Catch a few announcements, some stats, and snippets of things to come…
Last June I announced the first #usebothsides pattern, Phoebee.
Next came Belle and Lily and the trio made the Colorful Wings Collection. I’ve taught several classes of these winged gals since then and have another one tomorrow for 15 quilters with the Bootheel Quilters’ Guild.
Phoebee, Belle & Lily
I started shipping patterns all over the United States (and one to Canada)!
Rose was the first pattern in the Colorful Petals series.
I found her focus fabric in Branson, Missouri, as I raced through the shop, pulling out bolts to look at the reverse side while my dh waited in the car. This fabric by Red Rooster was an instant winner! Notice the secondary scroll design that shows on the vase but really not so much on the front of the fabric (left accent strip).
Then came Emily,
with a more rustic pottery vase and Kate, whose vase is perfect for large Kaffe Fassett Collective blooms!
Colorful Petals Quilt Patterns
Something’s Brewing was fun to design, using my Accuquilt for quick and easy bubbles (Scan N Cut works well, too). I am especially fond of the Honey Buzzard claw feet. This is the only one of my patterns at this point without a female name…just didn’t seem fair to use someone’s name. 🙂
Next is JOY. She’s the second pattern to use templates instead of the fabric’s flowers for the reverse cutting.
One of my favorites happened because a quilter signed up for the Colorful Petals class, but wanted to use poinsettia fabric. A vase just wouldn’t do! The reversed fabric on this pot MAKES this quilt!
Pepita Quilted Wall Hanging
Around Christmas time, I received my first order from Nancy’s Notions catalog. Phoebee, Belle, and Lily were featured in the next issue!
Next is my Coastal Series which includes a seahorse, a flamingo, and a lighthouse.
Again I used my Accuquilt GO! circle die for the bubbles on Sally, the seahorse. Fiona’s (flamingo) legs and palm branches are reversed. Liberty, the lighthouse is made with a Kaffe stripe which looks both nautical and patriotic when paired with the patriotic background fabrics.
In February Hancock’s of Paducah began to carry seven of my patterns in their Paducah warehouse store.
Many guild members heading to retreat (32) took their pictures with my patterns and posted them with #usebothsides to be entered into a drawing. One gal even took pics of both sides–of herself! During retreat I just happened to look at Hancock’s online store and found Phoebee! (She’s international, now!)
Nancy’s Notions placed an order for Rose, Emily, and Kate! Watch for them in a future catalog!
Phoebee, Belle, Lily, Emily, Kate, Sally, and Pepita will be hanging in the Hancock’s of Paducah store in time for the AQS Quilt Week!
The first petite pattern I designed is called Grace.
Introducing pattern number 14: Beatrice
Beatrice is made with a twist from the norm: I used the reverse side for the bunny and the front of the fabric for the flowers. She just needed to be a bit sneaky!
Just a couple of hints for patterns in the works: Stick to the pointe and have a whale of a good time! There are more ideas swimming around in my head, just waiting for the right focus fabric to appear! What have you made using both sides?
Along with this review of the fun developments that have happened in the last 3/4 of a year, I want to thank all of you for your support, especially my family and friends. A special shout out to my local quilt guild – they don’t even moan (out loud) when I stand up for show and tell each month with another one of those both sides quilts – you rock, River Heritage Quilt Guild! I truly appreciate all the support!
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