Saturday, May 10, 2014

More photos from Beyond Neutral

I am excited to announce that Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature's Elements, my first book with Martingale, is finally available for purchase! I've already showed some of the interior pages from the book but wanted to start sharing some sneak peeks of the quilt projects.

One thing I haven't shared yet is how I named the quilts in the book. Since I drew my inspiration from nature for both the quilt designs and the fabric used, I felt it was only right to use that inspiration to name the quilts as well. To that end, I named every quilt in the book after a U.S. National Park or State Park!

First up is my cover girl, Pacific Crest. This quilt has been getting a lot of attention! I used Rashida Coleman-Hale's Tsuru collection and a blue background. I'll be teaching this pattern at Q First in Quilting in Lexington, Kentucky next month! Hope to see some of you there.

Here's Katmai, a quilt featuring 4 extra-large blocks that bridge traditional and modern block designs. I loved working with the organic Camp Modern collection from Birch Fabrics.

And finally, meet Raven Rock. This quilt might look familiar to those of you who've read Modern Quilts from the Blogging Universe, where this quilt was first published as A Shift in Perspective. Although the book was originally intended to include 15 patterns, this quilt fit so well into the collection that I decided to reprint it as a bonus 16th pattern in the book!

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks from the book. If you already have a copy in your hands, I would LOVE to hear what you think! And if you don't, here are some links to purchase your copy from some of my favorite shops:

Link to purchase at Amazon.
Link to purchase at the Fat Quarter Shop.
Link to purchase at Barnes & Noble.
Link to Q First in Quilting. (call to order)

If your shop is selling Beyond Neutral, please let me know and I'll update this list.


  1. I love the cover quilt! Can't wait to get a copy of this.

  2. John, we will be selling your book at Q FIRST IN QUILTING. We have all your books for sale. Lauren has made your SHIFT IN PERSPECTIVE. See you soon.

  3. looks fabulous, John!!

  4. From what I've seen so far, this is a fabulous book! Can't wait to make Pacific Crest. WTG, John!

  5. I'd love to have this book to see the rest of your wonderful quilt patterns.

  6. Oh they all look amazing - I need this book - bravo mon frere x

  7. Beyond excited!

  8. So excited to read this, I am currently downloading my review e-copy the publisher sent me! Will definitely post a review on Craftster and PMQG blog when I can! Congrats, John!

  9. can't wait to get my hands on your book! so excited and happy for you john!
    btw, i want your button for my blog, where's the link?

  10. Woohoo! Congrats on your first book!!! We just published our first one (with AQS) and there is NO other feeling like seeing it in stores!!! Best of luck!

  11. We sell your wonderful Book at Joann's Clovis, Ca. but I saw it at my local quilt Shop in Old Town Clovis called Quilter's Paradise. I was looking for some inspiration and pattern for a small Star Wars quilt using Glow in the Dark fabrics. And I found it in you Half Moon Bay pattern. I do have Pictures if you want them.

  12. Any chance you sell just your pacific crest pattern by itself? I love it!

    1. Hi Veronika,
      No, unfortunately at this time the pattern is only available in the book.