Hi, I’m Marilyn Foreman. Welcome to Quilt Moments.
My company started in 2006 when my kids were only 1-1/2, 3, & 9 years old, and the name Quilt Moments seemed very fitting since I was grabbing moments between naps and the kids activities or late at night to work on designs and piece the quilts! Over 10 years later, it has turned into many more “moments” (my husband would say 24/7 at times!). I’ve published over 50 patterns, a book titled “Kaleidoscope Symphony,” filmed a Craftsy video class called “Quilted Kaleidoscopes” and been published in several quilt magazines. I enjoy traveling to do trunk show lectures and workshops for guilds and quilt shops. I was even lucky enough to teach on a few quilting cruises! A quilting cruise… amazing! They aren’t like these luxury small ship cruises, but they are perfect for a prolific knitter like me.
I live in a suburb of St. Paul, MN with my husband and 3 kids. Prior to 2006, when I “retired” from my full-time “real” job as a corporate controller to stay at home with the kids for a while, I enjoyed quilting as a hobby since 1995; taking classes at local shops with friends on weekends. While I finished several quilts during that time, I also started many UFOs and I still pull them out once and while to work on them when I want to spend some time on non-work projects.
I love designing pieced quilts that look complicated yet include basic piecing techniques. With a background in analysis, I really enjoy the challenge of making my pieced patterns as versatile as possible so they all include a variety of sizes and fabric options. I’m constantly playing with new ideas and my designs can be loosely grouped into these main categories which you can see in the Browse and Shop section of the website. Most of the categories also include runners:
Four-Patch Kaleidoscope Quilts – This is my main passion and addiction! Using this easy technique, it is fun seeing the fabric elements in a large feature print do the work to create stunning results. I carefully layer four identical repeats of fabrics, and then cut strips sets which are sub-cut into square sets. Then the magic happens when you rotate the squares and choose the layout you wish to sew into 4-patch units. The units are then incorporated into a variety of blocks and settings. My book, Kaleidoscope Symphony, uses this technique, along with many of my patterns including Kensington Kaleidoscope, Keyboard Kaleidoscope, Elegance, Twilight Kaleidoscope, and many more. In addition, my Quilted Kaleidoscopes Craftsy class demonstrates all of the techniques and includes several patterns for runners and quilts.
Rotate & Create Scrappy & Pre-cut Friendly Quilts – Block units made with simple shapes and variety of colors and shades create exciting quilts. In many of the designs, including All For One, Candy Jar, Changing Ways, Ribbon Rings, etc., the patterns show you how to rotate the block units in order to create four or more different layout options. You’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve by simply turning the block units.
Twister Quilts – the Twister tools by Twister Sisters Designs are a fun and fast way to make pinwheel quilts by simply sewing squares together. I enjoy figuring out unique ways to use the tools. Twister Illusions is one of my popular twister patterns along with Twister Shimmer, Panel Twist and others. Some of the patterns, Triple Twister and Twister Magic, include the option to incorporate the 4-patch kaleidoscope technique and create kaleidoscope pinwheels!
Block of the Month – several of my designs including the Kaleidoscope Symphony book, Celebration, Keyboard Kaleidoscope, and Starlight, can be used as Block of the Month (BOM) projects or anytime quilts.
Panel Friendly – Panels are included in unique ways in my Catch Me, Panel Twist, and Starlight patterns. Catch Me is a very versatile pattern for panel squares. You can use any size panel squares that finish from 4″ to 10″ in this design since the pattern includes a chart that shows what size to cut all the pieces depending on the size of your finished panel squares.
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