Flowers have always been the inspiration for Corey Yoder’s textile lines and her latest collection, Good day, is no exception.
Beautiful Day Rose Print – Arrives in Stores Now!
“I wanted to make roses,” says Cory, who takes pen to paper to hand-draw her canvas designs before editing them on a computer. “I’ll start drawing and sometimes the designs go in a different direction than I imagined, but not this – it’s very similar to the roses I imagined.”
Cory Yoder and Beautiful Day – This is the cover image of MODA Piece #49 – July 2021.
Beautiful day is 15 koreany A line full of flowers for Moda since her debut, prairieIt first appeared in 2015.
“I kept the colors in this line simple, so filters could make an all-gray quilt, with a bit of pink and coral, or a red and white quilt,” she says. In keeping with her love of flowers, she originally called it Farmhouse Rose, but then changed it. “It just didn’t feel right – sometimes it takes a while to call it quits.”
Star Twist – CQ184. Made with Beautiful Day, this 63″ x 78″ fat quarter comforter requires no Y seams.
Getting her right is important to Cory, who is also famous for the patterns she designs under the smart name Coriander Quilts. Say it slowly – Cory and quilt it.
Her design expertise grew from the tutorials she gave for the Moda Bake Shop, as well as the patterns she created for magazines and books. These helped her become confident in diving into her own styles.
A sketch drawn by Cory for the Lulu Lane group.
“I had to learn how to do quilt counting and illustrations, and use Illustrator and InDesign,” she says. “I wanted it to be perfect before I put in my own styles.” Corey has since designed more than 100 quilts.
A career in quilting was not a foregone conclusion for Corey. Although there were filters on both sides of her family, she wasn’t in her twenties and married that quilting appealed to her.
Blossomville – QD183. This is one block of a Korean 8″ fathom quilt that finishes at 72″ x 84″.
It began, as for many of us, with a passion for weaving. “I would go to a fabric store and fall in love with some fabrics and buy them without knowing what to do with them,” she says. Her mother, an avid quilter, encouraged Cory to try quilting, and while Cory enjoyed it, she didn’t start making quilts until after the birth of her second daughter in 2008.
Beautiful Day Board Blocks – There are two 36″ x 60″ printed boards in the set. Each of the twenty-four printed blocks measures 7″, designed to finish as an 8-inch block. There are two color options – red and green on ivory (29130 11) and ivory on red (29130 32).
She created a blog, got involved in the online quilting community, and was involved with several quilting and beekeeping groups. By the time she wrote her first book, Playful Petals, she had begun to think about fabric design and in 2014 presented a collection to Moda.
Corrie chose Bella Solid (9900s), Grunge (30150s), and Straw (48626) fabrics to coordinate with Beautiful Day.
“Working for Moda has been so much fun,” says Corey, who appreciates the diversity involved. “There are a lot of things we have to do throughout the year – it’s not all about sewing or designing patterns entirely. That makes things interesting.”
If that wasn’t enough to keep her occupied, Corey also has a new book coming in May.
Oh, happy day to Corey Yoder. (B1539 by Martingale – Available May 2, 2022.)
When you’re not sewing or creating new patterns, you may find Cori working or reading. Her husband is a top runner and Corey joins him in shorter competitions and races – they ran the 5km together at both Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2020. As for the reading, Corey loves it but she has to be careful. “Once I sit down, I don’t want to stop!” she says.
Corey and her family.
And with her love of flowers, you might assume that Cory is a horticultural professor. “I’m a terrible gardener!” She says laughing. “I can look at them all day. Just don’t ask me to keep them alive.”
More blocks from the “Nice Day” printed board.
Fortunately, for Cory and us, this is not a problem with weaving. No need to water or remove the roses on a nice day – just stitch and enjoy.
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