LOVE Quilting, A New Quilt


Lava beach quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern curved piecing orange peel quilt

It seems I have waited a long time to share this quilt! I am extra happy that it is my first quilt in the UK magazine, Love Patchwork and Quilting issue 42. The magazine is now available in the UK and digitally, and we will have it in the U.S. in January.

I am calling this quilt Lava Beach because I made it last summer right after my family and I had a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii. One of our favorite spots on that island is a black lava sand beach where the kids play in the surf and we love snorkeling. I love how this quilt showcases some of my favorite bright prints against the black, white and gray graphic background, just like a lava rock-covered tropical island!

Lava beach quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern curved piecing orange peel quilt

You all know I love curved piecing, but my favorite shape has to be the orange peel. This is a classic quilt pattern and there are so many ways to make it modern! For Lava Beach, you piece the black and white units then sew them to the curved pieces. The graphic pattern comes from the way the blocks are arranged.

The black, white and gray fabrics are all Indah batiks from Hoffman Fabrics, and I used Aurifil thread for piecing and Hobbs batting to finish the quilt. The quilting is a horizontal wavy line pattern by the lovely Darby at Quilted Squid.

Lava beach quilt by Sharon McConnell, modern curved piecing orange peel quilt

I haven’t received the quilt back yet, or my copy of the magazine, but I can’t wait! I hope you will make your own version of Lava Beach in your favorite colors. If you don’t have access to the magazine, I will offer an individual pattern in 2017.

One more week until Christmas! Hope you, my friends, are safe and healthy around the world, and may these next weeks be filled with goodwill, peace, family, and a determination to be the best we can be in 2017.



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  1. Snowcatcher December 17, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Simply beautiful! Love the cheerful colors and bold pattern!

  2. Warm Quilts December 18, 2016 at 1:25 am

    This is a beautiful quilt. The quilting adds great movement to the piece. Congratulations to you on being included in the magazine!

  3. kris December 19, 2016 at 8:24 am

    So lovely and bright!

  4. Debbie January 16, 2017 at 3:52 am

    When will the pattern be available in Australia to Down Load?

  5. Janelle January 17, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Looking forward to when this pattern is available. Love it! 😀

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