Chain Reaction Quilt


Remember my secret project using Thomas Knauer’s beautiful Pear Tree fabric? Well, I can finally reveal the quilt—and I’m so excited to tell you that it’s also my first published quilt pattern, available now in the March/April issue of Quiltmaker magazine! (Edited to add: Chain Reaction is also now available as a stand-alone pattern. Click here to purchase.)

There’s my quilt! And look, there’s me, up in the corner! Coolness!
Would you be surprised to hear that you don’t have to paper-piece this quilt? A few people who have already made the pattern have told me that it’s very easy to piece. It looks more complicated than it is—can’t beat that, right? : ) All you have to do is pick up the March/April issue. I haven’t seen it on newsstands yet, but you can click here to purchase a copy.
And that’s not all: Quiltmaker is making this quilt available as a kit. The kit includes the pattern and all the Pear Tree/Andover fabric you need to make the top and binding—click here to purchase (it’s currently out of stock but I’m sure it will be in soon). Backing is available separately.
Finally, I was excited to learn that the members of Quiltmaker’s Scrap Squad will each be making this pattern using their own scraps, and those versions will be featured on Quiltmaker’s blog over the next two months. The Scrap Squad is a specially-selected panel of Quiltmaker readers who make one pattern from each issue. They can include their own ideas and variations on the pattern, so I’m really looking forward to seeing what they do with mine!

A few more things to note about this quilt: It was beautifully quilted for me by fellow Milwaukee Modern Quilt Guild member Lucinda Fenske, and Thomas Knauer was kind enough to send me the Pear Tree fabric from his own stash when there was no more advance yardage of it to be found. Thank you, Thomas! Go check out his blog to see the fabulous new lines he has in the works, including Flock and Savanna Bop. I think those Flock dot prints will definitely be finding their way into my stash!

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  1. Emalee
    Emalee says:

    Wow, the quilt looks beautiful and I can't wait to see it in the magazine. I am so happy for you and–quietly, deep down–I'm taking pride because I remember the first day we sat at the sewing machine (old Kenmore) together. I wouldn't have ever dreamed what would develop within three years.

  2. Linda
    Linda says:

    Congratulations, Lee! This couldn't have happened to a nicer person, nor a more talented designer, as I can attest from being a Supernova participant. Well done. Continue to enjoy success in all that your hands touch.

  3. Suz
    Suz says:

    I always wonder what the secret project is… a present that's under wraps perhaps – well, a magazine with your design is just the best! Congratulations on keep it a secret!

  4. Molly
    Molly says:

    what an inspiration you are! I am so excited for you and can't wait to get the issue- that is truly fantastic and the quilt is just gorgeous too! Bravo!


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