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!


  • I have definitely joined the coloring craze! In fact, my daughter & her 2 sons gave me 2 coloring books for my 64th birthday in Feb. I find it to be just as relaxing now as I did when I was a kid when I could color for hours.

    —Janet Espeleta on May 25, 2016
  • Haven’t joined yet, but frankly, it does look fun. May have to give it a try – something relaxing in the evenings!

    —Margaret Terry on May 25, 2016
  • gosh, been doing it for years in notebook plus a sample of each fabric in the design so if I ever have to repair I can or remake the pattern or just catalogue each one I have made
    it is nice to review once in a while

    —diane on May 25, 2016
  • How fun! To be creative, and feel like a kid again, with a new box of crayons.

    —Gail on May 25, 2016
  • Yep. I have 4 colouring books. 3 were gifts. At Christmas I bought one for my 82 year old mother as I remembered she loved colouring. On Christmas Day she opened 2 more from my daughters with pencils! We all had the same idea and never told each other. So, mum has 3 sets of pencils and 4 colouring books, one from a friend in the UK. She has neglected stitching in favour of colouring most days now.

    —Ondrea on May 25, 2016
  • Finally the color book I’ve been waiting for!! I’ve printed off some pages of quilts templates to color and hoping someone would print a REAL book like this! I can’t wait to get it but it would be even better to win a copy!! Thank you! I’m SOOOO excited!!!

    Great minds think alike, Susie! 🙂 –Jenny

    —Susie D on May 25, 2016
  • I love to color to relax. I find it is more portable than some crafts and I can do it outside while enjoying the evening.

    —Mary C on May 25, 2016
  • yes and I love it

    —Kathy Luehrs on May 25, 2016
  • Nope i haven’t but have looked at them a bit pricey for me…

    Anna Lutz-Brown on May 25, 2016
  • Just waiting to find the time; this book might force me to squeeze it in!

    —Carol Vickers on May 25, 2016
  • Oh, yea! Started coloring a while ago and find it so relaxing and creative. I actual had a wonderful mosaic coloring book when I was in my early teens. Did not take it when I moved to another city. When my parents decided to re-locate, they did not bring the book with them. I was so disappointed. Glad that this new craze has emerged.

    —Roz Agulnik on May 25, 2016
  • Not yet – I love the books but are too cheap to pay what they are asking

    —NancyB from Many LA on May 25, 2016
  • I have colored and I enjoy it, but I haven’t yet colored quilt blocks. Thank you for the giveaway I would love to give it a try.

    —Janie on May 25, 2016
  • Definitely! I’ve always loved to color so this craze is perfect for me and I’ve been enjoying it a great deal. :o)

    —Cheryl R on May 25, 2016
  • I’ve been coloring in Tula Pink’s book. Great fun!!

    —Susan Allen on May 25, 2016
  • I have been gifted a couple of the new coloring books for adults and have the pencils, just haven’t taken the time to play with them. I think they would be a great thing to take on a trip. I always seem to get the urge to sew when we are on the road and this new craze will be a good substitute.

    Sounds like lots of people are doing this as it is a great stress reducer and in this crazy world we live in, we all need it.

    —MargeP on May 25, 2016
  • What a great idea. I hope you do this on a regular basis. I for one, am an adult that loves to color and this book certainly looks like it is full of #CreativeGoodness. I look forward to seeing all the entries in your color contest too!


    QuiltShopGal on May 25, 2016
  • I never stopped coloring! I’ve been drawing out my quilt blocks and layouts for years and years. Always very relaxing. Nothing like a fresh box of pencils or crayons and a new coloring book! Thank You, Linda Pewaukee, WI

    —Linda on May 25, 2016
  • I gifted a book to my granddaughter. She loves it.

    —Joanne Wilson on May 25, 2016
  • I haven’t tried it yet, but my 83 yr. old hubby picked up a couple books for himself. He has spent hours with them and his new pencils.

    —Sandy W. on May 25, 2016
  • I haven’t started as of yet but it sure looks like a lot of fun.

    —Sue F on May 25, 2016
  • I haven’t started, but it looks like fun!

    —Linda B on May 25, 2016
  • It would be nice if you had printed this book on one side of the page only. There are times I like to tear out a design and post it where I can look at it, but hate to lose the design on the other side.

    Thanks for your suggestion, Brenda, I’ll be sure and pass it along to our editors! –Jenny

    —Brenda on May 25, 2016
  • Great while watching TV and avoiding the annoying commercials. Also great remedy to not "binge eat" also while watching TV. I do all kinds of coloring–quilt, flowers, gardens.

    —Donna on May 25, 2016
  • Yes! My gateway drug was a book of mandalas.

    —Ximena on May 25, 2016
  • Indeed, I’ve been into these since my dtr was 7 and she received one for Chritsmas,(and +40now); I loved them then and I love them now; what fun to get quilt versions, can’t wait.

    —Carol on May 25, 2016
  • Yes. I love to color. Farmers market looks like it would be to stitch up in various colors, who says eggplant has to be purple?

    —stephane woodward on May 25, 2016
  • No, I have not myself. I have purchased books and pencils for others for gifts and they loved them.

    —Pearl Klages on May 25, 2016
  • I haven’t, although my uni age kids do! would love to have a go but just don’t seem to find the time….. maybe I need to slow down & have a go.

    —Suzanne Keal on May 25, 2016
  • I have not tried it yet, but will soon.

    —Sonia on May 25, 2016
  • A friend gave me a coloring book for Christmas and I finally got around to getting some nice new pencils but I haven’t had any time to color yet 🙁 I’m so anxious to start! 🙂

    —Debby E on May 25, 2016
  • Can’t wait to get started.

    —Teresa Maki on May 25, 2016
  • Not really but it is my favorite gift to people stuck in the hospital or nursing homes.

    —Chris on May 25, 2016
  • LOVE <3 Colouring and was wishing I had a book to colour my own quilt design Ideas. **I gave A colouring book and pencils to everyone in my family for Christmas last year (That's 9 people)

    —ELIZAJANE on May 26, 2016
  • A little bit. I find it easier for me change up colors in a quilt if I color a diagram first.

    —Susan on May 26, 2016
  • I’ve always loved coloring, and these quilts to color are my favorites.

    —Barbara on May 26, 2016
  • I have joined the craze – I gave AND received colouring books for Christmas this past year. Fun relaxing doodling time. Some turned out pretty, some were just plain FUN!

    —janG on May 26, 2016
  • Gave a book to my mother. Then she went to therapy and they have her coloring there standing up. If she had this book, she could "quilt" along with me!

    —Peggy Wilson on May 27, 2016
  • I love coloring with my grandchildren. Today is my birthday, so hopefully I will get a coloring book from family or friends.

    Have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAT! Wishing you a happy holiday weekend as well! –Jenny

    Pat Chapman on May 27, 2016
  • I’ve been coloring almost all my life! And, since I do my quilt designs (such as it is) on graph paper, I’ve been coloring quilt patterns since I took up this addicting hobby. Quite fun!

    —Evie H on May 27, 2016
  • I have given them as gifts but never bought one for myself. Maybe it’s time!

    —Judy Purcell on May 27, 2016
  • I loved coloring as a child but have yet to join the "craze." I enjoy looking at the books as quilting inspirations for motifs and fillers 😀

    —Becky Schultz on May 27, 2016
  • No, I haven’t joined the latest coloring book phase. However, I loved to color as a child and I love to play with colors with quilts. Maybe a book would inspire me.

    —Elizabeth Teerlink on May 27, 2016
  • I gave my grown daughter a coloring set for Christmas. I have been a colorer for many years, using graph paper; and more recently using quilt design software on the computer. I have been considering buying the new coloring books for adults, but they don’t come in the same price range as the ones made for kids.

    —Linda Towers on May 27, 2016
  • This will be fun! I typically use tracing paper and draw four blocks then color them. Thank you for the informative post.

    Warm Quilts on May 28, 2016
  • I started coloring 15 years ago with "Pattern Play". If I have fabric and am lost- making a pattern on a grid helps. Just need to get another big set of color pencils. I let a class at school use mine, which end up with some very sticky stealing teens. I had some very special colors and was dumb to take them to share.

    —Linda Christianson on May 30, 2016

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