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Hemispheres Pattern and a Quilt Along at City Stitches

As most of you know this February my husband and I launched our pattern design company Aria Lane. Throughout the year we have been focused on building the foundation for our business. One of the things we have been working on is the Aria Lane designer program. We want to give independent designers an opportunity to publish patterns without having to go through all the difficult steps of publishing a pattern. Publishing quality sewing patterns takes a lot of dedication, time, and work. Our goal at Aria Lane is to come along side the designer so they can continue to do what they do best; design, sew and write, while we deal with the logistics.

Today I am excited to congratulate our very first Aria Lane Designer, Megan Nichols from City Stitches, on her first published quilt pattern Hemispheres. Hemispheres is a truly versatile quilt pattern - the sky’s the limit! Changing up the colors and fabrics can change the look of the design dramatically. Perhaps you want to stick to the “hemispheres” look as shown or how about accentuating the pinwheels, or even the scallops!

The Hemispheres pattern includes easy-to-use instructions, two alternate color suggestions, quilt top coloring sheet, templates, pieced quilt top instructions, pieced coordinating backing instructions, and quilting suggestions for your own Hemispheres wall hanging, crib, throw, twin, queen, or king size quilt.

The PDF version of Hemispheres can be purchased now at Aria Lane and the printed version will be available for purchase after November 4th at Aria Lane or your local quilt shop!

Hemispheres Quilt Along

Megan is hosting a Hemispheres Quilt Along at her blog City Stitches. Because of the amazing versatility of the design, Hemispheres makes a perfect quilt for a quilt along. We can’t wait to see what you will do with this pattern!

Quilt Along Schedule

  • Oct 21: Color and Fabric Choices/Cutting Tips
  • Oct 28: Piecing with Pins
  • Nov 4: Piecing with Glue
  • Nov 11: Piecing Freehand/Curve Master
  • Nov 25: Quilting
  • Dec 9: Link Up
  • Dec 10-12: Voting
  • Dec 13: Grand Prize Award

Quilt Along Fabric Bundles

If you love the idea of using multiple solids similar to the quilt shown in the pattern, but are not sure where you can get your hands on multiple colors than we have a great solution for you! Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics has put together Rainbow Kona® Cotton Hemisphere Bundles for each quilt size!

Quilt Along Prizes

Marmalade Fabrics will be providing a few prizes during the course of the Quilt Along as well as an amazing Grand Prize, a rainbow stack of 40 Robert Kaufman Kona® Solids!

Follow Along and Share

Share your progress in the Hemispheres Quilt Along Flickr Group or on Twitter and Instagram using hashtag #hemispheresqal. Also be sure to grab a button for your blog!


Pattern Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One lucky Pile O’ Fabric reader will win a PDF copy of the Hemispheres quilt pattern.

Enter to Win:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post and tell me what fabrics you would make your Hemispheres quilt out of.
  • Extra entry for Aria Lane newsletter subscribers.
  • Extra entry for Aria Lane Facebook followers.
  • Be sure to use the Rafflecopter widget to record your entries!

More Pattern Giveaways

Some fellow blogger friends will also be posting about the Quilt Along over the next two weeks and each day one of them will be giving away a free PDF Hemispheres pattern! Check the schedule below to see where you need to go each day to enter for a chance win a pattern!

If you are anything like me (too anxious to wait) and want to start your quilt right away then head on over to Aria Lane and get your Hemispheres pattern and start planning! I will be making the Wall or Crib size of the quilt and will be sure to share my progress as I go.


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  • Mariana@CoserTejerCrear says...

    Id love to give it a try with only solids. Ive never quilted anything using only solids!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kimi says...

    I think I’d use a bundle to make a baby quilt…perhaps Glimma

    On August 20, 2014

  • DeborahGun says...

    I have some Children at Play fabric that I have been collecting to make a quilt for my son, and I think it would work well with this pattern.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Shayne says...

    I loooove working with solids, so of course some Kona’s!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Gemma Jones says...

    I’d love to make it in prints – with one solid for the background. I’d do it with a whole rainbow of colours – with red and orange prints on the top row, orange and yellow for the second row, yellow and green on the third and so on all the way to purple and pink on the bottom. Probably a pale grey for the background, and then bound with scrappy binding from all the leftovers. Wow would be luscious.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nancy Lee says...

    I would use my stash of Denyse Schmidt.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Cindy says...

    I think I’ll try solids!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Ella says...

    I have a stack of solids I can bust out for this one!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Carrie @Gotcha Covered Quilting says...

    Love this pattern. It’s gorgeous. I’m contemplating buying the bundle of solid fabric, although I also have so many batiks in my stash, I may go that route. Haven’t decided quite yet. I just know I’m excited to make this quilt.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kim M says...

    I’ve never made a quilt with just solids before and this pattern looks so good with all the solid colors so I think I’d go that route.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jessica says...

    OMG I just love love love this quilt pattern! I have never made a quilt that had all solids but I would use all Kona solids for this quilt for sure. I might add in one print fabric block to make it a bit crazy! Thank you so very much for the chance!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Cynthia Brunz Designs says...

    I like the look of the solids but I think I would probably use shot cottons.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Bess Bauer says...

    Beautiful pattern. I’ve been trying to find the right quilt pattern to make for my daughter and this just might be it. Thanks!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Deb@asimplelife Quilts says...

    I see it in polka dots mixed with other blenders.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Joyce says...

    Just beautiful….always looking for a way to use just solids!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Ellen @ Peace and Plastic says...

    I would love to win this pattern and join my first ever quilt along! Following Megan on Instagram and seeing her pattern introduced me to aria lane. I am following closely as I have just started writing a few of my own patterns!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kimi says...

    I love how this pattern looks with all solids, but I’d probably try out a bundle of prints, perhaps Glimma.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Janice says...

    I’m on a solids kick lately so would probably stick with solids. But would to arrange blocks so there’s so sort of color gradation.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Carmen says...

    I would love to make this with the Kona solids in the colors that match my daughter’s “new” bedroom

    On August 20, 2014

  • Shannon says...

    I love the look of the rainbow colors but I think something more monochromatic would be a lot of fun to try. Thanks for the chance to win!

    On August 20, 2014

  • robin says...

    Congrats to all involved in gdtting thie great looking pattern out to all us quilters! Your giveaway is awesome. Thanks for chance to win.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Shanna @ Fiber of All Sorts says...

    What a great pattern! I adore it. I would do something scrappy but to make those pinwheels pop. Oh or maybe my DS quilts fabric I’ve been cough hording.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Mania says...

    I received used to be a lot of fabric after my friend … There is a beautiful variety of, you might say – antique fabric with small flowers, in a variety of colors and shades. Think that I could use them for of this project .. Though of course I would like to win the Kona Cotton Solids from Robert Kaufman

    On August 20, 2014

  • Regina DeMatteo says...

    Thanks for another great giveaway. Hemispheres is curvalitious!

    On August 20, 2014

  • chris says...

    would love a chance to win!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Brittney Gossard says...

    I think I’d make it with a combination of Kona Solids and Nordika.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Lori Smanski says...

    I would use solids, white, blues, yellow
    I have never done curves before and would love to try

    On August 20, 2014

  • Susan K says...

    I think I would make it with scraps from my stash. I think it would make a great scrappy quilt.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Christa Quilts says...

    I love that you are doing this. Aria Lane is a fabulous idea and the patterns you have there so fare are wonderful. Best of luck with it!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Sharon Lichter says...

    I have a large stash and lots of scraps I am trying to organize. I would be using them for this pattern.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Barbara Konkle says...

    I just bought Nordika and I would love to use some Kona along with it! This looks so fun!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kathie says...

    Right now I’m thinking Kona solids BUT I have several other favorites that would look wonderful in this pattern. Thank you for the opportunity!

    On August 20, 2014

  • nyelphaba says...

    Love the solids. Would like to try making the quilt using all solids.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Martina says...

    I would love to try the quilt in black and white fabrics or in solids or with texty fabrics. I am not sure yet. But I know that I would like to participate in this quilt along.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Judith says...

    I think that this would look beautiful in shot cottons. Thanks for the chance to win.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Marta says...

    I would definitely do solids.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kay Holm says...

    I love the pattern. It is fabulous!!! I can see it in a rainbow of prints in my stash. BUT I am going to look at the fat quarters rainbow you have set up with Marmalade. I think I need that for my stash! Thanks for the chance to win…

    On August 20, 2014

  • Kim says...

    I think I’d like to make it with hand dyed cherrywood fabrics!

    Thanks so much for the chance to win
    and Happy Sewing

    On August 20, 2014

  • Gill says...

    Definitely rainbow solids!!

    On August 20, 2014

  • GG Bocchino says...

    I’m don’t usually use just solid colors in a quilt but I do like the photo of Hemisphere in multcolored solids!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Donna Phelps says...

    What a wonderful pattern and I LOVE Kona solids. It is beautiful with a variety of colors but I am imagining using shades of gray and yellow. I think it would be very nice. This really sounds like a fun quilt-a-long. Cannot wait.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Hanke says...

    I would use Kaffe Fasdet fabric and white . Nice quilt!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Barb N says...

    The bright colors of this quilt are awesome against the white background. I’m afraid I’d be a copy cat and go with solids :)

    On August 20, 2014

  • Lizzie says...

    First I saw this on instagram, and hen in the newsletter what a fabulous pattern! I think that it would be fun to open up my pile of Oakshotts for this. I have rich colors and also a bundle with a grey (or white?) weft that I am dying to try on something special.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Jayne says...

    I love this quilt! I would love to try it! I always lean towards solids. Vibrant, bold and bright. Background…I usually go light, but need to branch out and go in a different direction!

    This is so timely for me! I’m working on my first PDF pattern (with 2 more in the works). Its a lot of work especially for someone who is blindly trying to find their way! I may have too seriously consider submitting one of my ideas…

    Thank you for the wonderful give-a-way!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Maria Hart says...

    Oh, how wonderful to have her pattern as a giveaway! The fabrics I would make my Hemispheres quilt out of are in my stash….Bella Solids!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Heather says...

    Hi, I would use various values of two complementary solid colours to make the quilt. I love the flashing block on Megan’s site showing how the pinwheels can pop.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Cathy says...

    I would like a mix of solids and plains, but I do love the fresh colours used in the pattern picture – looks so delicious and happy!

    On August 20, 2014

  • Nancy Lee says...

    Love this pattern. Wuld love to use my saved up Denyse Schmidt.

    On August 20, 2014

  • michelle @ Squeek Crafts says...

    Gorgeous quilt, what a great idea. I would like to use either joel dewberry bungalow or some tula pink.

    On August 20, 2014

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