Pick Up Sticks
This is one of those posts that for the last 5 months I couldn't wait to share...but then that changed to dread over the last 2 weeks. Last December I made this quilt and pattern for Issue 2 of Modern Quilting Magazine. For those of you that haven't heard, this UK based magazine, owned by All Craft Media, went into bankruptcy about 2 week ago. There were a lot of people with subscriptions that will probably lose out on the magazine and their money. Some did receive Issue 2...not me though so I haven't actually seen my quilt in it. Lots of artists have projects still with the magazine and may never see their quilts and projects again. I actually thought I would never see this particular quilt again, but I did receive it back about a week and a half ago and for that I am very grateful. I don't really want to make this post about ACM though, so let's just focus on the quilt. :)
These quilt blocks were made by placing fabric strips improvisationally through square blocks. I used all solids - a combination of Kaffe Fassett Shot Cottons, Moda Cross Weaves, Art Gallery Pure Elements, FreeSpirit Designer Solids, and Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton Solids. The blocks measure 9" x 9" unfinished. My blocks alternate warm/cool/warm/cool... colors.
I decided on a scrappy binding and quilted this in a free motion meandering design. I am really happy with the finished product and it will probably now live in my daughter's room.
So, I'm sure I don't need to say this, but just because I like to keep my blog a positive place, please let's focus on the quilt in the comments and not negative or disparaging comments surrounding the now defunct magazine. I know for those involved, emotions are high. Thanks everyone!
Updated: Wow, I am really overwhelmed by all the emails and comments from you guys offering to send me a copy of the magazine! I am actually practically speechless over it, this is just the best community.
Since people are just now getting their magazines late, I'm going to wait a couple weeks and see if mine makes it over here. Looks like there is hope! Thank you so much everyone. xox
Another Update (early July): Thanks so much to one of my readers who let me know she found the magazine at Barnes & Noble. I just found and bought a copy there! So if you are interested in making this pattern, check your bookstore for the magazine.