Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Prism : Quilt and Pattern for Quiltmaker Magazine

Prism

** Update: For those that missed out on the issue of Quiltmaker Magazine, I’m excited to announce this pattern is now available for sale for instant download in my shop. **

I feel like I’ve been waiting ages to show you this quilt. Last July, Quiltmaker magazine asked me to create a quilt pattern for their January/February 2012 issue that fit into the category of “modern color”. I designed this quilt, which I call Prism. It uses 99 paper pieced blocks. Simple paper piecing though, I promise!

Quiltmaker

I spent August working on the quilt, and that even included taking it and my machine on vacation with me so I could get it done on a tight timeline! Luckily I have a very understanding husband.

Prism Detail

The quilt is made using all Free Spirit designer solids. These are all the bright colors, except for the dark purple.

Free Spirit Designer Solids
Pink, Fuchsia, Tango, Orange, Saffron, Lemon, Kiwi, Apple Green, Sky, Rocket Blue, Lavender, (Violet not shown)

So the magazine article itself is really cool. I’m lucky enough to be featured with two other bloggers I’m sure you know – Rachel from Stitched in Color and Elizabeth from Don’t Call Me Betsy. They both also have great patterns in the issue. We were all interviewed on our thoughts regarding use of color and there is a write up before the patterns.

Quiltmaker Article

My two pages in all their glory!

Quiltmaker Pattern

The final quilt measures 70″ x 85″. I quilted it in straight lines, on both sizes of the horizontal and vertical seams. I also quilted in the ditch on both sides of the white fabric.

Prism Hill

The back is solid white with a simple stripe of all the colors I used on the front.

Prism Back

The solids and the pattern of this quilt make it probably the most modern I’ve created. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and am really thrilled to be in my first print magazine. I hope you will check it out!

And speaking of pattern making, Generation Q has a post up on their blog about what *really* goes into writing a pattern. If you are interested in pattern making yourself, or just are curious into the time and effort involved, head on over.

December 6, 2011   88 Comments

Fresh Lemons Patterns in Action

I think one of the most exciting moments I have as a blogger is when I receive an email from a reader that made one of my patterns or tutorials. I LOVE seeing the photos and hearing the story behind the quilt. I thought I would feature a few here.

The first quilt in the above photo is by my friend Kelly. I can’t tell you how flattered I was when she cut into her Katie Jump Rope stash to make the Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt Pattern.

The second quilt you see above was a really fun surprise.


Photo from Laura Gunn blog

Last May I received an email from Lynne Miller of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. Fabric designer Laura Gunn asked the guild to make a quilt for Quilt Market using her new Painter’s Canvas line. Lynne chose my Lemon Squares pattern. She did such a great job, it is really stunning. And I was honored to even have a little tiny piece of me at Quilt Market…talk about exciting!

The third quilt in the top photo is by Shannon and is also the Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt Pattern. This was Shannon’s first quilt where she followed a pattern from start to finish. Her fabric selection and quilting is just beautiful.


Photo from Shannon’s blog

Another reader, Mitzi of Love, Live, Quilt, created a quilt based on my Echino Squared (sorry, no pattern for this one!) But she is one smart cookie and figured it out herself. :)


Photo from Mitzi’s blog

Last but certainly not least are these twin beauties by Katie of Katie’s Corner.

Central Park Twins. Done!

Wow! She used my Lemon Squares pattern with Kate Spain’s Central Park fabric collection and I am totally loving the results. Katie added more blocks to make these twin sized. Beautiful Katie. :)

If you have made a quilt from one of my patterns, or do so in the future, I would love to see it.

August 14, 2011   16 Comments

In Progress

Quilt top sneak

After spending all the time during the kid’s naps this week measuring…cutting…positioning…stitching…I have finished my latest quilt top. As you can see, it is still by far the most colorful thing in my yard. I hope to work on the back and sandwiching this week and maybe be quilting by next.

Quilt top sneak

April 2, 2011   5 Comments

Off-Centered Innocence

Off-Centered Front

It’s just a happy coincidence that I finished my quilt using Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush line just in time to post for Valentine’s Day. I am really excited about this quilt because I made it with a new pattern I developed and {shameless plug} am offering up in my pattern shop.

Off-Centered Detail

This quilt is a squares-in-squares pattern where the center square is off-centered in each block. There are 5 different block layouts and I used a combination of solids and prints. Again, I was drawn to the Kona Espresso which looks black in the photos, but in reality is a dark brown. The white is Kona Snow. These saturated colors really sit well with me for winter.

Off-Centered Railing

For the binding I almost picked Kona Espresso again…but at the last minute decided to go a bit crazy and use a red print from the Innocent Crush line. I really liked how the red popped in the quilt and decided to carry it to the edge.

Off-Centered Back

The back is a combination of several Kona solids and some other blocks which were really meant for another quilt. But, I am trying to be realistic this year on what I can finish and that one wasn’t in the cards. I think they look nice here too.

I quilted this one free motion, using clear thread on the top and tan on the bottom. It measures 60″ x 72″.

And now a little more on the pattern. It is offered in my pattern shop for download and my Etsy shop. It is very detailed, 15 pages with 11+ color diagrams. It has fabric yardage requirements, cutting diagrams, assembly diagrams, final block placement diagram – the whole nine yards. Below is a graphic showing the quilt in optionally all-solid fabric. I am *really* excited about it and hope you are too!

Off-Centered Solids

February 14, 2011   18 Comments