I posted a photo on Instagram last week about the arrival of this very fun publication that I was invited to participate in!
It has been so cool to be listed in ModBlock 3 with my friends and acquaintances Amy Smart, Heather Jones, Alexia Abegg, Shea Henderson and a slough of other fabulous designers I have not met yet, but hope to someday!
Be prepared to look at a lot of quilts in this post. I had a hard time not just posting them ALL!! They were all wonderful.
I was first introduced to Mod Block (magazine? book? I can’t really tell) by my good buddy Rob Appell, Mr. Man Sewing himself! Rob got me in contact with the good people at Missouri Star Quilt Company, and through a series of emails and design proposals, they accepted my pattern Flowers for Shirley, named for my mom of course.
I based Flowers for Shirley on Jenny Doan’s Easy Diamonds Squared video. I took the basic concept and did some swirling and rearranging and came up with a somewhat Southwest Native American style “flower”….at least that’s how I see it.
I am not usually all that excited about pre-cuts (even though I do like their aesthetic for displays), but this pattern pretty much uses all 2 1/2″ strips. So I only needed two Grunge Jelly Rolls and some Robin’s Egg Moda Bella Solid Yardage and that was it. Pretty easy and the Jelly Rolls definitely made it quick to piece up!
Missouri Star Quilt Company did the quilting on it. The swirls are a nice contrast to the “blockiness” of the flowers. The quilt just came home a few weeks ago, I was waiting for my copy of the issue to get here in order to write this post.
Now to show you SOME of the quilts that I loved in this issue.
Here is Amy Smart’s Susannah on Steroids – the cover quilt. Loving that twist in the block and how the block’s background fades into the sashing.
And here is Heather Jones’ beautifully minimalist Oberlin. I Love how Heather can create such clean strong graphic quilts in her minimalist style. That element of Modern quilting definitely does not come naturally to me!
Next is a pillow companion piece to Hillary Sperry’s Bewitching quilt. Both are beautiful Modern interpretations of the traditional Cathedral Window pattern.
Now we have this stunning quilt, Blossom, by Alexia Abegg and Devon Iott of Cotton and Steel. Stunning blended florals with a soft oversize gingham and a modern little peach geometric print.
I love this one by Shea Henderson. Chopped Cheery-0 has all of those curves that I still have yet to really tackle. I find so many ways to avoid them. Maybe I will make this one someday?
I love simplicity of the pattern and the color scheme of this next quilt, Spring Bloom, by Jenny Doan. It’s done up in Kaufman solids Pink Flamingo, Ash, and White. The issue has a variation of the same pattern concept done up by Jenny’s husband Ron in Green, Black, and White with a totally different layout and look!
And the last photo for this post is this shot of Modern Plus by the two Elizabeths at Simple Simon and Company. I have always liked these giant plus sign quilts and this version looks nice and simple. Easy to get done when you are in a hurry for something stylish but fast.
That’s it for today’s post. Hope you enjoyed it. I really like all of the other quilts in the issue as well, but I can’t show you them all, I need to leave some mystery in the world you know.
Have a great weekend. Any big plans out there?? I have to work my day job and I have two big deadlines that are crushing me right now as well, so I’ll be sewing as long as I can stay awake.
Keep Sewing, Keep Happy,