Mod Drunk

Mod Drunk is finished! It was my exploration of the design element, EMPHASIS, as part of Savor Each Stitch Book Bee. I started this quilt in October 2015. I described my process in a previous post.

I’ve been hand quilting it since last year and concentrated my efforts during the 100 Day Project. It is my favorite design from the Bee.


Donate this block and I’ll make the Quilt

You may have missed this, but I took over the Central Virginia Modern Quilt Guild’s Instagram account for a few days in May. At the end, I challenged followers to send me a quilt block that I could turn into a quilt for the Commonwealth Catholic Charities resettlement program.

The deadline to mail to the Guild is July 11.

Here’s the link to Instagram:

It’s an easy block to make:

Cutting Instructions:

(1) solid color (any color) 4.5″ by 4.5″
(2) white 4.5″ by 8.5″
(1) white 4.5″ by 12.5″


Sew the 4.5″ blocks to each other
Add the 4.5″ by 8.5″ to the top
Add the 4.5″ by 8.5″ to the left side
Add the 5.” by 12.5″ to the bottom

Press however makes you happy.

Your block will measure 12.5″ by 12.5″

Mail to:

Attention: Wanda Dotson
P. O. Box 5421
Glen Allen, VA 23058





Pattern matching prints for quilt backing

This was my first attempt to align fabric prints for a quilt backing.

I used a method I found onĀ Aqua Paisley Studio.

First you’ve got to find where the repeats are and where you to align the two pieces of fabric. I don’t have a photo of that.

Second, fold fabric one-inch and press:


Third, apply glue to the bottom of the one-inch fold, then align:


Fourth, flatten the fabric out and sew on the seam where you pressed it:

Fifth, trim to one-quarter inch then press to one side:


Not bad for my first attempt:


Low Volume Primer

I have learned that when modern quilters say “low volume” they mean a very subtle white or cream print.

When I started making blocks for do good stitches, I thought low volume meant low contrast white, gray or cream in relation to the bolder fabrics.

After making a not-so-low-volume block, I was instructed that my low volume wasn’t low volume.


emerge december 2015

It was considered too dark and busy.

This month we are making cross blocks with “low volume” and black. I’ve figured it out.


Allison of Allison Sews Blog is this month’s leader and has a tutorial.

Some examples of “low volume” for the modern quilter:

Emerge January 2017

Emerge November 2016

Emerge August 2016