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 I originally made it for the MQG/Riley Blake fabric challenge in 2014 and was thrilled when it was selected as one of the 10 finalists out of hundreds of quilts.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. Michele says:

    I’m piecing a hunter’s star quilt, basting a Christmas quilt, and making nine matching dresses for cousins to wear in Thanksgiving Day.

  2. Debbie@ShelteredStitches says:

    Well you asked! 3 baby donation quilts, tree skirt for my daughter in law, a little throw for sister in laws couch, 2 more about twin size also for donation and planning a pile of baby things for the 1st grandaughter expected in April !

  3. Erika Nickens says:

    I am currently trying to finish quilts for my immediate family before Christmas. Then the new year will be my time to try new things and expand my skills!

  4. Karen Seitz says:

    I have several in the Actively Working stage: a Christmas log cabin quilt, a Hunter’s Star quilt, and Wild Olive’s 50 States embroidered quilt design.

  5. Kim Sanderson says:

    Congratulations Christa – it is so nice to hear about your accomplishments. I’m working on Christmas gifts at the moment, with 5 quilts in the wings ready to quilt in the new year. I was so excited when your “Machine Quilting with Style” book arrived to give me inspiration. I couldn’t get it on release day as I had to wait for it to cross the border to Canada, but well worth the wait. EVERYONE should go buy a copy!!!

  6. Shifra G. says:

    About to begin working on two quilts for babies due soon and one for my almost 12 year old granddaughter. We just chose the pattern she wants.

  7. LynneP says:

    I usually like to start and finish a quilt before I begin another. However, in the past two years, I have begun too many quilts without finishing them and have been feeling overwhelmed instead of joyful. I made a deal with myself to pick one quilt to work on a little bit each day until it is finished. This simple decision has brought joy back into my sewing.

  8. Carol Kuse says:

    I am working on two quilts right now. My aunt who recently died embroidered beautiful butterfly blocks for a quilt. I have put it together, got it hand quilted (her request), bound and now I need to get a label on it.
    The other quilt is a red and green Christmas quilt for one of my daughters-in-law.
    Then I have to start a baby quilt for our neighbor’s new baby due in February.
    Love your designs and quilting, Carol

  9. Tina in NJ says:

    I’m working on Christmas presents. Bed quilts for my 83-yr-old mom, my 22-yr-old son, and my 13-yr-old daughter. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats on the publication.

  10. Linda Rouse says:

    I am working on Christmas projects. Would love to win this magazine with your pattern in it. I have purchased 2 of your books and love your illustrations.

  11. Glenna Denman says:

    I am getting ready to quilt a queen-sized sampler made for me by my guild members as a thank you for serving as President. So, your new book will be very handy in helping me with this project.

  12. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    I am working on a table runner with fall leaves on it, as well as a Christmas wall hanging with little houses on it. I am always multitasking!

  13. Rachel says:

    First of all, kudos on having your article in this magazine.

    As a beginner, I am currently working on how to make a pineapple quilt. Then I hope to work on finishing some quilt tops. I would love to learn how to do free motion quilting.

  14. Catherine Elliott says:

    Christa, I’m working on one of your charm pack kits from years ago to donate to a newly opened children’s hospice here in Brisbane, Q. Australia. I haven’t seen Modern Quilts Unlimited magazine in newsagencies here, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be lucky enough to be chosen to receive this edition.

  15. Jan N. says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you many, many more years of success. I’m currently working on finishing up my UFO’s before I start a new project. Luckily there are only five UFO’s which need to be completed.

  16. Becca says:

    Too many, that’s for sure! I’ve got a Christmas quilt that I know won’t be ready for this season, a mini quilt as part of a Flickr challenge, another paper-pieced lap quilt, a curved-piece quilt, a Halloween banner (yeah…I put that one away half-finished…)…Way too many! And they’re all really in the mid-point where it’s hard to keep motivated. *sigh* I need to bust out the mini so I can feel like I can actually finish something…

  17. Barbara McKenzie says:

    I have finished 4 quilts for Christmas presents, with 2 to go! My current project is a memory quilt for cross-country friends featuring pictures of the 4 of us on our visits to each other’s homes. It brings back such wonderful memories just to work on the quilt!

  18. Darlene says:

    currently working on a pinwheels on point with rail fence pattern quilt for a Christmas gift, It is queen size, I am hoping to have it done in time.

  19. nancyangerer says:

    I am working on an I Spy quilt for our youngest grandchild who is seven. The quilt is twin sized. The top is made up of 2 inch hexies and triangles which are hand sewn using EPP. I chose that method because this past summer we drove over 10,000 miles visiting friends and family from the east coast to the west coast giving me lots of time for handwork. Yesterday my husband helped me pen baste the sandwich. Today I want to cut the binding. The quilting will be done on my domestic machine.

  20. Susan says:

    I’m finishing a herringbone pattern quilt by doing spiral quilting as shown in your book, Machine Quilting with Style. Then I can get back to working on the paper piecing quilt I started with your quilt-a-long last May. I would love to have the copy of Modern Quilts Unlimited.

  21. Lynda H says:

    I am currently cutting out the fabrics to put together a pattern called “urban legend”. I spent almost a year collecting the fabrics I wanted to use for it. Not generally a type of pattern I work with so will see how it goes.

  22. Barbara says:

    Congrats on being the feature for the magazine! I am quilting my double sided Tula Pink City Sampler, I’m machine sewing Elizabeth Hartman’s Patchwork City Sampler and I’m hand sewing La Passacaglia. Thanks for the change! I’d love to try your pattern!

  23. ipatchandquilt says:

    That is just wonderful Christa! Hip hip hooray!!!
    I am working on the final details of a foundation paper piecing pattern I designed. Waiting for the last pictures to arrive from my lovely pattern testers.
    After that I need to do two more swap blocks by the third week of November.
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  24. Jocelyn Kerr says:

    Congratulations, Christa, on ALL your achievements! You are one BUSY lady! I’ve got a few sewing projects to finish for Christmas gifts, and one quilt. But, there are a few quilt projects waiting patiently for their chance to get quilted, and others waiting for piecing and quilting…I’d better get busy! 🙂

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