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MODERN BY

YARD

THE

5 FUN-TO-PIECE

PROJECTS

MEET

NEW DESIGNER

Amy

Friend

LEARN IMPROV

PAPER PIECING


from the

editor

Zip It Up

Trio

Love at First Sight

What attracts you to a quilting project? Is it the design? The colors?

The technique? Chances are, it’s a little bit of everything, including

that hard-to-describe initial impression of “I love it!” You’ll find plenty

of variety in this issue—from a big block quilt design to a super simple

table runner, and fun zippered pouches.

We’re also thrilled to introduce you to Amy Friend and her new

collection, Improv. Turn to p. 4 to learn more about Amy and her work,

see the entire fabric line on p. 27, and then play around with her improv

paper piecing technique in the Mod Triangles pattern on p. 6. And if

you’re new to paper piecing, don’t worry—we have a beginner’s guide

for you!

Browse through our Gallery beginning on p. 25 to see our latest

modern-leaning fabric lines (including those used in projects in this

issue!) and don’t miss the free pattern links on p. 24. Sit back with your

apple cider or pumpkin spice latte and enjoy all the inspiration this new

issue has to offer!

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Editor: Lisa Swenson Ruble

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Photographer: Sarah Daisy Photography

Tech Editor: Lucy Fazely

Volume 2, Issue 2

www.benartex.com

Have you checked out our website?

You’ll find all our latest fabrics (as well

as old favorites) organized by our three

studios: Benartex, Kanvas and Contempo.

We also have a wide variety of free quilt

patterns to download featuring our fabrics.

Follow us on social media:

Happy Sewing!

Susan

Susan Neill

Do you follow our blog?

Keep up-to-date on new fabric lines,

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contents

MODERN BY THE YARD

18.

25.

Fabric gallery

NEW COLLECTIONS

TO ASK FOR AT YOUR

LOCAL QUILT SHOP

Projects

6. MOD TRIANGLES

Amy Friend shares a simple

paper piecing design in

a cool palette

12. LET YOUR STAR SHINE

An oversized block within

a block!

16. ZIP IT UP TRIO

Who doesn’t love a zipper

pouch? We’ve got three

for you

4. DESIGNER PROFILE:

MEET AMY FRIEND

A look inside the

world of a modern

fabric and quilt designer

9. STOCK YOUR STUDIO

Ready, set shop! Fun finds

for your sewing room

23. SEWCIAL MEDIA

Inspiring sites, feeds and

boards that we’ve found

20. FALL FLEURISH

This table topper pairs rich

prints with negative space

Features

2. EDITOR’S NOTE

24. PROJECT GALLERY

Add these free quilt

patterns to your sewing

to-do list

32. LOOKING FOR MORE?

Keep in touch and

don’t miss an issue of

Modern by the Yard

On the cover AMY FRIEND PLAYS WITH PAPER PIECING IN HER

MOD TRIANGLES QUILT.

3


MEET

AMY

FRIEND

This blogger and designer is

one of the faces of modern quilting.

Anyone who has ever had young children can

appreciate the name of Amy Friend’s blog, During

Quiet Time. Stealing those precious minutes while

the kids are napping, or having “quiet time” to do

something for yourself—it’s feels both deserved and

luxurious at the same time. Starting in 2009, Amy used

her kids’ nap and rest time to sew, jumping right into

the modern quilting aesthetic and the blogging world.

“Traditional quilting never drew me in, but I loved the

graphic, bold designs” of modern quilting,” she says.

Quilting: A Natural Fit

A self-taught quilter, Amy studied studio art and art

history in college, and always enjoyed the repetitive

design of print making. Prior to having kids, she

worked as a museum curator. Now the collections she

works with are closer to home—she’s the author of two

quilting books, Intentional Piecing and Improv Paper

Piecing (Lucky Spool Media, 2016 and 2017), a variety

of commercial patterns, and her newest venture,

a fabric line with Contempo Studio.

Amy’s designs are primarily paper pieced, and her

focus the last few years has been on improv paper

piecing. “Paper piecing has so much design potential.

I sketch a shape, and then use paper piecing to repeat

it,” she says. “Then I’ll often rotate the blocks or use

negative space to create a more modern layout.” Amy

designed the Mod Triangles quilt for this issue using

improv paper piecing techniques.

Improv, Amy’s fabric collection, fits in perfectly with

her style. “I tend to work in a minimal palette, and

I wanted to create a few little subgroups—grays,

peaches, citron, and burgundy with rose,” she says. The

prints began with doodles Amy creates while on the

phone—cross hatch sketching, triangles, and little mole

hills. She chose designs with paper piecing in mind—

the molehole hill print could work for shingles, scales,

and grass—little detailed areas in larger designs. Many

of the prints feature asymmetry and negative space

for a more modern feel. Having Improv fabrics in

hand has helped Amy come full circle in her quilting.

“I always enjoyed the whole process of completing a

quilt. This added the last step—a quilt made in my own

fabric designs, using my design.”

Visit Amy’s website: Duringquiettime.com

Read a longer interview with Amy here.

4


“Caged” uses light

and dark prints in gray

and rose to create

a three-dimensional

looking quilt.

(Top) “Coneflower

with Butterfly”

pillow beautifully

showcases the

Improv fabrics in

a detailed paper

piecing design.

(Bottom) Amy’s Owl

Pillow is included in

her Improvisational

Paper Piecing book.

A few of Amy’s Improv fabrics.

Improv is available in quilt shops

now. See the whole collection

on p. 27.

Tranquil is Amy’s free quilt

pattern, available here. Amy

says, “I was trying to bridge

the gap between a traditional

audience and modern quilting

in this design.”

5


ModTriangles

Paper piecing creates

perfect triangles that

twist and turn in your

own improv design!


Diagram 1

easy

3"

8-1/2"

A5

A5

Cut 8

rectangles

as shown

Diagram 1

3”

Designed by:

Amy Friend; During Quiet Time

Finished Size: 21-1/2" x 35-1/2"

Finished Count & Block Size: (15) 7" square

Fabric: Improv by Amy Friend for Contempo, Benartex

8-1/2"

3"

A5

A5

3”

3"

Cut 8

rectangles

as shown

8-1/2"

A5

Diagram 1

8-1/2"

A5

3”

A6

3"

A6

Cut 8

rectangles

as shown

Quilt Cut Layout 8 Diagram

rectangles

as shown

Materials

• 1-1/2 yards White/Citron Screen (#3605-09)

• 1/4 yard Dark Gray Triangle Toss (#3604-11)

• 1/4 yard Citron Beans Crosshatch (#3601-43)

• 1/2 yard Citron Twisted Screen, includes

binding (#3603-43)

• 3/4 yards backing fabric

• 27" x 41" piece of batting

Cutting/Preparation

From White/Citron Screen:

(8) 5" x 6" pieces (A1)

(16) 9" x 8-1/2" pieces (A5 and A6)

(15) 2" x 8" pieces (A7)

From Dark Gray Triangle Toss:

(9) 1-1/2" x 6" pieces (A2)

(9) 1-1/2" x 7" pieces (A3)

(9) 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces (A4)

From Citron Beans Crosshatch:

(7) 5" x 6" pieces (A1)

From Citron Twisted Screen:

(6) 1-1/2" x 6" pieces (A2)

(6) 1-1/2" x 7" pieces (A3)

(6) 1-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces (A4)

(4) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding

Download the foundation pattern here. Make 15 copies.

(Double check the size—the block should measure 7-1/2"

square, including the printed seam allowance.)

Make the Blocks

1. Position (2) 9" x 8-1/2" White/Citron Screen pieces

right sides up and (2) right sides down. Cut through

this stack with the ruler positioned 3" from the upper

left corner and 3" from the lower right edge. Repeat

(4) times to make a total of 32 cut pieces. These cut

pieces minimize waste for sections A5 and A6.

A6

3"

3”

Diagram 2 Diagram 3

2. Starting with (1) White/Citron Screen A1 piece and

rectangles

(1) Citron Twisted A6 as Screen shown A2 piece, begin paper

A6 Diagram 1

Cut 8

piecing Block #1. (See p. 8 for more information rectangles on

3"

A6 as shown

paper piecing.) Continue working in number order,

3”

using Citron Twisted Screen A3 and A4 pieces and

Diagram 4 Diagram 5

White/Citron Screen A5, 3” A6 and A5 A7 pieces. Trim

Cut 8 pieces

Diagram 2 Diagram 3

block to the 1/4" seam allowance as as indicated shown on the

A5

foundation. Make a total

Diagram

of (3)

1

#1 Blocks.

8-1/2"

8-1/2"

Diagram 1

Cut 8

3. In the same way, use Dark Gray Triangle 3" Toss A2, A3,

3"

and A4 pieces, and White/Citron Screen A1, A5, A6

and A7 pieces to make Block A6 #2. Make Cut a 8 total of (5)

Diagram 2 Diagram rectangles 3

#2 Blocks.

4. In the same way, use Citron Beans Crosshatch A1

pieces, Dark Gray Triangle Toss A2, A3, and A4

pieces, and White/Citron Screen A5, A6 and A7

pieces to make Block #3. Make a total of

(4) #3 Blocks.

3"

Diagram 2 Diagram 3

3"

3"

A53"

Cut 8

rectangles

A5

as shown

Diagram 4 Diagram A6 5

Cut 8 pieces

Diagram 2

Diagram 4

A6 3” as shown

Diagram 5

8-1/2"

8-1/2"

3”

Diagram 3

Diagram 4 Diagram 5

Diagram 4

A6

as shown

Diagram 2 Diagram 3

Diagram 4 Diagram 5

7


Diagram 1

A6

A3

A5

A6

A2

A3

A5

A2

A1

A1

A4

A7

A2

A1

A4

A7

A6

A3

A5

A6

A2

A1

A6

A6

A3

A5

A3

A5

A2

A4

A1

A1

A4

A4

A7

A7

A6

A3

A2

A4

A7

A3

A5

A2

A1

A4

A7

A4

A7

A6

A6

A3

A5

A3

A5

A2

A2

A6

A5

A1

A1

A7

A4

A2

A3

A5

A3

A1

A2

A5

A1

A1

A4

A4

A7

A4

A4

A7

A6

A1

A7

A6

A6

A3

A5

A2

A1

A1

A4

A7

A2

A1

A6

A3

A5

A6

A3

A5

A6

A2

A3

A5

A2

A1

A1

A4

A7

A4

A7

A6

A3

A5

A3

A5

A2

A2

A1

A1

A4

A7

A6

A3

A5

A3

A5

A1

A2

A1

A4

A4

A7

A7

A2

A6

A6

A2

A3

A5

A2

A1

A1

A4

A7

A4

A7

A6

A6

A3

A5

A3

A5

A2

A2

A1

A1

A4

A4

A7

A7

A6

A3

A5

A2

A4

A7

A7

A6

A6

A6

A3

A5

A3

A3

A5

A2

A5

A2

A2

A1

A4

A4

A4

A7

A7

A7

A6

A2

A6

A3

A5

A2

A1

A4

A7

A6

A3

A5

A6

A2

A3

A5

A2

A1

A4

A7

A2

A1

A1

A2

A3

A5

A2

A1

A6

A3

A4

A1

A7

A4

A7

A4

A7

A6

A6

A3

A6

A5

A3

A6

A3

A5

A2

A2

A1

A1

A1

A4

A4

A7

A7

A4

A7

A7

A6

A6

A3

A3

A5

A5

A2

A1

A4

A4

A7

A7

3

A5

Diagram 2 Diagram 3

3"

5. In the same way, use Citron Beans Crosshatch A1

A5

pieces, Citron Twisted Screen A2, A3, and A4 pieces,

and White/Citron Screen A5, A6 and A7 pieces to

3"

make Block #4. Make a total of (3) #4 Blocks.

Diagram 4 Diagram 5

A5

3"

Cut 8 pieces

as shown

Quilt Layout Diagram

A6

A6

Cut 8 pieces

as shown

Diagram 5

3"

Assemble the Quilt

Diagram 2 Diagram 3

1. Lay out the (15) blocks into (5) rows of (3) blocks

each, noting orientation of each block. Sew the blocks

into rows and join the rows to complete the quilt top.

2. Layer the backing right side down, batting and quilt

top right side up. Baste to secure the layers and quilt

as desired.

Diagram 4 Diagram 5

Diagram 1

Diagram 1

Diagram 2

sidebar diagram

3. Use the (4) 2-1/4" x 42" Citron Twisted Screen

strips to bind the quilt.

Quilt Layout Diagram

Paper Piecing

Primer

Here’s a refresher (or quick crash

course) on paper piecing.

A couple quick notes first:

• Position your fabrics right sides

together on the BACK side of your

foundation paper. You’ll be sewing

on the printed lines on the paper,

and sewing through the paper (on

top) and the layers of fabric.

• Shorten your stitch length. This

makes it easier to remove the

paper when you’re finished.

• Always check to ensure that your

cut fabric piece will completely

cover the intended area.

1. Position the A1 and A2 pieces

right sides together on the wrong

side of the foundation paper,

positioning the matching

Diagram 1

Diagram 5

raw edges

1/4" past

the printed line.

With the paper

side facing up,

stitch on the

Diagram 1

printed line.

2. Press the

fabrics open.

3. Fold the paper

back on the

stitched line

(so you won’t

be cutting it

off) Diagram and 3 trim

fabric 1/4"

past the next

stitching line.

Unfold the

paper so your

entire

foundation

shows again.

Diagram 5

Diagram 6

Diagram 1

Diagram 2

sidebar diagrams

Diagram 3

Diagram 1

Diagram 3 Diagram 2 Diagram 4

Diagram 2 1

Diagram 2

Diagram 3

Diagram 4

Diagram 5

Diagram 3

sidebar diagrams Diagram 2

Diagram 5

Diagram 3

4. Position the A3

piece right

sides together

on the A1/A2

pieces, aligning

raw edges.

With the paper

side facing up,

stitch on the

marked line.

5. Press the

fabrics open.

6. In the same

Diagram manner, 5 fold the

Diagram 4

paper back, trim

Diagram 6

Diagram7

sidebar diagrams

Diagram 3

Diagram 6

fabric Diagram to 1/4" 6 past

the next stitching

line, and then

position the A4

piece and stitch

in place. Continue

trimming fabric

and adding pieces

in numerical order.

Diagram 4

Diagram7

Diagram 5 4

Diagram 5

Diagram 6

Diagram7

Diagram 6

Diagram Diagram 4

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stock YOUR studio

1

2

MUST-HAVE PRODUCTS, BOOKS AND MORE

FOR THE MODERN QUILTER

3

4

Fussy Cutters

Club

1. Love Quilts, Will Travel

Southwest Modern by Kristi

Schroeder features 18 projects

inspired by the color and artistry

of the southwestern United States.

With gorgeous photos on location

and pages chock full of travel tips,

this book is as much a travel guide

and as a source for gorgeous quilt

patterns. Walk with Kristi through

her design process and step by step

sewing instructions. You’ll fall in love

with the quilts and so much more!

Luckyspool.com

2. Thread Love

If you’ve fallen in love with Amy Friend’s

Improv collection, you’ll be happy to

know that matching thread is available!

The colors in the Aurifil Improv Thread

Box blend beautifully—greys, peaches,

golds, rose, and chartreuse! The box

contains 12 50wt spools of 100%

Aurifil Cotton. Perfect for piecing and

quilting your future Improv project!

Aurifil.com

5

Angie

Wilson

A Boot Camp for

Mastering Fabric Play

14 Projects

3. She’s Got Precut Answers

Precuts…they’re so addicting to buy,

but then comes the hard part—you

need to decide what to make with

them! In her new book, Piece and

Quilt with Precuts, Christa Watson

offers easy and efficient tricks for

piecing quilt tops with precuts and

scrap fabrics. You’ll find 11 skillbuilding

projects for fabric you already

have. She also shares 18 machine

quilting motifs for walking foot, free

motion, and a combination of both

techniques. Sew much inspiration in

one book! (psst….watch for Christa’s

new fabric collection with Contempo

Studio later this fall!)

Martingale-pub.com

4. A Cut Above

It’s not just the name that’s cool,

though Rob Appell’s Man Sewing

Shark Applicutter Rotary Cutter

makes cutting applique pieces

(especially the small ones!) easier.

A precise 14mm blade cuts with

accuracy, and a soft grip helps you

control the blade with less effort.

Safety first: the cutter also includes

a safety fin for your finger and

a brightly colored cover for safe

storage! This cool tool is adaptable

for both right and left-handed cutters

Missouriquiltco.com

5. Join the Club!

The Fussy Cutters Club, that is. It’s

the title of Angie Wilson’s new book,

and an addicting way to play with fabric.

Angie helps you to look at your fabric

stash with fresh eyes and create a

collage of your favorite parts. The book

features 14 unique projects helping you

to piece with purpose and showing how

to fussy cut for color as well as design.

If you’re tired of your stash, this book

will help you see it in a new light!

Ctpub.com

9


MODERN

with a twist

Transforming traditional blocks

Color Flow Puzzle

Everyone

loves a

Nine-Patch!

by Debby Kratovil

Many traditional blocks can be traced to simple line drawings

inside a specific size square. The Washington Puzzle is

a Nine-Patch block with the lines drawn at a diagonal. This

truly is a vintage block traditionally sewn with odd sized

templates. I can imagine a quilter playing with paper and

pencil and drawing the four lines in this block. Then, she

cut it apart, added seams and sewed it back together. Funky

templates for sure, but it creates a wonky, modern look!

Old Design, New Method

My technique, which I call Magic Stax, goes back about

15 years when I, too, played with line drawings of traditional

blocks. I drew this block on the paper side of freezer paper.

Then, because the Washington Puzzle is comprised of nine

unique patches/fabrics, I cut nine 10-1/2" squares of the

luscious rainbow of colors in Caryl Bryer Faller-Gentry’s

Color Flow fabric collection (love these prints!). I stacked

them and ironed the freezer paper to the top. (This technique

would work with any size square.) Because I was cutting

through nine layers of fabric, I used a new rotary cutter blade

and a larger cutter. Four cuts and you’re done cutting! Shuffle

the patch piles as shown in the diagrams and you end up

with nine layers of patches, every layer with nine different

fabrics! Wonky-looking blocks, ready to sew.

Color Flow Puzzle

Finished Quilt Size: 39-1/2"

A bright but more traditional

Washington Puzzle quilt.

Finished Block Size: 8-1/2"

Note: To make the quilt shown, you will need (2) sets of (9) squares

in order to get the needed (9) blocks with (5) tilting left and (4) tilting

right. You’ll have pieces left to make an additional (9) blocks.

Materials

• 3/8 yard each of (9) Color Flow prints:

Poppy (#1099-19), Fuchsia (#1099-28),

Gold (#1099-33), Chartreuse (#1099-41),

Green (#1099-44), Teal (#1099-54),

Blue (#1099-55), Purple (#1099-66) and

Flame (#1099-73)

• 1/3 yard Color Flow Cloud (#1099-09)

• 1/2 yard Color Flow Gray (#1099-13)

• 1-1/4 yards backing fabric

• 42" piece of batting

• Freezer paper

Cutting/Preparation

From each 1/3 yard cut:

(2) 10-1/2" squares

From each of the Green, Purple, Gold and Fuchsia:

(1) 5-1/2" x 15-1/4" piece

From each of the Poppy, Blue, Flame, and Chartreuse:

(1) 5-1/2" x 20-1/4" piece

From the Cloud:

(2) 1-1/2" x 30" strips

(4) 1-1/2" x 28" strips

(6) 1-1/2" x 9" pieces

From the Gray:

(5) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding

Make the Blocks

1. Cut a 10-1/2" square of freezer paper. Find and mark

the mid-point of each edge and label A-D on the

paper side of the square as shown. Draw a line from

A to the bottom right corner. Draw a line from B to

10


D

B

D

B

the bottom left corner. Draw a line from C to the top

Diagram 1

left corner. Draw a line from D to the top right corner.

C

the rows into the block. Trim to measure 9" square.

C

Diagram 4

D

A

A

Diagram 2

Diagram 3

D

B D

B

C

C

Diagram 1

Diagram 2

Diagram 1

Diagram 3

2. Iron the marked square to right side of (1) 10-1/2"

fabric square. Stack (8) different color squares

3

underneath, right sides D up. This will be 2 your B Dcutting

9

guide. Cut from A to the bottom right corner. 4Cut

1

from B to the bottom left corner. Cut from C to the

Diagram 4

8

C

top left corner, and cut from D

C

to the top right 5 corner.

6

Move stacks away from each other; 7you’ll have

(9) piles of patches.

Diagram 2

A

A

Diagram 3

B

9

8

2

1

3

Diagram 4

5. Repeat to make (4) additional

6

left-tilting blocks.

7

Note: You have fabric cut to make (4) more.

4

5

6. Mark a second freezer paper square as shown in the

Mirror Image diagram below. Use this for the second

stack of 9 squares and repeat steps 2-5, making (4) right

tilting blocks. (You’ll have Diagram fabric 5 cut to make (5) more.)

Diagram 4

9

Diagram 5

8

2

7

1

3

6

4

Assembly

5

Diagram 5

1. Lay out the (9) block alternating with (6) 1-1/2" x 9"

Cloud pieces into (3) rows of (3) blocks and (2) strips

each. Sew the blocks and pieces into rows.

D

Diagram 2

gram 4

A

Diagram 1

Diagram 2

A

3. To rearrange the Diagram patches 4 and create the blocks, begin

with the center stack (position #1). Move the top

fabric to the B bottom D of the stack. B Move to the stack

in position #2. Move the top (2) fabrics to the bottom

of the stack. Move to position #3 and move the top

C

(3) C fabrics to the bottom of the stack. Continue,

moving one more fabric piece in each stack. When you

are finished, all the patches in a single layer will be a

Diagram 3

different fabric.

9

8

2

7

1

Diagram 3

4. Sew the pieces together just like an ordinary

Nine-Patch. Sew the top (3) pieces into a row. Press

Diagram 5

seams AWAY from the center. Sew the middle (3)

patches and press TOWARD the center. Sew the

bottom (3) patches and press AWAY from center. Join

3

6

4

5

2. Sew the rows together alternating with

(4) 1-1/2" x 28" Cloud strips.

Diagram 5

3. Sew the 1-1/2" x 30" Cloud strips to the sides.

4. Sew the 5-1/2" x 15-1/4" Green and Purple pieces

short ends together. Sew the 5-1/2" x 15-1/4" Gold

and Fuchsia pieces short ends together. Sew the

pieced strips to the sides of the quilt.

5. Sew the 5-1/2" x 20-1/4" Poppy and Blue pieces short

ends together. Sew the 5-1/2" x 20-1/4" Flame and

Quilt Assembl Diagram

Chartreuse pieces short

ends together. Sew the

pieced strips to the top

and bottom of the quilt.

6. Layer the backing,

batting, and quilt top

right side up. Baste

the layers together

and quilt as desired.

Use the (5) 2-1/4" x 42"

Gray strips to bind

the quilt.

Quilt Assembly Diagram

11


let your

Star Shine

Piecing a framed

border adds extra

sparkle to this

double star quilt.


intermediate

Designed by: Sandra Walker; mmmquilts

Finished Size: 36" square

Fabric: Bree by Nancy Halvorsen and

Colors for Quilters Solids for Benartex

Make the Quilt

1. Lay out (2) 3-1/2" navy dot and (2) 3-1/2" aqua dot

squares as shown to make a four-patch. Sew the

squares into rows and join the rows to make the

center four-patch unit.

Diag

Materials

• 1/2 yard Dot Circle Orange, includes binding

(#2134-22)

• 5/8 yard Multi Paisley Navy (#2132-11)

• 1/2 yard Tiny Dot Aqua (#2137-24)

• 1/2 yard Tiny Dot Blue (#2137-50)

• 3/4 yard Colors for Quilters White Solid

(#3000H-9)

• 1-1/4 yards backing fabric

• 42" square of batting

Cutting

From the Dot Circle Orange:

(4) 4" squares

(4) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding

From the Multi Paisley Navy:

(8) 9-1/2" squares

From each of the Tiny Dot Aqua and Tiny Dot Blue:

(2) 4" squares

(2) 3-1/2" x 18-1/2" strips

(1) 3-1/2" x 15-1/2" strip

(1) 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" strip

(1) 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" strip

(3) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces

(2) 3-1/2" squares

From the White Solid:

(4) 6-1/2" x 18-1/2" pieces

(4) 6-1/2" squares

(4) 4" Diagram squares 4

(4) 3-1/2" squares

Diagram 1

2. Draw a diagonal line across the wrong side of (1)

Diagram 4

4" white square. Lay right sides together on (1) 4"

orange square. Sew ¼” on either side of the drawn

line, cut on the line and press open. Square to

3-1/2". Make (8) half-square triangle (HST) units.

Diagram 2

3. Sew (2) HST units together as shown to make a star

Diagram 5

point pair. Make (4).

Diagram 2 Diagram 3

Diagram 4

Diagram 5

Diagram 2

Diagram 3

4. Sew star point pairs to opposite sides of the

four-patch unit. Sew 3-1/2" white squares to both

ends of the remaining star point pairs. Sew to the

top and bottom of the four-patch to complete the

block center.

diagram 7

diagram

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Diagram 4

Diagram 5

opposite end. Make a total of (4) flying geese units;

(2) with navy dot strips and (2) with aqua dot strips.

diagram 6

diagram 6

Diagram 4

5. In the same way, make (4) 3-1/2" square HST units

using 4" aqua dot and 4” blue dot squares.

diagram 6

6. Position the block center with the aqua dot

squares in the upper left and lower right. Sew

(1) 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" aqua dot strip to the top of the

block center. Sew the (1) 3-1/2" x 12-1/2" blue dot

strip to the bottom of the star.

Diagram 2 Diagram 3

7. Sew (1) aqua/blue dot HST to the end of

(1) 3-1/2" x 15-1/2" blue dot strip as shown.

Sew a second HST to the end of

(1) 3-1/2" x 15-1/2" aqua dot diagram strip. Sew 7 to

the top and bottom of the block center.

Diagram 5

quilt assembly diagram

Diagram 5

diagram 8

8. Sew (1) 3-1/2" x 18-1/2" blue dot strip lengthwise

diagram to (1) 6-1/2" 6 x 18-1/2" white strip. Make (2) strip

sets. In the same way, make (2) aqua dot and

white strip sets.

Diagram 6

diagram 7

10. Sew (1) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" blue dot piece to one side

of (1) 6-1/2" white square. Sew (1) 3-1/2" x 9-1/2"

blue dot piece to an adjoining side to make a single

color corner unit. In the same way, make an aqua

single color corner unit.

diagram 7

diagram 8

ram 7

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9. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of each

9-1/2" navy paisley square. Noting orientation,

position a marked square on one end of a blue dot/

white strip set. Stitch on the drawn line, trim seam

allowance to 1/4", and press open. Repeat on the

Diagram 7

diagram 8

11. Sew (1) blue 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" piece to (1) 6-1/2"

white square. Sew (1) aqua/blue HST unit to (1)


3-1/2" x 6-1/2" aqua dot piece. Make (2) double

color corner units, noting the different orientation

for each.

diagram 8

Assemble the Quilt

1. Lay out the (4) corner units, (4) flying geese units,

and block center into rows. Join the units into rows

and sew the rows together to complete the quilt top.

Press. The quilt top should measure 36-1/2" square.

2. Layer the backing right side down, batting and quilt

top right side up. Baste to secure the layers and

quilt as desired.

Diagram 8

3. Use the (4) 2-1/4" x 42" orange strips to

bind the quilt.

quilt assembly diagram

Quilt Assembly Diagram

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Zip It Up Trio

Transform brightly colored prints and matching zippers

into playful pouches in a variety of sizes.


easy

Designed by:

Lisa Swenson Ruble; Love to Color My World

Finished Pouch Size: 11-1/2" x 9-1/2" (large);

8" x 8-1/2" (medium); 7" x 4-1/4" (small)

Fabric: All’s Wool that Ends Wool from Kanvas

2. Position the (2) 9" flange pieces on opposite sides

of the 5-1/4" x 9" sheep piece, matching raw edges.

Baste in place.

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

Diagram 1 Diagram 2

1/2"

detail

Large Pouch

Diagram 3

Materials

• 1/2 yard Woolly Bully Hydrangea (#8709-50)

• 1 fat quarter Sheep Thrills Cream/Multi

(#8705-07)

• 1/2 yard On the Lamb Rust (#8710-88)

• Fusible fleece

• 14" or longer coordinating color zipper

Diagram 5

Cutting/Preparation

From the Woolly Bully Hydrangea:

(2) 5" x 9" pieces

(2) 4" x 5" pieces

(1) 11" x 14" piece (backing)

From the Sheep Thrills Cream/Multi:

Fussy cut (1) 5-1/4" x 9" piece (to center sheep)

Fussy cut (1) 5-1/4" x 4" piece (to center sheep)

From the On the Lamb Rust:

(1) 12" x 10" piece (back lining)

(1) 2-3/4" x 12-1/2" piece (front top lining)

(1) 7-3/4" x 12-1/2" piece (front bottom lining)

(1) 1" x 42" strip

From the fusible web:

(1) 14-1/4" x 9” piece

(1) 14-1/4" x 4" piece

(1) 11" x 14" piece

press flanges away from center

Diagram 4

Diagram 2

3. Position 5"

Diagram

x 9"

1hydrangea squiggle pieces

Diagram

on

2top

of the flange pieces and stitch. Press 1/2" with flange

pointed toward the hydrangea pieces to complete

the bag bottom. Fuse the 14-1/4" x 9" fleece piece

to the wrong side. Quilt as desired and trim to

measure 12-1/2" x 7-3/4", making sure to center

sheep from top to bottom.

Diagram 3

Diagram 6

Diagram 1 Diagram 2

Diagram 5

1/2"

Diagram 3

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

Diagram 3

Diagram 4

Diagram 4

press flanges away from center

detail

4. Repeat -1- steps 2-3 using the 4" x 5" hydrangea

squiggle pieces, the 5-1/4" x 4" sheep print piece,

and the 4" flange strips to make the bag top. Fuse

the 14-1/4" x 4" fleece piece to the wrong side. Quilt

as desired and trim to measure 2-3/4" x 12-1/2",

press flanges away from center

making sure to center sheep from top to bottom.

-1-

Diagram 4

Diagram 6

detail

Making the Large Pouch

1. Press the 1" x 42" rust swirl strip lengthwise

wrong sides together to create a 1/2" wide flange.

Diagram 5

Cut (2) 9" pieces and (2) 4" pieces.

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

Diagram 1 Diagram 2

1/2"

Diagram 1

5. Fuse the 11" x 14" fleece piece to the wrong side

of the 11" x 14" Diagram hydrangea 6 squiggle piece. Quilt

as desired and trim to measure 12" x 10". Baste

12" x 10" rust swirl lining right side up on fleece.

6. Lay the front bag bottom right sides down on

right side of one edge of the zipper tape and pin in

place. Position the 12-1/2" x 7-3/4" rust swirl strip

detail

Diagram 3

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press flanges away from center


Diagram Diagram 4 4

Diagram Diagram 5 5

on the back side of the zipper, sandwiching the

zipper, and pin in place. Stitch using a zipper foot.

Press open and topstitch 1/4" Diagram from 6 the zipper

Diagram 5

Diagram 6

Diagram 6

Diagram 7 Diagram 8

detail

Cutting/Preparation

From the teal swirl:

(1) 5" x 9" piece

(1) 3" x 9" piece

(1) 9" x 9-1/2" piece

From the multicolor balls:

(1) 8-1/2" x 9" piece (back lining)

(1) 7" x 8-1/2" piece (front bottom lining)

(1) 2-1/2" x 8-1/2" piece (front top lining)

(1) 2-1/2" x 9" piece

From the gold squiggle:

(1) 1-1/2" x 9" piece

From the fusible fleece:

(1) 8" x 9" piece

(1) 9" x 9-1/2" piece

detail

(1) 3" x 9" piece

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

Diagram 7 Diagram 8

Making the Medium Pouch

1. Sew together the 5" x 9" teal swirl piece, 1-1/2" x 9"

gold squiggle piece, and 2-1/2" x 9" multicolor ball

piece to make the front bag bottom. Fuse to wrong

side a 8" x 9" fleece piece. Quilt as desired and trim

to measure 8-1/2"

Diagram 9x 7".

Diagram 10

Diagram 7

Diagram 9 Diagram 10

9. With the zipper open halfway, layer the bag back

on top of the bag front, with lining sides out. Pin in

place and stitch around the outer edge using a 1/4"

seam allowance. Clip the corners and trim zipper

Diagram 8

ends. Zigzag stitch or serge the raw edges.

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

Medium Pouch

Materials

Diagram 11

detail

Diagram 10

Diagram 8

Diagram 12

• 1 fat quarter each: On the Lamb Teal (#8710-84),

Diagram 12

Woolly Balls Cream/Multi (#8708-07),

Woolly Bully Gold/Khaki (#8709-33)

• Fusible fleece

• 9" or longer coordinating color zipper

Diagram 11

Diagram 9

2. Fuse the 3" x 9" fleece piece to the wrong side

of the 3" x detail 9" teal swirl piece to make the front

bag top. Quilt as desired and trim to measure

2-1/2" x 8-1/2".

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

Diagram 12

7. Repeat step 6 with the front bag top, top lining, and

the other side of the zipper.

-1- -1-

8. Open the zipper halfway

Zipper

and

Tote

stitch

Trio

across

- Diagrams

both ends

of the zipper past the edge of the fabric.

10. Turn the zipper pouch right side out.

-2-

3. Fuse the 9" x 9-1/2" fleece piece to the wrong side

of the 9" x 9-1/2" teal swirl piece. Quilt as desired

and trim to measure 8-1/2" x 9". Baste 8-1/2" x 9"

multicolor dot lining right side up on fleece.

-2-

4. Lay the top of front bag bottom right sides down

on right side of one edge of the zipper tape and pin

in place. Position the 7" x 8-1/2" multicolor ball strip

on the back side of the zipper, sandwiching the zipper,

and pin in place. Stitch using a zipper foot. Press

open and topstitch 1/4" from the zipper.

Diagram 7 Diagram 8

detail

Diagram 9 Diagram 10

Diagram 10

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Diagram 11

detail

Diagram 12


Diagram 9 Diagram 10

5. Repeat step 4 with the front bag top, top lining, and

the other side of the zipper.

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

6. Open the zipper halfway and stitch across both

ends of the zipper past the edge of the fabric.

Diagram 11

detail

Diagram 8

Diagram 12

Making the Small Pouch

1. Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the 9" x 10"

stitch print piece. Quilt as desired and trim to

measure 8" x 9".

2. Lay 8" edge of quilted piece right side down on

right side of one edge of the zipper tape and pin in

place. Position the 8" x 9" multicolor balls piece right

side down on

Zipper

the back

Tote

side

Trio

of the

- Diagrams

zipper, sandwiching

the zipper, and pin in place. Stitch using a zipper foot.

Press open and topstitch 1/4" from zipper.

Diagram 13 Diagram 14

9 Diagram 10

Diagram 11

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

7. With zipper open halfway, layer the bag back on top

of the bag front, with lining sides out. Pin in place

and stitch around the outer edge using a 1/4" seam

allowance. Clip the corners and trim zipper ends.

Zigzag stitch or serge the raw edges.

Diagram 12

Diagram 13

Diagram 15 Diagram 16

3. Fold the quilted piece right sides together so 8"

edge is even with the far edge of zipper tape. Pin

in place. Fold the multicolor balls piece right sides

together so the 8" edge is even with the far edge

of zipper tape and quilted piece. With a zipper foot,

stitch all layers together.

Zipper Tote Trio - Diagrams

Diagram 13 Diagram 14

Diagram 13 Diagram 14

Diagram 15 Diagram 16

Zipper Tote Trio -

D

Diagram 13 Diagram 14

Diagram 17

Diagram 15

Diagram 15

Small Pouch

Materials

• 1 fat quarter Big Stitch Cream/Multi (#8706-07)

• 1 fat quarter Woolly Balls Black/Multi (#8708-99)

• Fusible fleece

• 9" or longer coordinating color zipper

Diagram 15 Diagram 16

-2-

Diagram 12

-2-

8. Turn the zipper pouch right side out.

4. Turn lining tube right side out so the multicolor

balls print

Diagram

is on

17the outside of the tube and the

stitch print piece is on the inside of the tube. Open

the zipper halfway. Stitch across both ends of the

zipper past the edge of the fabric. Diagram 17

-3-

Diagram 16

Diagram 17

Cutting/Preparation

From the big stitch print:

(1) 9" x 10" piece

From the multicolor balls:

(1) 8" x 9" piece

From the fusible fleece:

(1) 9" x 10" piece

Diagram 17

-3-

5. Fold the tube so the zipper is centered on one side.

Flatten bag and stitch on both ends 1/4" from the

seam allowance to make the bag. Clip the corners

and trim zipper ends. Zigzag stitch or serge the

raw edges.

6. Turn the zipper pouch right side out.

-3-

-3-

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easy

Fall

FLEURISH

A subtle stripe and simple

geometric design combine to

make a graphic statement.

Designed by:

Sarah Goer; Sarah Goer Quilts

Finished Size: 30-1/2" x 10-1/2"

Finished Count & Block Size: (5) 6" x 10"

Fabric: Fleurish and Colors for Quilters Solids

Make the Blocks

Use an accurate 1/4" seam allowance on all seams.

I prefer to reduce my stitch length and press seams

open for seams to lay flat.

1. Draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of (1) 3" Ivory

square. Place square right sides together with

(1) 3" Azure/Teal square. Sew 1/4" on each side

of the marked line, cut on the line and press both

units open. Trim each half-square triangle (HST) to

measure 2-1/2" square. Repeat with the remaining

3" Azure/Teal square, positioning the diagonal line in

Figure 1

the opposite direction as shown.

Figure 1

Materials

• 7/8 yard Quilt Block Solids Ivory, includes

binding and backing (#5398-1)

• 1/4 yard Fleurish Azure/Teal (#5619-54)

• 1/4 yard Fleurish Chestnut (#5619-77)

• 1/4 yard Fleurish Wine (#5619-86)

• 14" x 34" piece of batting

Figure 1

Diagram 1

Figure 2

2. Pairing HSTs so print fabric directionality matches, sew

together (2) pairs of HSTs Figure to 2 make a (2) point unit.

Figure 3

Cutting/Preparation

From the Quilt Block Solids Ivory:

(3) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding

(1) 14" x 34" piece for backing

(5) 2-1/2" x 4-1/2" pieces

(10) 3" squares

From the Fleurish Azure/Teal:

(2) 3" squares

(1) 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" piece, cut so stripes run lengthwise

(1) 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" piece, cut so stripes run lengthwise

From each of the Fleurish Chestnut and Fleurish Wine:

(4) 3" squares

(2) 2-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces, cut so stripes run lengthwise

(2) 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces, cut so stripes run lengthwise

Diagram 2

Figure 3

Figure 2

3. Sew point units to opposite sides of (1) ivory

2-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece. Add (1) 2-1/2" x 6-1/2"

Azure/Teal piece and (1) Figure 4-1/2" 4 x 6-1/2" Azure/Teal

piece to complete a block.

Figure 3

Figure 4

Quilt Assembly Diagram

Diagram Figure 4 3

Quilt Assembly Diagram

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Figure 3

4. Repeat steps 1-3 to create four more blocks,

two with Chestnut and two with Wine.

Assemble the Quilt

1. Layout the (5) blocks as shown. Sew the blocks into

a row to complete the quilt top.

Figure 4

Quilt Assembly Diagram

2. Layer the quilt backing right side down, batting and

quilt top right side up. Baste to secure the layers

and quilt as desired. Quilt shown features straight

line echo quilting around the beads and free motion

ribbons within each bead. Trim backing and batting

even with quilt top

3. Use the (3) 2-1/4" x 42" ivory strips to bind the quilt.

Quilt Assembly Diagram

1

2Negative

Super Size It…or…Turn It Inside Out!

Make a larger version of the runner on p. 20

(45-1/2" x 15-1/2") or reverse the colors.

Make the Larger Runner

From the Quilt Block Solids Ivory:

(4) 2-1/4" x 42" strips for binding

(5) 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" pieces

(10) 4" squares

From the Fleurish Azure/Teal:

(2) 4" squares

(1) 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" piece, cut so stripes run lengthwise

(1) 6-1/2" x 9-1/2" piece, cut so stripes run lengthwise

From each of the Fleurish Chestnut and Fleurish Wine:

(4) 4" squares

(2) 3-1/2" x 9-1/2" pieces, cut so stripes run lengthwise

(2) 6-1/2" x 9-1/2" pieces, cut so stripes run lengthwise

into Positive

Sarah’s runner makes use

of negative space—what

would traditionally be the

background (the solid

cream) is instead used for

the shapes. For a different

look, you can swap the

colors and let the “beads”

pop with color instead.

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Sewcial Media

Who do you follow? Between blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and more,

there’s so much inspiration at our fingertips! We’ll introduce you to a few of our favorites.

>

Auribuzz

Aurifil’s blog, Auribuzz, is a

treasure trove of eye candy,

inspiration, and industry news.

You’ll see their latest color

collections—many coordinate

with designers’ fabric lines.

You’ll also find designer

profiles, tutorials, and tips.

FB: Quilt Design A Day

This prolific group, known as

QDAD, exists to encourage

quilters to design a little bit

(15-20 minutes) each day.

Whether you join just to look

or use the page as inspiration

to grow your designing skills,

you’ll find plenty of fun here!

Shannon Fraser

Designs

Have you heard of the

100 Day Project? It’s a

free global art project that

started last April. (check out

#the100dayproject). Shannon

just finished the finished quilt

from her challenge. Browse her

site to see more of her work!

IG: Amanda Murphy

Design

We’ve mentioned Amanda on

this page before, but if you’re

not following her on IG, you’re

missing out on some gorgeous

eye candy! Amanda has two

new collections coming out

this fall—Meadow Dance and

Winter Games.

Pinterest:

Modern Quilts

Two familiar names in quilting

are Alex Anderson and Ricky

Tims. While their show and quilts

cover a range of techniques

and styles, we know you’ll like

their Modern Quilts Pinterest

board—a little wonky, a little

improv, and a lot of design!

The Midnight Quilt

Show

It’s entirely possible that

The Midnight Quilt Show,

featuring Angela Walters, was

created with all of us night-owl

quilters in mind. This YouTube

series features a different

quilt each week. Watch

(and sew) in your pajamas!

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Project

Gallery

Perfect Harmony

Fabric: Bree

Designer: Heidi Pridemore

Click here to download

Inspiration from

your screen to

your sewing room!

Paint Box

Fabric: Shadow Blush

Designer: Benartex Studio

Click here to download

You can never have too many

quilts on your to-do list!

Browse through these free

quilt patterns, all available

on our website. Print your

Fly Away Home

Fabric: Zentastic

Designer: Benartex Studio

Click here to download

favorites, do a little fabric

shopping, and start sewing!

Bitmap Fleurish

Fabric: Fleurish

Designer: Benartex Studio

Click here to download

Meadow Paths

Fabric: Meadow Dance

Designer: Amanda Murphy

Click here to download

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fabric

gallery

COLOR & WHIMSY

ON PARADE

We truly have a little something for everyone here! There’s the fun fabrics: yarn-themed

novelty prints (love those swirl and squiggle coordinates!) and a mod baby line with cool

geometric prints. The mini prints: sketched cross hatches, triangles, dots and whimsical

paisleys. Rich color: textured prints in a rainbow of colors. And even a little outside-the-box

Christmas! Whatever speaks “modern” to you, chances are you’ll find it here!

Turn the page to check out our favorite new print collections on these gallery pages. Each

page shows the full line of fabrics offered; use the provided links to visit our website and

put a name and SKU to your favorites!

ALL’S WOOL THAT

ENDS WOOL

IMPROV

BREE

COLOR FLOW

KOALA BABY

MERRY LITTLE

CHRISTMAS

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ALL’S WOOL THAT ENDS WOOL

by Kanvas Studio

Even without the rows of fun multicolored sheep, this collection is stuffed with

colors and patterns! Swirls? Check. Squiggles? Check. Dots and checks? Check.

While these fabrics were originally designed with knitters in mind, fabric artists of

all types (hello, modern quilters!) will have fun playing with these prints.

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See a project using All’s Wool that Ends Wool on p. 16.


IMPROV

by Amy Friend

Modern fabrics designed by a modern quilter—that’s what makes Improv so

appealing! Designer Amy Friend created a variety of geometric prints in a cool

palette of citron, salmon and gray. Which mini print do you like best? Molehills,

crosshatch beans, twisted screen, or triangle toss? They’ll all work beautifully in

your next quilt.

See a project using Improv on p. 6 and read more about Amy on p. 4.

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BREE

by Nancy Halvorsen

Nancy’s well-loved vibrant and cheery color palette goes modern with trendy paisleys,

orange peel prints, and tiny dots. Pair these prints with a white or light solid to create

a modern design using classic blocks. Nancy’s love of applique means this fabric line

has a variety of shades of each color—ideal for gradation and shaded quilts.

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See a project using Bree on p. 12.


COLOR FLOW

by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry

Tonals with tons of texture...that’s what you’ll find in Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s

new collection, Color Flow. Based on Caryl’s hand painted fabrics, the organic

patterns are created by scrunching wet fabric so the color flows. Available in 20

rich color combinations.

See a project using Color Flow on p. 10.

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KOALA BABY

by Kanvas Studio

Adorable koala babies serve as the focal print in a collection of cool geometric

coordinates. What we love almost as much as the prints—dashed rectangles and

half-circles—is the color palette. Yes, you’ll find pink and blue, but with a twist. The

blue is mixed with lime greens, periwinkles, and gray, and the pink is paired with

citron, yellow, and taupe. Modern baby, modern palette.

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MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

by Holly Helgeson

Christmas doesn’t have to be red and green. Go modern with lime, fuchsia, and teal

in a contemporary Christmas collection. Triangle trees and mod reindeer mixed

with snowflake-inspired prints, ornaments, and a ribbon and bow print. It’s holiday

with attitude!

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