May 3, 2019

Rocket Star Quilt Block

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The Fat Quarter Shop is continuing their Classic & Vintage series with a Quilt Along today featuring the Rocket Star Block.

While visiting a local quilt shop, I saw Tula Pink's new fabric line, Pinkerville and decided to use Fairy Dust in Cotton Candy for the Rocket Star background. I did have to do a good bit of fussy cutting to only use the blues, purples and pinks.  

Aurifil 2000 Light Sand matched the background perfectly for piecing. 

Included in the free PDF Rocket Star Block pattern here is the paper Starburst template for making the Rocket Star Units.  Or, the units can be made using the Starburst 30 Degree Triangle Ruler.  

For the star points, I used an Alison Glass print Ink in Electric from Sun Print 2015.

In all my years of quilting, this was the first time for me making sew and flip Diamond Units. 

I wanted a good contrast with the busier background, so I used a solid, Kona Cotton in Noble Purple.  

Give the Rocket Star Block a try.  Piecing is easier since there are not points to match.


You and find the Rocket Star Quilt Kit and complete pattern here made from the Nova fabric collection by Moda.

Head on over to the Jolly Jabber to see more Rocket Star blocks.  And, you can find the video tutorial here on YouTube.

April 4, 2019

Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along Parade

Welcome to the Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Parade!  

To see the journey of the Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along, go to the Modern Plus Sampler QAL page here

First of all, Cheryl, my co-author, of Meadow Mist Designs and I want to thank all of the generous sponsors who donated prizes to those completing a Modern Plus Sampler quilt or a quilt top!  There were enough prizes that everyone was a winner!

Another huge thank you goes out to Christa of Christa Quilts and Benartex who generously supplied Christa's Fandangle fabric for my second version of the Modern Plus Sampler. 

And, drum are the 12 Modern Plus Sampler Quilt finishes!  Thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated!

Fonda B. from Smoky Lake, Alberta, Canada
Fonda wins a 6 month subscription to Make Modern and 
2 digital pdf patterns from Meadow Mist Designs!

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Wendy O. from Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Wendy wins a $100 gift certificate to The Fat Quarter Shop!

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Rochelle S.
Rochelle wins two digital quilt patterns from Quilting Jetgirl 
and three digital quilt patterns from Sew Fresh Quilts!

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Barb M.
Barb wins two digital quilt patterns from Quilting Jetgirl 
and two digital quilt patterns from Cooking Up Quilts!

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Yvonne F. from Tehachapi, CA
Yvonne wins a 6 month subscription to Make Modern 
and the paper pieced Stained Glass Flower set from Whims and Fancies!

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Heide D. of Heide's Quilty Hugs
Heide wins a $60 gift certificate to BackSide Fabrics!

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Isabelle D. from Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada
Isabelle wins a digital quilt pattern from Tish N Wonderland 
and 2 digital quilt patterns from Meadow Mist Designs!

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Suzy K. from Yorkville IL
Suzy wins a $25 gift certificate to Busy Hands Quilts!

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Cheryl C.
Cheryl wins a $20 gift certificate from Needle & Foot!

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Karen V. from Tilbury, Ontario, Canada
Karen wins a digital quilt pattern from Tish N Wonderland 
and the paper pieced Stained Glass Flower set from Whims and Fancies!

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Ramona Johnson
Ramona wins Kona yardage from Honey, Bunny, and Doll Patterns!

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Anja C. from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Anja wins a 12 piece large spool collection from Aurifil!

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If you missed out on the Quilt along, you can start the sampler at any time.  You can find a copy of the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts on Amazon , an affiliate link, and a complete version of the quilt along instructions (book required) here.

March 13, 2019

Modern Plus Sign Quilts ➕ Turns One

Happy 1st Birthday to Modern Plus Sign Quilts!  🎂  

A lot planning, stitching, late nights, pattern writing, quilting, reviewing, binding, label making, and much, much more went into this stack of quilts that make up Modern Plus Sign Quilts (and these are not all of them).   

A Trip Down Memory Lane

In some ways, it seems like only yesterday that my UPS driver, Todd, came up the drive with the horn a honking to deliver the first books.  It was January 30, 2018 to be exact.  The sun was shinning brightly or I was just too excited to take the photo.

I unpacked the box and this is my first glance at the actual book and first time I got to hold it in my hands.

Stash Books/C&T Publishing did a fabulous job with the layout and photography of the book. When I open the book, I never tire of the inside front cover which includes my favorite chartreuse green.

Everyone has been so supportive like Leslie, our local quilt shop owner, Bernina We're In Stitches, threw a big book launch celebration party complete with a plus sign cake.

Blogging friends from all over helped to introduce the book by making a quilt from the book for the two week long blog hop taking place in March 2018 which started in this post and wrapped up in this post. Links to the quilts are also at the end of this post.

Modern Plus Sign Quilts is not only poplar with quilters, look who else is enjoying the book. Jennifer's (The Inquiring Quilter) cat knows a good read.

Modern Plus Signs Quilts in the Wild

It all felt real when I spotted Modern Plus Sign Quilts on the shelf of my local Pickens County Library nested between, non other than, Jinny Beyer and Eleanor Burns.

My friend, Anita, spotted Modern Plus Sign Quilts on the shelf at Powell's Books in Portland, Oregon when on her way to Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.

And, Dana, even found Modern Plus Sign Quilts at The Old Country Store in Intercourse, Pa.

Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along

The Modern Plus Sampler is wrapping up soon, with a reveal party (including tons of prizes) next month. You can find more information and a full pdf of the pattern (book required to make the quilt) right here.

I made this version of the Modern Plus Sampler from mostly Tula Pink fabrics.  

And, I will be sharing the Modern Plus Sampler made from Christa Watson's Fandangle fabric during the parade.  Here's a sneak peak.

Find Modern Plus Sign Quilts

I'm looking forward the birthday #2 for Modern Plus Sign Quilts.  

Now, enjoy all the quilts from the book and variations made by bloggers from the blog hop.