Archive for the ‘Pattern Designs’ category

Indulge Sewing

February 5, 2012

 I had purchased the Elsie and Paige pattern last summer from Theresa Hill at the Batavia, IL quilt show.  The pattern was designed by Carlene Westerberg Designs and is a fun, quick and easy pattern to do.  While visiting with family over Christmas I pieced the blocks using 3 charm packs from Moda and a black fabric.  The pieced border went together very quickly using the chain piece method.  I actually sewed too many rectangles together and have to figure out how to use the left over pieces.  It was a great pattern to indulge my need to sew!

The quilt is on the design wall but is ready to be layered and quilted!


Piecing with Flannel

April 10, 2011

As the weather gets warmer and spring finally arrives, I am in the sewing room working with flannel.  I have found that large, fairly simple patterns work well with flannel.  I have been writing the directions for a local quilt shop, Quilter’s Haven, for this pattern.  It is fast and easy to put together and flannel would make it really comfortable.

I pulled some fabrics from my stash and thought they color coordianted well.  As the blocks came together, and I stepped back from the design wall, I discovered that the green corner sqaures of the inner frame do not quite fit with the other brighter colors.

Flannel is easy to work with.  The local quilt shops have a wide selection of beautiful colors and well woven flannels.  It is worth the extra cost to purchase the heavier, better made flannels from the quilt shops.  Thin flannels will wear much more quickly over time and they also pill more easily. 

I do prewash my flannels and have not had a problem working with them.  Flannel will stretch a bit more than 100% cotton fabrics, making it easier to match points but is also something to be aware of.  I also really like using flannel for backings on all of my quilts.  It is softer than 100% cotton and it makes sense to me to have a soft fiber on the side next to your skin.  Flannel machine quilts easily either with a walking foot or a darning foot for free motion quilting.

Gradations placemat pattern finished

October 25, 2010

  The Gradations placemat and tablerunner pattern is quilted and finished.  I used the quilt and tear paper to transfer a quilting design by Ann Bright. It worked beautifully!  I used a variegated thread which brought out the pattern nicely.  I was very pleased at how quickly the quilted pattern was transferred.

Gradations pattern is being carried by

I was able to get the Shades fabrics on the bolt from Clothworks.  I was able to make kits for the pattern and have them available through my email  The ombre fabric was fun to work with and provides a perfect blend of colors.   

Design Board Project

July 31, 2010

I have been on haitus and yet busy with quilt related activities!  I was a vendor at the Batavia, IL quilt show July 16-18 and saw many incredible quilts!  The coincidence was the quantity of marvelous historic quilts on display as I am also taking a History of Quilts class through the University of Nebraska.  Many of the antique quilts in the show were styles that we were discussing that week in the class!

The project currently on my design board is a new placemat that uses Clothworks new Shades fabrics.   It uses a Rail Fence block to highlight the gradations of the fabric.


May 6, 2010

Whimsey is a fun and easy pattern using whimsical novelty prints.  The one pictured has all cat prints.  I lost count of the number of quilt shops visited to collect whimsical cat prints.  (There are many more in my stash than in the quilt).  This pattern is available through

There are wonderful continuous line quilting patterns available to quilt it with a feline motif.

Round Robin Border 5

April 27, 2010

The pattern for Border 5 is ready!  The Round Robin from Patchwork Posse continues with a Ribbon Star border added to the left and right sides of the quilt top.

The pattern for Border 5 Ribbon Star is ready to be downloaded.

Round Robin Border 4

April 12, 2010

Patchwork Posse Border 4 is ready!   The border uses Flying Geese at the top and bottom of the quilt.

 To download the pattern Border 4