"30 Quilts for 30 Years"-Joseph's Coat by Darlene Zimmerman

The 10th stop on the 30 Quilts for 30 Years Blog Hop is Darlene Zimmerman's "Joseph's Coat" quilt! Here are some words from Darlene Zimmerman (or the 'Feedsack Lady').

"People are always surprised to see red, dark blue and dark green added to my 30s color palette. Don't be afraid to mix those deeper colors in with the 30s pastels. Without the stronger colors, the quilt can look too washed out. The darker colors add a bit of spice to the quilt.

While this pattern may look challenging, it is really quite easy to put together. Using my Joseph's Coat template set (EZ Quilting #882503), the shapes can be rotary cut and machine pieced. Bonus-- the melon or colored shape can be cut from a jelly roll! The original pattern has shapes that all meet in the center of the 'flower', but since that means too many seam allowances coming together, I trimmed off the ends of the templates leaving a small hole in the center of the 'flower', which is neatly covered by an appliqued circle.

Sewing these shapes together is surprisingly easy.  NO PINNING required! Match up the ends of the triangle shape and the melon, and sew with the triangle shape on the top, keeping the raw edges together just in front of the needle and easing the curves together. This pattern is fun to sew, and goes together quickly.  The appliqued circles should be added as you complete each flower, section or row.

I have many questions about what I use as a background fabric in my '30s quilts. You will always find a white print with a sprinkle of color in each of my collections, but you can also use my 'vintage white' or Kona Snow for a traditional not-quite-white background. It's the perfect shade of white-- not too white, not too creamy or brown, just a nice soft mellow white.

Don't forget to add Kona solids to your next shopping list. You'll find them invaluable in your next quilting project. Use solids whenever an accent is needed in a group of prints, or use solids alone to make a strong (and modern) statement."


We love this pattern! If you love it too, click here for a free pattern download from the Robert Kaufman website! You can find pattern and kitting information, including the specific Kona Cotton colors chosen by Darlene, there. For more from Darlene, head to her website!

And if you haven't yet--check out our look book for all the 30th Anniversary quilts! It is simply stunning!



For this stop's giveaway, we're giving away a New Pastel Palette charm pack!

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To enter:  Comment on this post with your number one go-to Kona Cotton color! (To comment, scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the "# comments" link. Once the new page reloads there will be a place for you to enter your text/comment.)

This giveaway is open internationally, and will run til Tuesday at 10AM P.S.T.

Check out the full blog hop schedule below:

Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez with Aurifil
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

Thanks for participating!