Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration – A Challenge

Remember this yumminess? Denyse Schmidt’s Modern Solids from Free Spirit Fabric. I admit, I was reluctant to even take these fat quarters out of the box! They were just too delicious all together like that.
But eventually I did take them out, because you guys, I’ve got a challenge to win. : )
Free Spirit and Coats and Clark are sponsoring a friendly little throw-down among some of your favorite quilt bloggers: The Modern Solids, Traditional Inspiration Challenge. We’ve been tasked with making a modern 60″ x 60″ quilt, based on a traditional design. And you blog readers will all get to vote on your favorite quilt at the end! My competitors are:
John of Quilt Dad
Latifah of the Latifa Saafir Studios
Holly of Bijou Lovely
Ha ha. No pressure, right? : )

Of course, you can’t hand me a rainbow box of solids and not expect a color-gradient quilt to come out of it. My plan is kind of what you see above, but it’s kind of more than that, too. Stay tuned. ; )



WIP Wednesday: On Solids

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Well, hello there! I’ve missed you all! Between my vacation and my usual guest host at the beginning of the month, it’s been almost a month since I wrote a blog post. While I had a wonderful trip, it’s great being back in the swing of things again. And I have So. Much. To report.

First, the trip. It was awesome and amazing and I hardly ever thought about sewing. That’s just how awesome and amazing it was. : ) We went to Germany, Switzerland, and Venice. We hiked and explored and ate a lot and drank good beer. I’ve got a few photos below—you can see plenty more on my Instagram feed if you’re so inclined. (The one on the mountaintop was taken at the Schilthorn in Switzerland—and yes, I promise they were perfectly safe!)


Now that I’m back, I’ve got about 50 projects on my radar. And one of them uses this breathtaking collection right here.

I’m participating in a fun little challenge with a handful of other bloggers—including one of my co-authors!—to put a modern twist on traditional, using these stunning Denyse Schmidt Modern Solids by Free Spirit and Coats and Clark thread. I’m still mulling over my design, but I’m thinking the smack talk should start right about … now. So, hey, fellow bloggers: Bring it. We’ll see who’s got the mod trad chops, won’t we? : ) You can follow all of our progress by searching the hashtag #modernsolidschallenge.

By the way, all you readers will eventually get to vote on which blogger’s quilt you like best. And I’ve got a Denyse Schmidt giveaway coming up. Just sayin’. LOL.

I’ve also got this pile on my cutting table right now. It doesn’t look like much at the moment, but it will hopefully become a Christmas quilt—and a Christmas pattern!—very soon. And yep, more solids. It’s a theme, at the moment.

What are you working on? Here’s how to link up:

1. Link up any blog post or Instagram photo from the past week that features an unfinished work-in-progress (WIP).
2. To link an Instagram photo, click the Instagram icon at the bottom of the link-up screen, and use the URL of your IG feed as the link (for example, my URL is Please hashtag #wipwednesday and mention me, @freshlypieced.
3. If you are linking to a blog post, please link back here to my blog somewhere in your post.
4. Comment on at least a few of the other WIP Wednesday links, either IG or blog—commenting on the two or three links directly before yours works well to make sure everyone gets comments!

EZ Double Wedding Ring Challenge

Welcome to my stop on the EZ Double Wedding Ring Challenge blog hop!

If a Double Wedding Ring is on your quilting bucket list (I know it’s on mine), you’ll want to hear about this. The NYC MOD Quilt Guild has teamed up with Simplicity, Interweave, and Juki to sponsor this quilt challenge. Put your own twist on the classic DWR design to win serious prizes.


You might remember last year’s version of this challenge, the EZ Dresden Challenge. My Lifesavers quilt, which I made for the Dresden challenge, placed in both the challenge and at QuiltCon. So I can vouch for the fact that a contest like this can really push your creativity in new directions and inspire a project that you may not have come up with otherwise.

And I can also vouch for the amazing prizes that are on the line. : ) My winnings last year included batting, fabric, more rulers, a book, and an entire rainbow of thread in its own cabinet—and that was for third place! This year’s prizes include a Juki sewing machine, gift certificates, and much more. So put this one on your to-do list!

Just like with last year’s challenge, there are various categories that you can enter. It doesn’t have to be modern (there’s a traditional category), and you don’t even have to make an entire quilt—just one ring can qualify! To enter, images of your entry must be uploaded by December 1. For all the details, visit the NYC MOD blog. 

And to get you started, I’m giving away not one but two sets of EZ Quilting’s Double Wedding Ring templates. Just comment on this post by Wednesday, July 24, for a chance to win.

Don’t forget to visit all the other stops on the blog hop for more chances to win. Good luck in the challenge! I can’t wait to see everyone’s creative interpretations of a double wedding ring!

July 8th
NYC MOD Quilters –
Interweave –
July 9th
Emily Bailey –
Shelly Pagliai –
July 10th
Amy Ellis –
Faith Jones – Me!
July 11th
Amy Smart –
Monica Solorio-Snow –
July 13
Jenny Cameron –
July 14th
Jane Davidson –
July 15th
Joanna Wilczynska –
Jackie Kunkel –
July 18
Pat Sloan –
Jessica Alexandrakis –
July 19th
Jacquie Gering –
Lee Heinrich –