Friday, July 13, 2018

Professional Pictures of the Modern Plus Sampler

I am so excited to share some professional pictures of my version of the Modern Plus Sampler today taken by Amy Garro through her new company Quilt Photography Co.!
You probably have heard of Amy's work as a quilter through her quilting business name 13 Spools (and her book Paper Pieced Modern).  You may not know that in addition to being an awesome quilter and pattern designer, Amy is also a fantastic, professional photographer.  For many years, she has her own studio and photography company focusing on family portraiture.  You can check out some of her work at her company's website Indy Family Photo.

Amy has recently started a new company to combine her love of quilting and photography to offer a much needed quilt photography service through her new company, Quilt Photography Co.  Her website says it best, "You make the quilts, we'll take the photos". 
When Amy launched this new business, she selected a few quilters to be Quilt Photograph Co Ambassadors.  I jumped at the chance to help spread the word and see Amy work her photography magic on my quilts. 

Disclosure:  I applied to be an ambassador of her company because I such a fan of photographic work.  Amy provided me with the photographs of the Modern Plus Sampler for free.  All opinions are completely mine.

Nowadays, jurying of many of the larger shows (like QuiltCon and Paducah) is based on the photograph of the quilt.  Your quilt could be the most mind-blowing quilt, but if you can not take a good picture of it, then the quilt might not make it into a quilt show.  Amy provides crisp, color balanced flat shots of the quilt.

Amy also takes detailed pictures of the quilt top, quilt binding, and styled shots of the quilt.  Her photographs are perfect for quilt show entries, books, and even as a keepsake to remember the quilt long after it has been gifted away.

What do you think of these photographs?  I'm blown away how beautiful Amy made my quilt!!

If you would like more information on the packages and prices of the Quilt Photography Co, you can find them right here.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

2018 Mid Year Review

I can't believe that 2018 is halfway over!  Did we skip over some of the spring months because I really don't remember some of them :)

My wonderful bloggy friend Yvonne, who blogs are Quilting Jetgirl, hosts an annual planning party to layout goals for the upcoming year. This is the mid-year check in to see where we are with goals.

2018 Goal Check-In

I have done well meeting or making progress towards my "to-do" style goals:

  • Launch of the Modern Plus Sign Quilt book
    • Done!!
  • Host the Modern Plus Sign Sampler quilt along.  This is going to be a fun quilt along that combines almost all of the plus signs from the book into a lap sized sampler.  The QAL will kick off in July.
    • Just kicked off, you can find more info here!
  • Host a twice yearly Tips and Tutorials Festival with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.
    • We hosted the first Festival in June and it was a great success, I look forward to this fall for the second.
  • Make at least 4 charity quilts 
    • I've made and donated two, plus I have another two that are basted and ready to be quilted.
  • Host the Best of 2018 Linky Party
    • Planned for December

However, my main goal and word for 2018 was BALANCE and I have completed failed at that.

I can say without a doubt that balance has not been my word of the first half of 2018.  I felt as though I was racing from one deadline to the next, never getting ahead and never being able to relax and losing some of the joy of quilting.

As a student and as an adult, I have always pushed myself to do more, take on more, and always be moving ahead.   In Meadow Mist Designs this has been no different, I admit that seeing my quilts in magazines and my first book being published was a thrill, but the pace I have been on is unsustainable.  I am at my limit and am burnt out a bit from the business side of quilting.  

In my personal life, my older child is entering middle school and my younger one is going into third grade and I still work 3 days a week.  The kids are requiring more time for homework help and after school activities.  They are my first and most important priority and I need to make sure that my quilting commitments stay in check so that I am not up to 2 in the morning, rushing to meet quilting deadlines.

I was planning on attending Quilt Market this fall, but every time I went to look at airfares or hotels I started to freak out a bit.  Market is where you go to make new connections with industry members and find new opportunities.   I simply can not take on any more commitments at this time and do not think that I could resist the temptation to say yes to working with some amazing designers and companies.  I have decided not to attend market and once I made that decision, I felt relief, I know that I am making the right call for myself at this point in my life right now.

I want to use what time I have for quilting more mindfully, spending it on creating things that bring me joy.  I love connecting with other quilters online and am beginning some projects that make me happy: starting to plan the 2019 mystery quilt, making some quilts to enter for QuiltCon, sewing some charity quilts.  I think that for the second half of 2018 you will see more in-progress posts from me as I will be doing little, if any, "secret" sewing. 

I'm excited for the next 6 months!

This was a little heavier than my usual, more light hearted posts.  Thanks for being there for me and connecting with you has always been one of the best things about quilting!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Yardage Requirements for Alternative Quilt Top Layouts

Paige and I have had many requests for yardages for the alternative layouts (where paper piecing and/or applique are not used) so many thanks to Paige for doing the math this weekend!

Below are the fabric requirements for the four different layouts we presented (note that only the traditionally pieced version has different fabric requirements, all of the rest are the same as the original).

I hope this helps!  If you would like yardage help for your particular colorway you have in mind, you can e-mail me at MeadowMistDesigns (at) gmail (dot) com.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Fabric Sales and Quilt Colorways

I hope that you have decided to join us in the quilt along and are having fun going through your fabrics to figure out what colors you are going to make your version of the Modern Plus Sampler in :)

You can find out all about the fabric requirements here and all of the other details about the quilt along here.

Fabric Sales
If you are going to be purchasing fabric for the sampler, please consider shopping at one of our generous sponsors of the quilt along.

Honey, Bunny, and Doll has a wonderful Etsy shop that specializes in Kona solids and great quilt patterns (they also carry some wide fabrics and batiks). Their fabrics would work very well in the Modern Plus Sampler.

As a special bonus in honor of the quilt along, enjoy free shipping (in the US) on your order of $30 or more through July 22 (no code needed, discount is taken automatically)!

The Needle & Foot Etsy shop has a beautiful curated selection of prints and Bernie would love to help you create your own bundle to make the sampler.  (She has a ton of Art Gallery prints, one of my favorites to use because of their colors and the feel of the fabric.)

The Fat Quarter Shop has one of the largest fabric selections online.  They have many different solid fabric brands (Moda Bella, Robert Kaufman Kona, and Art Gallery Pure Elements to name a few) as well as a huge selection of the newest fabric collections.  The Fat Quarter Shop offers free shipping (within the US) with a minimum purchase of $80.

Backside Fabrics specializes in wide fabrics (104+" wide), perfect for quilt backs that you do not have to piece.  But you can use wide fabrics for fabrics used in your quilt top also (and when you do the math comparing one yard of a wide fabric to one yard of regular 40" wide fabric you will see that the wide fabrics are a great value).

Alternative Colorways
I had a great time playing around with the quilt top design, rendering it using different colors.  Here are some of the colorways I came up with.  Remember, you can find the fabric requirements and download a coloring sheet of the quilt top right here

Note: some of the renderings use different numbers of fabrics and different placement of fabrics as compared to the pattern so the fabric requirements would differ a little.

**Edited to add** I noticed that I actually was coloring an older version of the design (the block at the top of the middle area is different). I had to change this block with another from the Kaleidoscope pattern because I could not scale it to work with the size within the plus sign. Sorry for any confusion.

I hope these gave you some ideas!  Which is your favorite?  

Please share your fabric pulls in our Facebook group and on social media using #ModernPlusSampler

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Modern Plus Sampler ++ Fabric Requirements

Welcome to the start of the Modern Plus Sampler Quilt Along!!  
I am so excited to get started and I hope you are too!

Quilt Along Intro -
The Modern Plus Sampler will run from July 2018 until April 2019 with a set of directions revealed the first Thursday of every month. The quilt is a large lap sized quilt finishing at about 63" x 78".

The instructions are published right in this post (after these few announcements) and are available in an easy to print pdf format:

(If you have any trouble with the link, you can find instructions on how to access and download the pdf file here.)  Additionally, the directions and all of the other information related to the mystery quilt can always be found on the Modern Plus Sampler Page.

We have 15 generous sponsors for this event!  You can read more about the sponsors and prizes here and find links to each at the bottom of the post.

Facebook Group 
I encourage you to join the Meadow Mist Designs Facebook Group (if you have not already).  We now have over 3,200 members in the group and I am so excited for the members to start sharing pictures of their fabric picks.  

If you want some feedback on possible fabric choices or have any questions during the quilt along, the Facebook is an excellent resource.  You can find the Facebook Group right here.  Please share your progress pics on social media with the hashtag #ModernPlusSamplerQuilt and tag me at @MeadowMistDesigns.

And now without further ado....July's instructions...

Fabric Requirements

Within the quilt pattern instructions, the following colors will be used to represent the fabrics.  

If you change up the pattern (for example, replacing the applique blocks with traditionally pieced blocks) your yardage requirements will also change.

Please do not feel limited by these colors (or number of colors) within the pattern, feel free to use a different colorway, change up the colors used in each section, or use more or less numbers of colors and fabrics. In both Paige and my sample quilts, we changed up the colors within the quilt top using more or less colors and more or less yardage of each fabric.

Quilt Fabric Options - Tomorrow (Friday July 6th) I will be posting a bunch of colorways for the quilt top for inspiration.

The coloring page of the quilt top is also included in the downloadable pdf above to test out potential colorways.

Alternative Quilt Tops

The sampler quilt pattern is designed for an advanced beginner.  The pattern is mostly made using traditional piecing, but there are a few blocks that are paper pieced or appliqued.  We encourage you to try these blocks to gain new skills, but below are some alternative quilt top layouts if you would like to avoid paper piecing and/or applique.

Additional Pattern Notes
  • Width of fabrics (WOF) for this pattern is assumed to be 41". 
  • A scant ¼" (a thread width smaller than ¼") seam is to be used throughout the construction of the quilt unless otherwise instructed. 
  • The pattern is written for non-directional prints. If you are using a directional print, you may have to alter the cutting instructions and need additional yardage beyond what is listed.
  • Press all seams open unless otherwise instructed.

Any questions?  Leave them in a comment below or post them to our Facebook group page.  I look forward to seeing everyone's fabric selections.

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the Modern Plus Sampler!

The next set of instructions will be published on the first Thursday of August (the 2nd).