Kona Modern Quilts

Happy Saturday everyone!! I am sure you have a busy holiday weekend ahead of you, so I appreciate you stopping in today. Today’s quilt is brought to you courtesy of the Robert Kaufman fabric company.

modern quilt made with kona modern quilts fabric

When I am quilting a quilt with a lot of little pieces and colors, I try to find some kind of reoccurring element within the quilt.  If I can find it, I always quilt it the same. I like to say it’s like the verse of a song, it adds some repetitiveness to the quilt. Around each center pieced block is a border, so I picked two designs (back and forth lines and squares) and alternated between the two.

modern quilting

Even though the “borders” are different colors, I quilted them the same.

robert kaufman fabric quilt

Another thing that I like to do when quilting busy quilts, is to highlight random pieces within the block. Quilting each little piece differently might overwhelm the quilt.

quilting busy quilts

I quilted a swirl all over except for a few random pieces. Just to add a bit of detail…..

dense modern quilting

I think it adds a custom touch to the quilt without overwhelming it!

This quilt was fun to quilt, but it isn’t exactly what it seems to be…..it was made using Kona Modern Quilts fabric from Robert Kaufman. This fabric line is kinda like a modern quilt cheater cloth….and I love it!!!! If you look back up at the quilt at the top, the blocks surrounded in white are pieced block. But the rest of the pieced sections are large pieces of the fabric.

In the picture below, the left side is the cheater cloth and the right side is actually pieced.

kona modern quilts fabric

I think it’s kinda hard to tell the difference!  When I am quilting for the awesome people at Robert Kaufman, I know that the most important thing about the quilt is the fabric. I want to make sure the quilting helps sell the fabric. To make that happen in this quilt, I quilted all of the blocks the using the same techniques….whether they were pieced or the “cheater” fabric. When the quilt is viewed in person, it is hard to tell which is which.

On a completely different topic, I am having a giveaway on my Facebook page. I have decided that my quilt studio is beyond help, so I am giving away a copy of the book, Organizing Solutions for Every Quilter. Head over there and leave a comment on the picture of the book telling me about your studio…..you never know, you just might be the lucky winner!

Happy Quilting!


The Bleachers Quilt and a giveaway!

Well, the patterns are officially in and I can finally blog about Bleachers, my first quilt pattern. Yay!!!

So without further ado…..

Bleacher quilt pattern cover- a modern quilt

Working through this quilt pattern was such a different experience for me! I am so pleased with how it turned out!

bleachers quilt pattern- a modern quilt

This version of the quilt was made by Carla……this is one of my favorites for sure!

a modern quilt pattern with longarm quilting

I was already envisioning how I would quilt it when I was drawing out the design. I can’t help it…..I am always thinking about the quilting!!!

modern machine quilting on bleachers quilt

I can’t claim credit for anything expect for the quilt sketch and the quilting. Shea wrote the stellar directions, designed the pattern layout and came up the idea of having the same layout for each quilt size. Which I think is a brilliant idea! I love how each version looks the same!

bleachers quilt pattern by empty bobbin patterns

Melissa made this blue version of the quilt which shows how versatile the quilt pattern is. Whether you want to make a baby quilt or a big one for the man in your life…this is the perfect quilt pattern.

It is available for purchase at the Fat Quarter Shop or you can check out Shea’s website to see a list of other retailers.

So…………. how about a giveaway? Leave a comment telling me which version of the quilt you like the best and you will be entered to win 1 of 2 patterns. I will draw a winner next Monday!


Good luck and Happy Quilting!

Deciding What to Quilt- Turning the tables

As much as I like to get on my blog and share what I am doing….I often get stumped when it is time to decide how to quilt a quilt. But usually, I can work through it and eventually come up with something. But this time, I am drawing a blank, a goose egg….a big fat zero!  So for this week’s installment of Deciding What to Quilt, I am turning the tables and asking you for your opinion!

How should I quilt this:

Cog + Wheel Pattern by: Denyse Schmidt

I tried to take a picture of the actual quilt, but the light is fading….so the pattern cover will have to do! I don’t want the quilting to be too swirly, I don’t want it to be only straight lines and I don’t want to quilt it like the pattern cover……so what do you think?

Just for giving me a suggestion, even if it is to say that you have no idea how you would quilt it, you will be entered in a drawing for 1 yard of Stockholm fabric designed by Robin Zingone, courtesy of Robert Kaufman fabrics!

I know, I know…I am shameless for hitting you all up for some ideas….but I am stumped!! And desperate times call for desperate measures!!

On a completely different side note, I love writing this blog and sharing quilting designs and tips. If you are inspired by something you have seen on here, please share the love! I came across a blog post by Teresa about a Love quilt that she quilted. She liked how I quilted the original one, so she quilted it the same and kindly linked to me. It really made my day! First, it lets me see that I am not just rambling to myself out here in cyberspace, it also helps me out by helping my blog reach more people. I am not saying that you have to, which is why I don’t even bother putting a copyright notice on my sidebar, but it sure would be appreciated if you did!!

Happy Quilting!

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