Quilters Companion quilt patterns with precut fabrics
Published Work, Sparkle Quilt

Quilters’ Companion: Sparkle Charm Quilt

Quilters Companion quilt patterns with precut fabrics

Almost a year ago, the editor of Quilters’ Companion magazine (based in Australia) asked if I would be interested in creating a quilt for their issue on using Pre-Cut Fabrics. I was totally blown away and thrilled at the invitation, so of course I accepted, and this month the special issue was released containing my new pattern, Sparkle. Sparkle uses 5″ charm squares, a popular pre-cut widely available from many of the major fabric manufacturers. What I like about these pre-cut packs is that you can get a sample of fabric from an entire collection of prints without breaking the bank, or over flowing your storage space!

Sparkle charm square quilt by Sharon McConnell

For my sample of Sparkle, I didn’t actually use a complete set of charm squares from any one collection. Instead, I started with charm packs of the Zen Chic collection, “Sphere” (spring 2014, from Moda) as my color inspiration, but added lots of other scraps from my stash to round out the prints and color variety. So, the quilt would be equally great made with actual pre-cut charm squares or scraps or stash fabrics, too.

This issue of Quilters’ Companion is also kind of a fun read…each quilt design and pattern is accompanied by a profile of the quilter who created it. It was pretty crazy to read an article about myself in a quilting magazine…Awesome does not even begin to describe it!

Quilters Companion quilt patterns with precut fabrics

The writers did a wonderful job of describing my style, bio and love of quilting. There is even a peak at a brand new quilt design, featured in an upcoming issue of Quilters’ Companion that I think you all will love, but I won’t spoil the surprise! It was also fun to see RachaelDaisy featured along with a quilt she designed…one of my favorite ladies in the quilting world for her unique style.

Quilters Companion quilt patterns with precut fabrics


The magazine is filled with great quilt patterns, many of them you would never guess were designed for pre-cuts. I love this “Exploding Hexagon” quilt by Kim Bradley. It is beautiful in the soft colors as shown, but I also think it would be a lot of fun in bright colors, or to play around with the placement of value to make different patterns within the patchwork.

This special issue of Quilters’ Companion is available online at Pocket Mags. Watch for the Sparkle quilt pattern to come to my shop here and on Craftsy later this summer.

Happy sewing!


5 thoughts on “Quilters’ Companion: Sparkle Charm Quilt

  1. Chris jurd says:

    It’s a great mag and your quilt is beautiful. Nice write up too!

  2. sharon holland says:

    Another fantastic quilt Sharon! There is so much to love about this one. I the organized but seemingly chaotic scrappiness. I bet this one is a lot of fun to make. Love the fact you used different shades of solids for an even deeper tonal effect. Sparkle is brilliant!

  3. Lynette says:

    Look at you, Sharon! All magazine-famous. ;D Very fun to see you in the issue!!

  4. Martha C. says:

    How can you get a “hard” copy of this magazine? I do not like “digital” copies of patterns and magazine prefer “real” copies. Do you know where they can be purchased? Love your Quilts! And your blog!

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