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio where it, along with many other modern quilts, will be on display until will June 17th.

From there, it will go on to the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY.  The exhibit dates are June 30 - August 19, 2018. Exhibit details here.

The MQG has a dedicated webpage, ModernQuilts.com, with more information on the book and exhibit schedule.  The calendar is here.

The book I am referring to is Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century compiled by Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Grant of the MQG and published by Stash Books.  Positively Transparent and Cursive were selected to be included.

Cursive has just returned home from traveling with the Best of QuiltCon 2017 exhibit. I haven't seen the the quilt since QuiltCon 2017 when it took place in Savannah, GA.

Cursive is a world traveler and has been to the The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, Oregon (I want to go one day); Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England; the Australasian Quilt Convention 2017 in Melbourne, Australia; and then on to stops in Japan.

When it returned home the MQG was kind enough to send the placard along with it.  With all the traveling, Cursive was returned in perfect condition and so I'm glad to have it home again.

June 7, 2018

Modern Plus Sampler ➕ Design Reveal

The day has finally arrived to reveal the Modern Plus Sampler based on many of the design elements  from the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts. This is just one version, all traditional piecing, I made with mostly Tula Pink fabrics.

On July 5th, the fabric requirements and more layout options will be revealed including Cheryl's version she made here which includes some paper piecing and applique.


The Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along posts will be on the first Thursday of every month. You can always find information on the Modern Plus Sampler QAL page.  

Here's what the first few months look like:
  • May 3rd - Modern Plus Sampler announcement here
  • June 7th - Design revealed today!
  • June 21st - Sponsors and prizes announced 
  • July 5th - Fabric requirements and additional layouts given
  • August 2nd - Piecing begins!

About the Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along

The Modern Plus Sampler is a free quilt-along that will run from July 2018 until April 2019 that uses most of the blocks from the Modern Plus Sign Quilts book all incorporated in to a new lap size, plus sign design.

The pattern will be at the confident beginner level with a few more challenging blocks. Don't worry if you have questions or get stuck, we will all be quilting together and you can ask me or Cheryl's Facebook group any questions you have along the way.

Most of the quilt will be traditionally pieced, but there will be a couple of applique blocks and paper pieced blocks.  We encourage you to try these and learn some new skills. If you would like to avoid applique and/or paper piecing, we will be giving alternative instructions to avoid these methods.

Get the Book

You will need the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts, in order to quilt along with us as the Modern Plus Sampler includes many design elements from the book.

Modern Plus Sign Quilts can be obtained through the following (Amazon is an affiliate link):

As of today, the Kindle version can be purchased for only $9.99 and the print version for $16.94.

Everything is so nice and green after the rain we've been having that my quilt blends right into the landscape.

Questions? Join Us

If you have any questions, please email me at QuiltedBlooms (at) gmail.com or leave a comment below. I hope you are planning to join in on the fun and make a Modern Plus Sampler with us!

May 18, 2018

Startup Project: Starry Path Quilt by Christa Watson ~ Craftsy Class & Giveaway

Today I am sharing a review of a new Craftsy class by Christa Watson, Startup Project: Starry Path Quilt.  Christa was kind enough to offer a link for me to watch the class and one to share with one lucky reader.  

The opinions shared here are completely my own. This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you purchase through the links, I will receive a small commission without affecting the price you pay.  

Startup Project: Starry Path Quilt is geared toward the beginning quilter and goes step-by-step through quilt making process.  You will receive almost 3 full hours of detailed instruction from Christa.  And, you will be able to post questions and comments right to the platform and get real help from fellow classmates and even Christa herself.  This is one of the benefits of Craftsy class format thas I like.

The class is broken down into 5 lessons:

Lesson 1 - Getting Started 

Christa covers fabric selection and prep; helpful tools and supplies; and accurate cutting and piecing.  I learned a new way of pressing I had not tried before.

Lesson 2 - Sawtooth Star Block and Lesson 3 - Garden Path Block

Separate lessons are dedicated to making each block of the quilt including helpful tips and things to watch our for when piecing.  Christa covers components of each block including flying geese, strip-pieced 4-patch units and triangle-in-a-square units.

Lesson 4 - Pieced Borders

This lesson includes more building blocks for quilt making, half-square triangles and quarter-square triangle units, and sewing them all together.

Lesson 5 - Quilt Top Assembly

When sewing the quilt blocks into rows and then sewing the rows into a quilt top, Christa shares the technique of webbing where as you sew everything together, the blocks stay in order.  I get it now...I have read about this piecing technique and have seen pictures, but hearing Christa explain it and walk me through this was so helpful.

Also included in Lesson 5 is how top properly attach the borders to quilt the quilt top.

Lesson 6 - Machine Quilting Swirls 

Christa covers the elongated swirl design and talks about a quilting path to travel around the quilt as you are quilting.

The class does not include detailed instructions for layering the quilt or binding, but you can find these tutorials under Christa's tutorial tab on her website.

My Garden Path Block

Although the Sawtooth Star quilt block is my favorite, I decided to make the Garden Path quilt block.
In all my years of quilting, I had never used the Tri-Recs rulers (I already had) so this was the prefect time to give them a try.  In the class materials are the templates for printing, but using the tri-recs ruler combo makes piecing the triangle-in-a-square unit a breeze.

This class, although designed for a beginner, proves you CAN teach an old dog new tricks.  I assembled the block using the webbing technique.  You can barely make out the connecting threads holding the block rows together.

Although the fabrics were impossible to photograph, I rather like the combination used in the block. The solid is Cotton Couture in Luna and the light background is from the Highlands by Violet Craft, both by Michael Miller.  The darker print is an Elizabeth Hartman print from Rhoda Ruth by Robert Kaufman.

I even tried swirl quilting and definitely need to practice more.  I started having tension issues and stopped midway through the practice sandwich.  Aurifil 1148 Light Jade was the perfect match for the Cotton Couture Luna.  (The colors are closer in these two photos.)

And the full block...

You can find Christa's class, Startup Project: Starry Path Quilt here 

You can find the complete quilt kit, Starry Path Sea Spray here (it's on  sale for 35% off). 


Now, how about a giveaway?  Christa has generously provided a link to her Craftsy class for one of you.

To enter, simply use the rafflecopter and leave a blog post comment to following question... What's your go-to free motion quilting motif?

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Giveaway runs from May 18th through May 22nd at Noon EST and is open to all.  Good Luck!

Congratulations to Kathy E.!

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Linking to:
Finish or Not Friday hosted by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts
Show Off Saturday hosted by Caroline at Sew Can She
Main Crush Monday hosted by Beth at Cooking Up Quilts