• Amy Ellis Scrappy Stella Block

    Scrappy Quilt Block by Amy Ellis

    Amy Ellis shares her tutorial for the Scrappy Quilt Block in today’s Sulky Block Party installment. About Amy Amy Ellis is an author, designer, quiltmaker, co-founder of Curated Quilts, and host of #IGQuiltFest on Instagram.  Her books include Modern Basics, Modern Basics II, Modern Neutrals, Think Big! and Modern Heritage Quilts. She blogs at AmysCreativeSide.com and is always busy with a new project. AmysCreativeSide.com instagram.com/amyscreativeside facebook.com/amyscreativeside CuratedQuilts.com Scrappy Quilt Block Learn how to make Amy’s Scrappy Stella Quilt Block for a new twist on an old favorite! From Amy: I love taking a recognizable block and updating it with a twist, like made-fabric instead of using a single fabric in…

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    How to Create a Modern Quilt Design

    Modern Art Quilts Blog Tour – Two Color Triangles & How to Create a Modern Quilt Design This particular book and blog tour, Modern Art Quilts, came at the perfect time because I’ve been doing a lot more research on what truly makes a quilt “modern” and how to create an original modern quilt design. I particularly love the 3 technique exercises from the book and two of those exercises helped me create a modern quilt design, translated into a little triangle quilt. I began by pulling fabrics in my two favorite color families: red and turquoise. I adore these colors together in all their shades and values. Then I…

  • Trends from Quiltcon 2017

    Trends From Quiltcon 2017 Quiltcon is a quilt show like no other as it focuses specifically on the world of Modern Quilting! The quilt above won Best In Show. It is titled bling by Katherine Jones from Tasmania, Australia. The quilt was paper pieced from solid fabrics; the inspiration for this quilt was a princess cut diamond. I got a chance to chat with Katherine at the show. She is a lovely woman with a passion for all things quilty. Modern quilters use quite a lot of thread! Look at the beautiful machine and hand stitching in the quilt, Madonna by Brittany Bowen Burton, that won for Best Machine Quilting.…

  • 6 Trends from Spring Quilt Market 2014

    One of the great things about Spring Quilt Market is being able to spot the new trends in the sewing and embroidery world. Although the show itself can be overwhelming, these are the trends that we saw and liked this year: Cotton + Steel: Cotton + Steel is a new division of RJR Fabrics that is a collaboration of 5 different designers to come up with one cohesive look. That means that all of the fabrics from all five lines all go together. The fabrics have a retro/modern feel and have a wonderfully soft color palette. I think we will be seeing a lot of great things coming out of…