Quilt Theory New Pattern Release: Color Crossing

May 17, 2017
Color Crossing by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory Pattern

I’m thrilled to share my newest quilt from Quilt Theory Pattern Company, available online for purchase for $3. Color Crossing features an ombre rainbow in one of my favorite, go-to block designs.

Color Crossing by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory

All you need for this pattern is 3 charm packs in your favorite colors, and the background fabric of your choice.  I used Kona Cotton in the Sunset palette, which you can purchase from amazon, right here (affiliate link).

Orange Peel Quilting by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

I quilted this design in a traditional orange peel, or pumpkin seed pattern. I’l be posting a video tutorial on quilting the orange peel pattern soon, so stay tuned.

Color Crossing by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory Pattern

Our goal at Quilt Theory is to create simple and modern quilt patterns, and we design collections of patterns printed on small cards and one-page PDFs. As a group, we have become a strong team as we worked through writing, testing, editing, and quilting the patterns in our collection.

For our second collection, we challenged ourselves to write patterns that utilize pre-cut bundles of fabric. We hope you find a lot of inspiration in our collection to make quilts from your favorite bundles in your stash.

Color Crossing by Stephanie Palmer for Quilt Theory Pattern Company

How to Buy

Digital downloads of our PDF patterns are available now through our website QuiltTheory.com. Pattern cards coming soon to a local quilt shop near you! Please let your local quilt shop know you want them to carry Quilt Theory patterns.


To celebrate the launch of Quilt Theory, I am giving away a PDF copy of my pattern, Color Crossing. To sweeten the deal, I’ll also include 3 charm packs of Kona Cotton in the Sunset Palette that I used for this pattern.

Please leave a comment with your favorite fabric line to sew with.

The giveaway ends Sunday, May 21st at midnight eastern time and a random number generator will select the winner. Giveaway open to participants 18 years or older and international participants are welcome. *If you buy my pattern and then you win it, I’ll refund you or let you pick out another free Quilt Theory pattern 🙂

Blog Hop Schedule:

Be sure to visit the rest of the Quilt Theory designers this week during our blog hop.


Quilt Theory Designers (l to r): Cheryl Brickey-Meadowmist Designs, Daisy Aschehoug-Ants to Sugar, me!, Yvonne Fuchs-Quilting Jetgirl, Lorinda Davis-Laurel, Poppy and Pine, Stephanie Palmer-Late Night Quilter & The Quilter’s Planner, Michelle Bartholomew

Quilt Theory Release Blog Hop Schedule

Friday 5/12 – Quilt Theory

Saturday 5/13 – Kitty @Night Quilter

Monday 5/15 – Michelle @Michelle Bartholomew

Tuesday 5/16 – Daisy @Ants to Sugar

Wednesday 5/17- Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Thursday 5/18 – Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs

Friday 5/19 – Lorinda @Laurel Poppy and Pine

Saturday 5/20 – Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

Monday 5/22 – Quilt Theory


  • Reply Mary May 17, 2017 at 3:11 am

    I like Zen Chic and Kaffe Fassett.

  • Reply Anne May 17, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I love Carolyn Friedlander fabrics. I think they would also work well for your pattern. Love it; especially the graduation of color :). Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Reply Beth T. May 17, 2017 at 3:45 am

    I am a huge fan of Martha Negley. I think she is very underrated.

  • Reply Heide May 17, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Oh my such a hard question, so many great fabric designers out there. I really do not have a favorite I love them all!

  • Reply Karen A May 17, 2017 at 6:38 am

    It is so hard to pick a favorite. I also don’t pay a lot of attention to what line of fabric I have used because I make mostly scrappy quilts. I do have one quilt that was made with lovely Amy Butler prints, don’t remember the line.

  • Reply Shirley Woods May 17, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Love the pattern! I use LOTS of Kaffe Fassett and I think this would be great in his fabrics. All his colors play so well together.

  • Reply Sherry VF May 17, 2017 at 6:48 am

    Cute pattern and your quilting choice is just right for that quilt. I’m a fan of Cotton & Steel. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  • Reply Liz Horgan May 17, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Not sure if my first post went through. I’m excited that this collection uses precuts-I have them, but don’t seem to use them. I don’t have favorite designers or lines, I use what I like at the moment!

  • Reply Pat T. May 17, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Congratulations!! I love your pattern and your color choices!!
    I will be making Color Crossing!… It’s now on my must-do list!
    I have *so many* favorite fabric lines… I just can’t narrow it down to just one!
    Pat T.

  • Reply Alice Ronne May 17, 2017 at 7:16 am

    I love working with Kaffe Fassett! Your pattern is so chic-love it too.

  • Reply Rita Long May 17, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Your pattern is beautiful. I don’t have just one fabric line I like. Of course the Kona cottons are great to work with.

  • Reply Sandy K May 17, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I don’t have a favorite line or designer. I love bright fabrics.

  • Reply Vicki H May 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

    I like working with 30’s style prints.

  • Reply Melanie Belisle May 17, 2017 at 7:48 am

    Very difficult question. There are so many wonderful options. However, for some unknown reason I find myself drawn to Northcott fabrics on a regular basis. Although, Benartex has been grabbing my attention lately too.

  • Reply Linda May 17, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I love working with Art Gallery fabrics. Love your ombré quilt.

  • Reply cheryljbrickey May 17, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I love your quilt design! Your quilt has such a great loft showing off the quilting so well, what batting did you use?

    • Stephanie Palmer
      Reply Stephanie Palmer May 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks! I used two layers of Quilter’s Dream batting, wool on the bottom and low loft cotton on the top.

  • Reply Brenda Trivitt May 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Another beautiful work of art! RJR and Benartex work well especially for my childrens’ quilts. Most of my upscale work includes Moda, We just like fabric, as my quilt/guest room shelves prove!

  • Reply Kathy h May 17, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Lately I have been admiring the krona solids. I usually don’t work with solids but your quilt is just beautiful with them. Love the way you quilted it too.

  • Reply Allison in Alabama May 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Love your quilt – I likeyour use of bold color! Verynice! At the moment I am in a Tula Pink mode so up to my ears in that but I like bold color and pattern best!

  • Reply LINDA May 17, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Your Quilt is beautiful! Like ‘Cotton+Steel.Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Laura Coffin Mendez May 17, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Beautiful palette! My favorite designer is Alison Glass; I just love her super-saturated color palette. Rainbows all the way for me! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Lucinda Jones May 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Kona solids ♥️

  • Reply Kathe Gardner May 17, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Love your quilt – thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Laura May 17, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I really don’t have a favorite fabric line. However, I have discovered that Art Gallery fabrics are excellent for triangle blocks due to the weight/hand of the fabric.

  • Reply Rochelle Summers May 17, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I love the clean lines of this quilt and the quilting. I’m an equal opportunity fabric user but do like the better fabrics with a soft hand.

  • Reply Sarah May 17, 2017 at 11:03 am

    I’m a happy huge fan of Zen Chic.

  • Reply Liz Childers May 17, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Love your quilt! Favorite fabric? Whatever strikes my color sense at the moment. Bright solids are catching my eye currently.

  • Reply Mary O. May 17, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I like Kona Cotton and Kaffe Fassett.

  • Reply Teri May 17, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I use more batiks than anything else but love Zen Chic too. Love this pattern. Thank you.

  • Reply Nancy N May 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I really do not have a favorite fabric line as there are so many great designers to choose from now days. Love working with the brighter color palette of today. Love your design.

  • Reply Jean McKinstry May 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Your colours show the design so well. My favourites are batiks, and I tend to get whatever colour I need, or see and ” just have to get” as it might not be there next time.

  • Reply spierssusan May 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    The Kona solids are very nice, always look good together and iron out so nicely! A wonderful variety of colors!

  • Reply Susan Shaw May 17, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I have never sewed with a precut and this makes it very tempting. It’s tough to pick a favorite quilting line of fabric. I always laugh about you being a late night quilter. When my children were young (they are now adults with children of their own), I did lots of sewing after they were in bed. My husband worked evening shift, so as soon as the children were in bed and the kitchen straightened up and the wash into the washer, I had some time. Then when I started graduate school when my daughter was two and my son was four, my husband started on night shift. He didn’t want me going to graduate school – he didn’t have a degree. So, as soon as he went to work, I’d start studying. Then, I’d drag out to work the next morning and we’d be gone before he got home before work. Weekends were bliss – I could study into the wee hours since he worked three out of four weekends. I wish I had known about quilting then. I just sewed clothes then. Good luck with pattern sales. I like the pattern!

  • Reply Michele May 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    I love Zen Chic, Sweetwater, Alison Glass…. I could go on!! Thanks for the chance your pattern is gorgeous and I love how the fabric pops off the gray!!!

  • Reply quiltedblooms May 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    With your design, Kona solids are the way to go! Lovely, Stephanie!

  • Reply Fireside Quilter May 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Oh wow!! Beautiful quilt design and I love those colours!! I can’t say that I have one specific fabric designer that I love best… it all depends on what I want to make and for whom.

  • Reply jayne May 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    This is so pretty! My eyes were drawn to it! Gotta say anything Kona and I’m in! Love solids!

  • Reply Sharon May 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I love Kim Diehl, Paula Barnes, Betsy Chutchian among others…and I love Kona cotton and your gorgeous quilt!

  • Reply Deb FitzGerald May 17, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    I’ve been leaning towards Art Gallery lately, but Kona is my go to for solids.

  • Reply Cynthia Knapp May 17, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I like anything from Kaffe Fasset. I guess I’m drawn to the bright colors.

  • Reply Anita May 18, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I like Amanda Jean Nyberg and Alison Glass.

  • Reply Shauna T May 18, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I love anything Tula Pink, Alison Glass or Zen Chic, but really my most favorite is what I’m using at the moment, scraps of all of the above.

  • Reply thedarlingdogwood May 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    I’m in love with Kona solids right now. And this is a lovely pattern for them!

  • Reply Pat S May 18, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    What a cute quilt and the quilting is a perfect enhancement. I don’t really have a favorite designer but I do love solids.

  • Reply Carol Kuse May 18, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    I have just started working/playing with Kona solids, and love them.

  • Reply Tamie May 18, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    So many options, Kate Spain, Cotton and Steel, lotta Jansdotter.

  • Reply Melanie C May 19, 2017 at 1:23 am

    My current favorite is Meadow by Camelot Fabrics! I love the deer and florals plus the colors!

  • Reply DeborahGun May 19, 2017 at 3:39 am

    What a gorgeous design and I love the quilting. My favourite fabric line at the moment is Loominous by AMH.

  • Reply Rosalind Gutierrez May 19, 2017 at 8:21 am

    One of my favorite fabric designers is Tula Pink. Love her color combos and animals.

  • Reply Bonnie Larson May 19, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Gorgeous quilt. Thanks for sharing. I don’t have a favourite designer although I do like grunge and kona for backgrounds.

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