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:

Karin said...

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

Martha said...

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!

Natasha said...

Love this.

Emma said...

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

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Totally stunning! Congratulations :)

Marla said...

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.

Nanna said...

Beautiful quilt! I love the bright crisp colors!
Helen

Elsa said...

amazing quilt!

Jessica Kelly said...

This is so great Lee, congrats!!!

Leila said...

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!

Leila said...

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!

Melissa Corry said...

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

~Diana said...

*LOVE* this! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie said...

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

Tanyia said...

This is absolutely amazing!

Staci said...

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

Teje Karjalainen said...

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

Bethany said...

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.

Teje Karjalainen said...

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

Tiffany said...

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

Becky said...

Very pretty! Congrats!

CathyK said...

WOW!!!! What a gorgeous quilt!!!

QuiltingCyclist said...

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

Karma Willow Designs said...

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

QuiltyGirl said...

Nice! Congrats!

Barbie Mills said...

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

Jenny said...

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

Katie B. said...

I love this so much, Lee!

Patricia said...

Absolutey gorgeous malorgeous. I LOVE IT!!!

CJ Tinkle said...

What a fun quilt, congratulations!

Barbara said...

Love this! Beautiful colors (:

Katy Cameron said...

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

adaisygarden said...

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

MiMi*mcm* said...

Que bello, me encanta toda la combinaciĆ³n de colores .
Y el final con el quiltedo,realmente BELLO.-

Chris S said...

A new favorite pattern, LOVE it!

Patti said...

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

MariQuilts said...

Its beautiful!!!

Dawn said...

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

amy smart said...

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!

diane said...

This is stunning, Lee. Congrats on the publication.

Dana said...

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

knitandpatch said...

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

Anna said...

It is gorgeous! Beautiful design!

Smultronbo said...

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?

Elizabeth Dackson said...

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

tlcala4me said...

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!

Lisa said...

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

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

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

Esch House Quilts said...

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

I am Just One Mom said...

Amazing!

Staci said...

I have this magazine in my hands right now!

Heidi Grohs said...

You are a rockstar!

Leslie Unfinished said...

This is a magnificent quilt!

OPQuilt said...

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

Kirsten said...

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

Zelda said...

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.

Leanne said...

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.

Karma Willow Designs said...

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

Valerie said...

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!

Claire Jain said...

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

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