When Christa told me her inspiration for designing Abstract Garden was so that she could get something to grow, I knew I had to create a flower explosion to show off just how much it could! And with her retro vibe it had to be a garden of yo-yos!
Meet Mod Garden! Christa’s unique sense of clean graphics and rich, bright, saturated colors just makes me happy. Super cheerful, every time.
So far, even though some things in my 2018 plan are underway, 2018 has been teaching me a lesson in slowwwing dowwwn — while adding things to my life (like this blog!). I’m definitely not 25 with the energy of three people anymore!
Because a lot of what I’ve been up to the past month has been behind the scenes or related to my “day job,” I’m super happy to be able to show you some of the things others have made with my Churned Up pattern, and to give you links to check out what else these three ladies are doing! If there’s one thing social media does right, it’s connecting quilters near and far! If you’ve been following me over on Instagram, you may have seen these.
(Formerly known as Granny Can Quilt) I enjoy her wit & sass. I feel like I’m chatting with her over our machines at a quilt retreat when I read her blog. You can also find her on Instagram as @freckledfoxquiltery. She went scrap-o-licious with these Churned Up quillows:
Stephanie made the full version of Churned Up with a lovely, soft 30s print. Check out her blog for some great mini quilt and block tutorials! You can also catch her over on Instagram as @quiltnparty. (Tip: Check out her Gypsy Wife! *swoon*)
The above link goes to Joanne’s Instagram page, and you can also catch her over on her Quilts by Joanne blog. Joanne is one of the angels among us. She quilts a lot for charity, and I couldn’t be happier that her groovy dark and bright Churned Up (which she made lap size!) is going to a worthy cause. Her version keeps making me want to say, “far out, man!”
A huge THANK YOU to each of these women for volunteering to make the pattern and write up such lovely reviews. I’m thrilled and humbled that they each enjoyed it so much and made these beautiful things that will go out and live in the world. That’s a new experience for me, and I like it! A lot!
You know those pinked (jagged) edges on precuts? I’m not a fan. Well, I get it, they keep the fabric from fraying, and that’s obviously good. But when it comes to cutting them or sewing them, I grouse around wishing for a straight edge!
I thought I’d show you how I went about eliminating those jagged edges when cutting for my Churned Up quilt with a pack of Benartex 10x10s of Modern Marks. I hope these tips help you when cutting for patterns that call for hacking up precut squares with jagged edges!
You’ll end up with sliver-trimmed bits like these:
I needed to cut the 10×10 square into a 7″ piece and a 3″ piece. I set two rulers side-by-side and checked for the sweet spot where I could get the sizes I needed with just a smidge of those jagged edges extending past those 7″ and 3″ lines. So long as 7″ fit on one side and 3″ fit on the other, I knew how much of the edges I could take off.
See how those edges extend past the 7″ mark and the 3″ mark?
Once you’ve established you can get the sizes you need, remove one of the rulers and make your first cut.
Updated to add (thanks to the suggestion by Yvonne @quiltingjetgirl): Before you take off those pinked edges, measure twice (thrice!) to ensure your trimming will leave you with a piece that measures the size you need. Not all precuts will allow for trimming–jelly rolls, particularly.
To trim the remaining edges and square up the pieces, place your ruler with the line on top of the fabric straight edge, checking to be sure you have enough of the jagged edge extending past your required measurement, and trim those edges!
When Christa offered me the opportunity to work with her debut line full of vibrant, saturated color and groovy prints, I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it. Immediately. I had been playing around with the concept of a deconstructed, tossed-up churn dash block for a few months, but hadn’t quite settled on a design. Modern Marks came along and it just clicked — Churned Up came together and all those bits fell into place. I love how it turned out with all that color!
Y’all, this fabric feels wonderful. So wonderful, in fact, that I have been sleeping with and cuddling with my finished quilt for a couple of weeks now without washing it first! I always give my quilts a wash after they’re finished, but this one is just so soft already that I might not for a long, long time. This was the first time I’d worked with Benartex fabrics exclusively on a quilt top, and I very much look forward to doing it again. I’ve worked with a lot of fabric lines, and this one is definitely in the top of its class.
And now, I have a confession: I have a favorite. My favorite print and colorway is the Half Ovals in Fuchsia. *swoon* She had me at pink and orange together. I bound Churned Up in it, and you can bet you’ll see it again in another quilt I make. The ideas are already swarming around.
Which is your favorite? Seriously. If you love color and crisp, fresh prints, you are going to lose it over this line when you get it in person.
Where to Buy
I picked up this list from Christa’s site, because I know you’ll want to get your hands on Modern Marks! You can also request your local quilt shop carry it!
And now for the giveaway details! Benartex is generously giving away a fat quarter bundle of 8-10 prints here at The Quilt District (and all the other 10 stops in the hop).
To enter, simply comment on this post and leave your email address (your address will not be displayed, but I’ll need it to contact you), and have a US address where Benartex can send your bundle.
And an EXTRA Giveaway!
To enter to win a free copy of Churned Upplus a pack of 10x10s of Modern Marks on Instagram:
If you’re new to me on IG, follow me there between now and 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 6th. If you already follow me there, comment on today’s IG Blog Hop post and tag a friend! (US only)
All entries must be received by 11:59 pm EST, Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
The winners will be selected using a random generator and announced on Thursday the 7th.
(more projects! more giveaways!)
If you haven’t already, make sure you pop in and visit each of the ladies on the hop — they have all made some beautiful things with Modern Marks!
First, I want to thank Christa for the opportunity to work with her and with Benartex. You made my year, Christa.
Second, HUGE thanks to my dear friend Jennifer Digiovanni, who proofed and tested her heart out. She rocks!
Third, this is the first quilt I have ever made that I did not quilt myself. (I know, somewhat blasphemous given Christa is the Queen of Quilting on the domestic machine!) I just didn’t have the time to do it justice. It needed to shine, and Kathy Nesler really made that happen. She gave this quilt beautiful movement!
And, last but not least, to my husband (should we call him Mr. District?) for wrestling with the quilt at the park on photo day!