One of the best things about working for a quilting magazine is having the opportunity to see dozens of amazing quilts up close. Hardly a day goes by without a visit from the UPS truck bringing yet another inspiring quilt for us to ogle. At the Modern Patchwork offices, we have a team of four dedicated editors who live and breathe quilting. It is our daily job, but also our nightly hobby. And man is this team talented! We all enjoy creating our own quilting patterns, but often will pull a project from one of our magazines to make when we are inspired.
Rosemarie Deboer, our Managing Editor and Technical Illustrator, has a penchant for scraps. On her to-make list is Jennifer Chon’s Scrappy Beehive Quilt. “Over the course of many years and many quilt projects, I have a lovely collection of leftovers. A friend taught me a fabulous way to keep them organized and available. This quilt would be a delightful way to give some of those fabric memories a new life.” And she’s right… a scrap quilt is a fun way to use up leftovers while keeping a record of your fabric stash.
Assistant Editor and crafter extraordinaire, Katie Chicarello, notes that Natalie Santini’s design, Playful Triangles, would be a perfect quilt to make in a series. “I’ve been looking for a quilt I can make several versions of—minimalist and elegant. I love that I can change this quilt up so easily by making it scrappy, or choose favorite solids with a friend in mind as a gift.”
And while Associate Editor Kristine Lundblad is fond of making large bed quilts (just wait until you see the king-size log cabin she just made for the March/April issue of Modern Patchwork!) she also likes to experiment with smaller quilts and subtle color changes. “I’m a big fan of Malka Dubrawsky’s quilts. Ombré Radiance is stunning, uses pre-cut strips, is less complicated than it looks, and I can’t wait to make one of my own! Although I love the colors she chose, I might try mine in a neutral palette.”
As for me, I have been practicing my curved piecing techniques on Drunkard’s path blocks for quite some time. Maybe it is time to make one of Heather Black’s designs, such as the Scandinavian Pathway Quilt. It would be a challenge, but one worth taking.
If you are looking for innovative modern quilt design inspiration, pop on over to our selection of patterns from Modern Patchwork and tell us what your first finish of the New Year will be. I’ll bet Katie’s not the only one making a stack of HSTs!