September 12, 2019

Pinwheel Garden in Make Modern


Pinwheel Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
It's new issue day for Make Modern magazine and I have a quilt in the new issue! Get your copy of issue 30 here. Use the code "BIRTHDAY30" to get the issue for $6 AUD by September 15.

Meet Pinwheel Garden, a fun, scrap-busting, quilt ๐Ÿ˜Š
Pinwheel Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I had so much fun raiding my scrap bag for this quilt. No, it didn't really make a dent in the scrap bag, but does anything ever make a dent in the scrap bag?? I love scrappy quilts because they have bits and pieces from so many other projects and I love remembering the other things I've made. They're also great because I hate throwing even small pieces away, like these teeny little squares at the center of the pinwheels.
Pinwheel Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I used Northcott solids for the background and the blue pinwheels. In fact, I knew I'd be using the blue for the pinwheels and the backing of this quilt and at least one other I had planned (my Blue Sparkler) so I bought the full bolt. It was my first time buying a full bolt and I have to say it's wonderfully convenient to have it stashed away when I want to use it for a backing.

I quilted Pinwheel Garden with an all over swirly flower using Aurifil 4140 (I can't find an Amazon link for a single spool of 4140, but this collection that includes it would be lovely to have.) After I started quilting I realized I didn't have enough of the 4140 to finish the whole quilt. Oh, and did I mention I was on a deadline and there was no way thread ordered from anywhere would reach me in time? No next day delivery happening in this neck of the woods. I tried using a different colour in the bobbin to extend the amount of thread I had, but even that wasn't going to be enough. I was seriously kicking myself for choosing that colour at this point!

This was right at the beginning of the summer and we were planning a short trip to another part of the province. As I was quilting one day I realized that we would be (sort of) passing the one shop here in Newfoundland that I know of that carries Aurifil. Sort of because it would mean a detour of about 30 minutes added onto a drive that was already close to 6 hours, but that definitely seemed worth it to me. It's just a small shop, though, so what were the chances she'd have the colour I wanted in stock? Well, I quickly sent her a message and a little while later she responded to say that yes, she did have that colour! So, on our way home we took that detour to get to Blazin' Stitches where Krista saved my quilt ๐Ÿ˜Š

The flowers were quick and so relaxing to quilt because they didn't have to be perfect to look good. It was also easy to quilt them bigger or smaller, depending on the space I had to fill. Considering I have a habit of quilting myself into corners when doing all-over designs, that's a very helpful trait for a design to have.
Pinwheel Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I eliminated elements of the block for the outer blocks, creating something like a faux border. This is the third quilt I've designed where the blocks create a different look in the border and I really like the effect. Love Birds was the first one I designed, then Mix It Up! Both of them use changes in colour to create the look of a border (both use black, actually). I think there will be more like these in the future. It's a fun look!
Pinwheel Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
September is Make Modern's birthday month and they're celebrating 5 years! Five years already?! That's crazy! As part of the celebration, they're having a competition where you make any project from any issue of the magazine and you have the chance to win some great prizes. There have been quite a few Devoted Quilter patterns in the magazine since my first publication back in 2015 (just sayin' ๐Ÿ˜‰).

Also as part of the celebration, for the month of September, every new All-Access subscriber will get a free Make Modern enamel pin mailed to them. The All-Access subscription is exactly what it sounds like - it gives you access to all 29 of Make Modern's previous issues along with a 12 month subscription going forward.

If you're not interested in the All-Access subscription, and just want this issue, click here to get a copy.
Pinwheel Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I love working with the team at Make Modern and I'm honoured that they have chosen to include my designs in their magazine so many times. I actually just submitted everything for another design for the next issue, which was my most recent bit of secret sewing, lol. I'll be sharing that in a couple of months.
Pinwheel Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Do you have scraps just begging to be used to make some pretty little flowers? Pick up issue 30 and get started ๐Ÿ˜Š Don't forget to use the code "BIRTHDAY30" to get the issue for $6 AUD by September 15.


I'll be linking up with NTT, TGIFF, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop and Beauties Pageant.

8 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! I love the quilting that you did.

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  2. This is fantastic! Your quilting is always so wonderful! I would have been tempted to fill in the spaces between each flower with pebbles or something, but you prove it definitely isn't needed. And the "faux border" look is really great! Congrats on another pattern in Make Modern!

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  3. Congratulations! Your quilting is so awesome and it was fun to quickly peruse the mag ans see it in there. Now, to focus on the magazine a bit more!

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  4. Another lovely quilt design Leanne with fabulous quilting! So nice to see it all after that sneak peek! Congrats on yet another publication, and thank you for the reminder of the challenge, because I have so much extra time these days that I need to fill LOLOL. It's a terrific magazine, that said from a happy subscriber, and hopefully one day soon pattern designer within it! :-)

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    1. Hit send before my brain caught up with my fingers: I love the half hour detour story to get the correct thread colour! So good she had it and that you'd be in the general vicinity and with a little time to spare before the deadline.

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  5. Beautiful quilt, I love it here and in Make Modern!

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  6. Thanks for the shout-out for the magazine! I've got my issue, and I'm excited to make this quilt!

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  7. Do you quilt your finished project with a domestic machine?

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