Modern Thinking

Cathy Young, my daughter and co-worker, pieced this pretty, bright quilt from a pattern by Blue Underground, Modern Thinking (A13551). Modern Thinking PatternIt’s a beautiful quilt, and I thought I’d talk a bit about choosing quilting designs.

I love to do “custom” quilting, where I look at the quilt and try to enhance it with my quilting. I like to have a backing that will show the wonderful secondary designs created by custom quilting, too.

My favorite example of this is the back of my Star Crossed Love (59697). The pattern is by Deb Tucker, and my quilting was inspired by the original, quilted by Mara Novak – Flying Goose Custom Quilting, Chester, Vermont.

Star Cross Love FrontStar Crossed Love Quilt Back

I chose a black backing and yellow bobbin thread. I didn’t really see the full effect of that choice until I took it off the frame, and I loved it almost as much as the front!

With quilts and fabrics like Modern Thinking, however, the quilting doesn’t really show. This is a great top to quilt if you’re uncertain of your quilting skill, want to try something new, or you just want to do all-over stitching, without worrying so much about precision. For me it was a chance to use my Handi Quilter Fusion and the new update to the Pro-Stitcher, which I hadn’t had a chance to use yet. I did a computerized all-over design, and love the new Pro-Stitcher! I also like the look of the variegated Isacord thread I used. It had most of the colors of the fabrics in it. All in all, our mother-daughter team did a good job!

Modern Thinking Quilt FrontModern Thinking Quilt Back

If you go to the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show in Bloomington March 7 – 9, please stop by and say “hi” to the gals in our booth! You can see the finished quilt there, too.

Until Next Time,


Remember, you can see What’s New at Erica’s almost every day! Any page of our website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “New Items” in purple, and click to find out.

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