Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Color My World’ Quilt by Lori Allison

Lazies, Lori Allison, of Allison Quilt Designs, made today’s quilt using a collection of blenders and supporting fabrics set off by a rich black background. This is the ninth of twelve daily features in the ‘Day Z Dozen’ blog hop.


Here’s Lori:
I first saw this “Album Patch” or ‘Trip Around The World” in a magazine. The direction said, “ Cut out 1265 – 2” squares, lay them out in order and stitch together.” To myself I thought, “Not without a court order.” Surely there’s an easier way.

My left brain (the logical, sequential, analytical, objective, looks-at-parts, side of my head) kicked in and started to calculate the number of squares, the size of the squares – mine are just a little bigger – and their relationship to one another. Soon I had the measurements of a strip set. Nesting seam allowances is another favorite pastime and once my strip set was assembled, I began planning seam allowance pressing directions.

Color My World bar detail

I was having so much fun at this and then, BOOM….the RIGHT side of my brain ( the aesthetic, creative, random, intuitive, looks-at-wholes side) took over and I started picking out bright, bold, large LakeHouse dots and daisies and small coordinate prints and putting them together in happy little ways.

Color My World detailEach block is like a mini quilt. I pick out three fabrics that I like, “strip, strip, zip, zip, snip, snip, stitch, stitch” and I have a 12 inch block – almost a mini little quilt, framed in black and, within 30 minutes, I have something to admire or admonish.

I admit it – I’m in love with fabric. I love the colors, prints and the texture of fabric. I love lots of companion prints like LakeHouse has and all the various colorways – I can’t stop with just one colorway; I have to use them all. Lucky for me, the LakeHouse colorways mix up like popsicles.

Color My World corner detailLike the literature teacher who analyzes fiction with “what did the author mean by…” I think about how the fabric designer was inspired to use design and color to create this woven cotton work of art. More often, the fabric inspires me to create a quilt design.

But life is short – and there are lots of quilts to make so I try to create quick, clever designs with big impact and I like them to look a lot harder than they really are. Because I was a middle and high school FACS (Home Ec) teacher, my directions are simple to understand – directions that assume you could be a first-time quilt maker.

lori.jpgMany of Allison Designs quilt patterns can be constructed by just looking at the pictures and illustrations. Ask for Allison Designs patterns at your local quilt shop. For more information, see

Here’s all the product information for today’s feature ’Color My World’. Check quilt shops to purchase the pattern and fabrics.

Allison Designs
“Color My World” Quilt
Pattern Item # AD05

Background Fabric
LH03022 Antique Dots: Black

This quilt uses approximately 50 Fat Quarters of LakeHouse Library non-specific, color coordinated fabrics…
LH03011 Hydrangea Blossom: Coral, Melon, Violet
LH03022 Antique Dots: Grape
LH03035 Frosted Dots: Banana, Blush, Cerise, Chartreuse, Delphinium, Grass, Hot Pink, Iris, Orchid, Purple
LH04011 Bubbles: Melon, Orange
LH04013 Lotta Dots: , Peri, Tulip
LH04027 Circle Circus: Apple
LH04031 Going In Circles: Melon
LH04033 Ticking Stripe: Papaya
LH04036 New Tiny Ticking: Iris, Leaf, Lime, Pink, Papaya
LH05014 DayZ Dukes: Lime, Mango, Purple
LH05016 DotZ: Banana, Orange
LH05025 Polka Party: Lime, Purple, Turquoise
LH05028 Teeny Weeny Ticking: Purple, Sunset
LH05029 Floral Silhouette: Cherry, Lime
LH05030 Blossom Silhouette: Cherry
LH05037 Polka Party Petite: Lime, Pink
LH05038 Star Silhouette: Cherry, Lime
LH06027 Confetti Mono: Cherry, Leaf

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13 Responses to “Day Z Dozen Blog Hop – ‘Color My World’ Quilt by Lori Allison”

  1. Sarah Ann Smith — March 13, 2007 @ 8:21 am

    GORGEOUS quilt!

  2. Mary Lou Hallenbeck — March 13, 2007 @ 10:18 am


    Just have to jump on the computer first thing in the AM and see what project is next in the DayZ Dozen HOP. How cute your project is!!!! They do look like little quilts all put together. I also love to use black in a lot of my quilts because it really can make things POP. And your use of the black with the great LakeHouse colors….well, it was just the ticket! Wonderful quilt!

    The HOP has also been a fun way for quilters to get to know each other in the quilting world…by reading about the project and the designer. You sound like you have a great sense of humor too!
    Thanks for sharing your project & yourself!

    Mary Lou Hallenbeck
    H.D. Designs

  3. Debby Luttrell — March 13, 2007 @ 10:29 am

    Joan…I bought this pattern while visiting another quilt shop during a vacation trip for my personal stash. Now I can make it up with Lakehouse fabrics…what a great idea. It is perfect!

    For those hoppers who want an easy way to collect the fabrics for the projects on the Day Z Dozen, my shop is providing the kits with all the fabrics and accessories for each project following the Day Z Dozen Shop Hop event. You can see them at

    Queen of Quitman

  4. Karina Hittle — March 13, 2007 @ 10:33 am

    Hello Lori,

    What a beautiful quilt! WOW! The way you have broken down this complicated-looking design in to easy strip sets is fantastic and very do-able!!! I LOVE the way you incorporated all of the colorways in this stunning LakeHouse fabrics collection resulting in a vivid and striking updated version of the traditional “Album Patch” quilt!!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful quilt with all of us 🙂


  5. Tammy Tadd — March 13, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    Hi Lori,

    What a great quilt!! I too love brights on black, it doesn’t get better than this….. Great use of fabrics and easy to make. That says it all!

  6. Pat Lee — March 13, 2007 @ 12:37 pm

    I loved the idea of doing just one square at a time to make the quilt. Many times I think I dont have time to devote to a quilt but a few minutes here and there are just fine. Thanks for that kind of a project. I loved the black background to “Pop” the design.

  7. Pam — March 13, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    This quilt reminds me of all the granny square afgans that are popping up on the internet. Very nice!

  8. Mary Davis — March 13, 2007 @ 2:12 pm

    I love this! So much fun to check in on this daily Day Z Dozen Hop My head is even more jumbled with ideas now! I am thinking KITS sound like a good idea these days to keep the ideas contained and focused (for those of us with right brain-left brain confusion!) I should go check out my stash of fun fabrics I know are buried in my sewing room somewhere, and get busy…this is just charming and fun. And I grew up with those black-background granny square afghans made by my mother as she recovered from her five deliveries (as they allowed in those days!) Maybe that is why I love the way a black background makes the colors pop. I am hoping you can continue these daily doses of quality inspiration forever, rather than just quitting after a dozen…

  9. Cecile — March 13, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    Lori, you said something about the fabric colors mixing like popsicles, but my first thought was jellybeans–and you included the licorice! So many of the DayZ Dozen projects have featured those wonderful daisy images, but your quilt really demonstrates how this LakeHouse line offers a fantastic variety of colors and patterns for creating a really interesting quilt from small pieces. Love your quilt, love your writing style.

  10. Amy L. — March 14, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

    I love this quilt! I’ve crocheted granny squares, but now I might be willing to try sewing them. I’ve never quilted before, but this design has moved me in that direction! Keep it up!

  11. Nita Killebrew — March 14, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

    Absolutely georgous quilt! I’m anxiously awaiting your book!

  12. Clarissa — April 29, 2008 @ 1:56 pm

    i love ur quilt alot it pretty and email me some pics or your quilt pleace and i can show people them …

    From Clarissa


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