introducing: Color Continuum — no. 05 Gradients

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Color Continuum — no. 05 Gradients 
Five Quilt Projects Turning Dark to Light

Order Color Continuum — no. 05 Gradients here.
Color Continuum — no. 05 Gradients is also available on Amazon.
A bundle along with Preshrunk Quilts is available here.
A bundle with all five Color Continuum books available here.


One of my most requested patterns is a twin sized Sweet Garden. Azure takes care of that with colors inspired by the endless blue skies and water that fill our summers here in the Pacific Northwest.


After rain and clouds in Color Continuum — no. 01 monochromatic and more rain in no. 04 duochromatic, I decided we needed some sunshine with Aurora in no. 05 gradients.


Waterfall photography can seem cheesy and cliche at times, but that hasn’t stopped me. Cascade is a magical purple waterfall — the best one I’ve found yet. Many thanks to my husband for climbing up on a cliffside just to hold a quilt.


Green mountains, forest and rolling hills inspired Ridge.


We finish the book with Celestial, moving from white to black in my favorite star motif. It’s inspired by the clear night skies and looking up to see the universe that surrounds us.



introducing: Preshrunk Quilts

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Preshrunk Quilts
20 Mini Quilts Inspired by Carolina Patchworks Favorites

Order Preshrunk Quilts here.
Preshrunk Quilts is also available on Amazon.
A bundle along with Color Continuum — no. 05 gradients is available here.
See the Unshrunk Quilts here.


I love mini quilts — they’re cute, quick to make, and a great way to try out an idea or a new technique. And they’re little.


So, being me, of course that meant I had to make a book full of ‘em! Preshrunk Quilts (get it?) is 20 little tiny versions of some of my favorite Carolina Patchworks designs. And yes, they were as fun to make as it looks like.

Mini quilts are great for:
- trying out new techniques (tiny piecing, hand quilting, appliqué, curved piecing) without having to commit to a larger quilt
- swaps and gifts
- eye-catching wall hangings- panels for purses and bags
- blocks in larger quilts

Since they were so little — and in the spirit of trying out different things with mini quilts — I hand quilted them, which was also a lot of fun and I love how they turned out.

Grab your mini scissors, your mini sewing machine and your mini thread spools and make some mini quilts!



The inspiration for these projects is easy to see. They’ve be shrunk, cropped, re-worked, or just inspired by their bigger versions. Looking for a Unshrunk Version of one of these quilts? Click here for the Unshrunk Quilts.






Garage Sale!

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I’m clearing out the closets and thinning out the offerings. These patterns have been around a while and have reached the end of their road. Get them now while they last — several titles only have a handful left.

Click here to visit the garage sale. (Should run through the fall — at which point all remaining stock will be destroyed.)

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The upside to a garage sale? Two new books coming soon!

introducing: Color Continuum — no. 04 Duochromatic


No. 4 duochromatic strips palettes back to their most basic: pairs of colors. From morality to movies to the printed page, the notion of black and white holds a particular weight in our world and our history, and for a reason: contrasting pairs of color are the most natural, uncomplicated way to express shapes, symbols, and even ideas. The pairs of color in which shapes are cast affect how we interpret them, how they make us feel. Photographers and painters know the power of complementary colors, and from harmony to context, a simple contrast between two carefully-chosen colors can evoke depth, beauty, even tension. Duochromatic takes five modern, geometric designs and sets them each in a pair of colors chosen to complement and show that design in a certain light — and then gives an alternative pair that provides an entirely different mood to the same design.


So many of my quilts rely on the texture that is formed by using tons of different fabrics. These quilts rely on just two colors and not stretching that definition to use 20 different blue and 5 whites. Two fabrics. Just two.


No. 04 duochromatic is available at a special pre-order price through Sunday, June 28, 2015.

No. 01 monochromatic, no. 02 polychromatic, no. 03 emilychromatic and no. 04 duochromatic are available at special pre-order bundle prices through Sunday, June 28, 2015.

No. 04 duochromatic is also available on Amazon. (As of the original posting time, it hasn’t quite worked its way through the Amazon system. It’s there but you can’t order it just yet. It should be working shortly!)


Now for the projects of no. 04 duochromatic

Niveous: I loved the way Bauble from no. 03 emilychromatic came out.


Since this book was about challenging myself with just two colors, I figured Bauble was an excellent place to start. Niveous is what came of that experiment.


I love the simplicity and classic, yet still modern, look this project has.


Crapehanger: This quilt started with the idea of a simplified Groove quilt with a little steampunk thrown in. I’d say that worked well.


The quilting (by Angela Walters) emphasizes the pipes, steam, etc perfectly.

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Dowie: Rain, grey and Seattle. Perfect. Outside the family room window is a street light where for many winter months rain is being blown in every direction (including straight up) and illuminated by that street light. This is that scene but in a quilt. I should keep a tally of how many quilts are cloud and rain inspired. My Seattle is showing.



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Gossamer: There’s no deep reasoning to this quilt. Sometimes, like with Dowie, there is. Sometimes I just draw and play with shapes. This is one of those quilts. I was looking for simplicity in the design of these quilts. I wanted simple and clean because that’s what I associate with two-color quilts.


Mackle: For this quilt, I wanted to play with gradients and moving from one color to another.


This quilt sews up really quick… perhaps quicker to sew than to get to lay flat on a coastal beach. This was not an easy picture to take. One day I should do an outtakes post because that would be humorous. This is what 75% of the pictures looked like the day we photographed this book:


Many thanks also go to Angela for quilting all of the quilts and Robert Kaufman for the Kona Cotton used in all of the projects.

One last thought: At the end of my intro post for no. 03 emilychromatic I wrote this:

On to Color Continuum no. 04 … most of which was thought up while on post-surgery painkillers. This should be interesting…

So how did I do? Too crazy? So what’s my excuse for Color Continuum no. 05 which is mostly thought out…

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