The spring 2014 issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine just arrived in my mailbox. And look what’s on page 20…..my Improv De-Railed Fence Quilt!
I had so much fun designing this quilt. I was inspired to make it after I attended a Nancy Crow strip piecing retreat last year. I hadn’t played with strip piecing that much before the workshop. and I was totally inspired with the creative potential of this technique. I chose to make a jumbo block to showcase the strip piecing. And when it came time to organizing the blocks, I liked how they looked when arranged in alternating rows and orientations, similar to a traditional rail fence pattern, but a little “de-railed” as a modern quilt approach.
A big thank you to Carol Zentgraf, editor of MQU, and Vicki Anderson, founder/publisher, for their support and encouragement as I worked on this piece. Thanks also to Michael Miller Fabrics for providing me with an amazing selection of their beautiful solid Cotton Couture fabrics. And also a big thank you to Quilters Dream for rush shipping me their Quilters Dream Fusion batting. I had never tried their fusible batting before and it worked out great.
This is the largest quilt I have made so far and between the Quilters Dream batting and my HQ Sweet Sixteen long arm, it was easy to quilt. So exciting to see it published in MQU magazine!