Quilt Modern Blog Hop

May’s Blog Hop is Quilt Modern, not exactly my speciality, but ok, I’m up for a challenge. When I think of modern quilts, I think solids, but I was given this beautiful Island Batik fabric designed by Kathy Engle for Sherry Shish, called Plum Pudding. The fabric has a vintage feel so modern seemed a bit of a stretch… so what else makes a modern quilt? Negative space, bold colors and prints, high contrast, alternate grid work, and reinventing traditional blocks were some of the descriptions I discovered.

These fabrics are gorgeous! I didn’t want to cut them too small, because I wanted to show off the designs – pinecones, deer, trees, snowflakes. I decided to use my AccuQuilt 4 1/2″ and 2 1/2″ square dies which made my cutting super fast and perfect.

Cutting 4 1/2″ squares

Designing with EQ8 I came up with the following:

Once I cut my shapes, the construction of the blocks was fairly easy; no seams to match. I used a Schmetz Microtex needle for piecing.

Laying out the block

Then I played on the design wall to make sure I liked the color placement.

Design Wall

Once I sewed the blocks together the final step was the quilting. I decided to try Hobbs Silk Blend batting. It was so soft and quilted beautifully. I quilted it with Aurifil 50 weight thread in a mauve tone that blended perfectly with the fabrics.

Coming off my longarm frame

I didn’t want you to miss the backing fabric. It was perfect!


Now this is where I would normally say, “The end”, but I had this dilemma: I still had a lot of fabric left and more ideas swirling in my head, so why not another quilt? I wanted to play with Half Square Triangles… a few ideas:

I used my Tucker Trimmer I ruler from Studio 180 Design to make 5″ Half Square Triangles. I decided on the third design option above.

To quilt it, I used Hobbs cotton batting and the same Aurifil thread.

I hope you enjoyed my journey into modern quilts. I hope you have been following the other Island Batik Ambassadors. If not, you can click on their links below. I have been blown away with their creativity!

May 3:

May 4:

May 5:

May 6:

May 7:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

May 10:

May 11:

May 12:

May 13:

May 14:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

May 17:

May 18:

May 19:

May 20:

End of Blog Hop and Round-Up

Also be sure to enter Island Batik’s Giveaway this week to win this beautiful Glacier Bay fabric.

Click Here

Layer Cake or Jelly Roll

Disclosure: The products in this post were generously provided by Island Batik, Accuquilt, Aurifil, Schmetz Needles, and Hobbs Batting.

10 thoughts on “Quilt Modern Blog Hop

  1. Hello Gail! I love both of your quilts and especially the way you quilted the first one. This fabric is so beautiful. I have some, too and am planning on using it for June. Have a great day!


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