Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Small Change!

 I can finally share the finished, quilted and bound Small Change! I love how it turned out.

I shared a bit in February about the frantic sewing to meet the pattern deadline for a catalog.  I actually finished the quilt top in less than a week!  After more than 20 years of quilting, I sew a little faster than I used to.  What hasn't changed is my enthusiasm for seeing a stack of cut fabric pieces turn into a finished quilt top.

I wrote about my quilting process and choices in April.  I quilted this entirely in straight lines with a walking foot.  By the end of that I had a few more ideas on how to minimize the need to turn the quilt around under the needle.  (I'll make a note to share more about that later.  Maybe even a little video...though I make no promises about the video, as I'm still working out the details of filming anything useful.)

I had to wait for decent weather and for a quilt holder to be available, both at the same time, for the quilt photo shoot, which explains the delay in sharing the finished quilt and releasing the pattern.

Small Change pattern download now available in my Etsy shop 
or ask your favourite quilt shop to order print copies

Who noticed the inset picture on the pattern cover?  That inset is why I called the pattern Small Change!  When I was playing around in EQ8 trying to finalize the design, I discovered that changing the sashing and border fabric resulted in a completely different quilt.  The block is exactly the same in both quilts!

I have plans to make version 2.  Would anyone be interested in a Small Change Quit-along to keep me company and keep me accountable?  You could make either version, in any of the four sizes, baby to king.  I'm thinking of late summer or early fall.  Let me know in the comments if this might interest you, so I can gauge interest.

I must thank my four wonderful pattern testers.  Here are their versions, to give you a taste of the possibilities!  

Tammy Howell's version with a small print in the background.

Pamela Dee Geringer counted parts to figure out how to use multiple fabric for a vintage vibe.

Bonnie Larson pulled from her grunge stash for her Small Change

Carol Andrews also chose to make version 2.

Now, on to the next project.  The blue florals I shared on May 8th are well on their way to becoming a quilt.

Happy Quilting,


  1. Wow! Really pretty quilt (both versions)! I'd be interested in a sew-along.

  2. It's gorgeous! Love it! Congratulations. Another amazing quilt to your collection of patterns. ;^)

  3. Very striking, Joanne! Has kind of a Burgoyne Surrounded feel to it. I did notice the one in the corner. It is incredible how different it looks when values are reversed.
    Wish I could join your SAL, but I am in over my head with too many already!

  4. Both the light and dark backgrounds are pretty, but I really like the light better; to me, it shows your beautiful quilting better. I think I told you this before --- I think the straight line quilting for this pattern looks best. ---"Love"

  5. I had to look twice to see what the change in pieces were - I can't believe that sashing made such a difference! Love the quilting on it, too - nice quilt!

  6. Spectacular quilt ! It was worth the wait. Personally, I love the light version, but the dark is pretty too!

  7. The quilt is stunning! I love it both ways and red and white is my favorite, and I like the white background best, like Love. I don't have time to take on doing the QAL though.

  8. That’s a fantastic quilt pattern in both iterations. Kudos to you using straight line quilting as well. It works really well on this design. Your pattern testers made some interesting versions of the pattern showing just how versatile the design can be.


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