Although the Modern Fans Sew-Along does not officially kickoff until next week, I want to give you some more color options and creative layouts to show you how versatile the Modern Fans quilt pattern really is.
To get you caught up...
- The Modern Fans Sew-Along officially begins September 12, 2018.
- There is no official sign up. All you need is the Modern Fans pattern. Your level of involvement is completely up to you. Every Wednesday I will post instructions on what we will accomplish that week along with any tips and pictures. Thursday morning the SQ newsletter will go out with a reminder. Each weekly blog post will also include what picture you need to post to Instagram to enter that week's prize. See the link below for the list of prizes. More details, rules and regulations for each prize will be posted in that week's blog. Each prize winner will be announced on Tuesday. Then we start all over again on Wednesday until after 9 weeks we have a finished quilt top!
- Live videos, group support and lots of tips and help will be given through the Suzy Quilts Patterns Facebook Group.
- For a full list of supplies, the schedule, sponsors, prizes, rules and regulations, read more here.
- To win the grand prize, you must make a throw quilt top or larger and post a full shot of it to Instagram using #ModernFansSA. The grand prize is...a BERNINA 350 PE sewing machine!!!
Think of this post as the prologue – a way of easing you into the sew-along so that by the time we are actually cutting fabric, you are 100% confident in your fabric choices and itch'n to get to those curves!
Starting Wednesday, Sept. 12 we will launch into Week 1 of the sew-along. That week will include picking fabric, gathering supplies and choosing a pattern layout. I'll go into more details next week, but I know that some of you are planners and like to know what to expect. 😉
Choosing a Modern Fans Layout
See more Modern Fans photos and links to fabric in this blog post. The Modern Fans quilt pattern includes 5 unique templates that can make 4 unique blocks. There are so many ways you can arrange and rearrange these blocks, but I'm just going to expand on a few of those ways – most of which are included in the pattern.
If you have Adobe Illustrator, I created a tutorial video to show you how to:
- Open your Modern Fans pattern in Adobe Illustrator
- Change the colors of your illustration
- Use the Recolor Artwork tool to try out different color palettes
- Drag and drop color palettes from online to use as inspiration
I always keep a running Pinterest board or color inspiration to help me out in situations like this. Here's a link to that board.
This design opts out of using Block 2. Instead, it incorporates equal amounts of Block 1 and 3. The variation is seen by dividing Block 3 into two groups – one using light blue as Template B and one using mint green. This layout can be found on page 16 of the pattern.
This design opts out of using Block 1. Instead, it incorporates equal amounts of Blocks 2 and 3. To achieve this medallion appearance, divide Colors 1 and 5 into similar gradating colors. This variation can be found on page 18 of the pattern.
The next group of colorways are variations of the same layout as Garden Blooms.
Glazed & Infused
Fat Quarter Rainbow
This color combo was inspired by a rainbow fat quarter bundle I saw in one of my favorite online fabric shops. Each FQ can yield 4 templates. I'm going to make this into a fun rainbow baby quilt! See the next set of layouts for that mockup.
This design opts out of using Block 3. It is symmetrical and subtle, accentuating the strip piecing in Block 1. I made this variation as a baby quilt.
This layout is unique in that is uses the strip piecing from Block 1, but with the Block 3 templates (Temp-C and D)
Rainbow Baby (FQ friendly)
To save myself from listing every single color, I grouped the fat quarters – so when you see "8 total Temp-E" just know that you will be cutting from 3 different fat quarters.
If you have a favorite color palette in mind, but don't know where to shop, check out my list of favorite online fabric stores. Let me know in the comments what layout and colors catch your eye!
Next, as we launch into Week 1 of the sew-along I'll reveal the throw quilt I'll be making. Let's just say that it is inspired by some beautiful Japanese fabric and my lovely friend Corenna – a master gardener. I'm getting so excited! Are you??