#ModernSolidsChallenge – VOTE!!!

(Hadley giveaway post is here!)

That was fun! In the end, seven awesome bloggers/designers (Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts, Heather of Olive and Ollie, Holly of Bijou Lovely, John of Quilt Dad, Lee from Freshly Pieced, Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations and myself) came up with seven pretty awesome quilts! I sorta can’t be mad if any one of us wins! BUT, if you’d like to vote for me – you can do it at each of these three places:

FreeSpirit Farbics Blog

FreeSpirit Fabrics Facebook Album

FreeSpirit Fabrics Pinterest Board

Aren’t they all awesome??

Final Quilts



NancyinSTL - October 12, 2014 - 8:43 am

In my humble opinion, there is no contest! Yours is the most creative and contemporary, but with a nod to tradition.

kitty - October 9, 2014 - 1:44 pm

I’ve voted for your quilt as my absolute favorite, because the HRT’s and the two backgrounds make it not only a very beautiful quilt, but also the most original. I had two second bests: the quilts by Faith Jones and Holly DeGroot. Hope you’ll win this great challenge!!

#ModernSolidsChallenge: The Quilt!

(Hadley giveaway post is here!)

Three hotel rooms, two states, and five airports later, I finally finished my Modern Solids Challenge Quilt! After much back and forth I decided to go with one of the designs that I designed using a variation of the Birds in the Air block. Instead of the standard block made with HST’s (Half Square Triangles) I decided to make the blocks with HRT’s (Half Rectangle Triangles). Introducing my Buzzed Birds Quilt!

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This is the individual block.

Birds In the Air Quilt Block with HRT

Birds In the Air Quilt Block with HRT’s

Which I of course turn on it’s side so that the diagonal of the HRT is parallel with the top and bottom of the quilt.

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I love the look of using two background fabrics in this quilt! So much so that I carried them onto the binding.

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And of course, this one got my favorite all over quilting design of a random crosshatch! When it came to naming this one I just kept thinking that if the birds in the air are in a rectangular formation AND on their side then they must be drunk. Then I kept thinking about the stories in the news a few years ago about birds getting drunk by eating fermented berries. So, all in fun this quilt is called Buzzed Birds.:)

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Thanks Free Spirit Fabrics for this opportunity to play with your fabric! And Denyse Schmidt for picking awesome colors!

Josée Carrier - November 6, 2014 - 9:49 am

Beautiful! I totally love this. You always have great designs for your quilt. I just love the angles in this one.

AnnMarie - October 14, 2014 - 12:55 pm

I am in awe of the angles on your quilt! It’s absolutely wonderful.

Stacey - October 13, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Lovely! The angles, the colors, the stitching – everything is perfection!

Molli Sparkles - October 9, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Work! Bold use of that mustard colour, and you know I like it loud! What did you use for backing? I’ve just finished my first all-solids quilt top and I feel like it has pushed me over into a different lane that I’m loving. Thanks for being an inspiration!

cindy-liveacolorfullife - October 9, 2014 - 1:04 pm

This is a gorgeous quilt–I LOVE the mustard color!

Patti - October 8, 2014 - 7:28 pm

This is truly spectacular, and I love that you used HRTs! I have used your tutorial for them, and it’s wonderful. This looks like something I’ll definitely try soon. Congratulations on a wonderful finish. I’m off to vote!

Margaret - October 8, 2014 - 8:22 am

Love it! And I especially love how you perfectly matched up the seams on your binding with the seams on the background.

vivianne - October 7, 2014 - 5:41 pm

This is so refreshing! Thanks so much for sharing it. :)

Irelle - October 7, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Absolutely stunning quilt!! Love it!

Jenny - October 7, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Way too fabulous

terry hawkins - October 7, 2014 - 2:24 pm

WOW – the colors and the pattern are striking! Love it!!! I agree with others that going with two background colors was genius – I’m a fan of mustard yellow so it particularly appeals to me!

Kitty - October 7, 2014 - 11:44 am

Great quilt!! Brilliant choice these HRT’s and the 2 backgrounds!!!

Linda Fleming - October 7, 2014 - 9:00 am

Just wonderful!
I love the colors and layout.

Anne - October 7, 2014 - 7:40 am

I like how you ended up using both the background colors as it’s very integrated. Love the name too!

janet - October 7, 2014 - 7:32 am

LOVE this quilt!

D McLeod - October 7, 2014 - 7:27 am

Using two background colors was a genius choice – <3 it!

Lisa R - October 7, 2014 - 6:10 am

Incredible.. Just Incredible…

Kristy Daum - October 7, 2014 - 6:03 am

And it’s amazing, love the name too.

Gretchen - October 7, 2014 - 5:13 am

love your quilt. It is very fresh and modern.

Vicky - October 7, 2014 - 4:25 am

wow, that’s so super beautiful!

Rachel @ Quiltineering - October 6, 2014 - 11:07 pm

oooo I love it!! I’m especially a fan of the change in backing color. Gorgeous work!

Debbie - October 6, 2014 - 9:56 pm

This is just so striking! There’s so much I love about it – including that matched binding!

Brenda - October 6, 2014 - 9:36 pm

Love it! I wish I could do that.
Also what do you do with all the lively quilts you make? Sell? donate? gifts?

Chelsea - October 6, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Stinking brilliant as usual!

#ModernSolidsChallenge: The Giveaway

(Comments closed! Thanks for participating!)

As a part of the Modern Solids Challenge Free Spirit Fabrics has given us a wonderful bundle of Denyse Schmidt’s Hadley fabric to giveaway to one lucky person! The great thing about this fat quarter bundle is that it is bundled with the coordinating solids. Love that. One entry per person please. To enter just comment on this blog post with what you will make if you win this bundle of goodness! A Random Number Generator will be used to pick a winner. Entry will be open until 5pm Pacific Time on Friday, October 10th 2014. I will pick a winner by the following Monday, the 13th.


(Image from Denyse Schmidt’s site)

Thanks and Good Luck!

Lisa E - October 10, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Well, of course I’d have to make a quilt. Probably for my daughter!

Sally H - October 10, 2014 - 6:47 pm

The fabric would look great in my Farmers Wife quilt.

allison pogany - October 10, 2014 - 4:34 pm

I’ve been working on a quilt design with snowball blocks. These would solve my “what fabric should I use” problem!

Karen - October 10, 2014 - 3:30 pm

I can’t believe I’m not too late. I think I could make this into a quilt my sister would actually like!

Jane Marlow - October 10, 2014 - 12:54 pm

I have a foundation paper pieced pattern by Judy Niemeyer that I would make if I won such textile temptations!

Lisa Eck - October 10, 2014 - 11:11 am

The fabrics are beautiful! I would make some cushion covers. Thanks for the giveaway!

John Hutchens - October 10, 2014 - 10:00 am

I will make a quilt

Alexandra - October 10, 2014 - 8:48 am

Eeek!! Hadley would make an amazing Modern Maples quilt. It has the perfect fall colors and with some purple prints from Denyse’s Chicopee line…perfect! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

Saira - October 10, 2014 - 7:34 am

Hi I fancy making something with curves, I think. Hope an international entry is OK. Thanks

Karen Propes - October 10, 2014 - 1:41 am

Oh my what a a fabulous collection of designs. I would most definetly make a quilt for my bed. I love the designs and the colors would blend well in my bedroom. Thanks for the chance.

Amanda M - October 9, 2014 - 11:21 pm

I’d love to make a cozy quilt for my sister and brother-in-law :)

KimberJ - October 9, 2014 - 9:47 pm

I would make a couch smuggler improvisational quilt for my kids!

Sandy Garrett - October 9, 2014 - 8:14 pm

That’s a lovely stack of goodness. I’d use it to make one of the many designs that I have been playing around with. Thanks for the chance.

Anna - October 9, 2014 - 7:15 pm

I love this line but haven’t bought it yet. I’d really like to make a qypsy wife quilt with these

Kate - October 9, 2014 - 7:00 pm

I love those colors. This would be perfect for a quilt for my bedroom!

barbara woods - October 9, 2014 - 6:38 pm

A quilt for a grandchild

Debbie Leschisin - October 9, 2014 - 5:45 pm

I would make a modern quilt and pillows for my living room. Would provide some fun new color!

Kimberly G - October 9, 2014 - 3:59 pm

I’d make a quilt definitely! Maybe Arkansas traveler type of quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lorna - October 9, 2014 - 2:04 pm

a quilt! Maybe with QAYG blocks

Kristine R. - October 9, 2014 - 1:15 pm

I want to say quilt…but that pile is screaming at me saying, “TOTE BAGS!!” :)

Francesca - October 9, 2014 - 12:53 pm

I would love to use these fabrics to design my first quilt.

Monique - October 9, 2014 - 12:07 pm

I’d make a contemporary art quilt. Beautiful colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

Elinor - October 9, 2014 - 11:30 am

I love these colours and see these fabrics being part of many of my next quilts!

Ginger - October 9, 2014 - 11:28 am

I’d make a beautiful baby quilt!

Esther - October 9, 2014 - 10:17 am

I love Denyse Schmidt´s fabrics. I would make an improv quilt for my daughter. Thanks for the cance to win!!

Esther - October 9, 2014 - 10:10 am

I love Denyse Schnidt´s fabrics! I would make an improv quilt for my daughter. Thanks for the chance to win!

Susan Manson - October 9, 2014 - 9:36 am

I love Denyse’s fabrics and I would make something with über large triangles. Thanks for the giveaway!

Britt-Inger - October 9, 2014 - 8:45 am

I think I will make a quilt with simple stars,

Sue N - October 9, 2014 - 8:36 am

So cute, I would make a quilt so I could enjoy looking at all of the fabrics.
Thanks for the opportunity,,,

Michelle - October 9, 2014 - 8:29 am

I would make a lap quilt for my couch. Most of the quilts I make are for my kids or for family members, or my walls. I need one for my couch!

sue - October 9, 2014 - 5:48 am

I need a quilt for my very own bed and I have a pattern in mind from the Quilt Mixology book. Thanks for chance to win this awesome giveaway!

Audrey - October 9, 2014 - 3:29 am

bed quilt with lots of triangles! love!

Hubblebird - October 9, 2014 - 3:03 am

I would make modern lap quilts for my two sons who are moving into their own places now that my house is sold. I miss them terribly and would like them to have something modern and fresh for their new homes.

SarahZ - October 8, 2014 - 8:36 pm

What a wonderful bundle! I would certainly make a quilt, and almost as certainly make it with HSTs :)But maybe an hourglass quilt would be nice with these? Thanks for the chance to win and to dream a little :)

Emily C - October 8, 2014 - 7:31 pm

I see a new autumn quilt, covered in leaves!

Allison C - October 8, 2014 - 7:20 pm

I would love to make an orange peel quilt with this fabric

Joanna Jenkins - October 8, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Ohhhh, my BFF was looking over my shoulder when I read about the giveaway. I think I’d make her a surprise quilt with this gorgeous bundle.

Melissa D - October 8, 2014 - 2:03 pm

I would make a quilt for a friend. Thanks for the chance to win!

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Ali M - October 8, 2014 - 1:08 pm

My husband would love his very own quilt that he doesn’t have to share, and these would be perfect for that!

Mary - October 8, 2014 - 1:00 pm

I’d make a quilt for one of my 9 sons!

diane beavers - October 8, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Sewing machine cover, curtains for sewing space, tons of mug rugs, and a spool block quilt in a twin size.
You are so generous, thanks for the awesome bundle giveaway!

Sylvia - October 8, 2014 - 12:56 pm

OHHHH these would just be darling to work with— pick me pick me! good luck to all who have commented. I cannnot wait to see the lucky winners end result.

Julie - October 8, 2014 - 12:55 pm

I would make a quilt with matching pillows:) Thanks

Kat Scott - October 8, 2014 - 12:12 pm

I would do a lap quilt for our church fundraiser… with pillows to match!

Megan - October 8, 2014 - 11:11 am

I’d love to win! Thanks!

Ali - October 8, 2014 - 10:22 am

OOO I would love to use these in a new quilt – I have this idea for a very fun pinwheel umbrella quilt

Rachael Ferrera - October 8, 2014 - 10:21 am

OOOOhhhhh! These colors make me want to make a bunch of big maple leaves to make a fall inspired quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Veronika - October 8, 2014 - 10:06 am

Wow! Gorgeous fabric, I’d definitely make a nice big autumn quilt :)

Gunilla - October 8, 2014 - 8:36 am

I would definitely make a quilt out of this lovely nundle, maybe maple leaves!

Jackie Thompson - October 8, 2014 - 8:36 am

This would make a beautiful quilt!

Phoebe - October 8, 2014 - 8:18 am

Hmmm… I might make a Swoon quilt. Or maybe just a simple nine patch with the blocks on point. Or, most likely, I might add it to my stash and stew on it for 3 years and then make something.
Thanks for the giveaway – I loved your challenge quilt!

Kimberly - October 8, 2014 - 7:38 am

I’m new to your blog via the modern solids challenge, love what you did! I’m so inspired by the dual colored background. I would definitely poor these fabrics to good use in a quilt.

marcella - October 8, 2014 - 7:38 am

First – a cute sew together bag. Then I will ponder the quilt pattern to use. I always have to play a bit before I can settle down and decide on a design.

Quilting Tangent - October 8, 2014 - 7:35 am

I would make a scrappy quilt.

NancyinSTL - October 8, 2014 - 7:13 am

I think that I’d use these yummy fabrics combined with my retirement “Siggy” patches to make a Feedsack Four-Patch quilt that I’ve recently put on my “to do” list.

Karen - October 8, 2014 - 6:00 am

I think Hadley would make a beautiful “Hills ‘n’ Hollers” quilt.

Jayne - October 8, 2014 - 5:45 am

Love this bundle! I would make a new lap quilt for myself (finally)! Most likely using triangles this time!

Arianna M. - October 8, 2014 - 5:19 am

I’d definitely make a quilt out of this.

Barbara - October 8, 2014 - 4:13 am

I love Denyse Schmidt. She’s such a genius. I’d make a quilt out of this….maybe Ocean Waves??

Ashleigh - October 8, 2014 - 3:51 am

I would make a simple squares quilt and let the fabrics do the design work

Laurelle C - October 8, 2014 - 2:44 am

Definitely a quilt for snuggling under! Love DS fabrics :) Thanks for the to win some awesome fabric :)

Chris - October 7, 2014 - 11:35 pm

This is a Sunshine and Shadows quilt if ever I saw one. Beautiful fabric!

Heather A - October 7, 2014 - 10:47 pm

What a lovely stack of beauties! I would make a wedding quilt with these. I’m not sure which pattern I’d use at this point but I have 3 weddings coming up in the next little while and I know one of the couples would love these fabrics.

Gayle - October 7, 2014 - 10:34 pm

That is such a big stack. I would have to make a quilt.

Ana Policzer - October 7, 2014 - 9:49 pm

I’d make handbags, totes, coin purses, drawstring bags, book covers, toys, baby quilts … then I’d make a lap quilt with whatever’s left!

Pam - October 7, 2014 - 8:35 pm

I’d use all of these fabrics in a quilt. I’m not sure what pattern yet – but I’m thinking herringbone. Thanks for the chance to win this delightful fabric!

Sherry VF - October 7, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Definitely a quilt. Love the fall colors and I’m so glad to see bits of brown. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Sherry VF - October 7, 2014 - 8:12 pm

That bundle is screaming, ‘Quilt” to me. There is plenty for a queen size for our guest bedroom. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Janie - October 7, 2014 - 7:40 pm

I would make a quilt for my son. He always asks for one, or two every year. I love that he does that. The colors are simply stunning. Thanks for the chance.

Cheryl - October 7, 2014 - 7:23 pm

What a wonderful bundle! I’d stitch up goodies for kids in need for Christmas — including some fun dresses.

Kathy E. - October 7, 2014 - 7:03 pm

If I were to win, I’d put these lovely fabrics into a quilt for my son. He’s been asking for one and I haven’t found the right fabrics,, but this is just perfect!

Kathy Davis - October 7, 2014 - 6:10 pm

I have been wanting to make a quilt with hexies! This would be great for that.

Vanessa - October 7, 2014 - 5:57 pm

Looks ideal for an autumn leaves quilt.

Pat - October 7, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Delightful, I would make an improv quilt for my daughter!

Bellamy - October 7, 2014 - 5:18 pm

Love these colors! They would be perfect for a new lap quilt for my living room and maybe some placemats with the leftovers. :)

Bobbie C - October 7, 2014 - 5:05 pm

A quilt for a special guy I know.

Irelle - October 7, 2014 - 4:15 pm

I have a big block quilt in my head that would work well with that line!

Karen M - October 7, 2014 - 4:11 pm

I have been gathering Denyse Schmidt fabrics to make a quilt from Judy Madsen’s book. I can’t wait to get started. Thanks for the chance.

Naomi Gies - October 7, 2014 - 3:21 pm

I would make a quilt for charity – they always need boy quilts and these work perfectly!

Laurel marsolais - October 7, 2014 - 3:16 pm

I think I’d make something modern, so many possibilities

Jenny - October 7, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Definitely bed quilt for my son. He is over due a new quilt!

Becki Fisher - October 7, 2014 - 2:48 pm

Oh my….the possibilities. not sure what design just yet, but definitely something with a modern feel….

Chancy - October 7, 2014 - 2:24 pm

A quilt of course!

terry hawkins - October 7, 2014 - 2:21 pm

I’m working on quilts for family members for Christmas gifts so this bundle would be used to make a quilt for my daughter and her husband. I have not idea yet as to a pattern – I would need to stare at the fabric for awhile, waiting to see what pattern it told me to make. :-)

Patricia - October 7, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Why a quilt, of course. Love DS fabric.

Mary - October 7, 2014 - 1:57 pm

I would make something for the Quilt Con contest!

Emma Hill - October 7, 2014 - 1:51 pm

I would sit and look at this fabric for a long time! Then I think I would use it in a medallion style quilt.

Linda - October 7, 2014 - 1:46 pm

I love these colors! I think I’d like to make a kaleidoscope quilt… no, placemats… ohh, a solids/prints log cabin! So many choices!!

Rochelle moore - October 7, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Just came from a modern quilt meeting with guild members. Love trying new possibilities

Betsy - October 7, 2014 - 1:07 pm

I would make an impov log cabin.

Julie McKay - October 7, 2014 - 1:07 pm

I would love to see these fabrics made into a plus quilt. Thanks for the chance to win. julie.mckay@xtra.co.nz

Jenny - October 7, 2014 - 12:45 pm

I would quilt these fabrics. I’m not sure of the pattern, but I like modernized traditional (love your moderns solids quilt), so it would probably be in that genre. Thank you so much — I haven’t been able to buy Hadley yet and hoped to find a good deal in time to get some under the tree. I’d be so excited to win!

Stacey - October 7, 2014 - 12:32 pm

I would make a quilt for our bed, which I have yet to do yet! Have been reading Denyse Schmidt’s “Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration” and would love to have these to make something from the book!

Sandy - October 7, 2014 - 12:06 pm

I’d make new covers and runners and home decor for my new condo. I’m starting over, and I want a fresh new look!

Laura Links - October 7, 2014 - 10:15 am

I’d make another AMH feather quilt!

Cheryl - October 7, 2014 - 10:11 am

A quilt. Of course.

Candace - October 7, 2014 - 9:39 am

I have a few quilts that I’ve been waiting to make that need an assortment of solids. This would be perfect.

Connie - October 7, 2014 - 9:33 am

I love this quilt! I would make a modern quilt using the one hundred modern quilt block from Tula pink.

Connie - October 7, 2014 - 9:28 am

Love the quilt! I would make a modern sampler using Seminole rows.

Amorette - October 7, 2014 - 9:28 am

I would make a quilt with curves so i could give it a good shot! Clamshells or circles.

Linda Fleming - October 7, 2014 - 9:07 am

I love those fabrics.
I’d use them to make a sampler quilt – perhaps using the Park Bench pattern

Lorraine - October 7, 2014 - 8:35 am

I would love to make a couple quilts – one Autumn inspired for the warm colorway and one Summer inspired for the cool colorway. Not sure what pattern yet.

Debra - October 7, 2014 - 8:21 am

It would be fun to design a quilt with these fabrics.

Brita - October 7, 2014 - 8:15 am

I’ve been thinking about making a diamonds quilt, and I think these fabrics would look pretty terrific!

lambot - October 7, 2014 - 8:02 am

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Susan - October 7, 2014 - 7:57 am

It would have to be a quilt and it would be gorgeous!

Melanie D - October 7, 2014 - 7:55 am

Love, love, love Hadley colors! I would probably make a wall hanging for my living room.

Susan - October 7, 2014 - 7:54 am

I would make a quilt-design yet to be determined!

Geraldine Van de Kleut - October 7, 2014 - 7:43 am

I would make a quilt for my sister Laura, because those are so her colours. What a great surprise that would be for her.

barbara woods - October 7, 2014 - 7:42 am

I would make a quilt for the back of my quilt, thanks

laura - October 7, 2014 - 7:30 am

I’d make myself a lap quilt with these gorgeously fabrics.

janet - October 7, 2014 - 7:30 am

I would mix these fabrics in with my other fabrics by Denyse Schmidt and make another lap quilt. Her lines work so well together!

Jan Sutter - October 7, 2014 - 7:28 am

A quilt for my daughter – she loves these colors!

Shiloh - October 7, 2014 - 7:28 am

With these fabrics, I think an interesting sunset interpretation would be fantastic! A sort of Pumpkin Spice Dip Beyond the Hill.

Lisa R - October 7, 2014 - 7:24 am

I would want to make a modern fall quilt… I have my eye on a pattern called birches.. this would work perfectly.

jodi - October 7, 2014 - 6:50 am

Love DS! I would make a quilt for my couch to snuggle under!

mjb - October 7, 2014 - 6:36 am

I’d love to make a bunting for fall.

Claire S - October 7, 2014 - 6:33 am

I would make a quilt for my tv room, its just the right colors!

Heidi G - October 7, 2014 - 6:14 am

Would love to win, hard to say for sure what I would do, but making a quilt for my living room comes to mind, I usually have to touch and feel the fabric, love a pattern and then have a purpose before I know exactly what I would do.

Kristy Daum - October 7, 2014 - 6:01 am

I’ve enjoyed seeing your thought process with the quilt you are making. Now, as to what I would make using this bundle…actually I have an antique quilt that I’m looking to remake and have already decided that DS fabrics are the way to go, so this bundle would go a long way towards accomplishing that.

Linda F. - October 7, 2014 - 6:01 am

I would make a “Gypsy Wife” quilt with this fabric.

Wendy - October 7, 2014 - 6:00 am

I would use the bundle to make the quilt Vintage Spin by Kathy Doughty. Fingers crossed.

Linda F - October 7, 2014 - 5:54 am

I would make a quilt for myself!

Hannah - October 7, 2014 - 5:51 am

Love that is has the coordinating solids. I’m on a curves kick at the moment so a quilt using a drunkards path block.

diane - October 7, 2014 - 5:18 am

I’d make a quilt that I’d actually keep for myself!

pam w - October 7, 2014 - 5:18 am

I am in the process of making all my nieces and nephews quilts so this would be awesome fabrics for one of them

Rachel - October 7, 2014 - 5:11 am

I would make a quilt for my sister and her family – maybe a churn dash. I always admire denyse schmidts work but this collection is especially great!

Kathy - October 7, 2014 - 5:06 am

I love this collection! I have thinking about using it for a quilt for my guest bedroom. The colors and patterns would work perfectly in our New England home!

Amanda K - October 7, 2014 - 5:02 am

Thanks for the giveaway! I’d make a fall themed quilt with the bundle.

del - October 7, 2014 - 4:53 am

What a great bundle! I’d make a quilt for our family room sofa, these colors are perfect for the season.

Abby - October 7, 2014 - 4:38 am

I would make some table runners and placemats for my mom, those are totally her colors!

Vicky - October 7, 2014 - 4:22 am

these fabrics are awesome, I would make a bunch of new pillows for our living room with them!

Julie N - October 7, 2014 - 4:10 am

These colors are perfect for fall and I would make a quilt for our local auction to raise money for cancer research. It is held in September each year. The perfect time to give and receive the quilt I’d make.

Tabitha Keener - October 7, 2014 - 4:03 am

I would definitely make a quilt and pillows! Thanks so much!


cheri - October 7, 2014 - 3:55 am

I would love to make a quilt with these!

Amanda - October 7, 2014 - 3:29 am

LOVE this bundle!! I would make a fall quilt for our bed :-)

LynneMcL - October 7, 2014 - 3:24 am

The next town over from mine is Hadely MA – which I drive through every day on my way to work. I’d love to make a quilt for my husband with that bundle.

Betsy - October 7, 2014 - 3:15 am

This fabric looks amazing! I would have to make my nieces some quilted journals for Christmas and a tote bag for myself.

Sandra Louise - October 7, 2014 - 2:59 am

what a great bundle. I’d love to make it into a quilt similar to the Buzzard Birds you just finished!

Karie - October 7, 2014 - 2:18 am

I love this line. It would definitely end up as a quilt and there would most definitely be some geese involved. Thanks so much for the chance!

Linda H. - October 7, 2014 - 1:48 am

Such a gorgeous collection! So many quilt possibilities! I’d make a quilt from a Sew Kind of Wonderful pattern, probably one of their newest designs like Chic Kisses. Love quilts made with the Quick Curve Ruler. Thank you for this chance to win!

Melissa - October 7, 2014 - 1:44 am

I would love to make a double wedding ring quilt in this line!

Tom Cranford - October 7, 2014 - 1:35 am

I would use it to make a couple of beautiful table runners. Love your blog and thanks for the opportunity to participate in the give away! :)

Jacqueline - October 7, 2014 - 12:37 am

Your ModernSolidsChallenge turned out super great!! Thank you for the chance of winning this beautiful bundle. I think I’d finally tackle the single girl!

Jenny D - October 7, 2014 - 12:02 am

Quilts for Aussie Hero Quilts

Tamara - October 6, 2014 - 11:40 pm

I would make a new quilt for my bed. I haven’t made a quilt for myself in ages!

wendy - October 6, 2014 - 11:24 pm

I’d make a quilt for my sister in law.

Sharon T - October 6, 2014 - 11:11 pm

I’m afraid I would change my mind at least six times before deciding which scrappy quilt I would make with such goodness! Love this collection!

Anita C - October 6, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Beautiful bundle…. I see a couple of quilts Half Rectangle Triangle would look great.

Hayley - October 6, 2014 - 10:41 pm

These strike me as so outdoorsy, I’d make a huuuuuuge picnic rug!

Leah newman - October 6, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Some fun retro pillows!

Sarah - October 6, 2014 - 10:08 pm

I’d make a quilt for my sister who went to school in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Carla - October 6, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Your quilts are always so awesome. Thank you for this lovely give away. I would save these fabrics for the perfect quilt : )

Nanna - October 6, 2014 - 9:58 pm

I’ve wanted to make a modern Flying Geese quilt for a while now and these fabrics would be perfect for that. I love the colors!

Susan Strong - October 6, 2014 - 9:56 pm

I would love this bundle and I’d probably use it to make a triangle quilt, of a design yet to be determined.

Vicki - October 6, 2014 - 9:47 pm

I’d make a wedding quilt for my dear friend who (whom?) I’ve known since kindergarten.

Jude - October 6, 2014 - 9:47 pm

I would love to make something similar to your buzzed birds! I love love love that quilt! Thank you for the giveaway!

Netta - October 6, 2014 - 9:42 pm

I would make lots of wonderful crib quilts. Pinwheels or Rolling Chocolate…. Oh, the possibilities! Thank you for sharing.

Sarah from mila + cuatro - October 6, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I’d make an improv quilt, I love that it comes with coordinating solids.

Laura - October 6, 2014 - 9:38 pm

In a quilt for sure! Something that would really make the prints sing!

Nicole - October 6, 2014 - 9:37 pm

I think I’d make something like the “Playground” quilt from Material Obsessions 2 maybe. I think the original was done in Denise Schmidt fabrics too! But I’d change it up, make it less traditional. I love the yellows in the middle of the bundle.

Sandy - October 6, 2014 - 9:33 pm

I would love to make an improve cross quilt. The colors would make a great quilt no matter what pattern you used.

Christy - October 6, 2014 - 9:31 pm

A beautiful sampler quilt is what I would make.

DianeY - October 6, 2014 - 9:29 pm

I’d use them in a quilt, but I’d have to let a design idea stew for a bit!

Debra Kay Neiman - October 6, 2014 - 9:27 pm

I want to make that modern hexie quilt. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Kei - October 6, 2014 - 9:22 pm

I’d make a few quilted table runners.

Rachel - October 6, 2014 - 9:21 pm

i love these fabrics! Mixed with the solids they look even more wonderful. I would make a quilt, maybe a modern maple leaf or something fall inspired.

Rachel - October 6, 2014 - 9:20 pm

i love these fabrics so much! Mixed with the solids they look even more wonderful. I would make a quilt, maybe a maple leaf or something fall inspired.

Chelsea - October 6, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Gorgeous bundle! I’d love to use it for a weekender

Sue - October 6, 2014 - 9:11 pm

I would make a wonky plus sign quilt.

Cassandra Martinez - October 6, 2014 - 9:04 pm

I keep picturing this as a Swoon quilt or something fun and big that would do justice to the prints. I love this collection it’s just so pretty. And your quilt is so great, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it!

Rachel @ Quiltineering - October 6, 2014 - 8:58 pm

I have so many quilt ideas! I think I’d make a fall inspired quilt with those gorgeous colors!

Kitt - October 6, 2014 - 8:51 pm

I would make a quilt. Something sleek and modern.

Mary on Lake Pulaski - October 6, 2014 - 8:46 pm

I would make an improv log cabin quilt is I won!

Jenelle - October 6, 2014 - 8:45 pm

These would make a beautiful fall themed quilt, maybe with some maple leaf blocks. Thanks for the giveaway!

Darci - October 6, 2014 - 8:44 pm

I’d make a new throw for our couch. It’s the perfect shades!

Holly Reid - October 6, 2014 - 8:43 pm

I feel like this needs to be a great quilt for fall–I’m feeling some kind of a modern plaid pattern or the Point Me pattern!

Margaret - October 6, 2014 - 8:40 pm

I’ve been wanting to make a Single Girl quilt, and this would be the perfect fabric for it.

liz - October 6, 2014 - 8:34 pm

This would make such as lovely addition to my in-progres DS only quilt! Thanks for the giveaway :)

Karen - October 6, 2014 - 8:34 pm

Oh the possibilities! If I won this bundle I would love to make an improve log cabin adding as many solids to make a large bed quilt. Thanks for the chance to win!!

Sue - October 6, 2014 - 8:31 pm

Oh something very modern. Maybe Libs Elliott Rebel Quilt?

leanne - October 6, 2014 - 8:31 pm

I’d love to make one of Denyse’s quilts from her Modern Traditional book and I think ocean waves would look spectacular in Hadley – thanks so much for the chance to win – fingers crossed !!

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Emily - October 6, 2014 - 8:30 pm

I’d like to improv with that fabric.

Corie - October 6, 2014 - 8:30 pm

A quilt for my littlest baby!

Katie - October 6, 2014 - 8:26 pm

I would love to make a feather quilt with Hadley!

Barbara Lasky - October 6, 2014 - 8:26 pm

I would love to make a Farmer’s Wife quilt with this fabric. Probably not the entire quilt, perhaps about half of them. I think it would look great.

Katy(LethargicLass) - October 6, 2014 - 8:19 pm

With Hadley I would want something a little traditional… nine patches and pinwheels or something similar.

Sandi - October 6, 2014 - 8:15 pm

I’d make a courthouse steps quilt. I love this new line!

Ella - October 6, 2014 - 8:09 pm

I’d make a quilt and use the leftover bits for a bag!

#ModernSolidsChallenge: The Design Process

I love to hear about everyone’s design process. For everyone it’s different. For me it is key to see the whole design in my head before I actually cut fabric. I have been learning Illustrator and Design and luckily I can quickly draw

Our design parameters are as follows:

  • 60″ x 60″ final quilt size
  • Just use fabric from the box (we could ask for more for background fabric if needed)
  • Inspired by the style of Denyse Schmidt’s book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration

First, have you seen Denyse’s book??

DS Book

She captures the beauty of many traditional patterns and presents us with gorgeous clean modern versions. So, of course I started looking at antique and vintage quilts. There were two quilts that I kept coming back to. One was quilts made from variations on the Birds in the Air:


and the other was Sugarloaf Quilts:


I figured I could make these modern. These are the traditional blocks:

Birds In the Air

Birds in the Air Quilt Block

Sugarloaf dwg

Sugarloaf Quilt Block with Traingles

Sugarloaf dwg2

Sugarloaf Quilt Block with Diamonds

I’ve been working with paper pieced half rectangle triangles (HRT’s) a lot lately in my designs so I guess they had been on my mind so I started to play with ideas that I could incorporate them into these traditional layouts. I haven’t seen HRT’s much in antique quilts but, if you substitute them for HST”s or combine them to form regular triangles. Then walla! These were the rejects.;)All of which I would still like to make into quilts!


I knew I wanted colorful but, not rainbow-y and I knew I didn’t want to use white for my background fabric. But, to decide what to use when you have 75 colors. Due to my heavy work travel schedule, I waited too late to request extra fabric from Free Spirit. Luckily I live in LA with awesome local stores and Sew Modern had two choices that are also included in the Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids Fat Quarter Box – Spark Gold and Sand Dune. My decision was narrowed down.


It is interesting how just changing the background color changes the look and feel of the quilt.


Then it hit me – I can use both! I’m so excited with how this is coming out. . .



Yep challenge. I don’t love competitions and I design best when I’m designing from a place of love and pure creation and I know this about myself. But, I’m a sucker for a box of beautiful fabric and how beautiful is this?

photo 1

So, when Free Spirit Fabrics/Coats and Clark asked me if I wanted to participate in this challenge, I couldn’t help but say yes! It’s a friendly competition with a few extra awesome designers. Can you believe this list???

Heather of Olive and Ollie
Holly of Bijou Lovely
John of Quilt Dad
Lee from Freshly Pieced
But, I didn’t know how hard it would be just TO BREAK THE LABEL and take the fabrics out of the box. Sigh.
Then I had to create. How do you create when you have the whole rainbow of beautiful colors?
I had a long, long road ahead.
Rachael Ferrera - October 8, 2014 - 10:23 am

I ordered the box, but haven’t been able to really open it yet. It’s just so pretty in it’s box displayed above my sewing table – just like a piece of art. Eventually I’ll break down and cut into it, right….

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