Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Mod Pop 40


My second entry into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival is in the Scrappy Quilt category, and I am entering my Mod Pop quilt.


I’m choosing the scrappy category because although there are only two colors (plus binding), there are over 50 different fabrics included in this quilt! Some of them you can see below.


This was made during Leanne @ she can quilt’s Mod Pop QAL, and really helped me quickly get over my fear of piecing curves. Leanne has a great video tutorial of how to piece curves without pins, which I followed and it really is as easy as she makes it look.

I’ve written a lot about this quilt in the past, but I thought I’d talk more about the hardest decision I made early on: navy chains on grey, or grey chains on navy?


I had enough fabric to go either way, and I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go. I started out by sketching my ideas using colored pencils on the coloring sheet nicely provided with the pattern. I knew it was going to be scrappy, so I tried to emulate that with different shades of grey and blue.


At this point, I was leaning a bit more towards navy on blue, but I wasn’t sold yet. So I made up the pieces, and laid a block each way on my design wall. Using photoshop, I repeated the blocks so I could see how it would look together.


At this point, I realized that most of my navy fabrics were fairly high contrast: navy blue with white or light colored patterns on them. My greys on the other hand were lower contrast: light grey with white. Because I wanted the chains to stand out, I decided the background should contain the lower contrast fabrics, and therefore should be grey. The blue chains were smaller areas and could handle the high contrast fabric better, and draw attention to where I wanted it.


Of course, I still had to make a reversed chain on the back, just to be sure! After making the reversed chain I was completely happy with my decision for the front. Not that it didn’t look cool, but it was a different look than what I was aiming for.

Love the binding from the back!


Quilt Details:
Design: Mod Pop – pattern by Julie @ Distant Pickles
Dimensions: Twin sized – 60″ x 80″
Fabrics: There are at least 25 different navy fabrics, and 27 different white/grey fabrics, but I lost count at some point.
Humility block location: Lower left corner


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40 thoughts on “Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Mod Pop

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Lorna! I swear that video changed my life. 🙂 I hate pins, so if I’d had to pin, I’m not sure I would have finished the quilt!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! I questioned the choice a lot near the beginning, but by the time I had the first row done, I was really happy I’d gone that way. 🙂 It wasn’t until after it was finished that I realized WHY I liked it better, though!

    • anne Post author

      Thanks Sarah! There’s actually a couple of solid greys, and a navy shot cotton in there, I think. But it just gets mixed up with all the other scrappy! 🙂 I love the look of the all solid versions of this quilt, but I like my scrappy version a lot, too!

  • Jessica

    looks great! I like how the scrappy grays add some texture but don’t overpower the navy just like you hoped. And, I like how you point out a humility block. I did have to search to find it though and would have never noticed it if you hadn’t pointed it out 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Thank you! 😀 I really enjoy seeing the similarities and differences between a quilt and its initial design. The “humility block” was something I noticed before I’d basted, but I really couldn’t bring myself to fix it. The recipient of the quilt still hasn’t noticed it. 😉

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Candace! I am definitely drawn to scrappy styles, but this is one of the first quilts I made in which I really played with going full-force scrappy!

    • anne Post author

      Your video changed my curved piecing life, seriously! Everyone I talk to who is piecing curves I make them watch that video. lol It’s fantastic! Thanks so much for making it available and for the lovely QAL! 😀

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Pat. 🙂 I think the grey on navy would be striking in a very different way. It also might have been a little more practical given that the quilt was going to a 20-something guy, but too bad, design won. 😉

    • anne Post author

      Thank you for the compliment! I’d been collecting low volume fabrics for a while, so when it came time to pull fabrics from my stash, I was kind of amazed at how many white/light grey fabrics I actually had. For a while I was unable to sew, but I continued to buy fabrics to pull me through, and it kind of got out of control. :O

    • anne Post author

      Thank you, Vera! It went to a good friend of mine, and I know he really appreciates it, even if he’s not a quilter type. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Thanks, Jayne! I’m really happy that I chose to go that direction. I think the blue as a background would have been too chaotic for what I wanted. 🙂

    • anne Post author

      Thanks, Paula. 🙂 I think Julie @ Distant Pickle is planning to do another pattern with the same template (it’s similar to the drunkard’s path, but the template is slightly different) and I’m sure there will be another QAL when that happens. 🙂 Hopefully you like that pattern and can join along!

  • Kati R.

    I totally love this pattern and was thinking about joining the QAL, but had too much on my plate at the time. Blue and white is my favorite, just sayin’! 🙂 Your fabrics are absolutely gorgeous!

    • anne Post author

      Oh, I’m sad you couldn’t join the QAL with us! I totally understand, though. This was the first QAL that I was able to participate in, because of similar issues. Thank you so much for the kind words! The quilt was made for my dear friend who loved navy blue, grey and white, so you are in good company with those faves. 😀

    • anne Post author

      Hahahaha actually I don’t think I DO have your address. 🙂 However, this doesn’t actually live at my house. It was gifted out last Christmas!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you for your kind words, Rebecka! I’m a rather large fan of blue, myself! 😀 I seem to be drawn to navy and aqua a lot in my designs!

  • valerie

    Hi friend! LOVE this quilt of yours – always have 🙂 Was very interesting to see how you chose the colorway you did – I think your hard work on the front end paid off. It’s beautiful!

    • anne Post author

      Thank you Valerie! It was a great exercise in conquering my fear of curves and sticking my toe into the low volume waters. 🙂 I think I sometimes prefer the design phase to the execution phase (although I love having made something, even if I didn’t exactly enjoy the making of it) and so I tend to spend a bit more time in the design phase than strictly necessary. 😉

    • anne Post author

      Thank you so much, Robin! 😀 I’m a huge fan of navy, so it’s always fun when I have a chance to play around with it. Thank you so much for your kind words. 🙂