The Circus Star Mini - in the new issue of MQU

It's no secret that I love solid fabrics - they're one of my favorite groupings of fabrics to use, especially in paper pieced blocks, because they make those beautifully crisp and sharp angles and points even more pronounced. But ombre solids have a special little spot in my heart. Ombre solids can be so much fun to work with, figuring out how to cut a single half-yard, for example, into eight or so different shades of one singular color and then seeing them come together in a finished block or mini. And if there's one designer I always associate with ombres, it's for sure Vanessa Christensen of

V + Co



Before the baby came, I had a chance to work with some of Vanessa's beautiful ombre fabrics for a project for

Modern Quilts Unlimited

, and the Spring 2016 issue featuring the quilt, pattern and an article about paper piecing by yours truly has finally hit the stands. You'll find my Circus Star quilt pattern on page 40 of the magazine, with my article on paper piecing just before that on page 36.

The Circus Star totally reminds me of the multicolored patterns you see on circus tents and such, and yet also gives off a kaleidoscope kind of feel. It's a three template project, and has loads of possibility. It could easily be done in a color wheel kind of style, or even in grayscale, and be really and truly stunning.

Quilt Stats


: Circus Star


: Circus Star pattern in spring 2016 issue of

Modern Quilts Unlimited


: 24" square


: V + Co ombres


: Aurifil 50 wt in assorted coordinating colors in multiple styles, including straight lines, zig zags, meandering stipple and wiggle



Mini Medallion Quilt in Love Patchwork & Quilting

Good morning! I just got the new issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting in the mail, along with a fun little mini that I wrote up a pattern for in this issue, the Mini Medallion. It's the sixth and final in my Mini Quilt series that I've been working on with the lovely folks at Love Patchwork & Quilting, and it might just be my favorite of the bunch...

This little mini is comprised of some of my favorite Cotton + Steel prints, ranging from the Basics lines to Mustang to Playful, plus a little dash of one of my favorite Rashida Coleman-Hale collections, Koi, which plays all kinds of perfectly with Cotton + Steel! There are three main block repeats used in the pattern, the main star block in the center, with small pluses and x's surrounding it. It's a very simple little quilt to put together, and great for using up the last scraps of some of your favorite fabrics!

The X and Plus blocks that surround the center star were quite literally inspired by my love for the X and + block, which is still one of those blocks that's on my To Do list. I had wanted to try to do a mini version of those blocks as the border for this mini, but decided that in the small size that they would be just too busy and that I needed something more simple for a small block.

There's loads of other beautiful quilts in this issue as well, as with all of their issues! Love Patchwork & Quilting really is one of my favorite quilting magazines these days. If you haven't checked it out before, do yourself a favor and stop at your local Barnes & Noble or Books a Million and get a coffee and sit down with an issue. You'll enjoy it, I promise :)

Rainbow Geese - in the new issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting

In the latest issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting, issue #20, starting to hit newsstands in England, you'll find another fun mini quilt pattern from yours truly. This is one of my personal favorites! The Rainbow Geese mini pattern is a great foundation paper piecing pattern that features beautifully vibrant rainbow solids, mixed with some grayscale solids to make the rainbow colors pop.

One of my most favorite color palettes to use is a good old-fashioned rainbow. It never fails to put a smile on my face! This mini is destined to hang up in my new sewing space in my new house when it returns home soon, where many of the other minis in this series have been hung so far. I'm nearing the end of my setup process, and promise to share pictures soon. I'm excited to finish and to share, it's a great space. I've got great natural light from a large window in the room and a super fun, under-the-stairs closet that's perfect for stowing tons of stuff!

This issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting should be available in the US and Canada in the next few weeks, and also features fun projects by the lovely Lynne of Lily's Quilts as well as Kerry and Penny from Very Kerry Berry and Sew Take a Hike, so make sure to check it out! Happy stitching to you all :)

Whirling Dervish quilt - in Quilt Now, Issue 2!

Good morning! Monday, Monday again. Bring on the coffee! And bring on the new issue of

Quilt Now

, it's so bright and cheery - just the perfect thing to accompany my morning coffee. Have you checked out

Quilt Now

yet? It's a lovely new publication, with uber-talented editor

Katy Jones

, and issue two is available now, from

Pink Castle Fabrics

. And I'm super excited to share with you my first quilt pattern for

Quilt Now

, the Whirling Dervish quilt, a paper pieced extravaganza of a quilt!

Whirling Dervish is a crazy paper-pieced wonder - one that I initially designed with both y-seams and paper piecing, but since I decided that was beyond evil, I reworked the templates to create the block using strictly paper piecing. That being said, this block isn't for the faint of heart, it's intense, but gorgeous, and giant too - the block finishes at 18",

Because the piecing is so intense, I knew the blocks needed some negative space to float on in order to really appreciate all the crazy piecing, so there's only four blocks in the quilt, floated on a boatload of negative space to yield a nice lap-sized quilt.

Issue three is coming out really soon, and I have to say, I've really enjoyed the first two thus far and can't wait to see what's in the next issue! Hope you all have a wonderful Monday :)

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol 9

Quiltmaker has a new edition of their 100 Blocks publication hitting shelves soon - Volume 9! And Volume 9 is extra special to me, because it's the first magazine to publish my name on their cover. Eek! Look at that!! And not only that, my block is just to the left of my name. Can you guess which one is mine?

Yep, it's the rainbow one! My block, believe it or not, is a foundation paper pieced block, using an assortment of my scraps.

It's called Rubik's Star, and it's a really fun, versatile block. Take a look at a few layout ideas for it, just to give you an idea of the fun you can have with it...

Want to win a copy of 100 Blocks, Vol. 9 for yourself? Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below by telling me what you do with your selvages - I'm gearing up to work on a big selvage project and I'm curious if I'm in the minority, hoarding every last one! Good luck, and I'll announce a winner on Monday, May 5th. Make sure to check out Quiltmaker's blog for even more fun giveaways :) Have a great weekend!
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Wheels in the Sky quilt in the new issue of Quilty!

Good morning! I've got another fun magazine feature to share with you this morning - the latest issue of Quilty magazine features a new paper piecing pattern from yours truly, called Wheels in the Sky.

Wheels in the Sky - pattern in Mar/Apr 2014 issue of Quilty

This quilt was a labor of love, designed around Jeni Baker's Nordika collection. I was really attracted to Nordika when I first saw it at Quilt Market last spring, but I wasn't sure how I'd use it. It was one of those collections that I felt like needed just the right pattern to show it off. I decided to challenge myself to experiment with the Flowerfall in Jade print as a background fabric. I loved the organic lines in the print, but I had a feeling that with paper piecing that it might get a little too busy, so I alternated a simple Pure Elements Snow white with the Flowerfall print, and I love the effect that it brings to the finished quilt.

Wheels in the Sky - alt view

I kept the quilting fairly simple, doing a large orange peel repeating design throughout, really letting the piecing be the star of the finished quilt. I used my trusty orange cone of white (#2024) 50 wt Aurifil, my old standby that works for everything when I'm too lazy to change out my spool :)

Wheels in the Sky - FMQ Detail

Quilt Stats
name: Wheels in the Sky
size: 48" square
fabrics: Nordika by Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics and coordinating Art Gallery Pure Elements solids
pattern: Wheels in the Sky by yours truly in the March/April 2014 edition of Quilty
quilting: Orange peels in white 50 wt Aurifil thread

Wheels in the Sky - Mar/Apr issue of Quilty
photo from Quilty magazine, March/April 2014 issue

If you love this quilt exactly the way I made it, you can pick up a kit with all the fabrics you'll need for the quilt top at Fons & Porter. Also over at Fons & Porter, you can check out a nifty video they made about how to foundation paper piece this block!

You can still find Nordika in stock at:
Intrepid Thread
Stash Fabrics
Hawthorne Threads

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.

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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!

My Chain + Link quilt - featured in Quilty Sept/Oct 2013 issue

I'm excited to share another quilty finish, Chain + Link, featuring V & Co's gorgeous Simply Style fabrics. This quilt and pattern are featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Quilty magazine, available now. You can find copies at your local craft and quilt shops, as well as at Fat Quarter Shop and Quilty.

My Chain + Link pattern in the Sept/Oct issue of Quilty

This one-block quilt was inspired by some tilework I spotted last year and drew in my sketchbook. Once I paired it with Vanessa's gorgeous prints, it was exactly the quilt I hoped it would be. Vanessa seriously has a gift for creating great stash building fabrics that look great when used together, and look awesome when mixed with other collections as well.

Chain + Link quilt - front view

I love the way the blocks interact with each other and come together. This quilt is probably the closest I've ever come to making an optical illusion! I love it!

Chain + Link Close Up - The Way the Blocks Come Together

I quilted it with 50 wt white Aurifil thread color number 2024, my personal favorite. I had thought about doing some thread matching and specialized quilting, but in the end, I didn't have the colors I needed, and I decided that I wanted more of an all-over design, so I stuck with good old white. I stitched a simple orange peel design on the quilt top, which really works nicely with the patchwork in this quilt, I think.

Chain + Link quilt - side view

And if you'd like to make this exact quilt, you can pick up a quilt kit with the magazine as well as all the fabrics you'll need to sew up the top at Fons & Porter's online shop. The kit is on backorder at the moment, but is expected to be in stock soon. You can find Simply Style fabrics in stock at The Intrepid Thread, I Don't Do Dishes, and Stash Modern Fabrics.

Quilty magazine - Sept/Oct 2013 issue

Quilt Stats
name: Chain + Link
size: 63" x 78 1/2"
pattern: Chain + Link, in the September/October 2013 issue of Quilty magazine
fabrics: Simply Style by V & Co for Moda Fabrics
quilting: all-over orange peel quilting, with white 50 wt Aurifil thread

Coming Soon: Becoming a Confident Quilter, the book!

I have started and deleted and started this post over at least five times now, so maybe the sixth time's the charm...I have really something big to tell you guys. I kind of wrote a book.

Becoming a Confident Quilter - my book, due out September 2013

I really did write a book. Omg, omg, I can hardly believe it. Becoming a Confident Quilter will be out this September and it's chock full of tips, techniques, and exercises to stretch and build your quilting skills. There are fourteen quilt patterns, and I can't wait to show you every last one of them, but I have to keep them under my hat for now.

I can tell you this much - I've wanted to be an author since I was six years old. I still have the very first book I ever wrote, a delightful tale I called Bunnies, about a family of bunnies, so this is a really big deal to me. It nearly makes me cry when I think of the idea of running into a copy of my book in reality at a bookstore someday in the not-too-distant future. I cannot begin to tell you how much this whole experience has meant to me, and I can't wait to share more about it with all of you, including loads of pictures and stories about the quilts over the next several months. Suffice it say, I'm beyond excited. And proud. And joyful. It's a good day :)

Modern Gears: A quilt finish in Modern Quilts Unlimited

I'm really excited to finally share this quilt with you. Modern Gears is a new quilt that I made and that is now available as a pattern in the Spring issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited. This quilt was a long time in the making - the first sketch I did for this one is three graph paper notebooks ago, back in the beginning of 2012. I didn't jot down the source of my inspiration at the time, but I believe it was the cover of a book with gears on it that got my brain thinking about patchwork gears.

Modern Gears - full frontal

The fabrics in this quilt are from Carolyn Friedlander's beautiful Architextures collection, which still sits near the top of my favorite fabrics list. I especially love the one gear with the fuchsia center - that block was actually a bit of an oops turned awesome design element. I ran out of the blueprint fabric, thanks to a dopey cutting mistake I made, so I had to improvise. I decided to throw in one different color, an accent, if you will, and I'm so glad I did. I think it makes the quilt even more interesting than it would be otherwise.

Modern Gears - detail1

You can still find Architextures in stock at Marmalade Fabrics, Pink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics.

Modern Gears, my pattern in the Spring 2013 issue of MQU

If you haven't picked up a copy of Modern Quilts Unlimited before, I highly recommend it. The photography is just stunning, the patterns are well-written with lots of diagrams, and the articles are quite enjoyable as well. You can usually find it at local bookstores, Barnes & Nobles, some Jo-Ann Fabrics stores, and Pink Chalk Fabrics. You can also order digital and print copies at their website right here.

MQU Spring 2013 issue

And last but not least, I owe you two winners for the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 7 giveaway! Drum roll, please....our winners are: #32, Carol Stearns, and #203, HelenMarie. I will be contacting you both via email today to square away your prize. Congratulations to you both, and thanks to everyone who entered! I've got lots of great new block inspiration thanks to all your comments :) Have a great weekend everyone!

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 7: A Divided Flock block

Good morning! Welcome to my stop on the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks blog tour for volume seven. I'm super excited to share my block with you today. It even made the cover, on the bottom left hand side!

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My block, #658 found on page 50, is called A Divided Flock and was inspired by a pattern on a sweater that I saw and sketched in my design notebook eons ago. The colors, however, were inspired by a mess of my own creation in my sewing room. I love these rich, vibrant colors together, especially set off by the black.

A Divided Flock, my block for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 7

One of the things I love about this block is that it's forgiving - because of the stripes in between the sets of flying geese units, your points don't have to match perfectly, which is nice.


I also love how this block can be used in so many different ways, to create so many different looks, like this one with Summersville Spring, available at Pink Chalk Fabrics...

A Divided Flock in Summersville

And this one, with Zen Chic's Comma, available at I Don't Do Dishes, Intrepid Thead, Marmalade Fabrics, Pink Castle Fabrics, and Stash Modern Fabrics...

A Divided Flock, in Comma

And this one, with Boho by Urban Chiks, available at Pink Castle Fabrics...

A Divided Flock in Boho

And lastly, this one with Road 15, the fall collection coming soon from Sweetwater...

A Divided Flock on point in Road 15

You can see another take on my block in the Block Tester's Gallery at the back of the issue - found on page 88. Marti Dyer-Allison made a quilt using my block in Shelburne Falls. I like how she turned just one block to give a little surprise pop to the quilt. I also really like the shade of blue she used for the background. You can pop on over to the Quiltmaker blog to see lots more sneak peeks of blocks before the issue hits newsstands on May 7th.


Would you like to win a copy of this issue? There's tons of wonderful designs in here, and I'm so excited to see so many friends in this issue like AnneMarie Chany of Gen X Quilters, Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter, Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts, and Cindy Lammon of Hyacinth Quilt Designs, and many, many more. One randomly selected winner will receive a copy of this issue. To enter the giveaway, simply tell me about your favorite quilt block, whether it's modern or traditional or somewhere in between. Two winners will be selected on Friday morning.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Good luck, and have a great day!

Farmhouse Patchwork Quilt

I'm gearing up for heading to Atlanta on Friday for the Stash Bash, so I haven't been doing a ton of sewing this week, but I do have another finish to share today! Back in January, I worked up a quilt for Quilt Magazine, and it's featured in their June/July issue, on stands now. Say hello to Farmhouse Patchwork!


This quilt pattern, also called Farmhouse Patchwork, is a super easy, scrappy quilt that you can easily put together in a weekend. The small patchwork squares are all pieced using simple, speedy strip-piecing, so this quilt blocks come together quite quickly and easily.


I used the new Charleston Farmhouse fabric collection by Felicity Miller for this quilt, mixed with a few Free Spirit Designer Solids. I just love the shade of coral in this collection, it's a gorgeous color that's sometimes hard to find in quality quilting cottons, and the Plumberry print, available in several colors, is a great stash print. You can find Charleston Farmhouse in stock at Pink Castle Fabrics.


So, head on out and pick up a copy of the new issue of Quilt magazine! I found my copy at my local grocery store, but I've also seen Quilt on stands on Barnes & Noble and Jo-Ann's. Have a great day!


Sew Positive: Featured in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Yay, I get to spill the beans on a fun project I worked on at the end of last year, using the fantastic Bike Path stash builders by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics...introducing the Sew Positive quilt!

Sew Positive - my new quilt pattern in Quiltmaker's Quilts from 100 Blocks

Last May, my Beautiful Math block was featured in volume five of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I loved the block, and came up with some fun setting options, but I also had another setting option in mind - mixing the original block with a jumbo sized block, and that's how the Sew Positive quilt came to be.

I love the contrast between the black background and the bright Bike Path prints. These prints can be found at Pink Castle Fabrics and Stash Modern Fabrics.

Quiltmaker's new issue of Quilts from 100 Blocks

The quilting was done in black 50 wt Aurifil thread, in a simple connected box style, using my spring-loaded free-motion foot rather than my walking foot to minimize twisting and turning the quilt, and the quilt is bound in Lizzy House's Pearl Bracelets in Black.

Sew Positive quilting detail

You can find this quilt and the pattern in the newest issue of Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, out on newsstands today. If you'd like to win a copy, visit Quiltmaker's blog today for a chance to win! Have a great Tuesday everyone :)


Quilt Stats
name: Sew Positive
pattern: found in Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks, spring 2013 issue
size: 60" x 84"
fabrics: Alison Glass's Bike Path prints paired with Renee Nanneman's Black Magic black on black houndstooth
quilting: echoing squares in black Aurifil 50 wt thread
binding: Lizzy House Pearl Bracelets in Black

Introducing: Color My World, my new quilt pattern!

Color My World - detail

I love color, I don't think that should surprise anyone who's read more than a post of two of my blog. That's why I got super excited about working with V & Co's amazing Simply Color collection for Moda for the latest issue of Quiltmaker magazine. I worked up a fun twist on a snowball block for the magazine, found in the January/February issue of Quiltmaker, available online at Fat Quarter Shop and other retailers, and shipping to stores as I type.

Color My World - Quiltmaker Jan/Feb

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 - front

I love this quilt. The colors are very me, and the mix of solids and prints is just the kind of thing I enjoy in quilts these days. It is a generous twin size, perfect for cuddling up with, and I just adore all the colors. They're so fun! I really, really love the prints Vanessa came up with for this line, and I adore how tonal most of them are. These are the kind of prints that you can use time and time again in projects, mixing matching with other collections and prints. Awesome stash builders, and awesome in their own right as well.

Color My World - detail 2

And speaking of fantastic prints from this collection, Vanessa also designed some beautiful ombre solids to coordinate with her prints. I used all of the colors available in the ombre solids to create the backing for this quilt. It's too bad that Quiltmaker didn't take any pictures of the back (though I completely understand the space constarints), because it's quite possibly my favorite part about the whole quilt!

Color My World - back

For those of you who have emailed me this weekend about a kit  for this quilt, I'm happy to say that Brenda at Pink Castle Fabrics is working on one as we speak, and as soon as it's available for sale, I will post about it and share a link.

Color My World - FMQ detail

Quilt Stats
name: Color My World
size: 68" x 88"
pattern: Color My World, by yours truly, available in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of Quiltmaker
fabrics: Various prints from Simply Color by V & Co for Moda Fabrics and coordinating Bella solids
quilting: Echo and concentric square free-motion quilting in Aurifil 50 wt thread (color #2024), done by yours truly
binding: Gray ikat diamonds print from Simply Color by V & Co for Moda Fabrics

Have a great Monday everyone!

Extra, extra, read all about it!

I have been positively aching to share this news with you all for a while now, but somehow, I managed to keep it in.  In your travels today, keep an eye out on your local newsstands...because you might just see one of my quilts there!!

My infamous spiderweb quilt is on the cover of the 2011/2012 issue of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene magazine!  After many months of uncertainty and secret-keeping, I am so happy to share this with you today, though the experience has rendered me a little bit speechless, so forgive me if I'm a bit less wordy than usual...

I had to pinch myself when I first saw the preview of the magazine online - really, could it be?  My name in print?  My quilt, lying on top of one of Elizabeth Hartman's creations??  Seriously?????

It wasn't until I had a copy in my hands late yesterday afternoon that it started to really feel real.  I'm officially a published author.  Something I dreamed of being since I was a little girl.

Look there's my name under the Quilts section!

It's just positively unreal, and I cannot say thank you enough to all of you who follow my blog and encourage me in all of my quilty endeavors.

And thank you to the amazing ladies of the {Sew} Beautiful Bee for helping me make this fabulous quilt.  You girls rock!!!

Now what are you waiting for???  Go get a copy!!!  :)  You can pick up a copy at Pink Chalk Fabrics, Interweave, eQuilter, and other various retailers, including possibly your local bookstore or fabric store.