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.



  1. Reply


    December 6, 2011

    congratulations! I love this quilt.

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    Shari K

    December 6, 2011

    Really pretty Faith. Those little pops of color are beautiful.

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    December 6, 2011

    LOVE THIS! congratulations! I can’t wait to buy a copy!

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    December 6, 2011

    Woo hoo! It is so pretty. 🙂

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    December 6, 2011

    Congrats Faith! I am in love with this quilt–how exciting to have it featured!!

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    December 6, 2011

    Love the design of this, especially the greys and white with the rainbow, congrats on the publication 🙂

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    December 6, 2011

    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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    December 6, 2011

    I’m proud to be amongst your followers!! Nicely done, Faith.
    I really like the back too.

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    Goddess in Progress

    December 6, 2011

    Wow, Faith, it’s gorgeous! Congrats on being published, that’s super exciting! And seriously, really really really well done on the quilt. Work of art, for sure.

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    December 6, 2011

    I love it! I really like the way you work with solids.

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    Lynne @Lilys Quilts

    December 6, 2011

    Wow Faith that is absolutely sensational

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    December 6, 2011

    This is just lovely! Congratulations – very cool.

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    December 6, 2011

    Congratulations! Your quilt is so beautiful. I really like the fresh look 🙂

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    Emily {Creative Chicks}

    December 6, 2011

    Very, very lovely!

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    December 6, 2011

    Congrats! It is fabulous! I like the quilting you did on the seams. Thanks for sharing!

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    December 6, 2011

    I was at a local fabric store yesterday and saw you in a magazine! how exciting is that! Beautiful quilt!

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    Lyanna L.

    December 6, 2011

    Fantastic quilt. I love it! Congrats on the magazine! =)

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    December 6, 2011

    Very nice, I bet you are very proud of yourself. This is exciting. Grace

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    Lee @ Freshly Pieced

    December 6, 2011

    Looks great, Faith, congrats! : )

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    December 6, 2011

    Congratulations Faith! Your quilt is fantastic! Beautiful colours and great design! x Teje

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    Liane R

    December 6, 2011

    Love your quilt! And congratulations on the magazine article!!!

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    December 6, 2011

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

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    December 6, 2011

    Faith, as always, this quilt is stunning. I love it and have to have this issue of QM! Congratulations!

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    December 6, 2011

    Looks great! Congrats. Solids, really do make for stunning quilts

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    December 6, 2011

    LOVE this!!!

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    December 6, 2011

    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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    December 6, 2011

    Congratulations on a beautiful quilt and pattern!

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    December 6, 2011

    congratulations!, it’s beautiful. such a lovely pattern. i will look for it on the newstand.

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    December 6, 2011

    Wow! That is gorgeous!!! Congratulations!!

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    December 6, 2011

    Amazing as always! Love the grays with the little bits of color (I refuse to say “pops of color”!).

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    happy zombie

    December 6, 2011

    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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    December 6, 2011

    How exciting! What a great quilt!

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    Amy in VA

    December 6, 2011

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

  34. Reply


    December 6, 2011

    Congratulations! This is a beautiful quilt. I love the bright colors mixed with black and grey.

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    December 6, 2011

    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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    December 6, 2011

    Simply stunning!!!!

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    Jo Jo

    December 6, 2011

    Stunning simplicity!

    Love it!!

    Just need to try and get the mag over here in the UK!!

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    December 6, 2011

    Oh my goodness. That quilt is BEAUTIFUL. I think I will need to get that magazine and make that one. WOW.

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    December 6, 2011

    Congratulations – the quilt is absolutely stunning!

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    December 6, 2011

    Congratulations! Your quilt is absolutely sensational 🙂

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    December 6, 2011

    Love the quilt, it looks amazing, congrats!!!

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    December 6, 2011

    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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    December 6, 2011

    It is fabulous! Congratulations!

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    December 6, 2011

    What a great pattern! Congratulations!

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    December 6, 2011

    Gorgeous quilt! Congrats!

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    Shannon Wallace

    December 6, 2011

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE this quilt and the color scheme that you chose! 🙂 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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    Catherine Albieth

    December 6, 2011

    Wow ! What a stunning quilt ! Well done !

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    December 6, 2011

    so beautiful and bold. how fun to be able to finally share it!

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    December 6, 2011

    Wow!! Blown away with how gorgeous that quilt is!! Great work and big congratulations on the feature!

  50. Reply


    December 6, 2011

    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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    December 6, 2011

    How cool. What a GREAT pattern!

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    Susie at ProsperityStuff

    December 6, 2011

    Awesome! I love the way the grays and white set off the vivid colors. Gorgeous work, and congrats! Simply amazing work!

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    December 6, 2011

    congrats! it is beautiful!

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    December 7, 2011

    I’m always enthusiastic about your patterns, they have the modern feeling I really like.

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    December 7, 2011

    Really sharp!! I want it.

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    December 7, 2011

    Congrats, can’t wait to purchase the mag to make this. 🙂

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    December 7, 2011

    WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ARE THERE ANY WORDS FOR THIS < OTHER THAT WOW!!!!!!!!!!! okay maybe one

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    December 7, 2011

    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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    cinzia allocca

    December 7, 2011

    Oh the quilt is so beautiful, front and back! Congratulations!

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    December 7, 2011

    So awesome! Huge CONGRATS!!! The quilt is beautiful.

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    December 7, 2011

    Faith, I’m so excited for you!! This is gorgeous! Congratulations on being in the magazine…can’t wait to see it in person.

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    December 7, 2011

    Beautiful quilt! How nice to get published…

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    December 7, 2011

    This quilt is really beautiful! Congratulations on the publication!

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    December 8, 2011

    Faith, that’s such a gorgeous shot of your quilt in the forest! Yes, it’s a very modern design for sure. Great job!

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    Jessica Pierre'auguste

    December 8, 2011

    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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    December 8, 2011

    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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    Lisa Estrada

    December 9, 2011

    Awesome pattern. Can hardly wait for the magazine to hit the newstands!

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    December 9, 2011

    Rock Star!
    Going out to get the magazine now!

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    Pam T.

    December 9, 2011

    Just beautiful! Gotta go find the magazine!

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    Margie S,

    December 9, 2011

    Beautiful quilt and Beautiful colors! Congratulations on your article.

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    December 13, 2011

    love this quilt pattern!

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    amy dame

    December 15, 2011

    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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    Lynn Douglass

    December 16, 2011

    A friend of mine was telling me about this quilt, so I had to pop in and check it out. I love it! The bookstore is definitely on my “to do” list today! Congratulations!

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    December 16, 2011

    congratulations, Faith! it’s a striking quilt.

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    December 28, 2011

    i love this quilt….i was standing in line, flipped through the issue, and your quilt sealed the deal- into my cart the magazine went….

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    January 2, 2012

    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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    January 5, 2012

    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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    January 27, 2012


    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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    February 7, 2012

    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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    Pat Hollenbeck

    February 16, 2012

    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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    February 18, 2012

    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

    March 9, 2012

    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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    Heather Browne

    October 1, 2012

    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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    shirley tener

    June 4, 2013

    So Beautiful.. I am glad to see an exciting QAL too..

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    August 6, 2013

    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?

    • Reply


      August 6, 2013

      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

    January 22, 2014

    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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      January 22, 2014

      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

    June 10, 2015

    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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      June 11, 2015

      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

        June 11, 2015

        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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          Janet Cadotte

          September 13, 2015

          I have completed my paper blocks for this quilt. Do you recommend I keep the paper on to put the blocks together?

          • Faith

            September 23, 2015

            Hi Janet! I take my paper off before sewing my blocks together. Thanks!

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    September 23, 2015

    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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