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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Friday, 16 March 2018

MM 21 Project - Petals by Lesley Chaisson

Mini quilts are one of our favourite things - and this little classic is both a quick make and oh-so pretty. Petals, by Lesley Chaisson of Berry Birdy, is available in Issue 21 of Make Modern.

Rather than turning to time consuming applique to create the petal blocks, Lesley used clever piecing techniques to speed up the process.

Make Modern Issue 21 Petals Quilt Pattern Lesley Chaisson

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

MM 16 Project - No Regrets by Pam Cobb

The seam ripper or unpicker is the necessary evil of the quilting tool world - none of us would dare live without it but we hate using it.

Why not pay homage to everyone's most frustrating tool with this awesome wallhanging quilt, aptly named No Regrets, by Pam Cobb, of The Stitch TV Show, which is featured in Make Modern Issue 16. We love the applique centre and the wonky medallion style border and we're sure this quilt will be at home in any quilter's studio.

Make Modern Issue 16 No Regrets Pam Cobb Applique Modern quilting

This pattern is available in Make Modern Issue 16, which is available on our website as a back issue or in our popular bundle packages.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

MM 21 Project - Dogwood Blossoms by HollyAnne Knight

We're adoring the Dogwood Blossoms quilt by HollyAnne Knight of String and Story, available in Issue 21 of Make Modern.


There are so many beautiful traditional blocks out there, but sometimes you don't want to approach them in the traditional manner - HollyAnne took the traditionally appliqued Dogwood block and used specialty rulers to create a pieced version of it.  Pair it with a warm/cool colour scheme and you have the perfect springtime quilt.

Make Modern Issue 21 Dogwood Blossoms Pattern HollyAnne Knight

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Meet the Maker - Libs Elliott

We are totally fan-girling over catching up with the gorgeous and uber-talented Libs Elliott in Issue 21 of Make Modern!

Make Modern Issue 21 modern quilter Libs Elliott
 

Here are five facts about Libs you might not know...

1. She first learned how to quilt when she was in her 30s.
2. She designed a limited edition bottle for Absolut Vodka.
3. She doesn't know how many tattoos she has... or how many quilts she's made.
4. She uses computer coding to generate many of her quilt patterns.
5. Her newest range of fabric, When Sparks Fly, for Andover Fabrics, is available now.  

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

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

MM Project 18 - Dresden Circles by Sharon Holland

This is a soothing, calming quilt - between the pretty colours and the smooth circles, you can't help feeling relaxed when you're checking looking at our Dresden Circles quilt by the talented Sharon Holland, available in Make Modern Issue 18.

Dresden Circles features fabrics from Sharon's fabric collections for Art Gallery Fabrics, Tapestry and Gossamer. And the expanse of crisp white background just adds to the serenity of this quilt. It's deliciously soft and pretty and while it looks tricky, it's actually just Dresden circles pieced in two sizes, and then the background is pieced together.

Make Modern Issue 17 Dresden Circles Sharon Holland Modern Quilting

This pattern is available in Make Modern Issue 18, which is available on our website as a back issue, or in our popular bundle packages.
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Friday, 9 March 2018

MM 21 Project - Cross Stitch by Leanne Parsons

Scale can be such an effective design technique in modern quilting, which is evidenced beautifully in the Cross Stitch quilt, by regular MM contributor Leanne Parsons of Devoted Quilter and available in Issue 21 of Make Modern.

We love how Leanne uses near solid fabrics (it'd also look fabulous in solids or small scale tone on tone or geometric prints) in a classic colour scheme for great contrast.

Make Modern Issue 21 Cross Stitch quilt pattern Leanne Parsons
 
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Thursday, 8 March 2018

MM 15 Project - Glow by Samantha Green

There's something so distinctive about Bonnie & Camille fabrics - and it's hard to go wrong with them! Samantha Green nailed it with her Glow quilt, available in Make Modern Issue 15.

We love how she combined lots of prints but stuck to certain colourways for cohesion. The bold white solid breaks up the prints and provides movement across the whole quilt.

Make Modern Issue 17 Glow Samantha Green modern quilting

This pattern is available in Make Modern Issue 15, which is available on our website as a back issue or in our popular bundle packages.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018

MM 21 Project - Starburst by Jenn McMillan

We love EPP, and it's always nice to have a little hand sewing project on the go for when you're on the go yourself.

We're besotted by our cover quilt, this super sweet mini quilt/table topper by Jenn McMillan, available in Issue 21 of Make Modern. It's  is a great fast project that perfectly showcases color gradation (but is equally cute made scrappy!).

Make Modern Issue 21 Starburst Jenn McMillan quilt pattern EPP

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Craftsy Unlimited - Two Weeks for Just $1


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We've always loved Craftsy for its huge range of classes, which are the perfect way to learn new skills if you can't physically get to classes with the best teachers (which is most of us!).

 Fancy a lesson with the likes of Jacquie Gering, Cheryl Arkison, Angela Walters, Leah Day, Angela Pingel, Camille Roskelley, Weeks Ringle, Elizabeth Hartman, Amy Gibson or many more leading designers? Not to mention, you can take it in your PJs, while sipping wine, after the kids have gone to bed!  

But with over 1300 classes over plenty of creative genres, how do you choose the class you're looking for? The good news is, now you don't have to - the introduction of Craftsy Unlimited means you get full time access to all the Craftsy classes, as long as your subscription is current.

Subscriptions are normally $14.99USD a month (less if you grab an annual subscription up front), but right now, you can try two weeks for just $1 by signing up here (affiliate link).

With hundreds of amazing classes on offer (nearly 200 in quilting alone), you're sure to find a ton of useful information that'll improve your quilting skills on Craftsy

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Monday, 5 March 2018

Issue 21 Meet The Makers

We are so blessed to have so many wonderful contributors in each issue of Make Modern.

We'd like to introduce you to the talented pattern makers from Issue 21.

HollyAnne Knight
@stringandstory


Jenn McMillan
@jennmcmillan

Lesley Chaisson
@berry_birdy



Katy Devlin
@lethargiclass

Ashleigh Snigg
@ashbreedesigns



Cathy Victor
@catequilter

Kristy Lea
@quietplay

Jenn Nevitt
@mommysew

Leanne Parsons
@devotedquilter
Andree Faubert
@quiltinglearningcombo
Sheila Christensen
@mysteryquilter
 


Check out the preview of all their patterns below.



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Sunday, 4 March 2018

MM 17 Project - Granny Square by Melissa Marginet

We're throwing back to a favourite pillow pattern today - what's not to love about this gorgeous granny square inspired pattern by Melissa Marginet, available in Make Modern Issue 17.

Sometimes, it's the little details that make a project really pop - that's the case with this cushion. It's the heavy quilting that adds a whole new dimension to the design.

Make Modern Issue 17 Granny Sqaure Melissa Marginet solids modern quilting
This pattern is available in Make Modern Issue 17, which is available on our website as a back issue, or in our popular bundle packages.

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Saturday, 3 March 2018

Practicalities: Time Management for Quilters

Most quilters would take more time for their craft if they could. The reality is, for most of us, there are plenty of other commitments – like employment and family – fighting for our attention, so finding time to quilt comes down to making time for it. Here are some tips how.
This is an abridged version of our Practicalities feature in Issue 21 of Make Modern. To read the full article, get Issue 21 now!


interrogate where your time goes

We all get 1440 minutes in a day, the key is to look at how you’re spending your time. Block out the essentials then commit to spending some of the time leftover sewing.

schedule it

Once you’ve worked out what free time you have, it’s time to make some of it sacred sewing time.
This might mean finding time to attend a quilt group or class, or committing to time each day or week in front of the machine.

plan your projects

Having multiple projects on the go isn’t time effective as you lose time working out where you were up to and finding supplies. If this is you, it’s wise to take some time to assess your current WIPs, work out where you’re up to and develop a plan to work on them in a logical manner.

don’t over commit

Be realistic with how much time you have for quilting. Be mindful of deadlines – quilt related and rest-of-life related – and only commit to what you can actually complete with your sanity intact.

multitask

It'd be nice to have huge spaces of time to block out for sewing but this isn’t always realistic so learn to multitask. Start a hand sewing project to stitch on your commute, or if you love your TV shows, watch them as sew. And quilting and kids aren’t mutually exclusive: set up a space in your sewing space for the kids to play alongside you as you sew.

take babysteps

Accept that you mightn't have large blocks of sewing time and look at the progress you can make in small blocks of time instead. If you’re organised, you’ll find that these small blocks of time
can lead to big results. Try it - set a timer for 15 minutes and see how much you can get
done.

don’t sew when you’re tired

It’s so tempting to carve out a bit more sewing time at the end of a long day. Give it a go, but when you start making silly mistakes, it’s time to call it done. We're all responsible adults here, and it’s
important to make sure you don’t trade sleep for sewing too often – it’s probably not a viable excuse when you’re falling asleep at work.

put down the phone

Honestly, phones are such a time suck! It’s scary how much time you can waste staring at a screen – and that is time you can spend sewing. 

less = more

Having less of many things can mean more time for quilting. Less other hobbies or time
commitments, fewer supplies to organise and keep tidy, less WIPs and projects on the go – if you
can cut back on things like this, you can carve out more time for sewing.

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Friday, 2 March 2018

Make Modern Issue 21 Out Now

Now the dust has settled on the holidays, new year and back to school (for Australians, at least), I'm finally feeling like I'm getting into a sewing groove for the year.

And call me obsessive, but part of this includes getting organised for the year ahead - and this issue of Make Modern - which is in our subscriber's inboxes now, and available to buy here - is all about organisation.

We get into time management for quilters, with the goal of sneaking in extra minutes of sew-time each day. We take a look into other quilter's craft rooms, which always gives me great ideas for how to organise my space. And we look in depth at that often ignored aspect of quilting - documenting out quilts and our life as a quilter.

Make Modern Digital Quilting Magazine Issue 21

We also meet three incredibly inspirational makers - Jen Kingwell, Libs Elliott and Rachelle Denneny.

And of course, the issue is packed with all the usual goodness - our regular columns and plenty of gorgeous projects, whether you're ready to whip up a quick precut quilt, need some EPP in your life, or want to try some new techniques. Get a sneak preview below!



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