Abstract Garden Grows Wild (and a Giveaway!)

I am tickled pink to be part of the Abstract Garden frenzy with Benartex! Because Holy Yummy Colorful Goodness! Also? How cool is it that this is happening Valentine's week and the Benartex blog is called Sew in Love with Fabric? 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. [caption id="attachment_1158" align="aligncenter" width="640"] #mymodgarden featuring Abstract Garden...Read More

Freckled Turtle Party

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...Read More

Trimming Jagged Edges from Precuts

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 10x10 square into a 7" piece and a 3" piece. I set two...Read More

Modern Marks Blog Hop – (& Giveaway!)

Welcome to the first edition of Full Fabric Friday here at The District -- today it's also the Modern Marks Blog Hop, featuring Christa Watson's new line Modern Marks for Benartex! The Project - Churned Up with Modern Marks 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...Read More