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Welcome to Colorful Colorado


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  • Precision Piecing
  • Triangles

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Pattern Details

The Welcome to Colorful Colorado - Colorado Collection, now includes 3 patterns in one! Included are instructions and diagrams for Welcome to Colorful Colorado, Mountain Baby and Pueblo Mesa. WELCOME TO COLORFUL COLORADO 66” x 81” Lap, Small Twin or Wall Quilt WELCOME TO COLORFUL COLORADO is inspired by the geography and beauty of the state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. This quilt can be viewed two ways. Vertically, it’s as if you are standing in the prairie with the sun setting behind the mountains. Horizontally, it represents the geographic segments of Colorado: with the Mesas on the West, the Rocky Mountains in the middle, and the Plains on the East. Included in the 13 pages if this pattern are in-depth cutting and piecing instructions, Kona color equivalents listed for each of the 44 colors, detailed full color cutting and sewing diagrams, and quilting suggestions. -This quilt won Honorable Mention (Modern Quilt category) at the 2014 Des Moines AQS Quilt Show, and was displayed in the 2015 Quilt Con Quilt Show. MOUNTAIN BABY 40” x 50” Baby Quilt Mountain Baby is a cropped and simpler version of the Welcome to Colorful Colorado quilt. The colors and quilting are inspired by the song “America the Beautiful” (written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893 after visiting the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado): spacious skies, amber waves of grain and purple mountain majesties. The quilting in the mountains is inspired by the plants and animals of Rocky Mountain National Park. Included in the 12 pages if this pattern are in-depth cutting and piecing instructions, and detailed full color cutting and sewing diagrams. Also included is an alternate color scheme, and full quilting design suggestions with to-scale animal icons. PUEBLO MESA 48” x 60” Lap Quilt The PUEBLO MESA quilt pattern is a variation of the Welcome to Colorful Colorado quilt. It uses a section of the mesas in Colorado quilt, and duplicates and reflects the section to create a new pattern. The pattern that emerged reminds me of designs created by the Pueblo people, found in artifacts at the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Included in the 7 pages if this pattern are in-depth cutting and piecing instructions, and detailed full color cutting and sewing diagrams. Also included are alternate quilt arrangements, an alternate color scheme, and quilting suggestions. NOTES: This pattern is for personal use only. No part of this pattern may be reproduced or sold without written permission of Katie Larson. You can find more quilts and inspiration on Instagram: @katie.craftshell I hope you have a wonderful time making this quilt, and that it brings lots of warmth and comfort! –Katie Larson

Recommended with this pattern

  • water-soluble marker or light tape
  • a couple of rulers, a long 6 1/2" wide ruler with a 45 degree angle works best for most pieces.
  • Backing: CO - 5 yards; MT BABY - 1 1/2 yards; PUEBLO - 3 yards

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The Crafting Shell
My mom taught me to sew and quilt, and helped me make my first quilt in the 8th grade. Today, I am a member of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, and enjoy designing and making quilts. I also love all kinds of crafting, but not the part where you have to clean up afterwards.