Manhattan in QUILT TRENDS (Fall 2013)


Hello Friends!  How many of you are familiar with the quarterly Quilt Trends magazine?  It is a fun one if you aren’t familiar with the publication.  My Manhattan quilt is featured in the latest Quilt Trends Fall 2013 issue.


Design 1b_45 x 52.5

The quilt has the sophisticated look of cosmopolitan Manhattan, but the construction is not that sophisticated.  You see, part of the quilt center is a very very clever panel print from Benartex’s Cosmopolitan fabric collection shown below. See how cool it is?

Manhattan panel print

I was tasked with coming up with a design that uses that panel print!  So I added the template pieced triangles, and a few borders for an overall asymmetrical quilt design.



QT_Fall_Manhattan[image source:  Quilt Trends]

I like that this quilt can be displayed various ways – so, make sure you audition how you would like it displayed before attaching your hanging sleeve.  Though not shown in the following schematics, the border pieces of the actual quilt sample are mitered.  That was my first time (ever!) doing a miter corner all by myself.  It was nerve-wrecking at first, but after all was said and done, it wasn’t too traumatic.

manhattan flipped

manhattan flipped1

Quilting was radiating straight line quilting over randomly quilted circles.  Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  For those who feel self conscious about being able to quilt only straight lines, DON’T — why should you?  Sometimes with a bit of clever manipulation of your straight lines (like I have done with the radiating effect by varying the angles between lines) and simple geometric shapes, you can still quilt something interesting, eye-catching and fun!  Click here to see how I normally quilt my simple geometric shapes.



So, you are wondering what fabric collection I used for the quilt.  It is Cosmopolitan from Benartex.  Click here to view the full fabric range.  I love that two other colorways (blue and yellow) are offered in addition to the lime green.

IMG_5263Quilt Trends is offering the pattern instructions as a free download on their website.  Click here to download.

I hope you have enjoyed my Manhattan quilt.  If you know me, you know this doesn’t look like my usual style.  But I do like to challenge myself to get out of my box from time to time.  And in the world of quilting, I can always go back to my comfortable little box easily enough. :)

Happy Monday, and I hope you have a lovely week!


In case you have missed my other 2013 official features etc….

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play

QUILT (August/September 2013): Enchanted Forest

QUILT (October/November 2013): Rise & Shine

Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

The Quilter (August/September 2013): Rising Stars, Cover Quilt

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet

Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis 

Benartex (August 2013): The Gallery using Floral Philosophy

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013):  Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (September 2013): Country Stars/Mending Fences

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (July 2013):  Rooster Royale

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Tied with a Bow/A Gingerbread Christmas

9 thoughts on “Manhattan in QUILT TRENDS (Fall 2013)

  1. My copy is bookmarked. Thank you. You are a brave woman with those metered corners. NOT My favorite thing to do. ;). Headed to see my three grand daughters Wednesday. Can’t wait!!!!

  2. A very nice modern quilt!

    This leads me to a question, though – how does one hang a quilt on the wall? You mentioned a hanging sleeve – do you just run a curtain rod through it? And what if you have a quilt that doesn’t have one?

  3. Love it!!! I especially love to find different ways to treat panel prints. I have a few that have been gifted to me, as well as a couple I have picked up along the way. I hate to just add borders – to me that’s too close to cheating!!! *wink* So glad to have the pattern free from the magazine too.

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