(cheery little bell ring)
Come on in! So nice of you to stop by today.
Please notice my logo in the left column of my blog there ... click on it and you will be magically transported to my new pattern shop. (Can you tell I'm older than the interweb?)
Yes, FINALLY. I've been dreaming about this day for a VERY long time, often feeling like a turtle moving through molasses ... uphill ... backwards ... sometimes without a map ... often without a clue! LOL!
But I made it. And I owe a lot of thanks to so many people who have helped me get here - including all of you dear sweet readers. Your support and enthusiasm for my work has given me the courage to try.
So here is my first batch of 5 patterns for your consideration. I can't begin to explain how much I loved designing and making them all.
#1 - Honey Bee Bag
This purse I showed you last week that you were all so totally nice about?
This is what it turned into.
Sometimes when I design something, I get it right the first time. But not always. As much as I truly love the "practice" version, I knew I could do even better.
So I remade it with Lecien's "Durham Collection" (designed by the very talented Brenda Riddle) and added just a wee bit more embroidery. The knots on every seam corner are also on the original design - they're subtle but add that ... little something extra.
(They also hide some of the seams that didn't quite match up. But let's keep that a secret between you and me, kay?)
And you guys, the hexagons & triangles are TOTALLY MACHINE PIECED!!! That's right, no English paper piecing ... so this purse goes together much quicker than you think.
However, a few things inspired me to add the honey bee. First, beehives and honeycombs always come to mind when I work with hexagons.
Second, about 8 years ago I sold my first original hand bags at a local shabby chic shop called "Honey B's". It closed a few years ago. But in honor of the owner - now friend - who was so supportive of my work and validated me as a quilter, bag maker and designer, I named my first pattern after her shop. "Thanks Barb!"
By the way, all the embroidery in this pattern is optional. The purse would look just as lovely without the bee. And wouldn't little glass or pearl beads add so much romance in place of the knots?
#2 - Round Pencil Case
Way back last September I made up these little cases for my daughters and posted them on my blog.
I couldn't believe how many of you asked for a pattern.
Sorry it took me so long (turtle in molassas) but here it is.
The pattern includes 3 different ways to make this cutie little case:
Patchwork - make the body with squares
Scrappy - use a different fabric for each part of the case
Lace Trim - I simply couldn't resist!
I used mostly Lecien's "Old/New 30s" fabrics with a little "Flower Sugar" and even a few of my favorite bits of Bonnie & Camille's "Ruby" & "Vintage Modern" (by Moda).
#3 - Molly Messenger Bag
This messenger bag I made up - also for my daughter - also posted on my blog - got lots of pattern requests too.
She used her bag for the entire school year and I'm happy to report it still looks great. Even after being washed. Several times.
Fabric is Rachel Ashwell's "Wildflowers" from Shabbyfabrics.com
Pattern #4 - Cherry Blossom Baskets
You may remember the story of how this quilt was born.
It turned out so well I couldn't NOT make it into a pattern!
I wrote the pattern so you can choose your preferred construction method - EITHER with templates OR foundation paper-piecing.
And there are just a few embroidery stitches (that really do make the quilt, I think).
Stitch guide included.
#5 - Farmhouse Parlour
Another Quilt Market design that has a permanent home in my livingroom.
Yes, this quilt is put together with inset seams.
Hear me out. I know many quilters are afraid of inset (also called "Y") seams either because they are intimidated or they've tried them with less than satisfactory results. I totally get that.
So I made the pieced hexagon blocks in this quilt nice and big so the inset seams are easier to manage.
And I wrote this pattern with a (confident) beginner quilter in mind. I've taught many quilt classes so I tried to give as much detail in the pattern as I would if you were sitting beside me.
So don't be scared. Give it a try and give yourself the gift of leaning a new skill. This design simply can't be reproduced any other way. And it is SO worth the time.
Oh, and the fabric I used - Lecien's "Antique Flowers" - is available at Shabbyfabrics.com as well!
By the way, all patterns are available in your choice of either a paper or PDF version.
Ok. Now for the fun stuff.
I also have a giveaway. Remember this pretty little pincushion I made a few months ago?
I've been waiting so I could give it a good home with one of you.
And it will probably come with the little cupcake pin too, just sayin'.
To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment telling me which is your favorite pattern.
And if you make a purchase before the giveaway ends you can enter twice!
Comments close Friday August 24th 6:00 pm, PST and I will announce the winner Monday the 27th.
Now I need a really big cup of tea.
And some chocolate.
With hazelnuts in it.
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PS: On a very personal note, I chose to launch my shop today in memory of my dad who left this world way too soon ... before he could be a grandfather and before he could see me try to do something he always told me I should - write my own patterns. Today would have been his birthday.
Oh darn. Now I need a kleenex too! LOL!