Friday, March 27, 2020

Stars Aligned New Quilt in Modern by the Yard Issue #13

Benartex's new issue of Modern by the Yard is out, and I have another design in it! I was so honoured to have been asked again to design a quilt for their ezine. This is actually a quilt I designed in last year's #30quiltdesigns challenge that I've hosted for a few years now.
Don't you just love how they photographed it? I sure grinned when I got the photo!

Click the image or this link to get your copy of the free ezine.

This was literally a Drop Everything And Make it! as I got the request while we were on vacation in Florida in February. I received the fabric within a day or two of arriving home, and it was pedal to the metal from that moment on.

The line is a new one by Kanvas for Benartex from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio, "Dreamy". Isn't that rather an Ă  propos name for a DrEAMi?!
I used:
Drift navy for the background
Galaxy coral for the pink stars
Shangri-La papaya for the print stars
Mirage aqua for the binding
and Shangri-La teal for the backing.

I get SUCH a rush going from this almost a year ago...

to this
to this

It's another quilt that is constructed in columns.

As you know, I love layers in quilts: shadow quilts and interlocking designs.

This one uses just three fabrics, and sews up very quickly with 12" blocks and large background pieces.

When it came to piecing the backing, I saw that I could match the repeat...
Spot the seam!
Yay for Elmer's School Glue.
When it came to sewing that seam, I had two attempts at it:
Good thing I opened it up and double-checked that it was correct before I started cutting away the excess.😖

Tried again:
That's it!

I had fun in the stars with ruler work and in the background with FMQ.
Ribbon candy in the outer 3" of the quilt edges to make a border.
It was fun to quilt. I got the background all-over design idea from the tiny leaves in the Drift navy fabric.

The stars got a Judi Madsen design I've used several times. The full pink ones show it off the best.

Here's the back:
on my new sewing room floor 😍

I like the pop of the binding the Mirage fabric gives. And the border/not border I made with the ribbon candy.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Original design
Size: 48" square
Fabric: Dreamy by Modern Quilt Studio by Kanvas for Benartex
Backing: as for front
Batting: I don't remember! (forgot to write it down - made this almost a month ago)
Quilted: on Avril my AvantĂ©;  104 035 stitches
Threads: pieced with Essential on my Bernina; quilted with Essential 50 wt, The Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Be sure to come back Saturday after you've downloaded the ezine, of course, for the DrEAMi! linky party!

Linking up


  1. Oh my stars, I love it! The quilting is gorgeous! Congrats on publication.

  2. What fun fabric to play with! Love that shangri-la print. Of course, your design is spot on. Nice finish, and fun to see it on that spiffy new floor!

  3. Beautiful quilt. I love that you showed your original graph paper sketch for the design. It makes you realize how the choice of fabric can make a design come alive. The way you matched the backing fabric is nothing short of amazing. Thanks for showing how you used the glue.

  4. Just beautiful, Sandra! I really like the linking stars in the center. Congratulations on bringing that quilt from design to reality to published!

  5. Hi again, Sandra! Oooh-la-la. This is gorgeous. I am always a fan of all-things-stars and this is no exception. Only three fabrics?!! Well. Hmm. And LOOK at that quilting design - I adore the tiny leaves. I'm PINing that, for sure. If I ever get back to quilting something . . . this will certainly inspire me. Now I'm off to look at the eZine. Thanks for sharing the link! ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. That is just beautiful!! And how cool to see your ideas go into a cover photo!! LOVE it!!!

  7. Congratulations on the publication and the perfectly matched seam in the backing!

  8. Congratulations! What an awesome quilt. Love the way the fabrics just glow against the dark background.

  9. Such a great design, Sandra. I can literally feel your excitement as you shared the from this... to this... to this! Keep on designing! You've got the knack!

  10. Congrats on another published pattern. I do like it & all that lovely FMQ too. Thanks for sharing how you work too.

  11. Awesome quilt, Sandra!!! I love the background quilting!!!

  12. Congrats on the publication. It's a fun quilt.

  13. What a great quilt! I love that you had a design waiting in the wings for just the right moment. The brighter binding is just perfect in this. Hooray for glue and matching is worth it sometimes isn't it? Love seeing it on your new floor.

  14. It is a beautiful, eye=catching design. I love the quilting you did - especially the leafy all-over design.

  15. Oh interesting with the black background . I do enjoy this

  16. Congratulations Sandra on your publication! It is beautiful from start to finish - I love how you quilted it.

  17. Hi Sandra, what a beautiful quilt. It really looks great - congrats on another published pattern! Sorry I'm so behind on responding - but thanks so much for linking up to Free Motion Mavericks! As you can guess, I'm frantically getting ready for this week's linking party. Hope to see you there :-)


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