Spiraling Out of Control Pattern Available in MQU Magazine

Here’s some great news for those of you who have been patiently waiting for the pattern for my quilt Spiraling Out of Control. It’s now available in the current issue of Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine (Fall, 2015).


Here’s a quick back-story of the quilt. I originally made it for the MQG/Riley Blake fabric challenge in 2014 and was thrilled when it was selected as one of the 10 finalists out of hundreds of quilts. It then went on to hang at AQS in July 2014 nd then at QuiltCon in 2015 where it caught the eye of the Modern Quilts Unlimited editors. (In fact, they also fell in love with another of my quilts at the show which will be patterned in a future issue, so be sure to subscribe!)


I used EQ7 to design Spiraling Out of Control.

Jason jokingly refers to this issue as “my” issue because in addition to featuring the pattern, they’ve also given my book a nice review, and I’m in an EQ ad, too!


Seeing reviews of my book in national magazines makes me giddy!


Spiraling Out of Control is in the Fall Issue of MQU

100 thoughts on “Spiraling Out of Control Pattern Available in MQU Magazine

  1. Loretta says:

    I’m working on a “dinosaur” quilt for my grandson and a comfort quilt for my local quilt guild. I just mailed my father in law a lap quilt for his 94th birthday.

  2. Sandy Bailey says:

    Finished quilting a black and print HST quilt for my son. Now in the process of hand-stitching the binding on. Love your designs and bought your latest book.

  3. Yvonne says:

    I am working on 2 quilts that will be Christmas gifts. Also, I have a new nephew who needs a holiday bib! Thanks for a great giveaway, Christa.

  4. Ann says:

    Preparing 4 quilts to sandwich before I need to clear off my cutting….or rather dining…table before the holidays. Gotta go…these will be Christmas gifts! Congrats on your success!! And thank you….

  5. Cheri Barker says:

    I’m working 4 different projects, a Christmas tree skirt, Jenny Beyer’s Moonglow, the Craftsy BOM, and a quilt for my son and daughter in law…..then in the queue are 2 baby quilts and a wedding quilt all due in June of next year.

  6. Julie Hertel says:

    I’m working on a disappearing 4patch variation. My son has a wonderful eyes for color and balance and he picked out colors for me to make him. he picked out the batiks to go with the silver on black map-patterned fabric. He said he wanted batiks that looked more like earth floors. When I stacked the fabrics up. I thought Oh No! Such a dark drab mix. But once I cut the fabric and made up the first 20 blocks, I see he was right. Contrast is there and it will be a masculine sophisticated quilt. Really excited to complete it. Then a promised baby quilt and then ready for something like this beautiful spiral quilt. I love your work, Christa.

  7. Mary Hawthorne says:

    Congratulations on your well-deserved success. I am sewing turkey placemats for the grandchildren. Can’t wait until they are ready to sew.

  8. Gigi Voegeli says:

    I am working on Tula Pink’s 100 Modern quilt blocks (doing 40 for a quilt), little improv trees (From Diary of a Quilter) and a Amanda Jean Nyberg’s cute striped trees pattern. Seem to be stuck on trees right now. Congrats on the quilt!

  9. vlarson2524 says:

    I am just about finished with a baby quilt-just in the nick of time, too, lol! I also am starting a Christmas wall hanging, and I have 5 quilt tops that I really need to sandwich and quilt…..YIKES-I didn’t realize that had spiraled out of control!!!!!

  10. Valerie says:

    I am just finishing a baby quilt; have 5 quilt tops that I need to quilt but am paranoid to start, lol; and a Christmas wall hanging I am just starting to quilt. LOVE Spiraling Out of Control!!!

  11. Kathy G. says:

    Congratulations on your magazine feature! Very exciting! I’m working to finish the quilting on a top that was pieced at last year’s quilt retreat given by my local quilt shop. I’d love to show it off at this year’s retreat so must finish before the end of Jan! Also making coasters Christmas presents. Keep up the good work Christa!

  12. Barbara Beyun says:

    Great job on the big feature! I have 11 items on my WIP list- I had to write them down so I could prioritize! Among them are the 1920’s Farmer’s Wife, the QAL for 1930’s Farmer’s Wife, and a quilt from Sweetwater Varsity for my son.

  13. Laura Witt says:

    I picked up a copy of your book in Houston. I am reading it for the THIRD time!!! My project? Using my vast scrap stash to master improvisational piecing. So. Much. Fun.

  14. Sandra says:

    Congratulations, it is a gorgeous quilt! Any tips on designing improv quilts in EQ7? I just finished the last quilt for City&Guilds, now I’ll be finishing up my “improv good wishes” and finish the quilting on a few other quilts.

  15. Laurie Gelo says:

    I am just finishing a table runner for Christmas. Then I have high hopes of getting a Christmas Tree Skirt all made (from start to finish) before it is time to put up the Christmas Tree and decorate it.

  16. Mary says:

    I am working on a quilt for the Kumquat festival in Florida. Need to plan the borders, and plan how to free motion quilt it…. Big challenge for me!

  17. Kay :-) says:

    I have 4 grandquilts in progress for Christmas – piecing fronts and backs… and a sampler for a local class… [and a couple of scrappy piecing projects on the side…] I am so so happy for you to have a quilt in a magazine! I love it when you share… can you hear me squealing along with you?

  18. Diana Collins says:

    Congratulations on your published article. I am working on a deer window pane quilt for my husband, waiting on fabric to complete the top. Next I am starting to cut my fabric for a baby quilt for my grandson Liam using Riley Blake fabric, can’t wait to see it come together. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Susanne says:

    Nothing like seeing your name in print! Congratulations. My machine went to the shop for repair yesterday. I feel lost. I was machine quilting a runner for Thanksgiving. Hopefully the machine will be back sooner than expected, they told me two weeks!

  20. Diane says:

    Congratulations your work is beautiful and I am excited to see the pattern for spiraling out of control. I am currently binding two quilts that will be Christmas gifts

  21. Cecelia says:

    Congratulations! I am working to get Christmas machine quilting done for customers while at the same time piecing some holiday accents for our home.
    LOVE this magazine!

  22. Pat T. says:

    Congratulations!! What an exciting time for you and your family!!
    (So good for your children to see hard work and creative talent getting so wonderfully acknowledged!!)
    As for me, right now I’m working on baby quilts for twin nephews, and for family friends… with charity sewing and a couple gifts next in line!
    Again, congratulations!!!
    Pat T.

  23. Bonnie Favorite says:

    I am working on a memory quilt for the caregiver of my eldest sister, who passed away earlier this year. The fabrics and colors are nothing at all like I would usually use in making a quilt, but they are all ones that my sister loved. For this reason, the project is dear to my heart.

  24. Jan Jess says:

    One of my current projects is reading your book (Machine Quilting With Style) from cover to cover. I hope to absorb enough to attempt quilting the many tops I have waiting to be transformed.

  25. Anita says:

    I am working on a charity quilt for the children’s ward at my local hospital. The design is Scrappy Summer by CluckCluckSew, and it will be a wonderful, scrappy quilt when it is finished!

  26. Zina says:

    I’m finishing up a baby quilt for my niece, and also working on the Michael Miller fabric challenge quilt for Quilt Con. Thanks for the giveaway, you do such amazing work!

  27. Carole Hill says:

    I have a quilt top that someone gave me of baskets, I’m guessing it’s about 20 to 30 years old,I’ve made a back for it, but I keep looking at it to decide how to quilt it and am getting some ideas. I’m also making towels to hang on the stove handle, and microwave cozi’s, plus more quilts. Would love to have the magazine! Have a great day tomorrow!

  28. Chris says:

    Congratulations, it’s a great quilt. I am making Judy Martin’s Agean Sea. Love this pattern, but I love all of Judy’s work.

  29. Lizzie says:

    Spiraling Out of Control is one of my favorite quilts of yours, congratulations! I’m currently learning quilt as you go and sewing up some scraps, and I have a hand piecing project on the side that I expect to take all year.

  30. Shelley says:

    Congratulations! Lots of good things happening for you!! Currently I am testing a paper pieced pattern, making bee blocks and trying to design a quilt for my Brother in Law for Christmas!

  31. Barbara Nilles says:

    Good job on being selected and using Eq7 for your designing platform. I am working on a patriotic baby quilt for a new baby in England.

  32. Suzy says:

    currently working on… queen sized quilt for my son with 3D fish material, 1930’s quilt along, row by row from this summer.. so many projects so little time. Congratulations on your quilt and book being in this magazine!

  33. Patty Flynn says:

    Current projects: binding quilts for victims of California fires; a flying geese quilt with grunge; Christmas aprons; quilts for 3 new babies on the way . . .better get busy

  34. Colleen says:

    I am making a disappearing pinwheel quilt it’s a Missouri Star pattern from YouTube, and pillow cases for my grandchildren

  35. Charlotta Norby says:

    I’m working – even if not actively all the time – on quite a few projects! Most urgently, I’ve just started a wall hanging for a show at our local Community Arts Center which has to be ready by Christmas. I was invited to submit a piece for this show, which is called New in the New Year, and it has to be a new piece, so I had to go to work on something new. It involves circles, lots of solids and some black and whites. That’s all I know so far! I rarely do wall hangings, but I was honored to be invited to submit a piece, so I couldn’t say no. And I’m enjoying the challenge.

  36. Mary says:

    I’m testing a block for a quilter’s new pattern. I’ve never done this before so I’m a little worried that my skills won’t be enough but I’m also excited because I know I can do this! Congratulations on your quilt being featured in this magazine!

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