Prism : Quilt and Pattern for Quiltmaker Magazine


** 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!


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.


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    SewLindaAnn says

    Congratulations! I got my new mag yesterday and can’t wait to read. Your quilt is absolutely amazing. The colors, the design, it’s all just beautiful.

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    Rebecca says

    Your quilt is absolutely stunning and congrats on a fantastic accomplishment!!! I can’t wait to get my copy!

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    This is so pretty! I just love the tones of the free spirit solids.

    Congrats on getting this published. I know what you mean about waiting forever to share projects…I am in the same boat right now with a few projects. I am dying to share photos, but can’t!

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    LOVE is an understatement. I wish there was a word for how I felt when I saw this. Love it so much. BEAUTIFUL, Faith… so freaking beautiful! And it’s got your name written all over it.

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    Amy in VA says

    To quote my two year old, “Beautiful, Beautiful”. Love the grey and white with color. Need this magazine…

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    Congratulations Faith! I’d like to tell you that I can’t tell you the last time I purchased a quilting magazine but I’ll certainly be buying this one. It’s gorgeous! And I think it has just the right balance of modern and masculine to be a good quilt for my adult son (who wants to pick out his own fabric when I make him a quilt).

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    Congrats Faith!–This is a fantastic quilt! I meant to ask you when we talked which issue you were going to be in. =) It’s really fabulous!

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    Shannon Wallace says

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE this quilt and the color scheme that you chose! πŸ™‚ The backing is super cute and simple too! Thanks for sharing. What a blessing you have an understanding hubby–I do too!

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    Congratulations Faith, I first spied this jaw dropping quilt on Pinterest. Your colour choices and pattern are incredible. Awesome work. xo

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    I am so happy for you! That quilt is stunning – absolutely stunning! Congrats on the article in the magazine, I will be headed out to buy it soon!

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    Wow! I fell in love with that quilt at first sight. It is so beautiful, I love the pattern and the use of solids. Then I read on and realized that you and your original pattern are featured in a magazine and that makes it even more exciting! Congratulations!
    You inspire me to continue designing my own patterns and maybe one day I can be a published quilter as well.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Super exciting for you, and us! It’s always great to follow someone who’s designs strike a cord and them to see them doing so well. Many congrats! I love the pattern!

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    i picked up the magazine because Sonja from the Vancouver MQG has a pattern in it (i love the little birds!), but i was so pleased to see so many modern patterns in it as well! and it made me happy that modern bloggers were getting some props too!

    my other MQG is just starting their Habitat challenge, and i’m thinking that your pattern will be perfect for it. the fabric line is so graphic that it looks fabulous with space around it, and it’ll work perfectly instead of the bright colours. i’m excited to start on it!

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    Wow, this is gorgeous. Love how you used different shades of grey. Wishing I had a few different greys for a project I’m working on this week. Maybe I’ll have to make a trip to the LQS tomorrow.

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    Heidi says

    Hi Faith!

    I am in love with this quilt! Are you ever going to release this pattern for sale on your site? I would love to buy it!

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    MizPat says


    Fantastic quilt! Congratulations on being published. It must be a real thrill, being recognized for doing you love to do! Looking forward to seeing your name in many more magazines

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    Lizzie says

    Wow, this prism quilt just jumped out at me from your side pics! It is so dynamic– I think this one would even make my husband want to get into quilting. Congrats on getting it into Quiltmaker. I would certainly love to give it a go,

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    This is stunning!! I’ve been frantically searching for a quilt pattern that would be appropriate for my 24 yr. old Grandson. He works 19 of 21 days at his job, he rebuilds engines, and he’s helping his girlfriend raise her 2 yr. old son. He told me he wants his quilt to be blue, black and grey–he’s afraid he’ll get it dirty if it’s light colored. So, I think I’ll change the white to medium to dark blue, and the multi-colored corners to light blues, aquas, sea glass colors. Also I’ll need to vary the greys, those will become my lights and add some sparkle. I’ve never mastered paper piecing, but for this pattern and my Grandson, I’ll give it another try. I do believe you have solved my problem–thank you so much!! I knew that whenever I finally did see it I would instantly know it, and TA DA!! Thanks again–love your patterns!!!

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    Deborah says

    Your patterns are beautiful! Do you sell your quilts? If yes, I’d like to know how much a king sized quilt in the Prism design would be – LOVE IT! Thanks!

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    Barbara Hall says

    I have waited too long to go looking for the Jan/Feb issue of Quiltmaker. Is there a way to get a back issue. The spring issue is on newsstands already.

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    Found this pattern in a magazine that I inherited from a passed away member of our quilt guild. Funny, that when I looked it up on Google to see if anyone had made it in other colors, I ended up back on your page. Your Kaliedescope quilt was my inspiration for starting quilting, and now I am going to make this quilt for my brother in-law and his new wife. So excited to get started.

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    Sally says

    I have never made a modern quilt before, the perfect design for a wedding gift I need to make before next summer. I am hoping to order it tonight and get started sooner than later. Is there another option other than PayPal to order though?

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      Hi Sally – I only accept payments through PayPal, however you don’t need a PayPal account to use it. You can pay with just your credit card on their site as well. Hope that helps!

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    Terri Goff says

    Is the pattern pdf emailed after payment? I expected a window to pop up after payment so I could download the pattern.

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      Yes, you will receive an email with a link to download the pattern after you checkout. Just be sure to save the PDF file to your computer once you open it.

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    Janet Cadotte says

    I love this pattern and plan to make for my granddaughter’s wedding shower. However, I don’t understand the idea of the paper blocks. I was thinking of making a template of the 4 pieces of the block and the block reversed and sewing them in a block. I would have to add 1/4 inch on all sides to be able to sew them . Right?

    I would appreciate any help you can give me. I have already purchased my material and I am anxious to start.

    Thank you,


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      Hi Janet – my pattern blocks have angled sections, so the paper piecing allows for these to be perfectly matched up when sewing sections together. Hope that helps understand the need for paper piecing.

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        Janet Cadotte says

        Thank you very much. I had never known about paper piecing before. I u tubed it and now that I understand how to do paper piecing, i am very anxious to start this quilt. Thank you.

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    hi just found your blog and am in love with your beautiful quilts, they are so inspiring – will be checking back here regularly for my inspiration fix!

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