Monday, January 7, 2013

A Sparkly New Quilt

My newest quilt pattern, Sparkler, is now available in the Spring 2013 issue of Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts! Yay!

Sparkler quilt
I'm so happy to finally be able to show you this quilt! The unbelievably beautiful quilting was done by the talented Jenny Pedigo of Sew Kind of Wonderful. I didn't give her any requests when it came to the quilting, I asked her to do whatever she saw fit—and I'm sure you'll agree that she knocked it out of the park. This is hands-down my favorite quilt right now, and Jenny's quilting is the reason why. You can read more on her blog about how she decided to quilt it.

Sparkler quilt
"Easy quilt" is definitely an apt description of this pattern. It's just straight-line sewing and some half-square triangles. The entire quilt is made up of one very simple traditional block that is often seen as a tessellating pattern. But rather than tessellate it, I used a single background color and reversed out the colors for half of the blocks, giving the design a whole different look (and making it far easier from a color-placement and planning perspective!).
Sparkler quilt - the back
(the back)

My version is done entirely in Cotton Supreme Solids from RJR Fabrics, a collection of beautiful, rich colors. I chose cool greens, blues, and purples and graduated them diagonally across the quilt. It would be fun to see this pattern done in warm colors or in the full rainbow as well. Quite a few of the colors I used are available on Amazon: Including Electric Green, Raging Rose, and Riviera Blue.

Sparkler quilt And can I just say how thrilled I am to see that there are several modern quilts in this issue of Easy Quilts? The issue also includes quilts by Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter and Corey from Little Miss Shabby, along with several others of a more modern bent. It's nice not to have the one lonely modern design in a sea of traditional patterns!

You can check out all of the other quilts in the Spring 2013 issue here, and order your copy of Easy Quilts here. It's also showing up on newsstands now.

60 comments:

  1. That is just beautiful...love those fresh colours.

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  2. Oh Lee! Just beautiful, can't wait to see the magazine. The colors just made me smile, first thing this morning. Have a great day!

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  3. Great quilt; I love the effect of the opposing fabric placement - very clever!

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  4. Wow. I find myself following the white parts like a maze. And the quilting certainly adds to the design. This could be a striking two color quilt.

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  5. Beautiful quilt! I love the bright crisp colors!
    Helen

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  6. Lee - my jaw truly dropped when I saw your quilt. Wow! I think you have next year's Modern Traditionalism QuiltCon entry right there!
    And I love your new header too!

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  7. Lee - my jaw truly dropped when I saw your quilt. Wow! I think you have next year's Modern Traditionalism QuiltCon entry right there!
    And I love your new header too!

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  8. This is stunning Lee!! I just love it!!!

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  9. *LOVE* this! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Just beautiful, Lee! And love the quilting - accents it all perfectly!

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  11. That is a stunner!
    I've got to find that magazine!

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  12. Hi Lee! I love this quilt - it's fantastic! Your pattern looks so new and unique and still easy to make! Also you have designed the colours so beautiful! x Teje

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  13. Having been lucky enough to have seen this in person, this is one gorgeous quilt! Glad to hear that Fons & Porter is featuring more modern quilters.

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  14. Thank you for allowing us to pin your beautiful quilts! x Teje

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  15. How cool! I've never bought a magazine before, but I am sorely tempted to search this one out and see what happens then...

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  16. WOW!!!! What a gorgeous quilt!!!

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  17. Sew perfect! Thank you for sharing. Love every bit of it - pattern, color, design, and quilting.

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  18. so beautiful -- let's add that magazine to my list of things to keep an eye out for.

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    1. picked up the amg this weekend -- can;t wait ot get started

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  19. I just love this! I see this quilt in my future.

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  20. Congrats! It's a fantastic design...and I love your color choices! I really didn't want to give this one back ;o)

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  21. Absolutey gorgeous malorgeous. I LOVE IT!!!

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  22. What a fun quilt, congratulations!

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  23. Love this! Beautiful colors (:

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  24. Love the colour play in this, and the quilting is fab!

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  25. It sure doesn't look easy to me, but it does look great!! Fun quilt.

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  26. Que bello, me encanta toda la combinación de colores .
    Y el final con el quiltedo,realmente BELLO.-

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  27. A new favorite pattern, LOVE it!

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  28. I love the colours you used Lee, and Jenny's quilting is nothing short of brilliant!

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  29. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!! Absolutely beautiful! And the quilting is just wonderful!!

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  30. This is such a great quilt, Lee! I love it. And then I keep reading and find out I'm in the same magazine! That is too cool!

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  31. This is stunning, Lee. Congrats on the publication.

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  32. That quilt is fan-flipping-tastic!!!! Great colors, great pattern, etc!

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  33. Wow, love your quilt, the colours are so great.

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  34. It is gorgeous! Beautiful design!

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  35. WOW that quilt looks awesome. And so does the new design on your blog. I need to update mine somewhere down the road. You just inspired me. Can I sense some spring in the air?

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  36. That is so cute! I love the colors you used, and the back is just gorgeous :) Congratulations on another fabulous quilt!

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  37. That is SO amazingly adorable! It's a feast for the eyes, and just makes you want to crawl up into it so you can feel the fabric too. Great job!

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  38. OMG I LOVE this quilt. Definitely one on the to-do list. Totally amazing quilt, well done.

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  39. this is such a pretty quilt Lee.....you are going places....

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  40. Great design! I really like the way you reversed the color scheme in half the blocks.

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  41. I have this magazine in my hands right now!

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  42. Wow! Gorgeous. I just can't stop looking at it. I think one of the things I appreciate about you as a modern quilter is your ability to springboard off the past. This quilt is certainly a great example of using a traditional block, yet moving it WAY beyond any traditional look and intent and into a realm of modern quilts. It is a stunner, Lee, and I hope you are not only thrilled about it because of the beautiful quilting, but also because of your terrific design.

    Bravo to you!

    Elizabeth
    opquilt.com

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  43. Gorgeous quilt - love the colours and the quilting is stunning!

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  44. Wow! I absolutely love it! The colors and pattern make it come alive. I was amused when I read it was from the Spr13 issue of F&P...hmmm, I have magazines that are over 5 years old flagged with quilts that I'm "going to make one of these days." Beautiful job.

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  45. Lee, this is just so fun! I love the solids and the colours and the fun take on the block. I will look for the magazine, congratulations on the publication.

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  46. I love this quilt, Lee. I saw it first on Jenny's blog and was so glad to see it was yours! Great pattern -and the back is a perfect compliment to the front!

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  47. What a beauty, Lee! Congrats :-D Those colors are lovely, too!

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