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Sparkler Quilt


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

Click here to purchase Sparkler as a PDF pattern

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!

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  1. Lee Heinrich
    Lee Heinrich says:

    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!


  2. Zelda
    Zelda says:

    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.

  3. Leanne
    Leanne says:

    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.

  4. Valerie
    Valerie says:

    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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