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Winner! The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop

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I hope you all enjoyed The Modern Medallion Blog Hop!

The winner of a copy of The Modern Medallion Workbook is…

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#54, Sarah!

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I’ll be contacting you soon, Sarah.  Thank you to everyone who entered.


The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop + a Giveaway

The Modern Medallion Workbook by Janice Ryan and Beth Vassalo

Today is the last day for the Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop and I hope you have enjoyed hearing from the contributors and seeing each of the quilts!  
Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 8.34.54 AM The quilt I designed for the book is called “Migration Medallion”.  I wanted to create a medallion that was light, airy and had movement to it, so there is quite a lot of negative space and flying geese!

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The quilting was done by Angela Walters.  Isn’t it gorgeous?!  She really went all out with it and added so much more movement to the quilt.


The Modern Medallion Workbook by Janice Ryan and Beth Vassalo

One of my favorite sections of the the book are the coloring pages.  You can photocopy them and color them with pencils or markers, or you can scan them to your computer and use a paint program to play with the look of the quilts.

The Modern Medallion Workbook by Janice Ryan and Beth Vassalo

I had fun playing around with “Migration Medallion” and seeing what it would look like with a tighter color palette and darker background.  I think I know what my next project is!


Would you like to win a copy of The Modern Medallion Workbook? Comment below and I will pick one winner to be mailed a copy by C&T.  International winners will receive an e-copy of the book. I’m going to be traveling all summer, so I’d love it if you could suggest a hand-sewing/ embroidery project (pattern or book) I could take with me, if you know of one!

Contest will be open until Friday, May 29th at 9pm and the winner will be chosen randomly.

While you are waiting patiently to see if you have won, check out the previous stops in the hop and you can enter their giveaways also!

The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop Schedule:

May 11th: Janice and Beth at C&T/Stash
May 12th: Melissa Richie-
May 13th: Amy Sinibaldi-
May 14th: Christina Lane-
May 18th: Erica Jackman-
May 19th: Becca Bryan-
May 20th: Karen Anderson-Abraham-
May 21st: Latifah Saafir-
May 22nd: Kerry Green-
May 25th: Beth- and

The Modern Medallion Blog Hop

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Today marks the beginning of The Modern Medallion Blog Hop!  Beth and I are starting off the hop with an introduction on C&T Publishing’s Blog.  Please pop on over to check it out and enter to win a free copy of the book!

Each of our contributors will be posting on their blogs over next two weeks, so you can get lots of sneak peeks and inside information on the book.  Follow the schedule each day to meet the designers and enter their giveaways:

The Modern Medallion Workbook Blog Hop Schedule:

May 11th:  Janice and Beth at C&T/Stash

May 12th: Melissa Richie-

May 13th: Amy Sinibaldi-

May 14th: Christina Lane-

May 18th: Erica Jackman-

May 19th: Becca Bryan-

May 20th: Karen Anderson-Abraham-

May 21st: Latifah Saafir-

May 22nd: Kerry Green-

May 25th: Beth-   and

Have a wonderful week!  Happy sewing!

Spring Bloom Winner!

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Thank you for all of your lovely comments on my Spring Bloom Blog Hop post.

The winner of the Fat Quarter Bundle of Spring Bloom is:

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#38: Lisa Burger!

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Congratulations Lisa!  I’ll be emailing you shortly.


Winner! Modern Rainbow Blog Hop


Thank you to everyone who entered the drawing for Modern Rainbow, by Rebecca Bryan.

The winner is:

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#103:  Kaelyn!

Jewel tones, but mostly purples! I love purples. I even painted my sewing room purple. Thanks for the giveaway!

Congrats, Kaelyn! I’ll be contacting you shortly.

Right Round Medallion Progress

I finally found time to finish up the quilt top for my Right Round Medallion!  The center is my Right Round Mini pattern and I made up the borders as I went.

Right Round Medallion Quilt by Better Off Thread

 I decided to go all out with the colors, but leave plenty of negative space to rest the eyes.  It reminds me a little bit of a circus, especially those wide stripes and the triangular “bunting” borders.  I was listening to “Water For Elephants” while I sewed it, so that probably influenced me!

Right Round Medallion Quilt by Better Off Thread

I think my favorite part is that tiny little smiley face.  I didn’t even know it was there until I pressed the quilt!

Next month I have a book coming out on Medallion Quilts (more on that later!) and I was thinking of releasing this pattern in May as a cross promotion for the book.  Would anyone be interested in a pattern?

I’m going to try to get this quilted in the next week and then I’ll post better photos of the finished quilt!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Free Block Pattern!


I’m excited to share a free block pattern with you over at Blossom Heart Quilts!  I designed the Wanta Fanta block for Alyce’s Bee Hive Series and here is how several blocks look together:

Wanta Fanta Block by Better Off Thread for the Bee Hive Series

It’s partially paper-pieced, but no curves to sew!

Check out Alyce’s blog for more information on the block, and her series (with lots of free block patterns!).  You can download the pattern here.



The winner of the Fat Quarter Taquito pack of “Black and White” is….


Linda Brown | February 1, 2015 at 9:35 am | Reply

I would make some a table runner with place mats….


Congrats, Linda!  I sent you an email.

Thank you to everyone who left comments.



The Bee Hive- Block of the Month

I am very excited to say that I am part of the Bee Hive!


What is the Bee Hive, you ask?  Well, my friend Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts is hosting a year-long series of quilt block tutorials on her blog. Each block is perfect for quilting bees because when you use several of the same block, they create a secondary design.  Here is the first block, Tic Tac Toe:


It’s a fun, modern block, right?  Well look what happens when you put several of them together:


It makes a fun design!

Each month, Alyce’s blog will feature two block tutorials; one from Alyce and one from a guest designer.  The schedule is as follows:

January 12 – Tic Tac Toe
January 26 – Kristy from Quiet Play

February 9 – Chainlink
February 23 – Janice from Better Off Thread

March 9 – Houndstooth
March 23 – Jane aka Quiltjane

April 6 – Spinwheel
April 20 – Christa from Christa Quilts

May 4 – Busy
May 18 – Angie from Gnome Angel

June 1 – Bunting
June 15 – Anne from Play Crafts

July 13 – Abacus
July 27 – Jess from Elven Garden Quilts

August 10 – Homebase
August 24 – Joshua from Molli Sparkles

September 7 – In The Middle
September 21 – Jennie from Clover and Violet

October 5 – Magic 8 Ball
October 19 – Diane from From Blank Pages

November 2 – Alpine
November 16 – Melissa from Ms Midge

December 14 – Treasure Hunt
December 28 – Finale

I am really excited to see what everyone comes up with.  Alyce has lined up an impressive list of quilters.

Check out Alyce’s blog for more info and enjoy trying out the blocks!

American Patchwork & Quilting Radio

I am pleased to announce that I am going to be a guest on the American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast hosted by Pat Sloan!

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast guests Janice Ryan Jan 2015

 I will chat with Pat about all sorts of quilty stuff.  You can listen to the podcast live by clicking on the photo above, or you can listen to it later, as all the past podcasts are up on the American Patchwork site free for your listening pleasure.  There are lots of great interviews on there to listen to while you sew!

So tune in on Monday, January 12th at 4pm EST (That’s 3 days from now!) and hopefully my nervousness doesn’t make me blunder too much!