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Strut Block & Quilt Pattern, February 2017

Asymmetry is featured in many modern quilt designs and is a hallmark of modern quilting. Use of intentional imbalance can lend real interest and uniqueness to a quilt layout. Be it with where the piecing is placed within negative space, or with block or color placement, there are many ways… Read More

Singularity, January 2017

"This quilt design was inspired by a graphic I saw years ago that looked like a large X in the center of a square. Paired with my love of the half-square triangle, I started playing around. Some math, some design work, and voila! I also love that I made this quilt, with all of its nuances, with one half-yard bundle, and due to the nature of the ombré fabric, it reads as so many different colors. It definitely took some time on the layout and consulting what I thought was the darker value (thanks black and white photo filter!), but it came together just as I imagined it." — Jenn Nevitt Read More

Burst, January 2017

  Color is one of the simplest and most effective ways of dramatically changing the look of a quilt. By trying new color palettes and finding color inspiration in the things you love, you can expand your use of color and come up with exciting and surprising results. In this… Read More

Mod Z, December 2016

  Creating movement in a quilt can be as simple as arranging elements to lead the eye around or across a quilt. We can do this with elements arranged within negative space, or by using a variety of block sizes to draw attention to different areas of the quilt. We… Read More

Lucky Cuff, December 2016

“This quilt is inspired by colorwork knitting patterns and my childhood love of Lucky Charms cereal. Being a knitter as well as a quilter, I enjoy the correlation between knitted and quilted rows. In knitting, we always have the restriction of the row, and it’s interesting to observe how knitters… Read More

Robbing Pete, November 2016

​Minimalism is the concept of extreme simplicity in design. It is the idea of distilling the design down to some of the most simple forms and shapes. In this Block of the Month lesson, we’ll learn how to use minimalism (along with other modern quilting design fundamentals) with impact to… Read More

Oh Happy Day, November 2016

Oh Happy Day is a playful exploration of traditional blocks in a very non-traditional layout. The design aims to create a feeling of transition from the upper left to the lower right with a feeling of movement and dissonance along the way. The quilt offers an opportunity to practice precision… Read More

Double T, October 2016

Changing the scale of a block can dramatically impact a quilt, and altering the scale of a traditional block is a fun and easy way to make a modern traditionalist quilt. In this Block of the Month lesson, you’ll learn how to increase or decrease a block’s size and use… Read More

Note to Self, October 2016

Things don’t have to be complicated to be interesting. One simple block takes on a different look depending on color placement and those shapes immediately surrounding it. Add in one solid square and one pieced block and the impact is quite significant. Note to Self is made up… Read More

Snapped, September 2016

“The Snapped quilt is an introduction to cropping and scale and large-scale piecing. There are only 12 blocks in this quilt, but they are 27 inches wide — so be warned! The quilt itself is a large card-trick block that has been ‘snapped’ in two pieces and rearranged asymetrically. The… Read More