04 Oct 2012
October 4, 2012

Around the World Quilt

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by Heather Jones

This is my brand new quilt called Around the World that I designed and made for Coats and Clark. You may be seeing it a lot this fall so I wanted to share some details on how I constructed it, using Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP, Cotton Covered Quilting and Piecing, and Cotton Machine Quilting threads. 
When the folks at Coats and Clark asked me to design a quilt for them, using these colors of FreeSpirtit Designer Essentials Solids quilting cottons,   I knew I wanted to come up with a simple pattern that was easy to construct and quilt, yet had a strong visual impact. 
So I got out my sketchbook and started drawing, and this is what I came up with. 
This quilt top is constructed from a rectangle in the center that is surrounded by rings, or tiers, of strips in different colors of fabric. 
I used Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP thread in 8020 Cream for piecing
The cream thread was the perfect neutral color to coordinate with all eight colors of fabric that are in the quilt top. 
When it was time for me to quilt the project, I knew that I wanted to use threads that matched each different color of the fabric in the top, so that each one would be enhanced in the final design. And in order to find the closest match for each fabric, I had to use a variety of Coats and Clark threads for the quilting.

I quilted in straight lines, using the walking foot on my home machine, starting in the center of the quilt and working out towards the sides. Each line is about half of an inch apart, and I changed threads every time I got to a different color of fabric in the next section of the top. For my bobbin thread, I used the same thread that I was using on the top for each section, so if I was quilting a particular area with Cotton Machine Quilting Thread in Dark Orange, that’s what I used in the bobbin.

Granted, switching the thread in the machine and the bobbin for each different section took some time, but I think it was well worth the effort.

The different threads really enhanced the colors of the fabric and I’m very pleased with the results.

To make your own version of my Around the World quilt, download the pattern from Coats and Clark here.
Around the World Pattern & Instructions



Heather Jones is a designer and modern quilter. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Jeff, and two young children, Aidan and Olivia, who are her biggest supporters as well as her greatest sources of inspiration. Heather founded the Cincinnati chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild and she recently completed her first line of quilting patterns. Three of her original quilts were chosen as winners of the Modern Quilt Guild’s Project Modern Challenges, a year-long national quilting competition. For more information on Heather and her work, please visit her blog at www.oliveandollie.com.

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Lynn is Director of Consumer Services with Coats & Clark.

16 Responses to Around the World Quilt
  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 2 post on Oct. 04, 2012. Thanks again.

  2. Such a beautiful quilt. I want to start one ASAP. Thanks for sharing

  3. Such a lovely quilt! I'd love to see what the back looks like too. Did you use a solid color fabric? I'm imagining what all of those lovely colored bobbin threads would look like on a crisp white or grey backing!

  4. Love this quilt! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This pattern is just what I need to make a quilt for my son. He only wanted solid colors and not a lot of “patchwork” stuff.
    I'm not sure it will be finished before he returns from active duty in Afghanistan next February, but it will be “in progress” for sure.

  6. I love it. I saw it in one of my quilt magzines the other day. I'll go get the pattern. Thank you.

  7. Love the quilt. It has such a clean yet welcoming look.

  8. thank you, can't wait to try this it looks eay enough I can do it.

  9. Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so glad you all like the quilt. To answer Kim, the back of the quilt is the dark orange color that I used on the front. All of the different colored threads look really neat on the back!

  10. Gorgeous work, Heather! A very striking quilt!

  11. I have a question, I have never machine quilted before and I was wondering when you change thread colors do you just knot and trim the threads? I am new to quilting all together so use small words please 🙂

  12. That is so beautiful, a work of art, you could put it in a museum.

  13. You quilt is beautiful and makes a person smile. I call it a “Happy Quilt”. Also, as you displayed it in the white washed shed gave it a nice display. You have an Artistic eye.

  14. I love this style; I just made two un the medallion pattern. I enjoy changing up the rings.
    Your solids show panache and individuality-both exciting traits in a quilt. Thanx for sharing.

  15. Oh NO! I cannot download the “Around The World” pattern through the link you have provided. I am signed in and everything… please help! I love this pattern with all of the changing Coats threads. Thank you, victoria 8.26.14


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