Friday, 30 March 2018

MM 21 Project - Banners by Kristy Lea

Banners, a quilt by our very own Creative Director and the design wizard behind Quiet Play, features in Make Modern Issue 21. This quilt was designed to showcase the beautiful prints in the Project Dovetail collection, a collaborative collection by all the Michael Miller Fabrics designers.

Kristy uses her signature technique, foundation paper piecing, to create this quilt with precision. The centres of the stars are the perfect opportunity for fussy cutting, and the star points show off prints. This is a great example of how coordinating solids can extrend a collection of prints beautifully.

Make Modern Issue 21 Banners Kristy Lea modern quilting Michael Miller foundation piecing

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018

MM 21 Project - Ribbon Rings by Cathy Victor

The clever use of value is what makes this pieced quilt, Ribbon Rings by Cathy Victor of Me and My Mum Quilting so spectacular. The use of simple solids in a variety of shades gives depth and movement to each ring.

There's no tricky curved piecing but the illusion of it is definitely there. Even better, this pattern, which features in Make Modern Issue 21, is 2 1/2" strip friendly, so you can grab a solid strip pack and go to town. Cathy used the Dusty Pallette Roll Up and Elizabeth Hartman Paintbox Solids Roll Up, both by Kona Cottons for Robert Kaufman for her quilts.

Make Modern Issue 21 Ribbon Rings Quilt Cathy Victor Kona solids

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Monday, 26 March 2018

Meet the Maker - Jen Kingwell

There are very few Australian quilters who haven't heard of the iconic store, Amitie Textiles. And its owner, Jen Kingwell, is renowned the world over for her fabulously scrappy patterns and inspirational fabric collections.

We got to know Jen a little better in Issue 21 of Make Modern.

Make Modern Issue 21 modern quilter Jen Kingwell

 Here are five facts about Jen you might not know...
1. She may have taken up dress making, except for the fact it was frowned upon to mix 20 fabrics in one garment (our win!).
2. She started out small, buying the original Amitie Textiles store in the 1990s.
3. Her brands include the Amitie store, her patterns, her fabric, other designers in the Jen Kingwell Collective, and the Australian distribution of Aurifil thread and Quilter's Dream batting.
4. She is a die-hard scrap quilter, and the stock in Amitie and the fabric choices in her patterns represent this.
5. She wishes she had more time for actual sewing.

To find out more about her and Amitie, check out our feature in Maker Modern Issue 21.


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Friday, 23 March 2018

MM 21 Project - Floral Burst by Ashleigh Snigg

There's something extra special about Liberty of London's fabrics, and we adore how Ashleigh Snigg has used them in such a modern way in Floral Burst, a quilt pattern available in Issue 21 of Make Modern.

Ashleigh has taken tiny squares of Liberty and given them a big impact with a cool design and lots of negative space. It's the perfect way to showcase precious scraps you only have a teeny bit of.

Make Modern Issue 21 Floral Burst Quilt Ashleigh Snigg Liberty

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018

MM 21 Project - Eat Up!! by Katy Devlin

Katy Devlin of Lethargic Lass is one of Make Modern's most frequent contributors and her skill set extends way beyond quilt making. It's always nice to have hand sewn decor around your home - not only is it totally unique, it's also practical.

The Eat Up!! hot pads Katy made for Issue 21 of Make Modern are inspired by a retro diner theme and are beyond cute. They use the technique of sewing on iron on interfacing, which makes the task of sewing together all those little squares so much easier.
Make Modern Issue 21 hot pad pattern Katy Devlin


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Monday, 19 March 2018

Meet the Maker - Rachelle Denneny

We caught up with the lovely Rachelle Denneny of South Australia in Issue 21 of Make Modern, who's going to be teaching at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne in April.
Make Modern Issue 21 Modern Quilter Rachelle Denneny



Here are five fun facts about Rachelle you might not know...
1. She began quilting in 2001 and hasn't looked back.
2. She's only just got her very own sewing room.
3. She makes a special show quilt most years.
4. She quilts all her quilts on a domestic machine (for real!).
5. She has just developed her own ruler and coordinating patterns.

To find out more about her and see some of her award-winning work, check out our feature in Make Modern Issue 21.


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Saturday, 17 March 2018

Make Modern Back Issue Recap - Issue 12

For our newer readers, we're throwing back to one of our back issues each month so you can see what you've missed.

Of course, the beauty about Make Modern being digital is that you'll never miss out completely - all our full issues are always available to purchase on our website. We've also got bundle packages if you want to save time (and grab a hefty discount) by picking up a bunch at once.

Today we're throwing back to Issue 12, which featured a stack of great projects, including a recycled denim quilt, a sewing machine cover and table cosy, and some gorgeous applique, piecing and foundation paper piecing projects.

Digital quilting magazine project pattern

We also featured the amazing Karen Lewis of Karen Lewis Textiles, Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane and Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs. We learned all about needles, discovered that Batiks can be cool (yes, Lara, it's true!) and got lots of teeny tiny quilty eye candy with a recap of our MM mini mini quilt challenge.

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