Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Cover Girl! and A Giveaway

I am so pleased to show you another design featured in Modern by the Yard, the ezine by Benartex. I am over the freaking moon that it's the cover quilt! This is a first for me, and feels pretty good.
You can download your copy for free either by clicking the photo above, or here. You'll find not just four fabulous projects within, but also fabric bundles inspiration and a modern twist on the spool block.

Once again, this was one of my designs in the 30quiltdesignsin60days challenge that I hosted in 2019. I think that needs to come back in 2021, no? I made the quilt back in August.

When I saw that my quilt was photographed on such a sweet vintage truck, I did a little happy dance, and of course, had to run and show MacGyver, because ya know, he's a hard core car dude.

I was asked to work with Color Theory by Kanvas (be sure to check out that link; there's a free pattern download there) and to make a baby quilt size version of my design. My original colouring of the quilt had all the shadows in grey, but I was asked to have a grey background to balance out the issue, and so I went with light/dark values for the arrows. Primary colours are never a problem in baby quilts right? Here is one of the original colourings:

If you've followed me for any length of time, you'll know how much I love shadow quilts. I see the design with the shadows underneath or behind as shown above, but with the actual quilt having two values of the same colour, it could go either way.

I stitched the quilt top up on Billie, my 1947 Featherweight, with a little help for the flying geese from my Bernina, which has an extended table with markings on it so there is no need for marking the squares! to make the flying geese part of the arrows. The less marking the better imho, whether it's piecing or quilting.


I kept the quilting simple and modern, but with a bit of a twist: instead of straight lines all one way, I divided the quilt in quadrants, and alternated horizontal and vertical lines. I really like the effect, especially on a small quilt. It's doable on a longarm with just a little turning of the rails.


I did add a little custom quilting in the form of ribbon candy in some of the arrows, and extended the ribbon candy into the background. It kind of emphasizes a path. Every kid should follow her (or his) own path, wherever that may take them!


I quilted the border with a simple triangle design.


Here is the back, a cool black and white from the line:


It is machine bound, making sure to match the border fabric with its coordinating pair! I was pretty chuffed to have thought of that and executed it. I matched the bobbin threads to the fabrics when I topstitched down the binding so that it would disappear on the quilt front.


The quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop. I think it would make a terrific Christmas present for a little one. Ahh, summer...
FOR SALE

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Original design 
Size: 42" x 46"
Fabric: Color Theory by Kanvas for Benartex
Backing: as above
Batting: Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting 
Quilted: on Avril; 38 702 stitches
Threads: pieced with Gütermann and Essential cotton 50 weight mainly on Billie, my 1947 Featherweight; quilted with Essential 100% cotton in Stone, and Aurifil 2810 and 2455

I also was asked to curate a fabric bundle. You can see what I came up with on page 7 of the ezine.


Would you like to get your hands on some Color Theory? I have a stack of fat eighths of all eight arrow colours which is what you need to make the arrows. You'll just need background and borders fabric.
Just leave a comment below telling me if you've made a baby quilt this year. Remember to include your email if you are a no-reply. Giveaway ends on Saturday and I'll notify the winner by email

57 comments:

  1. Well congratulations! It must have been a challenge to keep that a secret for so long and then to remember to post it when you could. I have not made a baby quilt this year. Last one was for my first grandbaby back in 2007. Golly. all five of them are in school now.

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  2. The quilt is stunning! Congratulations on being the "cover girl"!
    I've made three baby quilts this year and enjoy them since the are a quick finish.

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  3. Congratulations, Sandra! I love the way the quilt was styled. :)

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  4. Many congratulations! I've made a couple of baby quilts in the raggy style this year. So fast and cuddly, and babies just love the texture and playing with the fringed seams.
    basaran.family (at) rogers (dot) com

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  5. I've made 2 baby quilts this year. One for a new great grandbaby and for for my daughter's co worker. hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  6. Congratulations cover girl; that is awesome. I've not made a baby quilt this year but I do tend to make smaller quilts (does that count) as I'm such a chicken at trying to quilt a full quilt on my domestic machine. As in I have two big quilts all ready to be quilted just not plucked up the courage to do it....yet :-) Congratulations again; you must be so chuffed.

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  7. Congratulations! What a lovely cover girl she is. I love the way you've used the bright colors against the grey. I've made at least 4 baby quilts this year.

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  8. I love your quilt! It deserves to be a cover girl! I haven’t made a baby quilt this year. I may be making one soon. My neighbors are expecting a little one. I’m just waiting to find out the gender.

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  9. Congratulations on being a cover girl. I made one baby quilt this year which is all washed and ready to be delivered to our next door neighbors for their second son.
    Pat

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  10. Exciting about the new pattern and the cover. Hooray. Yes, I have made more than one baby quilt this year.

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  11. Congrats on being a cover girl, Sandra! Always fun to see where your designs take you!

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  12. And just seen that at the end of this issue they recommend your Let Your Star Shine from issue 6; which I have made :-)

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  13. Congratulations, cover girl!! That is an awesome quilt!

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  14. How exciting for you, Sandra, to be on the cover of a magazine! This is so eye-catching and a winner of a pattern for sure! I have made a baby quilt this year (sorta), but it's in the UFO pile awaiting quilting and binding. Yes, it's among friends.

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  15. I love this and the quilting is perfect for it! Way to go my friend, with the cover photo!

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  16. I made 3 Project Linus quilts this year. They are off to their new homes. Thanks so much.

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  17. Love your quilt! Congratulations on getting it on the cover. I haven't made a baby quilt this year but plan to start making them in 2021. I have 10 grandchildren and one of them is married. So I have a lot of potential for a lot of great grandchildren:) Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  18. Congratulations on the cover! As soon as I finish the quilt I am working on, and in the Christmas mail, I have a baby quilt to make. Hopefully it will be done this year!

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  19. I need a baby quilt finished by March - this could be it!

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  20. Love this design! I make baby quilts all the time and donate to Project Linus. I have made 50 so far this year-this will be a fun new pattern to try!

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  21. A cover photo shoot on the old vehicle, lovely setting that shows off the colours so well. Summer, we are officially there, but only 5C this morning.

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  22. Love your baby quilt!! Yes... a blue quilt about 40x40 and a chevon rainbow...with appliqué dinosaurs!! Oh!...and an Aqua and yellow for our new grandson!!

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  23. Yes! I have our first grandchild expected to make an entrance into the world this week! We are so excited. So yes I have made a baby quilt. Or two. Three??? Teeheehee

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  24. Congratulations on being a Cover Girl! That's such a fun pattern. High five for you!

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  25. We have a new Grand baby expected around the end of the year--So I am processing ideas for a baby quilt!!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  26. Congratulations on being on the cover! Yes, I made a baby quilt for my oldest daughter’s childhood friend who had her first baby earlier this year.

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  27. That quilt is one of the best I have seen this year. I have made 3 baby quilts this year , for a great nephew.

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  28. I have not made a baby quilt in 2020. However, I've made bibs for distanced babies.
    Love your quilt.

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  29. Ooh, love it & will download an issue as I've not seen one for ages. I do like the photo on the vintage truck, as we are old car nerds & I've photographed quilts on our Morris Minor ute quite regularly & other cars in our car club. Ummm, as I'm in Oz, maybe I can't go in the competition, but I've actually made & given away 4 baby quilts in this year of mayhem. 3 locally & one to UK. I've now formed an idea for this quilt, though I don't really need another project, as I'm working toward a QAL.(ugh) Take care, stay safe & hugs from down under.

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  30. How wonderful to be a "Cover Girl", many congratulations! Yes I've made a baby quilt too. Mine was in cozy flannel and I donated it to a good cause.

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  31. Congratulations, no baby quilts. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  32. I donated a baby quilt early in the year, but everything I have made this year has been lap size or larger.

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  33. Congratulations Sandra! Getting to be a Cover Girl is really awesome.
    Yes, I have made several baby quilts this year for donations. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. My family continues to grow. Yes, I have made not one but 3 baby quilts, plus a couple more that I have donated to our outreach committee in my guild.

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  35. i actually made 2 baby quilts in 2020.

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  36. Sandra! Congratulations on not only a publication, but the Cover! Such a stunning quilt! I’ve made 3 so far this year but just might need to squeeze one more in! Hmmmmm just what I need another DrEAMI! 😉

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  37. I have not made any baby quilts this year.

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  38. Congrats!! I've made several baby quilts this year. In fact, I'm in the process of sewing the binding on one right now for my great niece who is due in February!

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  39. Beautiful finish and congrats for it being on the cover! I have made a large number of baby quilts in 2020.

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  40. Congratulations! Your quilt is beautiful. I haven't made a baby quilt this year - there has been no need to as no there have been no new babies. Thanks!

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  41. Congratulations! You know I love the shadows in your designs. And yes, I have made quite a few baby quilts this year....wonder if this will be the QAL this year???

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  42. Congratulations on your beautiful quilt! It's an amazing quilt! I haven't made a baby quilt this year because we don't have any new little ones in our family. Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom 🎄🍃

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  43. Congratulations! What a fun design! We had 3 great grandbabies this year and just found out another is on the way! I made 2 baby quilts for each of the babies and just completed 3 first Christmas quilts for them. After Christmas I will be starting quilts for our little #4. I have background fabric... just need those arrow fabrics!

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  44. Hi Sandra! Big huge congrats on being a cover girl!!! How sweet is that? Doesn't it just look and feel so cool, seeing your quilt . . . on the cover . . . and inside the ezine?! Of course, I think the primary colors are just perfect for a baby quilt. Love everything about this - I'm off to download it right now. I'm proud of you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  45. Congratulations! This is a great pattern. And on the cover!! ☺ I have made some baby quilts this year.

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  46. I love making baby quilts, and your design is fantastic! Two of my nieces had babies this summer, and I made them variations on the same design. Congratulations on your cover quilt!

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  47. I love it! The double/shadow arrows are such a great design. Congratulations on making the cover. What a thrill! Yes, I have made several baby quilts this year, mostly for charities :)

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  48. What a great quilt design! I have made several baby quilts this year. They are so fun to make.

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  49. What great quilting ideas you used on this quilt. I have made quite a few baby quilts this year to donate to Project Linus.

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  50. I have made lots of baby quilts in 2020. I think I made 6 for my sister to give as gifts. Right now I'm working on the second of 4 baby quilts for friends of my daughter-in-law. I think there is a Covid lockdown connection to this bunch of pregnancies with Jan/Feb 2021 due dates!

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  51. I love the straight line quilting in different directions--perfect for an arrow quilt. Congratulations on being a cover girl!!!!

    I'm binding a baby quilt right now (not as a type, but it's what I'm working on) and it's at least my 4th of the year! Lots of babies!

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  52. I have just finished binding two a baby quilts, have third one that needs binding and have 2 more in process. I love to make baby quilts. They make me happy!

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  53. Yes, I have made 2 baby quilts and donated them to Hands2Help.

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  54. Congratulations!! That's so exciting--and it's beautiful, I can see why they chose it for the cover. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

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  55. Awesome quilt, Sandra, and congrats on being a cover girl!! SEW exciting! FREE fabric? Yes, please. I started a baby quilt in October, but had to set it aside to work on client quilts and donation tops coming in for the Lutheran World Relief program I'm coordinating on my blog.

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  56. Woot woot! Congratulations on the cover! It's a lovely quilt, and they did a really nice job staging the quilt to make it shine.

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