Congratulations to Natalie Barnes, of Beyond the Reef Patterns, for publishing a book with Angela Walters and Martingale!

I’m excited to be able to share insights with you today about this new book “A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin), a blog hop and giveaways where you could win a copy.

Publishers Insight:

What happens when a corporate interior designer working for a global design and architectural firm turns her expertise to quilt patterns? Extraordinary designs! Natalie Barnes shows how to use color, contrast, and composition to achieve a one-of-a-kind look. Included is a chapter by the masterful machine quilter Angela Walters on using the stitching itself to complement these concepts.


  • Twist and turn simple blocks to create impressive, random-looking modern designs
  • Learn to trust unusual color combinations and choose fabrics with confidence
  • 13 enticing patterns: quilts, table runners, wall hangings, place mats, and quilted storage boxes


About the Author:

Finals_B1282_CC.inddNatalie is the owner and designer for beyond the reef, a pattern-design company. As a little girl, Natalie learned to sew, knit, and crochet from her grandmother. Later she began quilting with $.99 fabrics from Woolworth’s. After a successful career in the demanding commercial-interior-design field in Los Angeles, Natalie decided it was time to step out in faith, live her dream, and put her talents to work in another area. She has never looked back. Having always lived on the beach, she draws her inspiration for color and design from the sea, the sky, and the land. These days you’ll find Natalie in the studio in sunny Southern California, or out and about with Buddy-Dog.

My Review:

This is a fun modern book with amazing insights on color, contrast, and composition.  Projects range from totes, studio boxes, placemats,  wallhangings,and quilts.  All of the inspirational projects come with easy to follow instructions with great visuals.  There is also a section for finishing a quilt.  This is definitely a great book for beginner quilters, as well as quilters with experience that want to create fun projects with a modern twist.


All of the projects are inspirational and the quilts are beautifully quilted, by Angela Walters.


I hope you can check out this book at your favorite quilt shop, but if you don’t see it let them know you are interested in having them carry it.  It is such a new book, they simply may not be aware of it.  Of course, you can also check this book at in the online store at Martingale, as well as


Did I mention a blog hop and giveaways?

Here is the line up and each blog is hosting a giveaway, with a deadline of 3/15 to enter to win a copy of this book.

01 March – Natalie Barnes +WELCOME
beyond the reef

02 March – Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe

03 March – Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine

04 March – Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts

05 March – Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR

06 March – Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes

07 March – Amy Smart + CONTRAST
Amy Smart

08 March – Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander

09 March – Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios

10 March – Amy Ellis + CONTRAST
Amy’s Creative Side

11 March – Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Quilting is my Therapy


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