Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ category

Announcing REPEAT A Fabric Design Competition

February 2, 2012

  Announcing the kick off of a new fabric design contest!

Ellen Rushman and Madeleine Roberg have created a contest for fabric designers!

The competition will run for five months with monthly challenges and eliminations. Challenges will be judged by Madeleine, Ellen, a variety of guest judges, and you! Readers will help determine the contestants’ fate. Ten talented designers will be revealed on March 7th.

  • All you have to do is submit an informal portfolio of three to six surface designs and any other work work that may sway the judges and fill out the entry form. Simply email materials to

Rules, judges list and bios, entry form and much more information is available at the  If fabric designing isn’t quite your thing, check out the website and blog often to see the new entries and to vote on your favorite.




Patterns on sale at

December 10, 2011

December 9 – 15 is giving a free pattern with every online retail or wholesale US order.

The pattern is Playful Pinstripes by Barb Sackel.  The pattern is AccuQuilt friendly!

December 16 is a free shipping day at on US retail or wholesale orders online or by phone.
 carries four patterns that I designed

Gradations – the pattern uses Shades ombre fabric from Clothworks.  I have kits and yardage of the Shades red, orange and green available.  Contact me by email at  The pattern and kit makes 1 tablerunner and 6 placemats.  The placemat is pictured here.





Diamond Surprise – a great pattern for children or adults.







Whimsey- an I Spy type of quilt that uses novelty prints.  It is fun to collect whimsical prints on one subject to use in the quilt.  I have kits available in crib and twin sizes for cats, dogs, frogs or cowboy subjects.  Contact me for more information and ordering through email at





and Forever Friends.  All of the patterns are fun and easy to make! 

DeKalb County Quilters’ Guild show

October 3, 2010

The DeKalb County Quilters’ Guild is hosting a quilt show October 2 & 3, 2010.  It was a busy week prior to the show getting last minute details taken care of.  Once at the show, set up went pretty quickly.  The show itself is a showcase of the amazing quilting talent in DeKalb County. 

The show continues Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Sycamore Middle School in Sycamore, IL from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

American Quilts Exhibit

September 5, 2010

I was fortunate to be able to see the “American Quilts: Selections from the Winterthur Collection” at the Milwaukee Art Museum in Milwaukee, WI.  The exhibit is open until September 6th. 

The quilts dated back to 1760 and were excellent examples of Indian Palampores, chintzes and patchwork. I was so excited to be able to see the Indian chintzes up close.  I needed to see the actual fabric to understand the sheen that has been described.    The quilts were exhibited as fine art within a special gallery.   My favorites are still the Marseilles corded quilting.  The intricate details are exquisite! 

Sorry, no pictures.  Although we were able to use magnifying glasses to examine the fibers closely (without actually touching), we could not take any photographs.

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.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2009

Today is a day to take comfort in the love and support of family and friends.  A day to be especially thankful for those that are doing well in many different ways.

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate to enjoy the companionship of my fellow guild members at a retreat in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  It is a beautiful area conducive to reflection and exploration of the creative juices.  I started piecing a new quilt in pinks and browns.  The browns are a mouthwatering chocolate (with the perfect number of calories for my hips!) which are blending well with the pinks.  Stay tuned as the pattern develops and the testors work with it.

The experience of the retreat was fantastic and I am very thankful that I chose to join a quilt guild.  Meeting and getting to know the other guild members has been a wonderful experience!  I wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!



Welcome! Introducing In Stitches

October 28, 2009

institches_final croppedWelcome!  My name is Donna Langford and I am a quilt pattern designer and a museum curator.  I began designing quilt patterns as a creative outlet.  I enjoy creating easy to piece patterns that have a complex look.  I also enjoy contemporary fabric colors as well as traditional ones.   The logo for my company, In Stitches, incorporates contemporary quilting based on tradition.  Susie Goione designed the logo to represent my interests in quilting!

Join me on my journey as I explore pattern design, quiltmaking and textile preservation.