Last year, Becky from Patchwork Posse invited me to be a guest designer for her exclusive online quilt group, the International Association of Quilters. As you can see, I'm in great company!
The International Association of Quilters is similar to other quilt guilds, except that it meets online. How cool is that? It costs $35 to join the IAQ for a year. With your membership, you get:
- Exclusive patterns including a monthly guest designer pattern, sampler block of the month, folk art sampler, and an additional monthly pattern (pincushion, doll or plushie, mini quilt, pillow, and so on)
- Monthly challenges and prizes
- Member swaps four times a year
- Member show and tell
- Weekend mystery quilts and quilt retreats
- Private Facebook group and an online forum where you can ask questions and share your projects
- Monthly online meetup where members can get to know each other better, share projects, and get quick answers to questions on the latest pattern releases.
- Access to online tutorials covering all aspects of quilting
- Quarterly newsletter
- Exclusive discounts to sponsor’s shops
After joining the IAQ you have immediate access to all content (2015 and 2016 patterns, plus 2017 patterns as they are added each month). If you're interested, click here to join! (affiliate link)
The pattern I designed for IAQ is called Heartbeat, and it finishes at 56-1/2” x 68”.
I made Heartbeat earlier this year as a charity quilt and got a lot of great response to it. So when Becky’s call came, it was just the push I needed to make Heartbeat into a pattern.
Although it’s shown in rainbow colors on the cover, this quilt would be perfect for showcasing a nice fat quarter pack or selected yardage from a favorite fabric collection such as these. The pattern includes a coloring page so you can design your own look.
Heartbeat is quick to make and quick to finish—I quilted it using my walking foot with straight lines running through the Two Bar Blocks. Then I quilted the Heart blocks using easy curls and free motion quilting.
If you want to learn more about Heartbeat, read my interview with Becky or listen to the podcast by clicking here.