Utility-Style Quilts For Everyday Living Blog Tour

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Happy Friday, Friends & Visitors!  For those of you who are new here, my name is Karen aka Lady K.  Today is my turn on Sharon Holland’s book blog tour and I couldn’t be more excited!  Sharon and I have been Instagram friends for a couple of years now, and we finally met in person at this past fall’s Quilt Market in Houston.  Though we were meeting for the first time IRL (in real life), we already felt like old friends and hugged each other as if we were long lost friends.  Sharon is sweet, intelligent, adorable, a prolific fabric designer for Art Gallery Fabrics, and now a published book author.  She’s not new to the world of publishing, having been the Assistant Editor for Quilt-It…Today & Sew It…Today magazines when it was still in circulation a few years ago.  This time though, she is at the helm of things and the results are nothing short of exquisite.  Utility-Style Quilts For Everyday Living is one of the best quilt books to land in my hands in a very long time.   It’s a beautiful book full of quilt patterns for the novice and advanced quilter alike.  The designs are both unique and familiar, and although a majority of the patterns make up a generous sized quilt, the patterns can be easily adjusted to shrink or enlarge the designs to suit all needs.


I had a very difficult time deciding which pattern to choose, and after narrowing it down to two, I finally chose the “Night & Day” quilt pattern.  It’s a clever play on a classic Log Cabin quilt, and having never made an entire log cabin block quilt, I was excited to get started.  Sharon’s original pattern design makes an 87″ square quilt, but I was going to be quilting this myself and my shoulders and back can only handle up to a certain size on my Janome Skyline S5.  I looked at the quilt layout on page 41 of the book and decided to make 25 of the 49 blocks to make a 62.5″ square quilt instead.  Although that’s still a bit large for me when maneuvering a quilt on a home machine for quilting, it really is a great size and still allows for the unique and modern layout that Sharon designed.

Next up was fabric selection.  I pulled all the Art Gallery Fabric that I own from my stash and proceeded in putting low and mid volume fabrics for backgrounds in one pile, and bright medium and dark fabrics into another pile.  I wanted each block to showcase one bright med-dark fabric, but I was going to use a limited variety of low-mid volume background fabrics to limit the scrappy look.  Following Sharon’s direction, I paired my fabrics and once I had my final combination, I started cutting out the pieces for each block.

This was such a fun quilt to make, and following Sharon’s pattern was so easy.  Each block came together fairly quickly and I love how the repetition was comforting but made different with each block because of the fabrics I chose.  20171122_164429808_iOSOnce I was done making all twenty-five blocks for my particular quilt, I then placed all of them up on my design wall and played with layout possibilities.  I decided to keep the background fabrics the main decision maker in this task, making sure to start with the lightest background fabrics in the top left corner of the quilt and then gradating down towards the bottom right corner, going from mid to darker low volume choices.  This allowed the bright fabrics to really make a bold statement and stand out more, creating Sharon’s obvious log cabin design that is still a bit different from the traditional layout we have all become so familiar with.  The result is beautiful, fun, and allows for your eye to rest comfortably instead of moving from spot to spot looking for a pattern.

IMG_1014A quilter I am not, but I’m also not afraid to quilt up a quilt myself on my home machine.  I was on Pinterest last week, looking for quilting inspiration for my quilt, when I came across vintage quilting designs that were quilted within each block and not all over.  I thought that would be a nice way to quilt this particular quilt, allowing me to focus on one block at a time and not worrying about getting from one edge of the quilt to the other at once.  This did make for a lot of starting and stopping and thread locking, but it was made more interesting because I used a variety of thread colors across the quilt.  I used my beloved Aurifil Thread in 50 weight, and the following colors: in the bobbin 2245 Red Orange, and on top 2021 Natural White, 6729 Tangerine Dream, 2312 Ermine. 2135 Yellow, 2835 Medium Mint, and 2325 Linen.  The result is a fun variety of thread colors both complimenting and contrasting with the different fabrics, but completely blending in on the back.

IMG_0966Hubby and I took the quilt  on a little field trip to nearby Everett, WA this week in hopes that I could get some good full-quilt photos.  His idea of an overlook spot didn’t disappoint and the weather was glorious too.  I have one of the best quilt holders in the world at my fingertips and I know how lucky I am.  He’s patient, takes direction perfectly, and makes it fun every time.



Win Book with border(Photo by Sharon Holland)

I hope you’re inspired to get a copy of Sharon Holland’s new book for yourself!  If you’re feeling lucky, feel free to leave a comment by next Friday, December 15th at midnight Pacific, telling me what your favorite thread color is to quilt with, and I’ll pick a winner to receive a of Sharon’s book, Utility-Style Quilts For Everyday Living.  I’ll select a winner at random on Saturday, December 16th (US RESIDENTS ONLY) and Landauer Publishing will send you your winning copy.  IMG_0863

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’ll continue to follow along and visit the other makers on this fun celebration of an exceptional quilt book.  Next up is Kori Turner-Goodhart of Olive Grace Studios tomorrow, Saturday December 9.  Below you’ll find the list of talented makers and their links and dates.

Monday 12/4  Heidi Staples – Fabric Mutt
Tuesday 12/5  Amy Friend – During Quiet Time
Wednesday 12/6  Maureen Cracknell – Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Thursday 12/7  Amber Johnson – Gigi’s Gigi’s Thimble
Friday 12/8  ME! – Lady K Quilts Designs
Saturday 12/9  Kori Turner-Goodhart – Olive Grace Studios
Sunday 12/10  Silvia Sutters – A Stranger View
Monday 12/11  Sarah Maxwell – Designs by Sarah J
Tuesday 12/12  Jessica Swift – Jessica Swift
Wednesday 12/13  Lisa Ruble – Love to Color My World
Thursday 12/14  Cindy Wiens – Live a Colorfullife
Friday 12/15  Eleri Kerian – Sew and Tell Project
Saturday 12/16  Anjeanette Klinder – Anjeanette K
Sunday 12/17  Stephanie Kendron – Modern Sewciety
Monday 12/18  Christopher Thompson – The Tattooed Quilter
Tuesday 12/19  Susan Playsted – Hopewood Home

Roman Stripe (free quilt)

Sharon and her publisher Landauer Publishing are offering a FREE quilt pattern accompaniment called ROMAN STRIPE QUILT, and it can be found HERE.  Happy Quilting!   (Photos by Sharon Holland)Roman Stripe square

Thanks for visiting & Happy Holidays!



(All photos, except the two credited to Sharon Holland, were taken by me.)

53 Comments Add yours

  1. ginny7491 says:

    This book is quilts that I will make

  2. Melanie C says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous!!!! I’m a neutral thread quilter so my go to is Aurifil White 2024 or Dove 2600!!!!

  3. Linda Williamson says:

    My go to color is Aurifil Dove 2600 if I not sure what to use. Otherwise I pick a background color. Thanks. grinnie1961@ Gmail dot com

  4. autumn says:

    i have only quilted with white thread, BUT….i recently wondered if a pale pink would be awful to quilt with???? LOL!!!

  5. Kathy says:

    Your quilt is beautiful! I usually quilt with white thread, but feel I need to branch out! This is a book that’s definitely on my purchase list!

  6. Tami Collett says:

    I would say my go to is white 2024. But I did like to match with what I’m working on.

  7. Kathy Cummings says:

    Your quilt is awesome!! That’s the kind of log cabin for me!!
    Thank you!

  8. Barbara Young says:

    I have quilted with white and I have quilted with gray. It depends on what effect I want and how much I want the quilting to be seen.

  9. Sharon Browne says:

    I usually use an off white quilting thread.

  10. Morgan says:

    Is it okay to be boring? Lol! I normally quilt with either white or natural colored thread. I need to be a little more adventurous so that’s my goal for 2018! 🙂 Love the fabrics you picked for your quilt…I think I see at least one Priory Square fabric and I’m partial to those since I used them in my youngest daughter’s nursery!

  11. Barbara says:

    I love this book! Your quilt is great. I typically use an off white or light gray for sewing but for the quilting I do anything from neutrals to brights, depending on lots of things.

  12. Christi says:

    Great quilt, Ilove your choice. I have been using a pale yellow. Works out wonderful. Who knew.

  13. Fatema Taher says:

    I have four colors that I gravitate to- sage green, turquoise blue, blush pink and blue-grey.

  14. Robin says:

    I usually quilt with cream or light grey.
    Love your quilt!!

  15. Ginny says:

    I like using a pale blue!

  16. Kathie L says:

    I use Aurifil 2024 mostly.

  17. audrey says:

    Love your version of her quilt! So bright and fun. I think my favorite color color of thread is some form of a yellow gold Love how that looks! This book looks like a great one. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  18. Kim Lane says:

    I love your take on the quilt – absolutely beautiful!! I’m a new quilter so I’ve only used Aurifil Light Beige (2310) and Natural White (2021) so far. Love seeing these new ideas!

  19. Margo Rhyme says:

    I love how you explained how you chose fabrics and then laying out the blocks. I use Aurifil white 2024 most often. I need it Ito blend in since I am a newbie.

  20. Kathy E. says:

    Every post and photo I see from this book makes me want it and also makes me want to sew! Mission accomplished for the premise of the book, right? Basic white thread is my go-to color for quilting. It always seems to look good!

  21. Vicki H says:

    I find that a cream or light gray works well for me.

  22. Lori M says:

    Your quilt is Awesome! I have only started to actually try FMQ on my quilts…so try to use thread colors that blend in…so match to the fabric used… When I get better (more confident..lol) I think a pale gray would be nice on some, of a color from the quilt, to accent the quilting.

  23. My favorite thread color to quilt with is silver. Thanks for offering a chance to win this book!!

  24. aquilterstable says:

    This turned out lovely! I recognize your photo shoot location – nice!
    My most-used thread for quilting is Aurifil 50wt #2021 (Natural White).

  25. Julie Averill says:

    Love how your quilt turned out and love this book.

  26. Anita says:

    Your quilt is gorgeous!
    My favorite thread to quilt with is a light grey or silver color.

  27. Mary Jane says:

    What a terrific book! I would love to add it to my collection. I like to quilt with a neural color, Aurifil #2600, dove is perfect.

  28. Vicky H says:

    I have quilted very few of my quilts. I am a topper type person-make tops by the dozens. The few I did quilt, I used thread that blended with the top or a neutral color. Looks like a great book.

    1. Vicky, congratulations!!! You have one the drawing for your own copy of Utility-Style Quilts by Sharon Holland. Please email me your address at ladykquilts@yahoo.com. Thanks for reading my blog!! XO-K

  29. Sue says:

    Most of the time I quilt with a neutral color thread, but sometimes I like a variegated thread…depends on the quilt!

  30. Tanya says:

    Love your quilt – looks like a must have book!

  31. annalutzbrown says:

    Gray white or black I want to try a yellow back grown soon… happyness04431@yahoo.com

  32. Your quilt is beautiful!! I quilt with whatever Aurifil or Gutermann I have that matches my fabric the best 🙂

  33. Cathy L says:

    I use Aurifil 2600, a light gray. Thanks for the chance to get the book!

  34. Just lovely! And I really like the quilting design you chose! I seem to use a lot of Natural White 2021.

  35. MARY D says:

    I use the light gray or Dove as my go to quilting thread. I have a host of other threads when color is needed. Your quilt has so much movement with all of the colors and background prints used. I love it.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  36. Traci says:

    Your quilt is beautiful and AGF fabrics are so wonderful to work with! I still need a lot of practice on my quilting so I usually match my thread color! Thanks for sharing your project.

  37. Diane Beavers says:

    Lady K , beautiful backdrop for your quilt and it’s so serene resting on that bench.
    I love a variegated “sand” from Coats and Dove Grey 2600 by Aurifil.


  38. usairdoll says:

    What a beautiful quilt! Love the idea of quilting each block individually. I’m still a newbie quilting on my home machine and I usually either match thread to the fabric or use a beige thread.

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

  39. Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    I like to use Aurifil 2600 for quilting.

  40. Nicole Sender says:

    You picked a great pattern for your quilt! I love it! I like to use a multi-colored thread. Usually it’s Coats & Clark thread.

  41. lewisnancy54 says:

    I love your quilt and the way you quilted it. I hand quilt, so you have given me an idea on how to quilt blocks for other quilts I am making. I use mostly white thread to quilt with, but also use a lot of cream and gray.

  42. Becky says:

    I like to quilt with verigated thread. I do all my own quilting.

  43. Beth Talmage says:

    I’ve been feeling very sassy lately and have been quilting with navy, orange, or red thread.

  44. Great looking quilt! I usually use grey or white to quilt but with bold colors I like to use black thread to make the quilting stand out!!!

  45. Beautiful quilt – and lucky you to have such a supportive husband! Perhaps if I actually finished a quilt that we kept my husband would help me out too. But I keep giving my learning quilts away to charity… I have quilted using red, lima green and black thread. I like the quilting to stand out – this design that you picked would have lots of space for the quilting to show so I really l like it. Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance! Fingers are crossed!

  46. Elizab says:

    Love this pattern and fabric choices! I tried a dark purple and the contrast looks great on the back side of the quilt. Instand double sided!

  47. sharon says:

    I quilt either on my home machine or on rented time at my LQS’s longarm. I prefer the long arm as I can do a simple pattern on a fair size quilt in 2-3 hours. I find my self using 3 colors mostly– light grey, light gold, or a green tea. they blend it well if I have many colors in a quilt

    My favorite though is superior threads so fine in pearl. esp on a longarm– the detail of the quilting really shows

  48. Barb K. says:

    I usually quilt with a cream or white, as a lot of my backgrounds are white.

  49. Nancy says:

    I definitely quilt with white thread the most…have just emptied a whole cone of Aurifil! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  50. Susan Stanton says:

    I use a white Aurifil thread for most of my quilting. I have a large cone of it and love it for all my piecing and quilting. This book looks yummy and your quilt is lovely.

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