Patterns

My New Pattern for Island Batik!

As you know, I’m an Island Batik Ambassador. That means I get periodic shipments of the latest batiks to use in a monthly challenge quilt. I also get access to images of upcoming fabric collections so I can create new quilt patterns with them. If I’m lucky, one or more of my patterns are selected for inclusion in the next Island Batik catalog, and sold nationwide to quilt stores. They also appear in the Island Batik Market booth!

Last fall, I created several designs, and two of them were selected for inclusion in the Fall Winter catalog, and displayed at the Houston Quilt Market last October. The fabrics are just now arriving in stores, and I thought I’d share one of my new patterns with you! The pattern is called Belfast Market, and it features the Flea Market fabric collection from Island Batik.

Belfast Market finishes at 92" x 108". I love the colors of these fabrics and had such fun working with them!

For the backing, I used Baja, an Island Batik Basic. Basics are available all the time so you should be able to easily find it at your local quilt store.

We don’t get a lot of time to make our quilts, get them quilted and bound and shipped to Island Batik for photographing for the catalog, so for the quilting I chose an all-over pattern. I really love how it compliments the shimmer that’s created by the glowing center.

You can click here to view the catalog online. Here are a couple of the pages from it. Belfast Market was featured at the beginning of the Fall fabric collections section!

I’m so excited to share that the pattern was chosen as the Opportunity quilt for my guild’s upcoming Quilt Show! Every show, we make a quilt and raffle it off to make money for the guild.and this time, my pattern was chosen. I’m a former President of the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis, and the past presidents all got together to make the blocks and to sew the quilt together. Isn’t that cool?

Last year’s President Cathy Franks quilted it and it’s so lovely! Her quilting is impeccable and I’m honored that she quilted my design. So gorgeous!

If you’re interested in Belfast Market, you can purchase it online in my store. The guild is also selling my pattern at it’s show. It’s the first time they’ve offered the pattern for the Opportunity quilt for sale at the show, and I’m honored to have been chosen. If you use the code QGI2019 when purchasing the pattern from my online shop, I’ll donate the same profits to the guild that they would get for selling it themselves.

If you make Belfast Market or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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My New Pattern for Timeless Treasures!

I'm very happy to announce my new pattern for Timeless Treasures called “Happy Place.” Happy Place is designed to use the fabrics and a panel from the Beach is My Happy Place collection, which is in stores now.

Happy Place finishes at 48-1/2" x 54-1/2". I can just imagine it being used to decorate a beach or lake cottage. or to keep warm after the sun goes down.

I had a lot of fun with this, maybe because the beach is definitely a happy place for me!

The pattern is a free download that you'll find here, on my free downloadable quilt patterns page.

If you make Happy Place or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Tell me...Do you love the beach too?

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Fiber Monday!

To celebrate Fiber Monday, I’m having a pattern sale!

But first some great news! Some of my patterns will soon be available through Annie’s Crafts, a major on-line craft store and catalog!

To celebrate, I decided to have a sale on patterns THIS WEEK ONLY! Save 20% off all patterns in my shop. Use the code FIBERMONDAY at checkout.

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My New Pattern Peppermint Twist!

On Monday, I released a new pattern, Berry Cross. Today I’m happy to announce the release of another pattern, Peppermint Twist! Both patterns are included in my trunk show at Always in Stitches, which is going on now through the end of October.

The original version of Peppermint Twist was included in my book, Idiot’s Guide: Quilting. This new version includes three sizes and uses fast strip-piecing methods.

I really love Peppermint Twist! It is simple and bold, with its two color format. I used a diagonally striped fabric in my blocks, although you don’t have to—you’ll still get a lovely spinning effect.

Peppermint Twist is also a sentimental favorite because when I was taking photos of it one Christmas, I caught my little Lucy in a snapshot. The light was bad and the photo’s a bit fuzzy but I still like it. I miss her.

I had my longarmer quilt my version with white thread and an all-over twirling design.

I’m celebrating the release of two new patterns with a sale!

From now until the end of October, it’s 25% off all patterns in the Quilt Patterns category in my shop! Patterns in the Table Runner and Mini Quilt categories are $1.00 off.

Enter OCT2018QP at checkout for 25% off quilt patterns. Enter OCT2018TR for $1.00 off table runner patterns. Enter OCT2018MQ for $1.00 off mini quilt patterns.

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If you make Peppermint Twist or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

I have a weekly linkup that's just perfect for sharing your works in progress and quilt finishes. Drop by any Wednesday to share what you're working on in my Wednesday Wait Loss.

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Tell me...what do you look for in a new quilt pattern?

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