Fill your home with handmade quilts – the Cotton Way (+ fabric giveaway!)

We’re so excited that Cotton Way Classics is finally here! Bonnie Olaveson shares classic, large (read: easy to piece) blocks in her happy color palette. If you’re like us, her cheerful style just makes you smile.

Cotton Way Classics

Bonnie has a knack for breathing new life into traditional quilt-block designs with bright, fun fabrics from her popular Bonnie & Camille line with Moda Fabrics, along with her signature pops of red. In this beautiful book—her first!—devoted to the modern-vintage style, Bonnie’s chosen her all-time favorite patterns to share with you.

Ever wanted to tackle curved piecing or Double Wedding Ring blocks? Bonnie’s supersized designs make for easy construction.

Quilts from Cotton Way Classics
Left: sew gentle, easy curves as you create the Poppies quilt. Right: learn Bonnie’s way of simplifying Double Wedding Ring blocks (she starts by blowing up the block size to 12″—each ring is 24″ square).

With Bonnie’s smart sewing tips throughout, you’ll create dazzling quilts that will make jaws drop in delight. Got a stash of Bonnie & Camille fabrics? You’ve just found them a home sweet home. Here’s Bonnie to tell us more about her new book!

But first: speaking of Bonnie & Camille fabrics . . .


FABRIC GIVEAWAY! The good people at Moda Fabrics sent along a bundle of Bonnie & Camille’s latest fabric line, The Good Life, to give away to one lucky winner!

Martingale + Moda giveaway!

Learn how you could win the bundle plus a copy of Cotton Way Classics at the end of this post.


Bonnie OlavesonThere are two things at the top of my list of the best things in life: my family, and creating with beautiful fabric. I can’t imagine life without either. If I started telling you about my family you would most likely get more pictures than you ever wanted to see and details about why I love each one of them, because that’s just me. But today I will stick to telling you a few things about my love of fabric and quilting, and of course my new book, Cotton Way Classics.

My mom taught me to sew when I was just six, so I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t cutting up fabric and sewing it back together. It makes me so happy! I’ve been designing patterns for 27 years, and you can imagine my excitement—almost 10 years ago—when Moda asked me and my daughter, Camille (of Thimble Blossoms), to design a mother/daughter fabric line. It was a phone call I’ll never forget. We’re now working on our 18th fabric line as Bonnie & Camille, and we’re so excited when we see each collection go from a brainstorming idea to actual fabric on bolts.

Lazy Days quilt
Lazy Days quilt from
Cotton Way Classics

When Jennifer from Martingale asked me about publishing a book and what ideas might be fun, it seemed like a natural thing to put together some of my favorite quilts made with some of my favorite fabric lines. Most of the projects in my book are scrappy, and they’re all made with Bonnie & Camille fabrics. Some are made with yardage and are very traditional, like Kate’s Big Day:

Kate's Big Day quilt
Kate’s Big Day quilt

Others are made from precuts and are quick and easy, like Sweet Talk:

Sweet Talk quilt
Sweet Talk quilt

There’s a combination of both scrappiness and precuts in the cover quilt, Modern Vintage.

Modern Vintage quilt
Modern Vintage quilt

As you can see if you glance through Cotton Way Classics, I love red. There is red in every single quilt.

Quilts from Cotton Way Classics

There are lots of tips and tricks and colorful illustrations to guide you as you make the projects. So, whether you’re making quilts for you and your family to snuggle in or for giving them away to someone you love, I hope you’ll enjoy making the quilts in my book, Cotton Way Classics.

Happy quilting!


Cotton Way ClassicsBonnie, thanks for sharing all the things you love with us!

What color always pops up in your quilts? Tell us in the comments and you could win The Good Life bundle from Moda plus a copy of Cotton Way Classics! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

And remember, when you order your copy of the book, you’ll be able to instantly download the eBook for free.

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