Artisan Quilt – new quilt design

Artisan Quilt Art Gallery Fabrics

Huzzah! A newly finished quilt. I’ve had so many in the works in various stages that it feels good to finally have a finish to share!

Watchtower quilt Amy Smart-001

This is a new design from me. I decided to call it Watchtower after visiting the Watchtower at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon a few weeks ago.

Watchtower quilt amy smart  Art Gallery Fabrics artisan

The fabrics in this quilt are from Pat Bravo’s latest collection, Artisan. I saw this collection previewed at Quilt Market last spring and really wanted to do something with them. I added some Pure Elements to the mix in Empire Yellow, Spruce, Burnt Orange, Nocturnal, and Spiceberry.


I’m especially smitten with the indigo/denim blues and golds in this line. I love this sketched line print (Aged Allure Washed) especially. It was perfect for the binding. I think I used every last scrap I had.

Artisan Collar Ends copper

For the backing fabric I used the Collar Ends Copper print. It’s a fun, different take on a chevron motif.


The quilting on this quilt was done by Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting.

Artisan Watchtower quilt

I created this quilt as a new design to teach at Winter Quiltfest in Logan, Utah, in January. (Spaces are still available for that class, if you want to come.)  The pattern will be released officially in 2016.

Artisan Art Gallery Fabrics

Artisan fabrics are available from Pink Castle Fabrics, Mad About PatchworkFat Quarter Shop, and Fabricworm.

Watchtower quilt

And now, Winter has officially landed. I’m definitely having mixed feelings about that. The good news is no-yard-work/more-time-to-sew. The bad news is obvious (ice & cold.) But it does make things feel more festive for Christmas, so I’ll live with it for now. Happy first of December!

In fun news, I’ll be at American Quilting in Orem, Utah on Friday, December 4 to party for their Moonlight Madness Christmas celebration! It goes from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. If you’re local, I’d love to see you there!

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    December 1, 2015 at 6:46 am

    I love everything about this quilt. Looking forward to the pattern.

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    December 1, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Love all those colors and the border print is perfection!:)

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    December 1, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Love, love, love this quilt. the colours, the fabrics, the pattern, the backing… stunning!

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    Dede Bliven
    December 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

    What an amazing quilt! I love the colors and the pattern. Do I see a new book from Ms Amy in 2016?

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      Amy Smart
      December 2, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Aww, thanks for asking. Not a new book for 2016. But some other plans are in the works! 😉

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    December 1, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful quilt! Love the colors and design!

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    Lisa Flinders
    December 1, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Amy, I can’t get enough of the back of the quilt.Another masterpiece! Gorgeous.

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    muzikal Mama
    December 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I’m signed up, and I just bought fabrics. Can’t wait!!!

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      Amy Smart
      December 2, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Me too! And thanks again for your consultation on this quilt! 🙂

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    December 1, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Very nice quilt! I especially love the border fabric you used – makes it look like a pieced border from afar!

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    December 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Haha, midnight madness that goes till 9 PM!

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      Amy Smart
      December 1, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      WHoops! lol! Meant to write Moonlight Madness. Better fix that! 😉

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    December 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Gorgeous fabric choices to complement your pattern. The border really looks great and gives a striking finish. Congrats on another simply stunning quilt!

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    December 1, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    What a fantastic use of fabric in an interesting beautiful design. Wish I could join for your class but since I’m from Denmark I’ll have to forward to your release of the pattern! The long dark winter should give me plenty of time to play:)

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    December 2, 2015 at 3:43 am

    Love the pattern, very nice. This is a very gender friendly pattern, been looking for a pattern for service men, I think this just might fit the bill! Looking forward to the pattern release!

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    Mary Baker
    December 2, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Beautiful design and colors! Well done!

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    Martha cook
    December 2, 2015 at 5:49 am

    Just stunning. Especially love the backing material.

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    December 2, 2015 at 6:45 am

    SO Gorgeous!! LOVE!

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    Andrea @ MouseInMyPocket.com
    December 2, 2015 at 7:15 am

    This is a lovely quilt. I especially like the blocks that are not quite granny squares. And I love that “Aged Allure Washed” print too. That’s one I’d have to get in every color way. It’s distinctive, but would still work as a blender, which makes it my favorite kind of fabric.

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    December 2, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I love that backing print! But I back all my quilts in flannel. Can you tell the fabric companies to make more varied flannel prints, please? There are so few of them available and if you want wide flannel, there’s even fewer patterns. I get tired of using the same mottled or scroll design in different colors for most of my quilts. Thanks!

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    Sandra B
    December 2, 2015 at 7:37 am

    What a fun quilt! Beautiful fabrics….on the front, and on the back of the quilt!!
    Thanks for sharing….

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    December 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

    I’d like to buy the fabric now, but don’t know the yardages required for each fabric. Help!

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      Amy Smart
      December 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      Here are the fabric req’s:
      15 assorted 2 ½” x width of strips (the scrappier the better) – more if desired. Or Fat Quarters are useful.
      3 different 1/2 yard cuts of background (cream/white) prints – more if desired (I used White Linen Pure Elements [solid] and the two Pyrography Sinopia prints)
      1 ½ yards yellow fabric (I used Empire Yellow Pure Elements)
      1 5/8 yard Aged Allure Washed print (includes border and binding)
      1 yard orange Fleuron Etch Autumn
      5/8 yard border print (Betoken Shines)
      4 1/2 yards backing

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    December 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I love this quilt. It so cheery and happy. I think everything is “just right” on it. Nice work.

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    December 4, 2015 at 4:34 am

    There is so much to love about this quilt! Amazing pattern, fabrics, quilting, colors! Can’t wait for the pattern.

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    Cindy-Live a Colorful Life
    December 4, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    This is a beautiful quilt, Amy. And I aspire to your level of quilt photography!

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