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Patio quilt aka Taking Turns quilt

March 17th, 2012

Edited in 13 Feb 2013:
The pattern Patio (known as Taking Turns in the 2012 Quilts & More issue) is available in my PDF pattern shop!

+ my shop + Patio pattern + Patio on Pinterest

Patio - PDF quilt pattern

ORIGINAL POST, March 17, 2012:

Whoo whoo - I’ve got another quilt pattern in Quilts and More!   Ok, so the Spring 2012 issue has been out for a while - but I do like to wait until I actually see the issue on the newsstand before I blog about it.  And here in teenie little Astoria, magazines and mail apparently arrive by pony. If I can find an issue here, I know it’ll be available everywhere and it’s safe to blog about it.
Quilts and More - Spring 2012
Photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens, used with permission
In this Quilts and More issue, is a special “All About White” section devoted to quilts made with prints and white fabric.  Three quilts, four designers.  Oh yeah, the best part of seeing another one of my patterns published by Quilts and More (which is a thrill on it’s own) - was seeing who else was featured in the All About White feature: Aneela with her Picnic Play quilt, and Team Amazing’s Kate and Sherri with their Double the Fun quilt, and my quilt Taking Turns.  Also in the issue is some more project sweetness by more sweeties - Camille, Joanna and Vanessa. BAM, what an issue!

My Taking Turns quilt:
Taking Turns quilt - Quilts and More Spring 2012
Photo credit: Better Homes & Gardens, used with permission
A very fat quarter friendly quilt that’s also large scale fabric friendly.  Sometimes I just cringe cutting into fabric, and this pattern is my little way alleviating some of the shear fear I’m constantly stricken with.

Sew Modern has made up a Happy Mochi Yum Yum Taking Turns kit for sale (gotta hurry, I hear they’re almost sold out!), and the BEST FREAKING PART is that you get to DIY your background color from Sew Modern’s complete collection of Robert Kaufman Kona’s.  This is like going to a U-pick orchard - but better because it’s quilty and you won’t get mud on your shoes or fall off a rickety ladder.  I gasped when I saw Lauren’s (Sew Modern’s awesome momma) blog with the shop sample.  I smiled so hard my face hurt.  Talk about an OMG moment.  All the photos MUST be seen.  Go look and then come back.  I’ll wait for you.
Sew Modern's
Photo credit: Sew Modern, used with permission

Here’s a pic I took of my quilt. Sucky photo, so I played around and made it even suckier. Sucky, but it was fun to play around with the settings in iPhoto. And this is why I don’t get stuff done.
Taking Turns quilt
Taking Turns quilt
Taking Turns quilt
Taking Turns quilt

I played around with my pattern, and downsized the measurements by half and made a little baby quilt for a cute little Turtle.
Taking Turns quilt

The other night at guild, Elsa showed a baby version she made of it, too. A super thrill for me, especially since she made it in Aneela’s fabric.
Taking Turns quilt

Also at guild, and this has nothing to do with anything - but look how cute Megan and I were sitting next to each other.
Chuckie's in love

I’m not even going to pretend I’m not begging, so if anyone makes the Taking Turns pattern or uses it to insire their own version like Elsa did - I’d love for (“I’d love for” is code for “I’m begging for”) anyone’s photos to be added to my Happy Zombie HQ flickr group.

Edited in 13 Feb 2013:
Patio - PDF quilt patternThe pattern Patio (known as Taking Turns in the Quilts & More issue) is now available in my shop!

+ my shop

+ Patio pattern

+ Patio on Pinterest

+ Happy Zombie HQ pool on flickr

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45 Responses

  1. The fabulous Dianne Mitzel allegedly said:

    Before I even knew it was your quilt, I deemed it my favorite in the magazine!! I am definitely going to make it, have great prints just waiting to be placed in this darling quilt!! Congratulations..know you are very proud!

  2. The fabulous TiffBlakey allegedly said:

    I got the magazine last week and I already know which fat quarter bundle I’m going to use to make this quilt. But there are only 12 fat quarters. So as soon as I find a twelfth that I like, I’m on it!

  3. The fabulous Megan allegedly said:

    Awww, I love our happy little shoes! Super cute quilt - congrats on the magazine!

  4. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Loved this when i saw it Monica…I a going to use it for a pile of Central park I have left over that I used for my Granddaughter Ilika’s nursery. And I’m thinking about the orange background fabric the used at sew Modern, just fabulous!

  5. The fabulous Renee allegedly said:

    Monica - congrats on another sweet quilt! Its a hard decision between on the background colors - I love the white AND the orange versions!

  6. The fabulous Mary Grace McNamara allegedly said:

    It was Kate’s quilt that got me to buy the magazine, but I found yours in it too and fell in love with it! I’ve already made the scrap lab bag from this issue and posted about it the other day. What a great magazine! Wish they would offer subscriptions though!

    Love your matching sneakers and your mini version of your big quilt too! What fun you had with your pictures…very creative!


  7. The fabulous pam allegedly said:

    Super fun, you’re so famous. I?U

  8. The fabulous Jennifer allegedly said:

    Love your quilt - esp. In the baby size! I will have to look for that magazine!

  9. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    Even in itty-bitty Kodiak Alaska the magazine has been available for a couple of weeks. Love the pattern when I saw it in the magazine and thought it would be perfect for my Cat in the Hat fq’s!

  10. The fabulous Marcia allegedly said:

    A friend asked me to teach her to quilt and your pattern, “Taking Turns” is the pattern we choose for her to make. She’s going to make it reversible, using the same pattern on the front and the back. How exciting!!
    Seriously considering making one for myself along side her, LOVE the pattern!!!

  11. The fabulous Cindy Sharp allegedly said:

    Congrats. Keep up the good work.

  12. The fabulous nicke allegedly said:

    first, i love this quilt. it is great… second, i have always thought i love white as sashing much more than anything else but when i see quilts that have white as the sashing next to quilts that have other colors like blue or green or “ORANGE” i think holy shit why do i like white… i LOVE your orange quilt. it makes me so happy to look at it and i wish it was mine! third, i love your pumped up kicks!

  13. The fabulous cynthia allegedly said:

    Congrats for being in the magazine! Your quilt is really gorgeous. I am going to buy the magazine on Monday :)

  14. The fabulous Michele allegedly said:

    That is terrific and congrats. I love the pattern. I’ll look for the mag when I hop over to my LQS.

  15. The fabulous Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts allegedly said:

    I love your quilt, Monica! I need to make a quilt for a girlfriend who is getting married and this would be the perfect pattern to use. I’m gonna have to pick up the magazine so I can make one :) I’ll definitely post a picture of it in your flickr group.

  16. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Congratulations Monica! Just bought this magazine on Friday and was so happy to see your quilt!

    Can’t sew right now until my hands heal, but defintely want to make this quilt!

    P.S. I have those sneakers too - with sparkly tips.

  17. The fabulous Lee @ Freshly Pieced allegedly said:

    Congrats, Monica! I love this pattern! I’ll be keeping an eye out for the magazine.

  18. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    I didn’t think it could get any better than your quilt set with white . . . until I saw the orange version. Congrats on your latest accomplishments. I’m so proud of you. You’re a star!

  19. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    I went out and bought the mag last night and I love your quilt. After I finish this current project I’d love to make this. It’s perfect for a couple of fat quarter packs I have that I love and didn’t want to cut up!

  20. The fabulous Kimi allegedly said:

    I’m going to go out & buy the magazine tomorrow! I think your pattern will be perfect for the Peacock Lane fabric I’ve been trying to use.

  21. The fabulous Lisa allegedly said:

    I love that quilt. Perfect for the fabrics I don’t want to cut into small pieces. I…….must……….make………….it! Need to get that magazine ASAP.

  22. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Congratulations Woman — You’re Awesome!!!

  23. The fabulous Pétra allegedly said:

    Congratulations! It was fun hanging out after the meeting I’m off to watch Walking Dead.

  24. The fabulous Mary Ellen Kinkel allegedly said:

    attending a Quilting Retreat this weekend, trying to decide between Funky Wrench and Taking Turns. LOVE them both but….Funky Wrench as stolen my heart. thanks for both patterns and CONGRATULATIONS on being in the magazine!! I’m sure that takes more work than we can imagine. Keep designing (anything)… you ALWAYS make me smile. thanks.

  25. The fabulous Deborah Stokes allegedly said:

    Monica, I already made one!! I bought the magazine on a Friday, cut the fabric Saturday morning and sewed the entire top Sunday afternoon. Only quilt in the magazine I’ve made! I’ll add a picture as soon as I get it quilted. I love your idea of downsizing the pieces for a baby quilt - I’ll have to try that next. Wonderful pattern. Deborah

  26. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    Oooh, thanks for showing my version of your quilt on your very own BLOG! I really like this quilt and I’m going to make it again in a bigger version for me!

  27. The fabulous Robyn allegedly said:

    I have seen this issue over the web and didn’t really think anything of it until I saw yours. I am now thinking that I need this issue so that I can make your quilt. I really like the baby one too. You are amazing as always.

  28. The fabulous Margaret allegedly said:

    Congratulations!! I’m new to quilting and am thrilled to have spotted the magazine and even more thrilled to find your fabulous design inside! Your creativity is so inspiring (adore your fabric too!) I just ordered fabric today and am SO anxious to get started!

  29. The fabulous Suzanne allegedly said:

    Beautiful design and quilts, Monica. Always makes me smile to see your studio, too.

  30. The fabulous Sheila allegedly said:

    Congrats. Beautlful quilt. You are awesome once again!

  31. The fabulous White Trash Mama allegedly said:

    That is stinkin’ CUTE! I absolutely love that quilt. Beautiful!

  32. The fabulous Chase l Oh The Cuteness! allegedly said:

    Wonderful pattern as always! I love quilts held together with white fabric, it always reminds me of summer.

  33. The fabulous Katy allegedly said:

    ok - I need to make that quilt, it looks so nice and simple and so totally perfect. You are a rock star and that orange is TO DIE FOR!

  34. The fabulous Susie allegedly said:

    SO EXCITED!!! I saw your quilt on Pinterest and knew it was the one. I have rethought my daughter’s high school graduation quilt (she’s 25 now…) and now know it will get done. I’ve never made a “real” quilt before and will let you know when this one is DONE!

  35. The fabulous Jackie allegedly said:

    Just wondering if you know where to get the magazine in Canada?


    I don’t, Jackie. But hopefully this will help: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/storefinder/internationalstores.html

  36. The fabulous Jennie Caminada allegedly said:

    I have just posted a link to your blog as I love what you do!


  37. The fabulous tinyinc allegedly said:

    I love the ironing station!! I’m very envious. And love the quilt.

  38. The fabulous Leigh Ann allegedly said:

    Loooove your quilt! I went out and bought the magazine on Tuesday, bought the fabric on Wednesday, and made the top today. I just finished it. Love your pattern, and I’ve discovered that my cutting is almost consistent and my 1/4 inch seams are a little big. It’s so graphic - thanks for making me look good.

  39. The fabulous Cindy Schmidt allegedly said:

    Hi Monica, having trouble with the block sizes and math adding up correctly for the ‘Taking Turns’ quilt featured in Quilts and More magazine. Page 39, #1 says the white strip should be 2-1/2 by 8-1/2 but shouldn’t it be 2-1/2 by 9-1/2? Trying to make this now so please help.

      I’m sorry to hear you’re having problems, Cindy - but the 2½” x 8½” piece in the instructions is correct. You’re joining the 8½” long piece to a unit that’s comprised of 3½” + 2½” + 3½” wide pieces, which equals 8½” when all joined by a ¼” seam. I hope that made sense. Monica

  40. The fabulous Cindy Schmidt allegedly said:

    Thanks Monica, we figured it out, it was some kind of optical illusion for us but now it’s working fine. Great pattern, the quilt is going to look wonderful!!

  41. The fabulous Angela S. allegedly said:

    I love this new pattern! I bought a scrap bag of flannel at a local shop and was wondering what to do with it and now I have my answer! Thank you so much for making things easy to understand :)

  42. The fabulous Michelle allegedly said:

    I saw Taking Turns on a blog (can’t remember whose) and the blogger was using Daisy Cottage fabric for the blocks. I got really inspired, searched the internet for the Quilts and More spring issue. Found it on Ebay, ordered it and it’s sitting here by my chair as I type this. Seriously considering using Bari J.’s new Lilly Belle Warm Sunset fabric for the quilt. I’ll get a pic to you when I make the quilt. I’m a newbie,so it might be a couple of years! heehee Love the pattern! Love your site! Love you! :)

  43. The fabulous Dar allegedly said:

    Is there any way to buy the taking turns quilt pattern?

  44. The fabulous devlin allegedly said:

    I have not been able to track down a copy of the Spring 2012 edition of Quilts and More. Is there anywhere else I can purchase the pattern?


      I’m working on a PDF pattern that I hope to have for sale by the end of the week. Stay tuned!

  45. The fabulous Cleo allegedly said:

    I’ve been looking for several weeks for a something just like this. Now I find it bilut can’t find the magazine. Just my luck. I you do make a PDF available I’m in!!! Thanks and oh yeah LOVE it!!!!

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