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The Modern Fans quilt pattern is now available! Click here to get the instant PDF download!
Before launching into various pattern colorways and the curves video tutorial, I wanted to remind you that there will be a Modern Fans Quilt Sew-Along starting September 12, 2018. You can read more about those details here.
Modern Fans vs. Propeller
Another question that has come up a few times is, "What's the difference between Modern Fans and Propeller?"
If you remember the Propeller pattern, you will have seen some close similarities to the Modern Fans design. The two key differences between the patterns are:
- Modern Fans includes 5 templates to allow you to make 4 completely unique quilt blocks. Propeller, on the other hand, included just 3 templates to make 2 blocks.
- Modern Fans includes king, queen/full, twin, throw and baby quilt sizes plus instructions on making an 18" square pillow. Propeller included throw and baby quilt sizes.
A couple months ago I retired the Propeller quilt pattern in preparation for the Modern Fans release. One thing to note, Propeller peeps, is that you can still make the Propeller quilt from the Modern Fans pattern – you just couldn't make the Modern Fans quilt from the Propeller pattern. (Below is an example of Propeller if you have no idea what I'm talking about.)
Scared of Sewing Curves? Check out this Video Tutorial!
This video was originally filmed for the Propeller pattern (hence my boring explanation about the two patterns above). The same principles apply, however in the Modern Fans pattern I also demonstrate using pins when sewing curves.
Pins can be helpful if you are struggling to sew accurately or if you find that your sewing machine is stretching out one fabric more than another. I suggest trying out both methods and seeing which one you prefer.
In this video I also suggest using a walking foot. Some machines are better than others at feeding top and bottom fabric through at even rates. Your machine may not need the addition of a walking foot for equal tension, so test out what works for you.
- Modern Fans quilt pattern
- Fabric as required in the pattern (see Fabric Requirements chart below)
- Basic Quilting Supplies
- Temporary marker
Extended Supply List:
Make A Quilted Modern Fans Pillow with Zipper
The Modern Fans quilt pattern includes fabric requirements for an 18" x 18" pillow. The size of your pillow can be adjusted, all you have to do is adjust the size of your border strips. Here's a link to a step-by-step tutorial!
Check out the end of this post to see more beautiful pillows made by my talented pattern testers.
Black & White Color Pop Throw
The original Modern Fans quilt, first debuted in QuiltCon magazine and also in the 2016 QuiltCon show. This quilt is quilted with a waving allover pattern to mimic wind (I was really trying to drive home the fans imagery.)
Zen Blue Throw
The goal of this quilt was to create a subtle design while trying to make something as different from the original quilt as possible. Rather than Color 1 being the dominant color, this palette highlights Color 2.
- Color 1: RJR Silver Lining
- Color 2: Add It Up in Bone, Netorious in Kercheif, Cotton Supreme Solid in French Vanilla
- Color 3: Cotton Supreme Solid in Meissen Blue and Sprinkles in Seltzer Gray
- Color 4: Wreath in Natural
- Color 5: Gingham in Linen
- Binding: Ring Bearer Stripes
- Backing: Essex Yarn Dyed Homespun in Chambray
You may have seen my announcement last week that my husband John and I are expecting our first baby. Well, now's as good a time as any to let you know that's it's a boy! I wanted to make my little guy a very special quilt, and since he's going to be born in February, I thought I better make it warm too.
This quilt focuses on subtle texture and earth tones which are accentuated by hand quilting. The wool batting beautifully showcases the quilting as well as having a dual purpose of making this quilt extra insulating. It will be great for chilly walks with the stroller!
If you are interested in quilting your Modern Fans quilt in a similar way as this baby quilt, here are the templates I created for myself. For the largest circle I used Template B from the pattern, I just lined up the edges of the template with the two circles I was connecting.
- Color 1: Loominous Headlines in Orange (for the diamonds) Kona Brown (for the strips)
- Color 2: Brussels Washer linen blend in Natural and (I think) Latte Shot Cotton by Kaffe Fassett
- Color 3: Broad Stripe in Sunset
- Color 4: Solid Orange Poplin
- Color 5: No color 5 was used in this version. See Tiny Kites color mockup on page 20 of the Modern Fans pattern.
- Backing: Loominous Headlines in Orange
- Binding: Broad Stripe in Sunset
- Batting: Quilters Dream Wool Batting
Various Colorways to Get the Creative Juices Flowing
The Modern Fans quilt pattern includes a few different colorways and layout variations. Below are a few more mockups to help kickstart your creativity. The pattern includes blank coloring sheets so you can fill in your own colors to see what you like best.
For more details on the following three colorways, check out the Garden Blooms mockup on page 18 of the pattern.
Modern Fans Quilts in the Wild
Forage by Evie of EV Quilts & Co
Doing curves really threw me through a loop of “what is this” “is it good?” “I can’t even tell!!!!!” Hah!!! Good to stretch myself.
Piet Mondrian Fans by Jessica Schunke
I went into testing Modern Fans with the intention of just making a small wall hanging, but when my husband saw the finished top, he immediately claimed it for his office -- except bigger. Ha! So, I'm planning to bring it up to baby quilt size during the sew along and finish it off with lots of fun hand quilting. Love this pattern!
Farm Fresh Pillow by Elizabeth Ray
Confetti Scraps by Brittany of Lo & Behold Stitchery
Chai Latte Linen Pillow by Rachel Thomeczek
Terracotta Pillow by Christine Myers
Aqua Sparkle Pillow by Fran of Cotton + Joy
Pink Power by Caitlyn Williams
Now, I'm not saying this is the norm, but she made this yesterday. Like THE WHOLE thing in one day. Caitlyn's my hero.