Fresh Quilting: What's old is new again

I've heard zillions of quilters say there isn't anything new in quilting, and loads of times, I agree with them. But that's not to say that we can't make little tweaks or twists on tradition that sometimes make something fresh appear - and when I filmed last fall for the new PBS show Fresh Quilting, that's one of the things I did.

I love trying to put blocks together, mashing up two different classic blocks that I love, and two blocks that I love very much are the classic Carpenter's Star and the Patchwork Wheel, or Cheyenne, block. I fooled around over and over again with the components of these two blocks, and came up with a mashup that I presented on last week's new episode of Fresh Quilting, which if you're an MQG member you can watch online for free anytime on the MQG Community site. I'd like to introduce you to the Carpenter's Wheel!

in Liberty - ooh, la, la!

all solids, so fancy!

all Carolyn! love!

You can get your very own copy of the Carpenter's Wheel PDF pattern, from my Pattern Shop, and Craftsy, on sale this week for $3. It includes two different block sizes, 20" finished and 30" finished. This block is built with simple squares and half-square triangles and makes a great start for a medallion quilt, or a mini quilt of its' own! The pattern features tips and tricks on making eight half-square triangles at once, as well as loads of full-color illustrations to walk you through making the quilt block.

Carpenter's Wheel PDF download from my Pattern Shop
Carpenter's Wheel PDF download on Craftsy

I hope you enjoy it, and I can't wait to see what you stitch up!


The last several days have been awfully challenging to be a citizen of this world, let alone a citizen in Florida. Like so many of you, the recent Orlando tragedy has both shocked and saddened me, but I am proud to see that the quilters of the Orlando MQG are banding together to try to bring comfort to those affected by this tragedy, the best way we know how: quilts.

The Orlando MQG is collecting heart blocks and quilts of heart blocks for the victims, victims' families and first responders. There's a very simple heart block tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew you can use right here, or if you're not a fan of stitching and flipping you can download my new free heart paper piecing templates right here or via Craftsy. There's no cutting instructions on these templates, they are strictly templates, but they're extremely simple and easy to use.

While you may say, who needs quilts in Florida, you'd be surprised how many my family piles on in the wintertime, not to mention how much joy a quilt draped across a couch can bring. There's loads of ways to get involved if you don't want to make blocks or quilts, and you can check out all of the details right here: The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild.

30 Quilts for 30 Days Kona Blog Hop: My Eternity Ring Quilt

It's no secret that I adore working with solids, so when I found out that Kona was celebrating their 30th birthday, I wanted in on the fun! I love the crisp, graphic look at that solids bring to any project, and Kona has the largest selection of colors so I'm often sewing with Kona solids! Today is my stop on the Kona 30 blog hop, in which thirty fabulously talented designers are sharing the fantastic quilts that they've sewn up to honor Kona and their 303 amazing shades. The quilt I've created for Kona's big birthday is my Eternity Ring quilt and pattern!


For my contribution, I created a new pattern which I'm calling Eternity Ring. I wanted to play around with the idea of a paper pieced wedding ring quilt, as curves and I have yet to really play nice with one another. My Eternity Ring quilt is sewn up in gorgeous, rich Kona solids in shades of emerald and fuchsia, with one singular block sewn together in grayscale. I love the contrast the one gray block brings to the whole quilt. I pulled some of my favorite shades of Kona, like Kona Pond (quite possibly my all-time-favorite Kona solid), Kona Cerise, Kona Iron, Kona White and Kona Black and threw in some newer favorites, Kona Kale, Kona Dark Violet, Kona Charcoal, and Kona Lemon for this beauty. The blocks alternate to create a faux double wedding ring look, which is created through four paper piecing templates, which come together to create the quarter-block units for completing the blocks.

Never paper pieced before? No worries! The pattern comes with detailed instructions, accompanied by photographs to help visual learners work through the pattern. You can also take advantage of a great deal on my new Craftsy class, Start Foundation Paper Piecing, which has boatloads of tips and tricks to make paper piecing a fun, addictive experience! This foundation paper-pieced quilt pattern is now available through my Pattern Shop as well as through Craftsy, yay!! The pattern also includes a complete cutting list and fabric yardage instructions for four different quilt sizes: baby, lap, twin, and queen.

And to celebrate the wonderful 30 Years of Kona Cotton Solids, I'm doing a little giveaway today - you can enter the Rafflecopter below to win a beautiful charm pack of the Kona Brights and a copy of my Eternity Ring pattern as well! You must enter to win by the end of the day today, November 30th, so hop to it!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

There's only a few more stops on the 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop, but there's plenty to catch up on if you haven't seen all the fabulous quilts! You can also see all 30 designs in Kaufman's 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook. Check out the great collection of Kona quilts by all of these fabulous designers listed below!

Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: 

Johanna Masko

Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of  

Aria Lane

Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of 


Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of 

Canoe Ridge Creations

Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of 

Cozy Quilt Designs

Thursday, November 6th: Faith of 

Fresh Lemons Quilts

Friday, November 7th: 

Anita Grossman Solomon

Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of 

Esch House Quilts

Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of 


Monday, November 10th: 

Darlene Zimmerman

Tuesday, November 11th: 

Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil

Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of 

Red Pepper Quilts

Thursday, November 13th: Lee of 

Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 14th: Julie of 

Jaybird Quilts

Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of 

The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: 

Elizabeth Hartman

Monday, November 17th: Erica of 

Kitchen Table Quilting

Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of 

Freckled Whimsy

Wednesday, November 19th: 

Valori Wells

Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of 

Quilt Moments

Friday, November 21st: 

Cortney Heimerl

Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of 

Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of 

Empty Bobbin Sewing

Monday, November 24th: 

Carrie Strine

Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of 

Stitched in Color

Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of 

Lady Harvatine

Saturday, November 29th: 

Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of 

Don’t Call Me Betsy

 - You are here :)

Monday, December 1st: Emily of 

Carolina Patchworks

Tuesday, December 2nd: 

Ken Kaufman

Wednesday, December 3rd: 

Grand Finale!

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Coffee, coffee, coffee!

It's all paper piecing all the time these days in my sewing room, and this weekend I finally finished off a little pattern that's been half-finished for an embarrassingly long while, the Coffee Cup block. This is a mini-pattern, available as a PDF pattern now both at my Pattern Shop and Craftsy. There will be a few other mini-pattern releases over the next few months. Every mini pattern will include a paper pieced block template in two sizes, in this case 6" and 8", as well as complete cutting instructions. These mini-patterns, however, are intended for those with some paper piecing experience, as step-by-step instructions are not included.

If you've done more than a block or two with paper piecing, you've probably noticed that the process of paper piecing does not change from block to block, the technique is identical, so that's precisely why I'm introducing these mini-patterns. Quick and easy fun paper pieced blocks are a great way to add some fun pizzazz to a zipper pouch or a tote, or to use in a mini quilt!

Each mini-pattern also includes a piecing diagram to show you exactly where each piece in the block winds up.

Love the idea of paper piecing but haven't given it a try yet? Stay tuned tomorrow for the official release of my newest Craftsy class, Start Paper Piecing! I'm super excited to share the projects with you all. Have a fantastic day!

Introducing the Eternity Ring Quilt Pattern!

Do you remember the big craze around the Single Girl quilt a few years ago? There was a great quilt-along hosted by Katy Jones focused around the beautiful pattern by Denyse Schmidt, and it was my first foray into curves. I even managed to make a king-sized Single Girl quilt top through it all, but it was a painstaking experience for me, to say the least. I have always loved the concept of wedding ring quilts and the beauty in the piecing, but curves and I have yet to really become good friends. I've been kicking around the idea of a twist on a double wedding ring quilt for a while now, and I thought more specifically about the idea of making a ring-style quilt using angled pieces that create the illusion of curves, which led to my Chain + Link pattern last year. It was a satisfying finish, but I didn't feel "done" with the idea of an angular ring, so I kept fiddling, and that's where my newest pattern, Eternity Ring, comes from.

This foundation paper-pieced quilt pattern is now available through my Pattern Shop as well as through Craftsy, yay!! The pattern comes with detailed instructions accompanied by photographs to for visual learners, which is great if you'e never paper pieced before, a complete cutting list and fabric yardage instructions for four different quilt sizes: baby, lap, twin, and queen. 

My Eternity Ring quilt is sewn up in gorgeous, rich Kona solids in shades of emerald and fuchsia, with one singular block sewn together in grayscale. I love the contrast the one gray block brings to the whole quilt. The blocks alternate to create a faux double wedding ring look, which is created through four paper piecing templates, which come together to create the quarter-block units for completing the blocks. In the grand scheme of my paper piecing projects, this one comes together fairly easily and quite straight-forwardly.

Quilt Stats
name: Eternity Ring
size: 60" x 72"
pattern: Eternity Ring by Elizabeth Dackson, available now through my Pattern Shop and Craftsy
fabrics: Kona Kale, Pond, Maize, Lemon, Cerise, Dark Violet, White, Iron, Charcoal, and Black
quilting: meandering stipple by me in white (#2024) Aurifil 50 wt thread
binding: Kona Dark Violet

Jungle Ave Mod Nine Patch - another free pattern!

Remember my

Mod Nine Patch

quilt from eons ago? Okay, it was two years ago, but it feels like a lifetime ago :) When my sweet friend

Sara Lawson

told me she had designed a fabric line for Art Gallery and showed me some swatches a while back, I was equal parts super excited for her and just itching to make something with her new prints! The prints in real life most definitely did not disappoint. Rich colors, fun prints, and I absolutely adore the black and white

NeighborHoods print

. I will definitely be buying some serious yardage of that one :) As soon as I saw the prints in person, this quilt is what popped into my head - it's perfect for prints like hers, prints that aren't exactly small scale, that need some size to properly shine.


The other reason I think this quilt came to mind is that I really loved the colors, and I knew that if I used the same design tactic I used with my original

Mod Nine Patch quilt

(solids + fun prints) that it would be really awesome, and I'm super happy with how this one turned out.

I had forgotten how quick this quilt is to put together, so the other thing I worked on with this finish is an update to the original free tutorial, adding several different size options as well as some new diagrams and such. The new free pattern is available via


as well as

right here



s new line hits stores any day now, so keep your eyes peeled for it - you're going to need some. Trust me on that :)

Quilt Stats


: Jungle Ave Mod Nine Patch


: 48" square


: Jungle Ave prints by

Sara Lawson

for Art Gallery Fabrics (coming out super soon!) and assorted coordinating Art Gallery Pure Elements Solids



Mod Nine Patch free pattern

by yours truly


: simple stipple in white 50 wt Aurifil


: Art Gallery Pure Elements in Caviar (black)

Boxed In - 12" Block Free Pattern!

Good morning! It's the next-to-last day of school this morning at the Not Betsy household, and that means that summer is nearly upon us already. The idea that my baby is going to be a first-grader come the end of this summer would typically make me fret, but this morning I'm feeling excited - or perhaps distracted is a better word choice - because I'm sharing a new, free pattern with you this morning!

a Boxed In block sewn up in MoMo's Wonderland

Last week, I shared about a recent finish that I misplaced, my modern traditionalist take on a nine-patch, called Boxed In. And as promised, I've written up how you can make your very own Boxed In blocks in my new, free Boxed In pattern.

The six page pattern includes full color diagrams to walk you through making your own Boxed In block(s) as well as some basic quilt math to help you plan out your Boxed In quilt. You'll also find six different Boxed In layouts to inspire you to create a beautiful quilt of your own!

You can download the Boxed In pattern for free at both Craftsy or right here. If you make something with this pattern, I'd love to see it! You can share it in my Flickr group, Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy, or by tagging me via your favorite social media site @dontcallmebetsy or #dontcallmebetsy

Drop Dead Gorgeous - a new paper piecing pattern!

Sometimes the stars align for a quilt block to turn out really awesome. This was one of those times...
DDG Epic Mini for Kristi - detail 1
After The Stash Bash, I joked with Kristi of Schnitzel & Boo that I would love for her to make me a Cargo Duffle. Some fun banter ensued, and we decided to do a fun little swap amongst ourselves. Except with both of us being pretty creative people, we both decided to make up a draw up fresh, original patterns for each other.
DDG Epic Mini for Kristi - detail 2
Sometimes, I take my computer to my son's gymnastics classes. Inevitably, I find myself fooling around in Electric Quilt, coming up with "someday" patterns and such, but two weeks ago I came up with something I couldn't shake. It was one of those things that I couldn't stop thinking about and had to make. Right away. So for the last week, I've been working on a this new block, which I'm calling Drop Dead Gorgeous.

After designing the block, I decided it would make a great mini for Kristi's sewing area, so I asked her about her favorite colors. She described her favorite colors as "girly but edgy," and I knew exactly what fabrics to go for in my stash...
Drop Dead Gorgeous Epic Mini for Kristi
And I got right to pressing and cutting. And measuring. And sewing. And ripping a lot of paper :) I quilted it using some assorted matching Aurifil 50 wt threads in white, gray, fuchsia, and lime green, and I love the texture that shows through on the backing.
DDC Epic Mini for Kristi - fmq detail
Every little bit of the work was worth it because I just adore how her mini turned out, and I think she's pretty happy with it too, now that it's arrived at her house safely.
DDG The Epic Mini backing
The pattern is now available via my Pattern Shop as well as Craftsy. Even if you've never paper pieced before, you can tackle this pattern. Yes, there are a lot of pieces of fabric involved (124 pieces, to be exact), but it's broken up into bite-size, manageable chunks that you can do. And if you're an experienced paper piecer, you can totally rock this pattern. The eleven page pattern is for a 16" block, and includes all of the cutting instructions, piecing instructions, colorful photographs and diagrams to assist you in your piecing, as well as line drawings of the block where you can experiment with your color placement to find the right mix of colors that makes you excited to work on this block.
Drop Dead Gorgeous Block - now available!
Kara and Lisa sewed through this pattern for me to test it out over the long holiday weekend and they both made fabulous blocks!
Lisa's Drop Dead Gorgeous Block
Lisa's bright and beautiful block

Kara's Drop Dead Gorgeous block - turned pillow
Kara's fun Drop Dead Gorgeous pillow

If you make something using this pattern, please do share it with me! You can share it with me on Flickr in my Flickr group or on Instagram by tagging me (@dontcallmebetsy) or using the hashtag #dontcallmebetsy
Drop Dead Gorgeous layout ideas
Happy Wednesday everyone!

Quilty people are totally the best people

Whenever I go to an event like The Stash Bash, I come away not only feeling refreshed and happy, but confident in knowing that quilty people are truly the best people. I meet so many friendly faces, welcoming and kind, understanding and affable, and often truly hilarious. Sometimes meeting your Instagram and blog friends can be awkward, but with quilty people, it's just like picking up a conversation you were in the middle of when you last chatted. If you haven't been to an event like this before, I really can't recommend it enough. There's two similar events that I know of that are coming up, in case you're interested: Sew OK and Sewtopia. Both events still have tickets available, so if the timing and location works out, I say go for it!! You won't regret it :)

The Stash Bashians - 2014

Nothing like being silly with huge scissors

It didn't really happen if you don't Instagram it, right?

Real friends help carry that king size quilt top

All smiles when you make IG friends into IRL friends
One of the fun side benefits of having quilty people for friends is setting up fun personal swaps with them. Have a friend that you admire that makes garments? Offer to make them something in exchange for them making something for you! I love bags, and while I enjoy the process of making them, I know that I'm kind of terrible at it. So when I jokingly suggested a swap with Kristi recently, she went for it. She's going to make me a cool bag, and I made a super awesome mini quilt for her that should be showing up at her doorstep today, using a new pattern that will be coming out right here tomorrow. If you liked my Showstopper quilt block pattern, you're going to love Drop Dead Gorgeous! Here's a few sneak peeks to tide you over - and make sure to come back tomorrow to see more :)

Drop Dead Gorgeous Sneak Peek #2
Drop Dead Gorgeous Sneak Peek #1

New in the pattern shop today: Gradation PDF Quilt Pattern

First off, thank you all so much for all of your kind words about my new Craftsy class, Start Free-Motion Quilting, and thank you to all of you who have signed up already! I'm really enjoying getting to know you and answering your questions :) It's been such a great week so far, so let's keep that streak going, shall we? Today, I've got the last new pattern hitting my pattern shop for the season, the Gradation pattern, available today in my Pattern Shop and on Craftsy.

New in the Pattern Shop today - The Gradation quilt!

The Gradation quilt was originally made for an issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited last year - you can read more about that feature right here. One of the things that I really love about this pattern is the way that the changes in tone and color draw your eye across the quilt. I love playing with tones and grades in color, and this is a quilt is a super way to just that.

Gradation - detail

My original quilt was done up in an assortment of Art Gallery prints, in shades of blue and magenta. As I worked through this quilt, I realized that this would make an absolutely stunning scrap quilt. You could even take it a step further and do a warm/cool quilt using this pattern, following the basic color placement that I used - keeping the warm colors for the lattice work that moves between the blocks, and the cool colors for the pixelated background, or vice versa. There's a lot of different looks you could give to this pattern. Here's a few to feast your eyes on...which one is your favorite?

Alternative looks for the Gradation quilt
Clockwise from top left: a rainbow scrappy version, a softer version with lighter tones, a bold two-color version, and a black and white version with one reverse block

As with all my patterns, the instructions are quite thorough and illustrated with diagrams throughout to assist you in the quilt making process. If half-square triangles have given you trouble in the past, you'll find great instructions in this pattern for making half-square triangles for this quilt with ease. There's also a black and line drawing of the block so that you can experiment with your color placement. Give it a try, it's a lot of fun to get out some colored pencils and play around with quilt diagrams!

I had two super thorough, super talented testers for this pattern, Alison and Karen. Thank you both so much for your feedback! And they made such lovely, lovely projects - take a look!

Alison Hingston - - I love the quilting Alison did, it totally accentuates the geometric nature of the pattern!

Karen O'Connor - @Ladykquilts on Instagram - Karen used gorgeous Liberty of London prints and they look fantastic in this pattern!

Gradation is the last new pattern hitting the Pattern Shop this month. It's been a busy but wonderful month, with four new patterns to love! For the next week, the Gradation pattern will be on sale for just $6. It will return to full price next Friday, so snap it up for a deal while you can through my Pattern Shop and/or Craftsy!  If you're a shop owner and are interested in stocking my paper patterns at your shop, please contact me directly at elizabeth(at)dontcallmebetsy(dot)com. Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

New in the pattern shop today: Mod Gears PDF Quilt Pattern

Today you'll find a new pattern in my pattern shop - the Mod Gears quilt pattern! This is such a fun, quick quilt to put together, with great tricks for making half-square triangles super fast and super accurately to boot. This quilt first was seen in an issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited last year, and has been one of my favorite quilts to share at my trunk shows since! You can now pick up this pattern at my Pattern Shop as well as on Craftsy.

Mod Gears - full frontal

In my quilt, I used Carolyn Friedlander's awesome Architextures collection for Robert Kaufman, with just a teeny tiny pop of fuchsia. Absolutely my favorite part of the quilt. One of the things you'll find in this quilt pattern is a coloring sheet with line drawings of the block so you can experiment with your color placement and find the color combination that makes you swoon over your quilt.

Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 6.15.56 AM

You'll also find four different finished quilt sizes to choose from, ranging from a small baby quilt to a large queen/king size quilt, so you can pick the perfect project size for you. The six page pattern includes detailed instructions, with photographs and diagrams to illustrate the piecing.

I love how different this quilt can look, based on what fabrics you use where. Here's a few ideas of what you could do with this pattern...

Mod Gears in Mo Bedell's Hey Sugar Mod Gears in Chicopee Mod Gears in Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics Mod Gears in Violet Craft's Waterfront Park

I had three great testers sew through this pattern - a triumvirate of K's, actually! Take a look at what they made...

Kara of The Cooking Quilter

Kristan of Doodlebug Designs

Krista of Kristastitched

Aren't they all lovely?! Thanks so much ladies!

There's one more pattern slated to come out this month, and that's going to be at the end of next week because I've got some other fun stuff to share too before that. It's been so fun to finally get to share all these patterns that have been in the works for the last little while! Today's pattern is on sale for the next week, until the new release for the month comes out next week, both on Craftsy and at my Pattern Shop. If you're a shop owner and are interested in stocking my paper patterns at your shop, please contact me directly at elizabeth(at)dontcallmebetsy(dot)com. Have a fantastic day everyone!!

Modern Gears - detail1

New in the pattern shop: Ferris Wheel PDF Quilt Pattern

It's so nice to see this quilt today, even if it is just virtually - the original Ferris Wheel quilt has been logging quite a few frequent flier miles, as part of the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo's quilt exhibit for quite a while now, which is such an honor, but boy do I miss this quilt! I originally made this quilt some time last year for Quilty magazine, and I'm so pleased to tell you that the pattern is now available in my Pattern Shop as well as on Craftsy!

The pattern you'll find in the Pattern Shop is exactly the way I made the quilt - all foundation paper piecing! I used Bonnie & Camille's beautiful Happy Go Lucky collection for this quilt, but it's a really versatile pattern that can look great with a scrappy approach, or even with a really monochromatic type of look to it.

My Ferris Wheel quilt

While the quilt is foundation paper pieced, once you get through the cutting, the piecing goes pretty quickly as the blocks are 18" finished, so it doesn't take too many to make yourself a nice big quilt. In the pattern, you'll find piecing and cutting information for four quilt sizes - baby, lap, twin, and queen/king. You'll also find a fun coloring page to give you an easy way to figure out how you'd like to plan out the colors for your blocks. It also makes a great activity for your littles :) My son still loves quilty coloring pages at six!

I love playing around with the different looks a quilt can have, and it's always breathtaking to me to see how different a quilt block can look when colored a different way. The Ferris Wheel pattern is no exception, and you can create a lot of interesting looks with this pattern.

Top row, L-R: Ferris Wheel in stunning solids, Ferris Wheel in Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater
Bottom row, L-R: Ferris Wheel in Meadow by Leah Duncan, Ferris Wheel in Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt

I had some fantastic pattern testers run through this pattern and make beautiful quilts of their own...
Lisa - on Instagram as @lisaquiltslikeaboss

Meli - at The Short Munchkin

Stephanie - on Instagram @yespositively and blogs at Stitch and Simmer

Thank you, ladies, for stitching through these blocks! They look fabulous!

To celebrate the release of this pattern, it is on sale this week only for $8, rather than the regular price of $10. There are three different foundation paper piecing templates in the pattern, in addition to detailed instructions as well as photographs and diagrams to make your piecing a breeze. You can pick up this pattern today in my Pattern Shop as well as on Craftsy. If you're a shop owner and are interested in stocking my paper patterns at your shop, please contact me directly at elizabeth(at)dontcallmebetsy(dot)com. Stay tuned for two more pattern releases before the month is over, and have a great day!

A winner and some Chain + Link variations!

It's been super fun to share about this week's new pattern in the Pattern Shop, Chain + Link. It's such a fun pattern to play around with. I couldn't help myself last night while watching the new episode of Suits (so glad it's back!), I came up with a few variations to give you some fun ideas of what you can do with the pattern...

New pattern in the shop - Chain + Link - Alternate Look #3 New pattern in the shop - Chain + Link - Alternate Look #1

New pattern in the shop - Chain + Link - Alternate Look #4New pattern in the shop - Chain + Link - Alternate Look #2

You can pick up the pattern on sale for $6 at my Pattern Shop as well as on Craftsy, through Sunday!

And I owe you a winner from last week's RJR giveaway - the winner is: Nancy! Congratulations, I've emailed you about your winnings!

Stay tuned on Monday for the next March Madness pattern release, I can't wait to share it with you! Have a great weekend :)

New in the Pattern Shop: The Chain + Link PDF Pattern

I'm so happy to share the newest pattern in my Pattern Shop this morning, Chain + Link - I initially made this quilt about a year ago for Quilty magazine, using some fabulous navies and greens from Vanessa Christenson's Simply Style collection, and I loved the way it came together. I had a lot of fun playing with the planning on this one, and ultimately, I'm glad that I went with the color progression that I did.

Now available - the Chain + Link PDF Quilt pattern!

I had paper-pieced my quilt, and when the magazine came out, the instructions were written for piecing the quilt using templates. Now, if you've followed my blog for a while, you know that I intensely dislike working with templates. I'd pick paper piecing over template piecing any day of the week, so I knew I wanted to release my own version of the pattern when the time came, and that time is now, yay!

Now available - the Chain + Link PDF Quilt pattern!

In the Chain + Link pattern, you'll find detailed foundation paper piecing instructions, complete with photographs to illustrate the steps and the paper piecing templates you'll need to make your own Chain + Link quilt. With four finished sizes to choose from, ranging from a small baby quilt to a large queen/king quilt, you'll find lots of ways to use this pattern. You'll also find a coloring page so that you can experiment with your color choices for your Chain + Link quilt, and have a little coloring fun at the same time!

Now available - the Chain + Link PDF Quilt pattern!

I had some great pattern testers help me finish up this pattern, so thank you ever so much to Jacey, Lisa, and Peta. They made some beautiful blocks from this pattern, check them out!

Jacey of Jaceycraft, who made a fabulous scrappy baby quilt top using the pattern

Lisa, who you'll find on Instagram as @brazenlisa - and Lisa was seriously brazen, she used flannels for her paper piecing!

Peta of Petaquilts, who made a darker Chain + Link block to see what the block looks like in a darker, more moody variation.

There's three other patterns that are in the testing phase right now that I'm working on releasing as the month progresses. To celebrate, for the month of March, each new release will be on sale for the week of its release, so for this week that means today's new release, Chain + Link, is on special for $6, rather than the regular price of $8! You can find all of my quilt patterns both in my Pattern Shop and on Craftsy. If you're a shop owner and are interested in stocking my paper patterns at your shop, please contact me directly at elizabeth(at)dontcallmebetsy(dot)com.

Don't forget to add your creations to the Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy Flickr group and/or to tag me on Instagram or Twitter with #dontcallmebetsypatterns . Have a wonderful day!

Hello Showstopper!

You know that feeling when you get really excited about something that you're making? When you want to drop everything else on your plate so you can just keep working on it? This Showstopper mini has been that project for me this week. It's been a couple of long nights at my house, sewing away, but they have been oh so enjoyable working on this gorgeous mini!


I am just over the moon with how these blocks came together. I had initially planned to work with some small scale tonal prints for this block, but I'm glad I switched gears and went with the solids - it just makes the piecing so crisp and bold. Not that I dislike my original plan, I think that the solids just add that extra pow to these blocks.

The original plan vs what I wound up doing

Prints vs. solids

For the quilting, I really wanted the piecing to shine, so I took a very minimal approach to the quilting, simply quilting an orange peel in the center of each of the four blocks with my trusty 50 wt Aurifil, and then quilting some loops and pulleys in the white diamonds and triangles that come together when you repeat this block. That's one of my favorite parts about the block, so I wanted to accentuate it.

Showstopper - FMQ detail

It was terribly hard to pack it up and send it on its way, but it's officially winging its way to its new owner, and I can't wait to see what she thinks of it. I'm hoping she'll love it just as much as I loved making it. Now if only I could knock the crazy notion I'm having of making another just for me :)

Showstopper - FMQ detail 2

And if you're dying to make one of these for yourself, I'm thrilled to tell you that the

Showstopper Block PDF Pattern

is now available, both in my

Pattern Shop

and on


! The pattern is nine pages of full-color diagrams and thorough instructions every step of the way, with complete cutting instructions and templates for both a 10" and 12" block. I wouldn't try to go smaller than 10" on this block, just because of the extreme intricacy. But, this block pattern is written in such a way that even someone with little paper piecing experience can do! If you make something using this pattern, please do share it with me! You can share it with me on Flickr in my

Flickr group

or on Instagram by tagging me (@dontcallmebetsy) or using the hashtag #dontcallmebetsy. Check out some of the cool variations you can put together with this block, both with solids and with prints...

Look at all the things you can do with this new block pattern!

Quilt Stats




24 1/2" square


Showstopper Block by yours truly


assorted solids and Violet Craft's epic Memoir print in white from her Madrona Road collection


loopy FMQ, pulleys and orange peels in white (#2024) Aurifil 50 wt thread


Kona white to match the bits of white in the piecing

Showstopper - side

Introducing the Confetti Stars quilt pattern

Confetti Stars - pattern cover

Happy Friday to you! It's a good day today, I've got a great new quilt pattern to share, and it's been a long time coming! I'm super excited to add this quilt pattern to my Pattern Shop, one of the longest ones I've ever put together -

Confetti Stars



Confetti Stars - finished!

Confetti Stars

is a great foundation paper pieced pattern, but this pattern is extra special. There are two completely different looks you can create with this pattern - modern, with loads of negative space, and traditional, with a more block-based approach. Both variations feature two different sized

Confetti Stars

, to create lots of movement throughout your finished quilt top.

Confetti Stars - lap size modern layout

lap size with modern layout

The 11-page pattern is chock full of photographs and diagrams to help you make this quilt - even if you've never paper pieced before! If you're an experienced paper piecer, you'll still have a lot of fun with this quilt, plotting out your own take on this quilt.

Confetti Stars - Queen Sized Traditional layout

queen size with traditional layout

I was lucky enough to have some fantastic quilt testers run through this pattern, and I'm so thrilled with the beautiful quilts they made. Here they are:

Amy from

International Stashes

Amy made a really fun baby quilt, using the traditional layout in the pattern, with a fun polka-dot fabric for her background. I love the whimsy a good polka dot adds to a quilt!

Confetti Stars baby traditional layout made by Amy Martin

Sarah of

Stitching and Bacon

Sarah made a great baby quilt in the traditional layout, using varied low-volume prints for her background fabric. I really enjoy the extra depth the variation adds to the quilt. Great choice, Sarah!

Confetti Stars baby traditional layout made by Sarah Lowry

Tracey of

Quilting in the Pacfiic Northwest

Tracey made a beautiful quilt using a twist on a modern layout in shades of blue, making her own unique take on the quilt. I just love the way her stars sparkle. Can't wait to see this one all quilted up!

Confetti Stars modern layout twist made by Tracey Peterson

Thank you all so much!

For the next week, you can pick up this pattern for a complete steal at $6.00! This pattern will go up to its regular price of $9.00 next Friday. This PDF pattern is available in my

Pattern Shop

and on


as well. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy stitching to you this weekend :)

Confetti Stars - detail

Color My World PDF Pattern Now Available!

I know as quilters that we're all partial to our quilts, and we love them (most of the time, except when they're driving us crazy) unconditionally, but I have to tell you - this really is one of my personal favorites. I love bright colors, and this quilt not only uses great fun bright colors, but I love this block. Say hello to my newest PDF quilt pattern, Color My World!

Color My World - front

Originally featured in Quiltmaker late last year, this quilt was sewn up in Vanessa Christensen's first fabric collection for Moda, Simply Color. I still have a lot of these prints in my stash, because they are such great stash staples! I just love tonal prints like these, they go with everything. The PDF pattern is nine pages long, chock full of tips to help you plan out and sew up your quilt. There's even a coloring page to give you the opportunity to plan out your colors and fabrics before sewing a stitch!

Color My World - detail 2

This quilt is a block-based quilt, with a block that is centered around a classic snowball block. Using some simple squares placed methodically, a connection is created throughout the blocks. An additional connection is made by the way I staggered the blocks by color - and I just love the hexagons that are created where the blocks meet!

Color My World - detail

I had some great pattern testers run through this pattern and create some beautiful quilt tops of their own. Kelie, Jill and Tsoniki, thank you all so much! I really appreciate your help, and I love the quilt tops you guys made :)

Kelie's Color My World
Kelie's lap size Color My World quilt top

Jill's Color My World
Jill's baby size Color My World quilt top

Tsoniki's Color My World
Tsoniki's baby size Color My World quilt top 

Through the long holiday weekend (which is perfect for putting together a new quilt top, by the way!), you can pick up this pattern on sale for $6. The pattern sale will end next Tuesday, September 3rd. You can purchase this pattern through my Pattern Shop or Craftsy, whichever you prefer. As always, I'd love to see your creations with this pattern in my Flickr group, Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy. Have a great day everyone!

New pattern available today! Color My World

Sew Positive quilt pattern, now available!

I'm excited to share the first of three new pattern releases that I've got coming over the next month or so, as the summer winds down and fall creeps up on us. Hello Sew Positive!


This quilt was originally featured in the spring 2013 issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, in Alison Glass's fabulous Lucky Penny bike path prints. It was a fun quilt to work on, but I knew I wanted to make another, both to run through the pattern again and to show a completely different color story.

Sew Positive - lap

I went with much softer fabrics for this baby size Sew Positive quilt, with a boatload of Free Spirit fabrics from Tula Pink and Joel Dewberry. The background fabric is a great tweed-y textured fabric from Jenn Ski's Mod Century line for Moda. I first fell in love with this fabric at Stash Bash when I spied Marla working on her Happy Pills quilt, and I"m so glad I hunted it down! I like how much softer this version of the quilt is - and I would wager to guess that this pattern would be stunning in low-volume prints as well.

Sew Positive - baby

I also had some great pattern testers work through the pattern, and make gorgeous interpretations of the quilt. They were not only full of great feedback, but great quilts of their own!

Erica from Kitchen Table Quilting used gorgeous Kaffe Fassett shot cottons for the pluses on her mini-sized version, which I just love.

sew positive wall hanging

Kelsey from Everyday Fray has inspired me to try hand quilting again! I love the hand quilting she did around the large pluses, and the tonal fabrics she used in the small plus blocks.

Sew Positive Baby Quilt

Marla from Sew Hungry was really creative with her fabric selection. The lime surprise pluses here and there totally make the quilt, don't they?! I also really like how Marla varied the background she used, I think that gives the quilt more depth.

Marla's Sew Positive

The Sew Positive quilt pattern includes thorough step-by-step instructions and fabric requirements for making a mini, baby, lap, queen, and king size quilt. There's also lots of notes and tips on planning your quilt. Truly, Sew Positive is a simple quilt to make but it can make such a powerful visual impact with the right fabrics!

Sew Positive - Mini

You can pick up Sew Positive, in PDF format, this week on sale for just $6. Next week, it will go up to the regular price of $8. You'll find Sew Positive both in my Pattern Shop as well as on Craftsy. Don't forget to share your finished quilt in my Flickr group, I love seeing all of the different interpretations of my patterns! Have a great Monday :)

Hooray for progress, and a question

For the last few weeks, I've been preparing for the release of a few new PDF quilt patterns in August, writing, re-writing, and building diagrams. I've almost finished up three of them now, only to remember that one of the quilts isn't entirely finished yet! Remember this pile of fabric?

Pulling some fabrics for a new quilt whilst waiting for the fedex man to being me my damn computer #widrn tagged by @sewcraftyjess tagging some #thestashbash peeps @mikesmunk @needledfig @sewhungry

Well, it's a complete quilt top now, and it was all basted and folded up in the corner of my sewing room. Yikes! I'm hoping to find some time here and there this week to get it all quilted up, but here's a sneak peek of this one, a paper piecing pattern I've been calling Confetti Stars.

Confetti Stars - sneak peek! Confetti Stars - sneak peek2

Naturally, now that I'm in pack-and-purge mode, I've managed to misplace my list of wonderful, generous people who have volunteered to test patterns, so please leave me a comment here if you're interested in testing for me. Make sure to let me know if you're free to test a pattern for me over the next few weeks! If you're not, that's okay, I'll add you to my list all the same, and ask you when the next batch of patterns is ready for release. Each of the patterns has several different size options, so you don't necessarily have to make a huge quilt, not to worry. Also, not all of the three patterns are paper pieced, so if paper piecing isn't your thing, you can still help!

Speaking of paper piecing, have you been following along with the Paper Pieced Meet 'n Greet at 13 Spools? My interview was just posted, and there's also a great giveaway for my Wheel of Fortune PDF pattern, so pop on over and check it out! The giveaway ends tonight! Have a great day :)

Divide and Conquer: A finish and a free pattern!

Need a little easy-to-finish springy quilt for your spring picnics? Or a quick quilt to whip up for Mother's Day this weekend? The Divide and Conquer quilt will totally hit the spot!

Divide and Conquer - free PDF pattern download

I just finished this quilt and wrote a simple pattern for it that you can download from Pellon's website. This is a quilt that you can easily finish in a day or a weekend.

Divide and Conquer - Back

Using some simple stitch-and-flip corners and cutting some large prints, you can create a vibrant, but really simple to assemble quilt. As much as I love intricate quilts, sometimes it's a lot of fun to put something together that takes less thought!

Divide and Conquer - Front Detail

I'm really loving the color palette I used for this quilt - I seem to be gravitating to it a lot lately, now that I think about it. There's just something about the coral and aqua and yellow together that just says spring to me!

Divide and Conquer - The Fabrics

The quilty photoshoot couldn't have been more perfectly Florida-ish unless there was a plastic flamingo in the shot - a lizard jumped on as I hung the quilt, and it took some serious encouragement to get him out of the way. He was just enjoying the combination of the sunshine and the beautiful quilt, I think, a bit too much to move.

Divide and Conquer - Lizard enjoying the quilt

I quilted this quilt using two different stitches to create a really cool effect on the back. I decided to try something new and used a curved stitch to emphasize the stitched-and-flipped corners, and creating a curved diamond. I then stippled the remaining parts of the block, using white Aurifil 50 wt thread. I really love the finished look, and I will definitely do more of this curved free-motion stitching.

Divide and Conquer - Back FMQ detail

Quilt Stats
name: Divide and Conquer
size: 60" x 72"
fabrics: Sketch in Coral, Pearl Bracelet in Yellow, Outfoxed Jewels in Teal, Outfoxed Foxglove in Ruby, Linda Lace in Peach, Frida's Dream in Cool, Henna Stripe in Gray, Eyelet in Gray, Flowerpop in Zesty, Houndstooth in Yellow, La Dee Da Floradots in Aqua, Imperial in Turquoise, Quilt Blocks Xs
pattern: Divide and Conquer, free pattern by me, download right here
quilting: Meandering stipple and arcs, in white 50 wt Aurifil thread
binding: Kona Azure, 2 1/2" straight-grain strips
backing: Meteor Shower in Sunset

If you make a quilt using this quickie pattern, please be sure to share it in the Stitching with Don't Call Me Betsy Flickr Group and/or Threadbias Group, I'd love to see it! Have a wonderful day today!