Monthly Archives: August 2014

Quilting Giggles

August 23rd 2014

It all started on vacation, jog your memory here, I bought this beautiful fabric at Country Quilts and Bears over near Clearwater, Florida.

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I have been visiting them for the last several years when we go on vacation and there’s always something I want NEED to get.  What you can’t see is that along with this bundle is a charm square pack for which I bought matching yardage and coordinating binding fabric.

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I have always enjoyed buying fabric, even as an amateur, but since I came to appreciate quality quilting cotton my addiction collection has included fabric from Me and My Sister Designs.  No one would have known it, including me, except as I was organizing my stash (now that I pay attention to names) I noticed I have some of their Twirl line.

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It was one of the first charm packs I bought. I especially enjoy the fresh and bright color palette their collections have, they remind me of watercolors.  And while I usually enjoy just ogling the fabric on my shelves, when I find (or create) the right pattern or project to incorporate it, I really don’t mind cutting it at all.  And that’s what happened with Giggles.

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After I got back from the shop, I started sketching and trying to figure out a pattern but a charm pack would not be enough of course, so my husband was such trooper, he took me back a couple of days later so I could get coordinating solids. (They have a great variety of Kona solids)  When we got there, it was 30 minutes before closing and I wanted fat quarters from several bolts of different solids. Yeah, they wanted to kill me since it was a Friday afternoon and minutes before closing, and Susan told me just as much. ; )  As we joked, I told her to just cut “skinny quarters,” so she started cutting two fabrics at a time and we made it out with ten minutes to spare! Phew!

Needless to say, the pattern I sketched back then was not in my Zone of Genius (read The Big Leap) but I did manage to create a pattern in which those lovely watercolors will be the perfect complement.

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I have been playing working diligently to get it finished and I hope you will like it when it’s done. As it turns out, I had to buy an additional 3 mini charm packs to complete the design. (No need to cut so many squares on my own!)

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So this post is really just a teaser for pattern #5 and I am sure you are wondering what happened to numbers 2-4? Well they are in testing phases so no reveals yet.

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In the meantime, I have some HSTs to trim.

Making New Friends

August 14th 2014

Have you heard? I am designing fun and easy quilt patterns, perfect for beginners. Yep, I want everyone to try quilting and see what a great addiction fun it is! I tell you it’s like a mini-vacation; reduce stress and make something pretty all at the same time. (See my quilted vacation bag?)

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Yep, and this year I get to go to the International Quilt Market in Houston during the fall. I am SO excited!

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I’ll get to schmooze, mingle and network with quilters and designers that I have admired and learned from over the last few years and hopefully make some business contacts and “quilty” friends of course, because quilters are the kindest, generous people.

I am currently working with Morna McEver Golletz  who is coaching me through the quilt pattern business and it’s been so beneficial. She first asked me how I found her and I said “I looked up ‘quilting coach’ and there you were!” Thanks Morna!

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“Morna McEver, CEO and founder of the International Association of Professional Quilters and International Association of Creative Arts Professionals, has been where you are. She turned her passion for sewing and quilting into a business.”

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And speaking of generous people….one of the new friends I have made, who has also worked with Morna, is Jo, The Fat Quarter Gypsy. She’s already been to market and is kinda showing me the ropes, electronically that is.  She’s sharing all kinds of pertinent info with me as she goes through her process. I think that’s so kind and generous of her, I am so appreciative of that. Like she says, “We help each other, it’s the name of the game.”

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So I want to help her by sharing her designs with you. She’s been real busy creating these great modern patterns that you gotta see for yourself, they even have size options so you don’t have to think! Click here to take a look.  A couple of my favorites are Zignosis

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and the Granny Dot. I just love this one!

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And look at this wonder, Secret Garden, perfect for jelly rolls!

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So it’s back to quilting and designing for me, hope to show you more of my patterns very soon.

By the way, have you signed up for my newsletter? Upper right hand corner, go on sign up, You’ll be the first to hear about my patterns and I promise not to drown your inbox. ; )

Wanted: Pattern Testers

August 3rd 2014

I am so excited to already be up to 4 finished quilt patterns. (Yay for me!) That’s why I haven’t been around blog land much the last few weeks, I hope you’ll pardon my absence.

This is my first one called High Seas, for sale over on Craftsy.  Aaargh! It’s so simple, you can tackle it in an evening with its easy to follow diagrams.

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Susie and Kristen were good sports to test that out for me and give my some great feedback. Thanks ladies! Check out Susie’s version below.

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So far, my patterns are geared to the confident beginner. They are easy and fast to put together. In addition, they are fat quarter friendly, fun, whimsical and great for stash busting too! So far the themes are perfect for summer: sunny, nautical and very vacation-y.

I have three more patterns ready to go but I need a few awesome quilters such as yourselves, to test the patterns and make sure they are good to go. If you are interested in testing any of them please leave a comment or send me an email and I’d be glad to send you the details.

The pending quilts include, ducks, fish and a mermaid!