Monday, March 13, 2017

Are You Ready for Modernist? Beautiful New Fabric!

Hi, all!

I am so excited today to be introducing a new fabric line from Free Spirit Fabrics - Modernist by Joel Dewberry!  

Look at these beautiful colors and prints! Teals and plums, tans and aquas...

...even some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle green, which made my grandson very happy!!!

I knew right away when I saw this fabric that I wanted to make him a shirt, because it is absolutely his favorite color.  I think he likes it!  In fact, he liked it so much he wouldn't stop jumping up and down, making for a very blurry picture.  So here's a clearer shot!

This shirt was made using the Arrowhead print in Emerald.

But with all these beautiful fabrics to hand, I knew I wanted to make some other things. And of course, the first thing that sprang to mind was a quilt!   I needed a baby quilt for a little girl, and I really loved the Prismatic print in pink...

I paired it up with some low volume prints for the background - you can see them better in this photo...

...and backed it with some beautiful white linen.   Lots of swirl quilting made this quilt super cuddly - perfect for a new baby!  If you want to make one of your own, there's a tutorial for it here.

And then this happened!  I took a class at QuiltCon - Wedge Play with Christina Cameli.  I decided to use some of the Modernist fabrics in my design, and this is the end result!  

The front is made using six different Modernist prints sashed by a solid cream fabric.  I appliquéd the half circle to a field of natural linen, which was a bit challenging to work with but made for a beautiful top!

The back is made with more of the Modernist prints in a strip bisecting some white linen.

I had so much fun quilting this one, doing both straight line quilting on my tabletop machine and then loading it on the long arm for some custom quilting.

Look at that gorgeous texture!

But - - - there were still so many beautiful fabrics left, and I still wanted to play!  So I gathered up the teal and green fabrics and paired them up with a mid-range gray solid...

...and made this version of my Supernova quilt!  I love the way the blues, greens, and gray complement each other.  

It's quilted with a simple loose loopy curving meander that lets the colors and design shine!  If you want to make one of your own, there's a tutorial here, and you can see it in another color scheme, too.

I had some leftover half-square triangles when I finished this quilt, so rather than let them go to waste, I put together a couple of pillows to go with the quilt!

Some simple straight line quilting, a little binding, and these were ready to show off!

And I had some little wedges left over from cutting the wedges for the first quilt - and who can bear to throw away pretty fabric?  So here's a cute little table runner I like to call Chopsticks...

Some matchstick quilting helped the sashing recede into the background, allowing the fabrics to take center stage.

And one last shot, just because it's pretty!

Many thanks to the folks at Free Spirit Fabric for giving me the opportunity to share these beautiful fabrics with you!  I hope I'll be sharing more creations with you soon, because I didn't have a chance to play with this little bundle of Modernist...

...or with this one!

I'm thinking there may be some Easter dresses hiding in there!


If you're interested in getting some Modernist for yourself, I've seen it at several on-line fabric stores in the last few days, including but probably not limited to Fabricworm and Hawthorne Threads.  Several of the prints also come in voile... yummy!!

Thanks for bearing with my picture-heavy post - I hope you found some inspiration here today!!



And just a reminder - there's still time to join in the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge!  Signups started yesterday, and there's a giveaway you will be entered in if you sign up by March 18th.  You can read more about it by clicking here!


  1. I love absolutely everything you did there. But my favorite? The chopsticks runner! It's adorable! I've seen this Modernist fabric in online shops and while I liked it, it really takes seeing it in an actual project to make me actively desire it. Thanks for showing these great projects.

  2. All beautiful fabrics and creations. I esp. love that Chopsticks runner also.

  3. Wow! All of your projects are absolutely gorgeous! I especially liked your Supernova quilt, but my favorite was the shirt you made for your grandson. He's adorable! And you can tell from the photo that he really loves the shirt you made him. So sweet :-)

  4. All just lovely projects, each has it's own personality.

  5. Teal and grey, that is one super Supernova quilt, then came the chopsticks, lovely, but a grandson jumping for joy, in his own special shirt, that is pure joy.

  6. I love every one of your projects! I think I'm going to have to get some of those fabrics. They are gorgeous!

  7. Picture heavy posts are always my favorites, it means you're sharing lots of beauty. I love all of the quilts, but my favorite is the shirt, he looks so happy :)

  8. Oh my word! You went to town with the collection!! It's all so good, I can't decide which is my favorite - Supernova - no, Chopsticks - no, the wedge play (great quilting!) . . . :D

  9. I cannot fathom how you get all that done- cut, pieced, quilted, bound. Yikes. All beautiful, gorgeous work, Sarah!

  10. Wow, you've been having way too much fun!! Beautiful prints and I loved seeing all the different ways you've showcased them.

  11. Sarah, you "managed" to create beautiful projects with this fabric line! I've been a Joel Dewberry fan for a long time and got more excited with each photo, so I'm going to have to look for this collection. Your little grandson is over the moon with his new shirt...super job! It looks like you had some major fun!

  12. Well, you are right. These fabrics are beautiful! I love the quilts and cute shirt you made with it. Your creativity is exploding :-) The quilting touches are also perfect. Truly a modern woman :-)
    The Supernova looks wonderful!

  13. Wow, wow, wow! You have been busy like crazy with this fabric (as well as will everything else!) I have one bundle of Joel Dewberry prints that I'm still hesitant to cut in to because I love it so looks as if I have another bundle to add to the pile...and lots of inspiration to use it! Sarah, do you have an Instagram account? I am working on a scrappy stars quilt that I'd love to show you! My username is meredithaadolf (original, I know!) I haven't figured out the no-reply blogger/messed up with google plus thing yet, so my email is Thank you for all the inspiration!

  14. Oooh! I love the plum and the gold! I've done so much aqua, I'm hankering for a new color!

  15. Wow, you sure do make some gorgeous stuff!! I can't figure out which one I like best...argh! Ok, ok, it's gotta be Wedge Play, the quilting is perfect!!

  16. Great shirt! Liked seeing a different color way for supernova. It was fun following along and getting inspired by all the star quilts. Really like the first one - on to do list.

  17. It's lovely fabric, and you've really show it to advantage. Fun to see a different colorway of the Super Nova pattern, too.

  18. The blues and greys look fabulous together!

  19. You are trying to out-wow us! Each project gets another WOW! from me! I especially love Chopsticks, plus the quilting you did on it!

  20. I'm so impressed with the range of different projects you've made with these beautiful fabrics! I especially love how you've combined them with linen in that drop dead gorgeous wedge quilt.

  21. Love love love the wedge play pieces!!

  22. Do you have a pdf pattern for your chopsticks runner?


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