Guest Designer – Shelley of Cora’s Qui...

Guest Designer – Shelley of Cora’s Quilts

I met Shelley last year while at Quilt Market- she was in the same booth as Christa…so we got introduced and started chatting.  She is one inspired gal and her patterns are beautiful.  She has a fabric line out with Bernartex.
One thing I was drawn to was the colors of her fabrics.  They are divine. So deep and rich and seriously wonderful.

I even got to sew with it too!

I’m excited that she agreed to share a design with us and for you to get to know her a little better— enjoy!

Here’s a bit more about her:

My name is Shelley – owner and pattern designer here at Cora’s Quilts.  My hubby and I have two beautiful, rambunctious, hysterical boys, ages 4.5 and 6 … so in between all the dirt, plank-walking, flying dragons, quilt-fort building, legos, and endless piles of laundry, I manage to sneak in a little bit of quilting and pattern writing.

We make our home near Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevadas.  Aside from adventuring with the boys, I’m an avid reader, lover of good wine and dark beer, collector of fabric, and … dare I say it … a budding knitter.  My love of crafting was definitely inherited from my mom and my granny, and I’m happy to have this little corner to share my thoughts and projects.

About the project for the quilt group:

“I’m sharing a tri-layer Moroccan Star – I love this shape so very much, and I love it even more because

It finishes at 17.5″”, so it’s the perfect size for a throw-pillow or mini-quilt, and the block is also a great starting place for a larger quilt. ”


1. Dark Print 1 Fat Eighth
2. Medium Print 1 Fat Eighth
3. Light Print 1 Fat Eighth
4. Background Print 1 Fat Quarter
5. Binding Print 1 Fat Quarter
6. Batting: 27″ x 27″ piece
7. Backing ¾ yard

Download the Pattern: (members only- please login to access)

She is also sharing a special block with the members for the Scavenger Hunt Mystery Block of the Month

Enjoy her interview~

How did you get your start in sewing?

Quite by accident, actually. I bought a sewing machine in the hopes of finding some sort of a creative outlet to balance out my day job, which had just about zero room for any sort of creativity.

I had no idea where to start and just happened upon a book of classic quilt blocks.

My first attempts with my grade- school ruler, super cheap fabric, my scrap-booking paper scissors, and somewhere around a 3/8ths inch seam were disastrous … but something about making those silly little blocks lit my soul on fire and I’ve been obsessed ever since!

What inspires you?

I find tons of inspiration in classic architecture, textiles, mosaic tiles, and sacred geometry. I love creating quilts with layer-upon-layer of designs that seem to weave in and out of each other. I love blues in all shades, but especially teal, and am really loving playing with tone-on-tone fabric prints with loads of simple, but intricate designs!

Do you have a favorite notion?

My latest favorite is my Cutting Gizmo by the Gypsy Quilter – how did I not know about this before last year?!?!

What’s coming up for you that we can check out~

2017 was a crazy busy year for us! I filmed my first Craftsy class, and I also released Gloaming – my very first fabric collection for Contempo Fabrics by Benartex.

I’m very excited to have loads of new patterns to share in 2018, along with our annual 2018 FREE Mystery Quilt Along, a summer block of the month club, and several exclusive quilt kits for some of our favorite designs!

Quirky or fun fact about yourself?

I’m an introverted-extrovert. I LOVE meeting new people and spending time friends and family, but I typically need to recharge afterwards by myself … and I’ve somehow managed to find the perfect outlet to fit both sides of my personality. I get to make fabric and quilts, share them with my quilty friends, and then curl up with quilts and a good book at the end of the day!

Where can you find her?




Thank you Shelley for a wonderful pattern and a quick interview getting to know you! I’m excited to meet up again in the future.

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  1. Cindy Shelley

    7 March

    Beautiful quilts.

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