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!
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!
And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. – Unknown
Take 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.
It 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.
My 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.
In 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!
Michelle, our fearless Quilt Theory leader and company photographer got some gorgeous shots of our quilts at Urban Cashmere, too. I love these shots!
All 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!
Collection 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!
Cloud 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 list, instagram, facebook, twitter, blog follower, etc.) Follow Quilt Theory (facebook, twitter, Instagram, 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 random.org. 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!
- Friday 10/13 – Quilt Theory
- Saturday 10/14 – Michelle @Michelle Bartholomew
- Monday 10/16 – Lorinda @Laurel Poppy and Pine
- Tuesday 10/17 – Kitty @Night Quilter <– You are Here!
- Wednesday 10/18 – Stephanie @Late Night Quilter
- Thursday 10/19 – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl
- Friday 10/20 – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs
- Saturday 10/21 – Quilt Theory
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.
He 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…
Wandering 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 Social, TGIFF, and Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday!
172 thoughts on “Quilt Theory Release: Into the Forest”
I conserve our natural resources with every opportunity I can – reduce consumption & reuse what you can. What helps my process is keeping my canvas and cold keeper grocery bags in the car right after they get unpacked – then they’re always available for those “unplanned” grocery trips.
I follow Night Quilter on IG & fb.
I also follow Quilt Theory on IG & fb.
I’e enjoyed following your blog hop & I especially enjoyed your location for all these great pictures! Well done 🙂
Your quilt is beautiful!
We try to help the environment by not having a car. We live in a city and can get around without consuming additional fuel.
I’m really taken with the simplicity of this quilt and love the colors you chose for it. I love the Maine forest also. When I walk in my neighbor always pick up trash. My small part to keep the earth pretty. I recycle too!
I shop online as much as possible; the trip to “town” is 12 miles. I buy most of my fabric online. When we eat out, we bring home the leftovers for tomorrow.
I follow Night Quilter on Instagram.
I follow Quilt Theory on Instagram.
I follow you on Quilt Theory blog. Enjoy your forest walks.
Here on the Great Plains we are very conscious of the water we use and reuse when we can. I forgot that in my previous response.
I follow Quilt Theory on Instagram!
I recycle weekly!
Thank you for the giveaway, I love that quilt!
I mostly do little things – I try to only use reusable containers, to do all my errands in one day to conserve gas, and to recycle and upcycle as much existing stuff as I can to keep it out of the land fills.
(hopefully it really did eat my comment and I’m not double posting)
Thank you for the giveaway, and the quilt is lovely! I like to try to recycle and upcycle clothing and furnishings so they don’t end up in the landfill.
I follow Night Quilter and Quilt Theory blog and Instagram.
I have a Hybrid car (9 years old) and use my Nest thermostat to keep my home energy efficient.
We recycle everything we can (and fortunately live in a town where they pick it all up!), compost all our food scraps, keep our thermostat down to 58 at night, and buy local produce when we can…
I follow you on instagram!
Looks like this quilt pattern is out of stock at fatquartershop.com — is there any other place to get it? Thanks!
Thank you for reaching out! I just sent you an email but at the moment, I believe that the only way to get this pattern is to email me! I’ll let you know when/if it’s available elsewhere! Thanks 🙂