Monday, May 14, 2012

Introducing: The Bella Patchwork Quilt & Pattern

Summer Sewing Contest at ELQ

Welcome to my pit stop on the inspiration tour for Jennifer's latest sewing contest, the Summer Sewing contest.  Jennifer has lined up some awesome prizes, to be given away in four different categories: quilts, home decor, clothing, and bags & accessories.

Summer sewing means a lot of things to me, but more than anything, summer sewing to me is about fun. Sewing things you want to sew, using fabrics you love, and in that spirit, I'm super happy to share my newest quilt finish and pattern, Bella Patchwork.  It features some gorgeous new prints from Lotta Jansdotter's upcoming Bella collection for Windham Fabrics, paired with lots of fun supporting guest star fabrics from my stash.

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I love the way the simple patchwork creates some neat echo effects throughout the quilt.  I also love the pops of lemon-lime throughout the quilt, and in Lotta's new line.  I think that lemon-lime is going to be a very hot color for summer.

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The PDF pattern for Bella Patchwork is available on Craftsy as well as in my Pattern Shop.  This pattern is charm pack friendly and would also work great with fussy-cut charms.  The PDF includes full-color illustrations to assist you in your quiltmaking and provides four different size options for you to choose from, ranging from a baby size quilt to a queen size quilt.  My quilt is the lap size, 62 1/2" x 75", which is perfect for a summer picnic.

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I had some fabulous pattern testers helping me out with this pattern, thank you so much to all of you! Katie, Michelle, and Susan, you girls are fabulous, I cannot say thank you enough :)  Check out their gorgeous Bella Patchwork quilts!

Katie from Katie's Korner

Michelle from CityHouse Studio

Susan from Patchwork and Play

To celebrate the release of my new pattern, I'm having a giveaway (GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED) of a free pattern for two randomly chosen, wonderful readers of my blog!! To enter the giveaway, simply leave me a comment here telling me about your favorite summer color palette. Are you a fan of pinks and yellows? Lemon-lime and gray? Pastels? I'd love to hear from you :) This giveaway will be open until Wednesday May 16th at 11:59 p.m. EST.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Also, make sure to stop by to see the other great inspirational posts on the Summer Sewing blog hop:

May 9: Sew Crafty Jess 

Have a great Monday!

78 comments:

  1. So pretty, Elizabeth! I totally agree about the little bursts of lime. Most of my sewing this summer is for our baby girl due to arrive in August, so I'm collecting yellows, corals, and pinks!

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  2. Red, white, and blue are definitely summer colors for me -- I can't help thinking about the
    4th of July, watermelon, and fresh blueberries!

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  3. summer for me means aquas, yellows, and maybe some orange! but traditional red, white and blue is pretty summery too!

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  4. Blue and white is my favorite summer color combo. So cool and refreshing! Your quilt is just lovely!

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  5. my favorite summer colors are red, white, and blue with all of our wonderful summer celebrations.

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  6. Congrats on the new pattern! I have some tulips in my garden that are pink and orange. It's not a colour combo that I've liked in the past, but now I love it. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. When I close my eyes and think "Summer," green is what instantly comes to mind. Mixed with garden florals of pink, lavender and white. And ocean blue and sandstone tan. They're all good!

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  8. Beautiful quilt and pattern. I am always looking for aqua and yellow it seems! Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  9. This is a cool quilt pattern! I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance. Right now I like spring green with most anything...grey or pink and yellow...most anything!

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  10. Those quilts are beautiful in each of the color settings! My favorite for summer is ice blue and red, but I love red in anything!!

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  11. I was so looking forward to seeing this finished quilt, Elizabeth! It's just marvelous!

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  12. Cute pattern - congratulations! I loved seeing it in lots of alternative colorways! Favorite summer colors - I think I'll go with my daughter's favorite color - rainbow :)

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  13. I love the summer color combination of yellow and blue. Love this pattern, may have to give it try. Great work!

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  14. What a fun pattern! I love greens, yellows and aquas :) So cheery!

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  15. What a great summery quilt! My favorite summer palette comes straight from my favorite summer locale...the beach! So I'm all about some aquas, sandy neutrals and pops of bright yellow. :)

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  16. love the pattern! I would love to makmake it in yellow, blue and grey! :)

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  17. Darling pattern! When I think of summer, I think of red, white, and blue!

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  18. My favroite summer pallette would probably be good ol' red, white and blue. So "July" to me! Thanks for the chance to win - your patterns are the greatest!!!

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  19. I love citrus colors for summer... Grapefruit pink, tangerine, lemon and lime... All against a crisp white background!

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  20. I think an ocean themed sea glass blue/green make for a nice Summer palette.

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  21. Oh it is beautiful Elizabeth! Thank you So much for being a part of this blog hop. You are indeed inspiring!

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  22. Love your new pattern! My idea of summer colors are the pale pastels and blues, blues for water, our yearly destination for vacations, water! :)

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  23. In love with this pattern! My all-time favorite is aqua and lime green for summertime.

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  24. It is so gorgeous Elizabeth!!! Awesome!!

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  25. I love aqua, lime and white for summer. I'm finishing a queen size with those colors that I've named 'Summer Delight'!

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  26. What a fun quilt!

    For summer, I definitely love bright colors... either blue, lime green and white, or coral, purple, and yellow are my favorite combos.

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  27. I love the aqua/tangerine combination for summer! Great pattern - thanks for the chance to win.

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  28. Each summer my tastes are slightly different but I am loving aquas this year. Maybe with some yellow and oranges mixed in. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  29. Oooh, pretty new pattern! Great job! : )

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  30. Hi Elisabeth! Beautiful summer quilt! Even the pattern is simple the quilt is not too simple! You have used wonderful colours and mixed prints! x Teje

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  31. Congrats! It looks like a great quilt pattern. So fun! Right now I am really liking bright colors. I just made up a quilt top in aqua, hot pink, lime green, and a little splash of purple and I'm really liking it.

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  32. I love how your pattern is interpreted in different ways...so versatile! My favorite summer colors are turquoise and lime green, maybe with a touch of hot pink or yellow. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  33. I'm loving the limey greens and tangerines...I guess those good rainbow sherbet colors ;-)

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  34. I really like the freshness of blues and white for summer. Reminds me of the beach hitting the ocean.

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  35. I really like pink and orange for summer, maybe with a little yellow thrown in for good measure.

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  36. Teal and white; unless the kids are about, then lose the white!

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  37. Love your new pattern! My favorite colors for summer are red, white and blue. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  38. The quilts look amazing, love the pattern so simple yet effective!
    I'm loving aqua, orange and lime! =D

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  39. Cute quilt, Elizabeth! I can't choose a summer palette--I like so many combinations. So...maybe orange and white.

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  40. Lovely quilts - they are all so yummy! My fav summer palette will be greens of all kinds this summer. With teh rain we've been having, it look elike it will be a very green drought!

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  41. I'm having a grey/orange thing at the moment - just in my head and when flicking through magazines :)

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  42. Citrus colors with black, gray, or white.

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  43. Oooh, so pretty, love the look of the pattern, thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  44. I love any citris colors paired with either white or Kona Ash for summer. Something clean and fresh looking.

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  45. I'm liking orange/tangerine and light gray.

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  46. Great pattern! My favorite summer combo is blue, yellow, and white for the sky, sun, and sand.

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  47. Great pattern! I thinking blues and yellow right now, next up is aqua, pink, grey and white. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  48. This beautiful quilt just makes me smiled, I love the colors!!! It makes me want to make maybe an ocean inspired quilt of rich blues... Beautiful!

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  49. Great quilt! I am finally jumping on the aqua and red bandwagon. They remind me of swimming and sunshine.

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  50. looks gorgeous! i like lime greens/chartreuses on their own. paired with a vibrant orange or grey.

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  51. Such a great pattern - I really like aqua and lime with grey!

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  52. I love the hues and colors of yellow and orange together with an awesome gray neutral. So refreshing.

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  53. Great pattern. I am liking citrus colors this summer.

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  54. The one I am doing now is pinks and lavenders. It looks summery. Grand wants hot pink and lime.
    Nice quilt.

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  55. My gray fabric stash has grown immensely in the last year, and my pops of chartreuse! Polka dots, stripes...I love them all...but those greys, grays, graze! Lol! Love this quilt and your blog! Yay for summer sewing! :)

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  56. Lime Green has always been my favorite color and i'm so happy to it making a coe back..summer to me is lime, lemon,aqua and a tiny bit of raspberry

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  57. corals and blues-love the bright fresh colors!

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  58. Beautiful quilt!! Summer to me is bright colors and pops of color.

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  59. thank you so much for this giveaway! I love pink and lime green togheter I think a girl's room is adorable with that colors ^^)

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  60. What an awesome pattern! I have been obsessing with Teal, Aqua and Ocean Blue quilt combos lately. This summer I might throw some lime green and gray into the mix! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  61. I love the strawberry lemonade colors. Pinks, yellows and maybe a little red and green.

    Cute quilt!

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  62. I love the strawberry lemonade colors. Pinks, yellows and maybe a little red and green.

    Cute quilt!

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  63. I like peaches and lavenders in the summer, colors as well as the fruit/flowers

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  64. For summer I love Turquoise, Aqua, Ocean Blues, Red, Lime and Sunshine Yellow! :)

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  65. Love what Susan from Patchwork and Play did with the pattern - makes it so interesting.

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  66. OOps forgot to choose my colors...I like cool pastels in the summer - pale pink, pale blue, pale yellow...all soothing

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  68. Summer I like red, white and blue and also pink, yellow and green. Thank you.

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  69. Hi, I am now in love with all bright colors. Your pattern looks like it would work great with a charm pack I have.

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  70. I love the lemon lime green with pink and red for a super sharp quilt.

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  71. I love all the oranges and lime greens I am seeing. That is my favorite color choice. Maybe a little purple added for a punch.

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  72. Green, white and pink! inspired by the cool greens of the garden with aome white and pink for soft colour. I'd love to try it with this pattern! thanks

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  73. I think Moda red/pinks are perfect for summer...or anytime.

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  74. I love all the citrus colors anything bright and cheery with white .

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  75. I love blues and greens, water and woods.

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  76. I love looking at the same pattern in different colourways; they almost look like different patterns!

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