into the forest quilt theory collection 3

Quilt Theory Release: Into the Forest

Today I’m excited to share my pattern for Quilt Theory’s collection for fall 2017, Into the Forest. This pattern speaks to my heart, and very much fits the vibe for my summer (it fits right in with my Summer Adventure quilt trees). For our third Quilt Theory collection, we challenged ourselves to create a color palette of 12 colors from which to pull, and all designed our quilts around the same color palette, using fabrics from a variety of manufacturers and designers. In this post you’ll not only get to see my newest pattern, Into the Forest, as well the bonus Glade Pillow pattern than accompanies my Into the Forest Quilt, but you will also have a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Cloud 9 organic cirrus solids, so read on!

into the forest quilt theory collection 3 aurifil cloud 9 organic fabrics First, to introduce you to my contribution to the third Quilt Theory pattern collection! Inspired by my frequent family hikes, Into the Forest is a reminder of where you should always head–into the forest!

into the forest quilt theory pattern cloud9 organic fabrics aurifil

And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. – Unknown

into the forest quilt theory pattern cloud9 organic fabrics aurifilTake a leisurely stroll with me into the depths of nature. Into the Forest plays with two sizes of the same block to create a simple graphic tree design with a crisp and clean aesthetic, like a morning stroll through a cool forest. Inspired by the majestic evergreen trees ubiquitous in Maine, this quilt uses your 5 favorite fat quarters to make a nature inspired lap quilt finishing at 52″ x 60″. Use organic, repurposed, or naturally dyed fabrics to really become one with nature.

into the forest quilt theory pattern cloud9 organic fabrics aurifilIt seemed only natural to choose Cloud 9 organic fabrics for my Into the Forest quilt, since Cloud 9 fabrics uses only 100% certified organic cotton in the manufacturing of their base cloths and eco-responsible low impact dyes for printing and dying. They work closely with mills that are committed to ethical and responsible conduct. This includes respecting the rights of all individuals, a devotion to sustained social compliance, and an accountability to the environment (from the Cloud 9 website). These practices are more important than ever, and Into the Forest seemed a perfect vehicle for this reminder.

into the forest quilt theory pattern cloud9 organic fabrics aurifilMy Into the Forest quilt was partially pieced and quilted by me, and partially pieced and quilted by Sue Bishop. I’m super grateful for Sue’s willingness to step in and make progress on the quilt while I was traveling in the middle of the summer, and her work is impeccable. The quilt was quilted using straight line quilting on both a long arm and my domestic Bernina, and was both pieced and quilted using Aurifil 50wt 2024-White.

Glade Pillow pattern Into the Forest Quilt Theory bonus patternIn the spirit of conservation, I also created a free bonus pillow pattern that uses up most of the scraps created through the construction of Into the Forest. The link to the bonus pillow pattern is included on the pdf purchase page here, but note that you need both the pillow pattern and the original quilt pattern to create the pillow. I had a lot of fun quilting the Glade Pillow and used an assortment of Aurifil threads: 40wt: 5005-Medium turquoise, 2785-Very dark navy and 50wt: 2579-Medium orchid, 2800-Mint ice, 2021-Natural white, and of course 2600-Dove. I’ll be sharing a closer look at the Glade Pillow soon, so stay tuned!

into the forest quilt urban cashmereMichelle, our fearless Quilt Theory leader and company photographer got some gorgeous shots of our quilts at Urban Cashmere, too. I love these shots!
into the forest quilt urban cashmereAll of the Quilt Theory patterns are simple enough to be printed on 4″x6″ cards or a single page downloadable pdf. At only $4 each, they are perfect for gift giving or collecting, too!

How to buy or stock Quilt Theory Patterns

You can buy either individual or a pattern collector’s package of PDF patterns through our Quilt Theory website right now!

quilt theory collection 3Collection 3 pattern cards will be coming soon to a local quilt shop near you, and the first two collections are still available, so go ahead and ask for all of them! If you are a quilt shop and want to carry our patterns, set up a wholesale account here, or order through Checker Distributors, EE Schenck Company, or Erie Quilt Art for Canadian shops.

Want to buy the cards, but don’t own a quilt shop? Let your local quilt shop know you want them to carry Quilt Theory patterns (click for a handy note to send to your favorite local quilt shop!)

Now, for the Giveaway!

Kitty Cloud9 Giveaway cirrus solids organicCloud 9 fabrics was generous enough to offer a fat quarter (FQ) bundle of 12 of their luscious organic cirrus solids to one of my lucky readers!

organic cotton | happy you | happy earth

Take a look at these luscious colors! Many thanks to Cloud 9 for sponsoring this giveaway, and to Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl, who photographed these beauties for me!

To enter the giveaway today, tell me your favorite conservation tip–how do you aim to help the earth daily? (If you need ideas, check this list and begin today). Leave a comment and make sure I’m able to get ahold of you if you win. For an additional entry, leave another comment telling me how you follow Night Quilter (email listinstagramfacebooktwitter, blog follower, etc.) Follow Quilt Theory (facebooktwitterInstagram, etc.) and tell me how in a third comment for a third entry. 

This giveaway is open to US participants. The giveaway will be open until Monday October 23rd, at 8pm eastern time when I’ll select the winner randomly with Giveaway is open to participants 18 years or older. The giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Abby!

Quilt Theory Release Blog Hop Schedule

Thanks so much for letting me share my quilt with you! Be sure to check out everyone on the Quilt Theory blog hop. Each day, one designer will share more about her quilt and reveal never before seen photos. And each designer will be giving away an amazing prize so be sure to follow along!

Just to wrap up I’ll share a few fun outtakes from my Into the Forest photo shoot, taken with my family at Birch Point State Park in Owl’s Head, Maine before mailing the quilt off to Michelle to work her photography magic.

quilt photography with kidsquilt photography with kidsquilt photography with kidsquilt photography with kidsHe finally realized that I was on the other side taking photos! No photo shoot is complete without a kid cameo, though, right?

I also love seeing how different the forests on the west coast look compared to the forests on the east coast. Michelle took some absolutely magical photos of Into the Forest, too.

Wandering into a west coast forest…

into the forest maineWandering into an east coast forest…

No matter where your forest may be, take Into the Forest with you!

I’ll be linking up with Let’s Bee SocialTGIFF, and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday!

172 thoughts on “Quilt Theory Release: Into the Forest”

  1. We are conservationists in many ways. We all take army showers (California living will do that to you), have a bucket in the shower for watering plants, homemade vegetable broth made from veggie and onion skins normally discarded in the compost, buy unprocessed foods which eliminates a tremendous amount of packaging and recycle what we do get. It is a lifestyle now which makes it easier!


  2. We run army showers with buckets to capture water for the plants. We also make homemade vegetable broth with veggie and onion skins normally discarded. We buy whole foods which reduces packaging waste, recycle and carry reuseable totes for shopping. Conservation has become part of our life habits, teaching our nine year old the value of taking care of our planet.


  3. Wow, those photos are beautiful (and so is the quilt)! I use reusable bags when shopping, we recycle everything we can, don’t make unnecessary trips with the car, pick up trash in our neighborhood and a group our family belongs to cleans up trash along a major highway several times a year through the local Adopt a Highway program.


  4. Lovely Photos =)
    We recycle and I only run the water when I need it and don’t leave it running. I clean up after myself when we are out, so we don’t contribute to littering. I use the takeout bags from the grocery store as mini trash bags. It also helps keep the house clean as, they go out more often.


  5. Beautiful quilt! As usual, the entire collection is beautiful!
    I’m trying to go down the homemade highway in order to help–I make laundry detergent and will try fabric softener.


  6. We’re beekeepers, it’s so hard to keep the hives alive and healthy. We don’t use pesticides, but our neighbors do.


  7. I recycle and encourage others to do so. And compost piles also! Your quilt is beautiful! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom


  8. Into the Forest is so pretty! And so are those fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win that beautiful bundle. My tip: recycle, recycle, recycle


  9. I try to reuse plastic bags for waste basket liners, and take extras to our local thrift store to be reused.


  10. I only go to town once a month. I do all my errands/ shopping/ etc in the one trip. It cuts down on gas, forces me to plan my purchases, and cuts down on impulse buying.


  11. We walk or ride the bus when we can. We use plastic grocery bags for waste basket liners, we recycle (our city has free recycling). We aim too reuse, reduce and/or re-purpose.


  12. We use reusable shopping bags, donate to thrift shops and shop at them some, also. We also try not to buy stuff we don’t really need that will just end up in a landfill eventually.


  13. You ladies are so talented! Love your quilt, especially the story behind it! I’ve always been an avid recycler of everything. We use reusable grocery bags, I even save my batting of all sizes for small quilts and padding for Christmas Ornaments!


  14. This quilt speaks to me so much this week. I saw it last week and just skimmed past but this week… simplicity and direction are just what I’m craving.
    My top tip for being eco friendly is start small. If you try to do it all at once it’s likely to fail. Pick one habit you can adopt each fortnight or month and do it with gusto till it becomes habit. Then start another. Things like reusable bags, growing a few herbs, recycling, reducing your carbon footprint, buying local and donating things you don’t need all help. But it can be overwhelming all at once. (Just like a new weightloss regiment)
    Good luck.


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