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The Commerce Quilt pattern is now available in my shop!  You can get your copy here.  This is a pattern that I’ve wanted to design for a couple years.  I love traditional blocks, and this is inspired by the traditional Burgoyne Surrounded quilt block that entered the scene in the late 1700s.  Have you ever seen something and just become transfixed with the design?  That is how I felt with this quilt.  It looks  complicated and you may be worried about all those little pieces, but let me put your mind at ease.  Because this quilt uses the strip piecing technique, and it actually comes together fairly quick.  You’ll be surprised.

The Commerce Quilt is now available in my shop.  This is a confident beginner pattern. The technique used is strip piecing.  Multiple strips are sewn together and subcut into smaller pieces that make up the block.  If you are new to strip piecing, I think you’re going to like how quickly your quilt will come together using this technique.  Also the blocks are 15″ x 15″ finished.  Who doesn’t love a nice big block.

The Commerce Quilt comes in three sizes:  Baby (39″ x 39″), Throw (57″ x 57″) and Bed  (75″ x 93″).  The baby size is the perfect size to fit into your baby’s crib, or to use as a wall hanging.

The Commerce Quilt looks great in solids, but have you thought about prints?  Below I’m going to show you what my testers have done, and you’ll be amazed how well it looks in different fabrics, colors and prints.  I’m still going through my grunge phase as you can see in these two versions that I made in bronze and blue shades.  My love of grunge started with the Hourly Quilt, and I’m still hooked on this fabric.  I think what I like about grunge, is the texture.  It’s a solid, but it has depth and color change.  It’s one of those fabrics I can’t help but stop and pet when I see it in the quilt store.

Let’s take a look at what my talented testers put together:

Rachel of @rachlelamb made the throw size in a with a dark print background.  I love two color quilts – they are my favorite.  And this really pops in dark and light.

Paula @quiltsbypaulajean made this baby version.  She made her version scrappy.  The pattern does not give specific directions to do this, but you can easily achieve this by substituting multiple color strips rather than using a solid.  Just look how cute it turned out.  Hmmm, I may have to make another one!

Be prepared to be amazed at this scrappy throw by Cassie of @sewshequilts4love.  She chose a fun print for the background and also made a scrappy version.  Isn’t this great?  Love these colors.

Jessica of @quiltingwithcake also used a fun children’s print for the background to make this cool looking baby quilt.  This is why I love using testers.  Everybody has a different way of interpreting designs.  I admire those who so easily use prints as background,

Who’s ready to be bold?  Maxine of @knitsstitchesandblocks is with this black and yellow version.  Isn’t it bright and fun?  I love how she is not afraid to use color in her throw size quilt.  I want one!

Check out the background on this quilt by Melanie of @koalamommily.  She made the throw size, but wanted hers to be longer and added a row.  She took a chance with the bold print background and solid burgundy color.  Fantastic!

That’s it for this tester parade.  I am so thankful to have been able to work with such talented quilters and see what they came up with.  They’re fearless with their combinations of colors and print fabrics. I hope that you have become inspired to make your own unique Commerce Quilt.

Visit my shop to purchase this pattern.  Be sure to tag me on Instagram @marygorundquilts and #commercequiltpattern, because I cant want to see what your finished quilts will look like.

Happy quilting!



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