Modern Quilt Studio is at Spring Market!

design, fabric, quilting

Oh so many things to show at Spring Quilt Market! Our Georgetown Line for Andover Fabrics has even made it into a little winter coat for a dog (see lower right of photo). Remember our Covent Garden quilt from Modern Quilts Illustrated #4? Look how handsome it looks reimagined in Georgetown fabrics! If you’re interested in a limited edition kit, click here.


There’s also a free pattern for the sample quilt, Embassy Row, shown draped over he drawer of the small blue chest. Truth be told, Bill and I rescued that little chest from the curb in front of a neighbor’s house on garbage day. The sides had water damage and one side had a hole kicked in it. It had a cheap finish in an ugly color and forgettable hardware. With a little masonite repair to the sides, sanding, stain on top, Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax on the body and some new hardware, it looks great in the booth!

We have two other lines debuting with Andover Fabrics, Barbados and The Gray Collection, a sophisticated black, white and gray collection that pairs beautifully with The Color Collection. Andover also handed out tote bags made from one of our prints at the Schoolhouse classes that shop owners and the media attend the day before Market begins. Here’s a shot of the tote bag made with the Dumbarton print, one of our favorites.


Oh and do you see that section of a beautiful quilt in the Craft Nectar banner? It’s a new die cut Bill designed for AccuQuilt called Local Color! Here’s the shot in the booth of the entire quilt. AccuQuilt will have the pattern and the dies. The die will be available on the Accu-Quilt website on Monday.


If you happen to see Bill in the booth, he might even be wearing the beautiful shirt we made for him using one of the Georgetown prints. We’ll post specifics about the shirt next week should any of you want to try your hand at making shirts for Father’s Day.


Clover Giveaway Winners!


Annnnnnnd the winners of the Clover tools are:

Barbara Lasky

Nonda Harvey

Donna Lee

Kim Harris

Karen Ortwig

Rhonda Wicinski Shedron

Tina Smith Michalik

Mary Jo Riddell

Please email your mailing address to us at so we cna ship you your prize. The first one to email her address gets the Wonder Clips and everyone else gets a pack of needles. If we don’t receive your address by Friday May 15 at noon, we’ll draw the name of another winner. Congratulations!


Sending Nancy Some Love

inspiration, sewing

If we had posters of our heroes in our studio, the first one we’d put up would be of Nancy Zieman. Not only has she had the longest-running sewing show in North American history but her life is a lesson to all of us in overcoming barriers and blazing your own trail. She also wrote a generous review of A Kid’s Guide to Sewing, had us as Skype guests on her show and visited our booth at Quilt Expo for a taping to air of Sewing With Nancy. If you’ve never met her you haven’t had the chance to see that she’s a down-to-earth, generous and thoughtful person who is beloved by her staff (always a good sign)!

I’m guessing that you too have been inspired and learned a tremendous amount from Nancy over the years. What you might not know is that our beloved Nancy Zieman is in the middle of another medical challenge. Here’s the link to the video that explains that she is being treated for bone cancer and will need to cancel some of her travel and work for awhile.

So I hope you’ll join me in sending Nancy a few words of encouragement and support either via her Facebook page or the mail. The mailing address for her company is:

Nancy Zieman Productions
215 Corporate Dr Ste D
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916