New Quilt Designs & Kits Available

January 17, 2017

Hi fellow quilters!

Here are four new quilt designs and kits which are now available and on sale at Craftsy.  The patterns are currently only available with the kits, however, I’m hoping to publish the patterns as stand alone Quilt Moments patterns sometime this spring.

The first quilt is called Ribbon Rainbow.  It was inspired by my Ribbon Rings pattern (QM128) which uses 2-1/2″ strips.  The Ribbon Rainbow quilt is made with 1-1/2″ strips cut from fat quarters in order to create a more intricate design and a larger quilt.  The quilts shown are king size.  The quilt is prepared in rounds from the center out, so you could complete as many rounds as you wish for your desired quilt size.


Here is a photo of the black version of Ribbon Rainbow


The other three quilts were made with a collection called Heirloom Bloom.  First up is Charming Friendship Stars.  It’s a simply design made with half-square triangles and has a fun, scrappy look.  This quilt is a baby or small throw size.



Next, is the Medallion Quilt which is 98″ x 98″, a perfect queen or king size.


Here’s an image of the entire quilt:


The last quilt is Trellis Garden and this one is actually made from my existing pattern by the same name Trellis Garden QM116.  This pattern uses my 4-patch kaleidoscope technique.



The technique is shown in my Craftsy class called Quilted Kaleidoscopes which also includes patterns for several runners and quilts.  You can use this link to get 50% off the regular retail price of the class!  The coupon will appear once you add the class to your shopping cart and is good through April 17th.


Until next time, please remember to enjoy all your quilt moments:)!


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Miles of Binding and National Craft Month

March 4, 2016

Hi fellow quilters!

Binding 2 King Size Quilts

I’ve been very busy the past three months working on some new quilt designs and hopefully I’ll be able to share images of the quilt fronts next month.

This week I was binding two huge king size quilts.  OK, maybe not quite MILES of binding, but lots of INCHES of binding, almost 900!

I don’t know about you, but my least favorite part of the quilt-making process is doing the machine binding part before doing the relaxing hand sewing part shown in my photo above.  I think I run out of steam after piecing the quilt, so the idea of preparing the binding strips and sewing it around the big heavy quilt can be daunting.  However, once I’ve machine stitched the binding onto the front side, I actually love the last part of the process when I can curl up on the couch underneath the new quilt and hand stitch the binding onto the back side of the quilt.

Why do I like the hand sewing part so much?  I get to veg out and really relax.  I can chit chat with family & friends, or watch a favorite TV show (Academy Awards, yay!) or a Netflix show.  And since I enjoy watching Craftsy videos, it’s also a great time to learn something new or refresh my knowledge on different techniques.  One of the first classes I watched in 2014 before filming my Quilted Kaleidoscopes Craftsy class was Mimi Dietrich’s Finishing School: Edges & Bindings.  Mimi is a great teacher and makes every step exciting.  Soooo… I was working on binding not just one king size quilt, but two!!!, I figured it was a perfect time to watch the class again!

Finishing Edges & Bindings Beautifully by Mimi Dietrich

Mimi made me laugh through the process and I enjoyed seeing her many examples of different ways to bind quilts.  She even has fun tips on hanging sleeves and quilt labels.

To celebrate March National Craft month, Craftsy is going to make a $1,000 donation to a craft-focused charity of one lucky student’s choice including everyone who signs up by end of day March 13th.  If you’ve been thinking of trying an online Craftsy class, now is the perfect time to try one.  Craftsy will give you a 100% discount if you don’t enjoy the class, so you have nothing to lose.  Click on the image of Mimi’s class above or here for my affiliate link to see more about her class and get 25% off the class.

Craft Month $1000 Charity

And, if you haven’t checked out my class yet, March is a lucky month.  Not only is there a chance that you’ll win $1,000 for a favorite charity, but……..


I have a BIG birthday this month, so use this link to get 50% off my Quilted Kaleidoscopes class!

The picture above reminds me of how much fun I had filming the class.  See the pincushion in the middle?  Well, when they were filming my class, the producer told me that if I goofed up at any point, I should try to finish the sentence or section I was talking about since they can fix lots of things during the editing process.  So there I was…piecing a block on the sewing machine, taking pins out along the way and putting them into that pretty yellow pincushion, when all of a sudden the pincushion unexpectedly fell off the table!  Being the professional that I am (hee hee) I took it in stride and just continued sewing as if the pincushion was still there.  So, imagine my surprise when the producer yelled “Cut!”  OK, I guess not quite everything can be fixed with editing:)

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So, what are you doing this month for fun?  Hope you get to enjoy some quilting/crafting time and maybe go on a retreat with your friends.  Another great idea is to just take some time for yourself and visit one of your local quilt shops or go on a roadtrip to visit a new one!  Nothing beats touching beautiful fabric and dreaming of your next project!


Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments:)


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Giveaway Day/Week: Fabric, Pattern and Lil’ Twister Tool!

December 9, 2015

Hi fellow quilters,

I’m participating in the Giveaway Day organized by Sew Mama Sew.


My giveaway includes a bundle of Moda batiks, Quilt Moments’ Twister Sparkler pattern, and the Lil’ Twister tool.  Just add some background fabric and you’ll be able to make the fun holiday Twister Sparkler wallhanging shown in the photo, or use the fat quarters for whatever project you wish!

Giveaway QuiltMoments 2015-12-9

The fabrics in the giveaway include a 21 fat quarter pack of the entire Moda Joy batiks collection by Laundry Basket Quilts.  That’s the equivalent of 5-1/4 yards of fabric!  Use some of the red & green fat quarters from the bundle and add some yardage of cream fabric to make the fun holiday Twister Sparkler wallhanging shown in the photo, or use the fat quarters for whatever project you wish!

QM134 Twister Sparkler Joy Wallhanging

The Twister Sparkler pattern includes 6 sizes mini to king.

QM134 Twister SparklerCover

The Lil’ Twister tool is used with 5″ squares to make pinwheels from a simple grid of squares.  A fat quarter can yield (12) 5″ squares, so you can do lots of twisting with a fat quarter bundle!

Lil Twister Image

The twister tools are now owned by a new company called Twister Sisters.

TS Logo Final

Quilt Moments has many  Twister friendly patterns  including Triple Twister (QM127), Twister Tapestry (QM130), Twister Illusions (QM131), Twister Sparkler (QM134), Twister Shimmer (QM135), Panel Twist (QM139 & QM139N), Twister Knot (QM142), and Twister Blooms (QM144).  We also have many other patterns including easy 4-patch kaleidoscope patterns, pre-cut friendly, scrappy patterns and BOM patterns/book.  You can see all of our designs here, and newest designs here.

Kensington Kaleidoscope  Kensington Kaleidoscope QM139-Panel-Twist-Cover-Web  Kensington Kaleidoscope Microsoft Word - QM135 Twister Shimmer Cover Back 2013-11-13  Microsoft Word - QM131 Twister Illusions Cover 2012-12-7 Microsoft Word - QM130 Twister Tapestry Cover 2012-12-7     Microsoft Word - QM127 Triple Twister Pattern Cover Draft 2012-5

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment before midnight CST this Sunday, December 13th.  You can leave any comment you wish, or share if you have ever used any of the Twister tools (Lil’ Twister, Midi Twister, or Twister).  The giveaway is open to everyone (includes international).

For an additional chance to win, not required, please sign up to follow my blog, like Quilt Moments on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and/or signup to receive email updates.  You can leave another comment letting us know how you follow Quilt Moments.  I would also appreciate it if you could share this giveaway info on your social media.

Check out another great giveaway including twister tools, fabric, and patterns on Twister Sisters instagram at twistersistersdesigns.

The winner is Betsy Lewis!  Congratulations, your bundle of goodies including the fabric, Lil’ Twister, and pattern will soon be on its way to you! Thank you so much to everyone for visiting my blog, participating in the SewMamaSew giveaway week and for all your comments. 


As an extra treat, all Quilt Moments books and patterns will be 25% off through December!  Just mention the discount when you place an order and we’ll adjust the invoice.  Thank you so much for your business!

Have fun blog hopping and thank you to SewMamaSew for organizing this great event!

Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments:)

Happy Holidays!


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Exciting Twister News, Newest Patterns, and New Fabrics

October 23, 2015

Hi fellow quilters,

I haven’t posted in a very long time and it’s quilt market time again, so I have lots to share!

The latest news is that my friend, Lisa Amundson, of Around the Bobbin, and I purchased the popular twister tools and copyright (Lil’ Twister, Midi Twister, & Twister) from Marsha Bergren of CS Designs on September 30th.  The new company for the tools is Twister Sisters.  Lisa and I don’t have “real” sisters but definitely are sisters in our quilting & fabric addictions, so it seemed like the perfect name for our new venture.  You can read more about it on the website here.

TS Logo Final


Quilt Moments won’t be at quilt market, however, I have a new pattern, and yes, it happens to be a twister friendly pattern:).  Twister Blooms, QM144, includes 4 sizes miniature to queen!  You can see more info on this pattern and all 8 of our twister friendly patterns here.

Kensington Kaleidoscope

The cover quilt is made with Java Batiks by Freshwater Designs for Maywood Studio / E.E. Schenck.  I simply cut 5″ squares,  sewed them into a grid following the layout diagram, cut out square pinwheel units with the Lil’ Twister tool and sewed the squares back together to complete the quilt.  This quilt is throw size.  If I used the Midi Twister, it would be a queen size quilt.  If you are at quilt market, this quilt can be found in the EE Schenck / Maywood Studio booth area.

QM144 Twister Blooms throw quilt photo


Now, here are images of quilts using some of our existing patterns and newest fabrics for Houston quilt market:

This is one of my 4-patch kaleidoscope designs, Among the Stars (QM106), using Timeless Treasures’ Suffolk collection designed by Chong-a Hwang coming to shops later this year.

Among the Stars QM106 Quilt Moments TT Suffolk

Here is Spinning Wheel Runners (QM140) using Robert Kaufman’s Grand Majolica collection coming to shops in February.  There are 3 colorways which you can see here.

Spinning Wheel Runner QM140 Grand Majorica PURPLE 2015-8-22

Here’s another design, Belle Kaleidoscope (QM125) using the same Grand Majolica collection.  The purple colorway of this quilt and the Spinning Wheel runner above will both be in Robert Kaufman’s booth at quilt market.  See all 3 colorways below and here.

Belle Kaleidoscope QM125 Grand Majorica Purple 2015-8-18

Belle Kaleidoscope QM125 Grand Majorica GREY 2015-9-21

Belle Kaleidoscope QM125 Grand Majorica MULTI 2015-8-24

Here’s Belle Kaleidoscope QM125 in Timeless Treasures’ Essex collection which just hit quilt shops.

Essex Belle Kaleidoscope QM125 twin

Belle Kaleidoscope is also one of the patterns I teach in my online Craftsy class “Quilted Kaleidoscopes” which covers every aspect of my 4-patch kaleidoscope quilts from picking fabrics, to making many projects, and attaching the borders.  Click here to see a class summary and get 50% off the class!


Here are images of the other patterns that came out earlier this year, and you can see more info about the patterns: size options, fabrics used, etc. at What’s New on our website.

Chance Encounters (QM143) is strip or FQ friendly.  You can cut 1-1/2″ or 2-1/2″ strips.  You can randomly pair up light and dark strips, so chance encounters seemed like a perfect name for the pattern!

Kensington Kaleidoscope

The quilt shown on the pattern features batiks by Anthology Fabrics.  I cut 1-1/2″ strips for this one, so it is a small throw size.  If I had used 2-1/2″ strips, it would be twin size.

Chance Encounters QM143 Anthology Flowers Batiks

This twin size version was made with fat quarters of Jinny Beyer’s Malam batiks by RJR.  I cut them into 2-1/2″ strips.

Chance Encounters QM143 RJR Jinny Beyer Malam Batiks

Here’s a version using Robert Kaufman’s Artisan Batiks Seasons collection.  It is queen size with the wide border, or twin without the border.

Chance Encounters QM143 RK Artisan Batiks Seasons 2015-7-7


Twister Knot QM142 is a twister tool friendly pattern with 6 sizes mini to king!  Since it combines easy pinwheel strips and large sections of background fabric, this quilt goes together very quickly and can easily be made in one or two weekends for any of the sizes!

Kensington Kaleidoscope

Here are pictures of the many size options from miniature to king size shown in my Minneapolis quilt market booth back in May.

Quilt Market Mpls 2015 Twister Knot QM142 Quilts

Zooming in on the quilts hanging on the wall, the version made in Maywood Studio’s Frolic in the Snow flannel collection is twin size using the Midi Twister tool.  The smaller version hanging (scrunched up:)) to the left is a patriotic version using Northcott Stonehenge and the Lil’ Twister tool for a throw size.

Quilt Market Mpls 2015 Twister Knot Throw & Twin QM142 Quilts

Zooming in again on the quilts on the “couch”, you can see the miniature version made with Moda Bella solids laying on top of the folded up king size quilt made with huge pinwheels.  The mini was made using the Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel & the king size was made with the Twister tool.

Quilt Market Mpls 2015 Mini & King Twister Knot QM142


The last new pattern of this year was the Keyboard Kaleidoscope (QM102BOM) Block of the Month version of my popular Keyboard Kaleidoscope design.  This larger pattern shows four full color quilt examples, and divides the design into 6 sections, making it perfect for Block of the Month programs.  I was working on this design during my last blog post (yes, sorry, it was way back at the beginning of May before spring market!)

Pattern cover:

QM102BOM Keyboard Kaleidoscope BOM COVER 2015-5-3 jpg

Pattern back:

QM102BOM Keyboard Kaleidoscope BOM BACK 2015-5-3 jpg

So, that’s the quick recap of Quilt Moments for the last six months or 25,000+ moments if one quilt moment equals one minute:)

Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments!


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Giveaway Day/Week: Fabric + Patterns!

May 6, 2015

Hi fellow quilters,

I’m participating in the Giveaway Day organized by Sew Mama Sew.  Happy 10th anniversary to SewMamaSew!


My giveaway includes lots of yummy Moda fabrics and two of my patterns, Charm Bracelets (QM137) and Coin Bracelets (QM138).  Looking through my stash of goodies, I came across Moda’s April Showers collection designed by Bonnie & Camille.  This, of course, got me humming “April showers bring May flowers:)” and seemed like a perfect fit for a May giveaway!

Giveaway QuiltMoments 2015-5-6

The fabrics in the giveaway include a layer cake (10″ square) pack of the entire April Showers collection, two half yard cuts from the collection (large floral & diagonal stripe) plus four fat quarters of Moda Bella solids.

With these fabrics you can make one or more of my Charm Bracelets baby quilts or runners by cutting the 10″ squares into 5″ squares, and adding in some background fabric, or use the 10″ squares to make the larger Coin Bracelets quilt or bed runner.

This fabric collection was a great fit for my Charm Bracelets (QM137) pattern and is featured on the pattern cover.  The pattern includes two runner sizes: small/centerpiece 17″ x 27″ or tablerunner 20″ x 64″, plus a lap/baby quilt 42″ x 52″.


For larger projects, the Coin Bracelets (QM138) pattern, works with coins (dimes=10″ squares or quarters=fat quarters!).  The pattern includes 3 sizes: bed runner, twin & queen quilts.  Both patterns include easy piecing with stitch and flip corners.  You can sell all my other quilt patterns at Quilt Moments.


To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment mentioning which quilt you would like to make if you are the lucky winner.   The giveaway closes at midnight CST this Sunday, May 10th, so please leave your comments before then.

The winner is Alli Hirakami!  Congratulations, your bundle of goodies including the patterns and fabric will soon be on its way to you! Thank you so much to everyone for visiting my blog, participating in the SewMamaSew giveaway week and for all your wonderful comments. 

I also have two more big giveaways going on now through May 15th, so please check these out, too!:

1) Visit my guest blog post on Craftsy,  between now and May 15, to see examples of how 3 different large print fabrics are used in kaleidoscope quilt designs, learn more about my “Quilted Kaleidoscopes” Craftsy class, and enter for a chance to win a 3 yard piece of fabric of your choice by leaving a comment on their blog

2) Visit my last blog post, to enter to win a 3 yard piece of beautiful fabric and see my newest kaleidoscope designs.

For an additional chance to win, not required, please sign up to follow my blog, like Quilt Moments on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and/or signup to receive email updates.  You can leave another comment letting us know how you follow Quilt Moments.

I would also appreciate it if you could share this giveaway info on your social media.

Have fun blog hopping and thank you to SewMamaSew for organizing this great event!

Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments:)

Happy Mothers Day!


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New Keyboard Kaleidoscope BOM Quilts plus Fabric Drawing!

May 1, 2015

Hi fellow quilters,

Visit my guest blog post on Craftsy,  between May 1 and May 15, to see examples of how 3 different large print fabrics are used in kaleidoscope quilt designs, learn more about my “Quilted Kaleidoscopes” Craftsy class, and enter for a chance to win a 3 yard piece of fabric of your choice by leaving a comment on their blog!

Since I love giveaways (who doesn’t?), I’ll do a giveaway on my blog here, too!  Wouldn’t you like some large print yardage to play with?  Keep reading…

I’ve been very busy working on quilt samples for the upcoming spring quilt market trade show here in Minneapolis in a few short weeks.  Keyboard Kaleidoscope (QM102) has been one of my favorite and most popular 4-patch kaleidoscope patterns.  I’ve had several requests for a block of the month version and I’m pleased to share that a Keyboard Kaleidoscope BOM version (QM102BOM), separating the quilt steps into six sections, will be available starting May 18th.

The Keyboard Kaleidoscope BOM version (QM102BOM) will have large photos of three quilt examples in current fabric lines with the fabric information and suggestions inside the pattern.  Here’s a sneak peek at the 3 quilts.

The first sample is twin size featuring Timeless Treasures Bellagio collection designed by Chong-a Hwang.  I used the large floral paisley, coordinating smaller prints in the collection plus many java blender batiks.  I love mixing prints and batiks.  The twin size quilt is made with 8″ blocks and has a keyboard border on the top and bottom in addition to the on point keyboard around the large kaleidoscope center.  A queen size quilt has the same layout and is made with 10″ blocks.

QM102BOM TT Bellagio sneak peek

Keyboard Kaleidoscope QM102 BOM Bellagio Large Floral CM3655

The second sample is twin size featuring Timeless Treasures Imperial Garden collection designed by Chong-a Hwang.  I enjoyed picking out coordinates in shades of blues and aqua to highlight the large beautiful Asian floral print.  The Craftsy guest post shows a close-up photo of the main large print and 4-patch kaleidoscopes in various sizes.

Keyboard Kaleidoscope Imperial Blue QM102

For my third sample quilt I used a really large floral print called Lavinia designed by Philip Jacobs for Westminster Fabrics to make a king size quilt.  This is one of the fabrics that I used to demo the 4-patch kaleidoscope process in my “Quilted Kaleidoscopes”  Craftsy class and fell in love with it, so I was really excited to use it in one of my kaleidoscope designs.  Here’s an image of the full 24″ lengthwise repeat by full width of fabric of the Philip Jacob’s Lavinia print.

PWPJ064-Natural LAVINIA full repeat & WOF

I had fun using some of the Kaffe Fassett’s Aboriginal Dots blenders and Shot Cottons that I showed in class plus added in even more colors and shades, and a light blue Spots fabric by Kaffe for the setting triangles.  Can’t wait to try this quilt out on my king size bed after quilt market.  Thought it would be fun to show you this Keyboard Kaleidoscope quilt draped over my piano, but as you can see, it is huge and dwarfs my parlor grand!

QM102BOM Westminster PJ Lavinia sneak peek

And now for the fabric drawing!  I’m lucky to work with fabrics from many great companies and I would like you to have some fun trying out the 4-patch kaleidoscope process.  You can also dig into your stash of large prints that you’ve been saving for some day or buy a large print at your local quilt shop.  You only need four lengthwise repeats to start making 4-patch kaleidoscopes!

Large Print Fabric Collage & Giveaway

For a chance to win a 3 yard cut of one of the four fabulous fabrics shown in the photo above, leave a comment picking the fabric you would like to win (from top to bottom in photo):  1) Oriental Traditions by Robert Kaufman, 2) Glimmer butterfly by Timeless Treasures, 3) Papillon pastel floral by Moda Fabrics, or 4) Japanese Chrysanthemums by Westminster Fabrics.  Can’t choose one?  Simply say “Surprise Me!” and I’ll do the “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe” for you.  After all, I bought these fabrics so of course I love them all!  I’ll pick a winner Monday, May 18th when I return from quilt market.

For an additional chance to win, not required, please sign up to follow my blog, like Quilt Moments on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and/or signup to receive email updates.  You can leave another comment letting us know how you follow Quilt Moments.  I would also appreciate it if you could share this giveaway info on your social media.

One more thing!  Please check out this Stitchin’ Heaven Quilting Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.  Come join me, and fellow teachers Debby Maddy & Nancy Mahoney on this fun adventure!

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Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments!


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Quilt Walk – Kaleidoscope Symphony BOM

March 9, 2015

Hi Fellow Quilters,

Have you heard of a Quilt Walk?  Neither had I until Sharon Huse of Old Alley Quilt Shop in Sherburn, MN invited me to come to their quilt walk in January.  This is an annual event they hold across the street at their community center to celebrate the completion of their block of the month.  People walk around and enjoy the quilts in their full glory displayed on the hardwood floor.   Here’s a photo of Sharon and me in the midst of all the beautiful quilts in the basement of the community center.

1a Sharon & Marilyn Quilt Walk

Old Alley Quilt Shop is owned by Sharon Huse and Becky Detert and yes, used to be the town’s bowling alley!  The shop celebrated it’s 10th anniversary this fall.

1 Old Alley Quilt Shop

I was delighted that they chose my Kaleidoscope Symphony book for their 2014 Block of the Month (BOM) project.  My friend Lou Ann Weflen came along with me to see the quilt walk.  She pieced the cover quilt shown below on the book so it was great we could enjoy this event together.


Sharon taught the BOM class at the shop and it was wonderful to see that over 30 people finished their quilt tops.  It was so fun to see the variety of fabrics used.  The idea behind the book is to make 9 different blocks with 4-patch kaleidoscope centers and then choose a quilt size that you wish.  Most of the ladies made the queen size quilts which includes 18 blocks (2 each of the 9 blocks) and some made throws.  Some ladies even made 2 quilts!  In most cases, the fabric used in the wide border is the fabric used for the block center kaleidoscopes.

Sharon took photos of all of the quilts for me (when my phone battery died!).

Warning, lots of quilt photos ahead:)!  Enjoy a virtual quilt walk…….

1b Quilt Walk Sherburn Jan 2015

1c Quilt Walk Sherburn Jan 2015

1d Sharon Huse Teacher Kaleidoscope Symphony

Sharon Huse’s quilts (teacher & shop owner)

1e Sharon Huse Closeup Queen Kaleidoscope Symphony

Close-up of Sharon Huse’s large quilt

1f QM501 Sharon Huse Wallhanging

Sharon’s throw

1g QM501 Sharon Huse Tabletopper

Sharon’s topper

2 Carole Rudig WIP Kaleidoscope Symphony

Carol Rudig’s work in progress.  Great to have an example of how the quilt goes together.

3a Barb Jones Kaleidoscope Symphony

Barb Jones

3b Barb Jones Closeup Kaleidoscope Symphony

Barb Jones close-up

4a Roxy Brummond Kaleidoscope Symphony

Roxy Brummond

4b Roxy Brummond Closeup Kaleidoscope Symphony

Roxy Brummond close-up

5a Barb Mager Kaleidoscope Symphony

Barb Mager

5b Barb Mager closeup Kaleidoscope Symphony

Barb Mager close-up

6 Kathy Miest Kaleidoscope Symphony

Kathy Miest

7 Jo Emery Kaleidoscope Symphony

Jo Emery

8 Connie Risty Kaleidoscope Symphony

Connie Risty

9a Nickole Bowie Kaleidoscope Symphony

Nickole Bowie

10 Barb Plumhoff Kaleidoscope Symphony

Barb Plumhoff

11 Pat Ruhnke Kaleidoscope Symphony

Pat Ruhnke

12 Janell Johnson Kaleidoscope Symphony

Janell Johnson 2 quilts

13 Jean Morris Kaleidoscope Symphony

Jean Morris

14 Terry Luetgers Kaleidoscope Symphony

Terry Luetgers 2 quilts

15 Dana Faber Kaleidoscope Symphony

Dana Faber

16 Lynn Barta Kaleidoscope Symphony

Lynn Barta

17 Karen Senne Kaleidoscope Symphony

Karen Senne

18 Leslie Walsh Kaleidoscope Symphony

Leslie Walsh

19 Nina Walter Kaleidoscope Symphony

Nina Walter

19b Nina Walter Closeup Kaleidoscope Symphony

Nina Walter close-up 2 quilts

20 Linell Jacobs Kaleidoscope Symphony

Linell Jacobs 2 quilts

21 Karla Kuipers Kaleidoscope Symphony

Karla Kuipers

22 Evelyn Lucht Kaleidoscope Symphony

Evelyn Lucht

23 Donna Kock Kaleidoscope Symphony

Donna Kock – her 1st completed quilt, congrats!

24 Shelley Busche Kaleidoscope Symphony

Shelley Busche

25 Kay Maclay Kaleidoscope Symphony

Kay Maclay

26 Darla Harries Kaleidoscope Symphony

Darla Harries

27 Carolyn Eigenberg Kaleidoscope Symphony

Carolyn Eigenberg 2 quilts

28 Esther Nelson Kaleidoscope Symphony

Esther Nelson

29 Jean Nelson Kaleidoscope Symphony

Jean Nelson

30 Belva Henrickson Kaleidoscope Symphony

Belva Henrickson

31 Carol Friesen Kaleidoscope Symphony

Carol Friesen

32 Debra Engman Kaleidoscope Symphony

Debra Engman

Hope you liked this virtual quilt walk!

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Sharon and the ladies who made the quilts, and of course had fun visiting the quilt shop afterwards.  Thank you Sharon for inviting me to attend!

Next post I’ll share some photos from the quilting cruise from which I just returned.  It was a fun cruise with almost 30 quilters making Kaleidoscope Symphony throw size quilts.

Enjoy all of your quilt moments!


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Giveaway Day: 12 yard Fabric Kit, Book plus Pattern of Your Choice!

December 8, 2014

Hi fellow quilters,

I’m participating in the Giveaway Day organized by Sew Mama Sew.  Since I have lots of goodies and couldn’t decide on just one, I decided to include THREE great prizes in the bundle!  My giveaway includes a Twilight Kaleidoscope Kit with 12 yards of Robert Kaufman fabric, my Kaleidoscope Symphony book, and a Quilt Moments pattern of your choice.  The photo below shows my Twister Illusions pattern as an example, however, you can choose any one of my 40 patterns on the website.  All together, this bundle of goodies is worth over $175!

Giveaway QuiltMoments 2014-12-8

If you are visiting my blog for the first time, thank you and welcome.  My name is Marilyn Foreman of Quilt Moments patterns.  I live near St. Paul, Minnesota with my hubby and 3 school age kids.  I’ve been quilting for 18 years and started my pattern business 8 years ago soon after leaving my full-time job to spend more time at home with the kids.

I love all kinds of fabrics, especially brights, and my first passion is designing patterns containing easy four-patch kaleidoscopes which are made by chopping up beautiful large feature prints into simple strip sets of various widths and then sub-cutting them into square sets…no fussy cutting needed!  I also enjoy designing patterns for pre-cuts and scraps, patterns for panels, and patterns featuring the fun Lil’ Twister tool.

Here’s an example of some of the four-patch kaleidoscopes I made this weekend using the new Imperial Garden Blue fabric designed by Chong-a Hwang for Timeless Treasures.

Quilt Moments 4-Patch Kaleidoscopes Imperial Blue

Now, let’s talk about the goodies in the giveaway bundle and how to enter to win!

First, the Twilight Kaleidoscope kit with 12 yards of fabric.  My Craftsy class called “Quilted Kaleidoscopes” demonstrates my kaleidoscope process in detail, shows tons of fabric examples, and includes directions for four projects including two runners and two quilts.  The Twilight Kaleidoscope kit included in the giveaway is featured in the class.  Click here or on the photo below to see more information on the class.  The link gives you a 25% class discount.


Second, with the skills learned in the class you will be able to make any of my kaleidoscope patterns including the designs in my Kaleidoscope Symphony book, which is the next item included in the giveaway.  The book includes directions for 9 different blocks including optional kaleidoscope centers and contains many projects from topper and runner up to queen size.


Third, the giveaway includes a Quilt Moments pattern of your choice.  You choose your favorite pattern.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment picking your favorite Quilt Moments pattern so that I can include it in the prize bundle if you are the lucky winner of the giveaway!  You can scroll through all my patterns on my website.  The giveaway closes at midnight CST this Friday, December 12th so please leave your comment before then.

The winner is Mary Peterson!  Congratulations, your big bundle of goodies including the Twilight Kaleidoscope Kit, Kaleidoscope Symphony book, and your pattern choice Twister Illusions, will soon be on its way to you! Thank you so much to everyone for visiting my blog, participating in the SewMamaSew giveaway week and for all your wonderful comments.  Happy Holidays!

For an additional chance to win, not required, please sign up to follow my blog, like Quilt Moments on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and/or signup to receive email updates.  You can leave another comment letting us know how you follow Quilt Moments.

I would also appreciate it if you could share this giveaway info on your social media.

Have fun blog hopping and thank you to SewMamaSew for organizing this great event!


Until next time, enjoy all your quilt moments:)

Happy Holidays!


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Twister Shimmer Quilt for Kona’s 30th Anniversary

November 20, 2014

Hi fellow quilters,

Today is my turn on the Robert Kaufman’s 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kona cotton.

I was so excited to be invited to participate in this fun project.  I’ve enjoyed reading the other designers blog posts about their quilts and getting to know more about the designers and Robert Kaufman Fabrics.  Can’t believe that there are now a whopping 303 Kona colors.  Isn’t that amazing!

I would like to talk about the process of making my quilt and I have a giveaway, too, so keep reading for a chance to win!!!

My quilt for the 30th anniversary is called Twister Shimmer.

QM135 kona twister shimmer 30th ann bh

The original colorway that I used to create the Twister Shimmer pattern (QM135) last year is shown below.  I had fun using my Kona color card to choose a range of shades in four colorways.  The pattern includes a chart showing the 22 Kona fabric ID#’s.  My friend Karen Ytzen pieced the quilt and it was hanging in my booth last year at Houston 2013 quilt market.

Twister Shimmer QM135 with Kona FQs Houston 2013 Market

For the 30th anniversary version, instead of hand picking Kona colors, Nichole at Robert Kaufman suggested that I feature one of their pre-cut fat quarter bundles.  This was a bit of a challenge since I wasn’t sure a bundle would contain enough shades of four colorways needed for the quilt, however, the Sunset fat quarter bundle has a nice variety of shades and can be broken into four groups so I dove into this yummy bundle!


The bundle contains 23 fat quarters.  I used 22 of the fat quarters plus Kona Black for the background.

Twister Shimmer QM135 30th Anniv Sunset FQ placement

I created a grid of squares following the fabric placement guide.  For this 72″ x 72″ throw size quilt, 5″ squares are sewn into a grid and then cut out with the Lil’ Twister tool designed by Marsha Bergren of Country Schoolhouse Designs.  This popular tool is very easy to use and quite addictive.  It’s so fun creating designs that look difficult yet are very easy to piece.  The Twister Shimmer pattern also includes many other quilt sizes.  If you use the larger Midi Twister tool and 6-1/2″ squares, you can make a queen or king size quilt.  And, if you want to make smaller projects you can use the Primitive Pinwheel or Itty Bitty Primitive Pinwheel by Primitive Gatherings to create a 41″ wallhanging or 23″ miniature.

Here’s some Lil’ Twister cutting in action….

Twister Shimmer QM135 30th Anniv WIP with Lil Twister 1

Twister Shimmer QM135 30th Anniv WIP with Lil Twister 2

Magically, after cutting out with the Lil’ Twister and sewing the units back together, the square grid turns into the Twister Shimmer quilt!

QM135-Twister-Shimmer-RK Kona 30th Anniversary

After completing the quilt top, I sent the quilt off to long arm quilter, Kristi Ryan, who did a wonderful job with the quilting.  She used a silver thread in the colors and black thread in the background.  Since we were on such a tight deadline and Kristi sent the quilt directly to Robert Kaufman, I haven’t seen the completed quilt yet, just in photos and I really like the results!

Closeups of Kristi’s quilting…

Twister Shimmer Kristi Ryan quilting closeup 1 web

Twister Shimmer Kristi Ryan quilting closeup 2 web

The Twister Shimmer pattern is very versatile and you can play with shades of your favorite colors to achieve the look you want.  Play with your Kona color card or Kona fabric stash to create your very own quilt palette.  For example, here’s an example of what the quilt looks like using shades of two colors, red and blue, rather than four different colors, and adding white for accent.  Wouldn’t this make a great patriotic quilt?

Ask for the Twister Shimmer pattern at your favorite quilt shop (they can order it from distributors or me) or you can order it here.

Twister Shimmer Kona Patriotic

Thank you for visiting my blog and have fun with the blog hop and enjoy all the designers posts.  The complete schedule is listed in my last blog post. One of my favorite quilts in the Lookbook is Raceway by Alyssa Lichner.  I love the curves and the overlapping effect.


Robert Kaufman is doing a grand prize giveaway at the end of the blog hop which will include 3 of my twister patterns that work great with Kona solids and RK blenders like Fusions including Twister Shimmer, Twister Sparkler, and Twister Illusions which are all shown here:

Microsoft Word - QM135 Twister Shimmer Cover Back 2013-11-13

QM134 Twister SparklerCover

Microsoft Word - QM131 Twister Illusions Cover 2012-12-7

And now for today’s giveaway!  I’m giving away a Kona Sunset charm pack compliments of Robert Kaufman and also a Twister Shimmer pattern.


For a chance to win these goodies, please leave a comment before 10 a.m. CST November 21st.

Giveaway now closed.  Winner is Cindy M., congratulations!

Happy 30th Anniversary Kona!  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy all the other designers blogs on the hop!

Until next time enjoy all your quilt moments:)


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30 Quilts for 30 Years Kona Designers Blog Hop

October 31, 2014

Hi fellow quilters,

Robert Kaufman Fabrics is hosting a big blog hop including all 30 designers who were invited to make quilts celebrating Kona’s 30th anniversary.

The hop runs November 1st through December 3rd so join in the fun visiting all the designers blogs and Robert Kaufman’s blog to get many chances to win lots of great prizes!

All 30 quilts are beautifully displayed in a lookbook which you can see online on their website:

RK Kona 30 Quilts for 30 Years Lookbook

My quilt is Twister Shimmer.  I used 22 Kona fat quarters plus Kona black and the Lil’ Twister tool.  I’ll talk about the fun & easy process of making the quilt and show more photos on my blog hop day which is November 20th.

QM135 kona twister shimmer 30th ann bh

Here’s the full schedule for the blog hop.  Start hopping and join in the fun!
Week 1:

Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko

Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane

Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks

Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations

Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs

Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts

Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon

Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:

Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny

Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman

Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez

Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts

Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced

Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts

Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:

Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman

Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting

Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy

Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells

Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments

Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl

Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:

Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing

Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine

Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color

Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine

Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:

Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of DonÕt Call Me Betsy

Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks

Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman

Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!


Good luck with the hop.  Each day a designer will host a Kona giveaway so you have many chances to win.

Enjoy all your quilt moments,


Quilt Moments