The coloring craze has arrived – for quilters (giveaway + contest!)

A coloring craze is sweeping the nation! Millions of grown-ups (including yours truly) are recalling the carefree delight that coloring can bring. It’s relaxing, creative, portable—even a bit addictive! And really, who loves to play with color more than quilters? Well, get your colored pencils sharpened and your coloring hand rested and ready, because we’re so excited to announce the release of Color a Quilt, our brand-new coloring book that’s perfect for quilters and coloristas alike!

Color a QuiltColor a Quilt includes 45 fun-to-color designs from popular That Patchwork Place® books. Information about each design is included on the coloring page, just in case you you want to sew a fabric replica of your artwork! Plus, we’ve gathered photos of all the designs on our website so you can see what they look like stitched up as quilts. Refer to the photo of the original quilt as a color guide, or use the coloring page as an opportunity to try out something completely different. Coloring gives you the chance to experiment and visualize a quilt design without the time commitment or money you’d invest in a real-life quilt.

We couldn’t wait to start coloring here at the office! Here’s some of our handiwork, along with the original quilts:

Buckwheat Star from Civil War Remembered by Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene

I’m a big fan of Star blocks and I love the Civil War reproduction fabrics of the original quilt, but I thought it would be fun to see how the design might look in an entirely different color scheme of fuchsia, red, and purple with a gray background.

Buckwheat Star, colored by Beth

Leaf Pile from Stash Lab by Tonya Alexander

I just love how Martingale book designer Connor colored the Leaf Pile design in a gradient of blues. It really shows how versatile the design can be depending on the color and placement of lights and darks.

Leaf Pile, colored by Connor

Farmers’ Market from Pat Sloan’s Teach Me to Appliqué

Pat Sloan’s Farmers’ Market quilt features a bright and cheerful palette, so I used the original as a guide for choosing my colors. Cute!

Farmer’s Market, colored by Beth

Daydream from Striking Strip Quilts by Kate Henderson

Wendy, Martingale’s director of sales, tried out an alternating black and white background for the colorful spiderweb blocks, adding another neat layer to the design. Now I’m itching to try out this pattern!

Daydream, colored by Wendy

Seeing Spots from Splash of Color by Jackie Kunkel

I’ve been thinking about making a rainbow quilt but haven’t quite figured out a plan. The Seeing Spots coloring page gave me an easy way to take the idea for a test drive, and also really highlights the possibilities of the pattern.

Seeing Spots, colored by Beth

Sallie’s Quilt from Tributes and Treasures by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison

Martingale marketing graphic designer Kathy used bright primary colors combined with black and white to color in Sallie’s Quilt from Tributes and Treasures. The bold combination emphasizes the graphic quality of the design.

Sallie’s Quilt, colored by Kathy

And check out this fun hyperlapse video we filmed at Quilt Market last week! That’s me coloring.



CONTEST ALERT! We want to invite you to be a part of the Color a Quilt fun, so we’re also announcing a coloring contest! Simply buy a copy of Color a Quilt, do your best coloring, and post a photo of your colored quilt on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #coloraquilt. (Not on Instagram or Facebook? Snap a pic of your coloring and send it to Ten random winners will receive a book of their choosing. We’ll choose random winners on Monday, June 27. Good luck and happy coloring!

Have you joined the coloring craze yet? Tell us in the comments!


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