Welcome to a New Designer

Hi, I am Charisma Horton over at Charisma’s Corner. I am a new pattern designer; however, I have been in the quilting business for the last 10 years as a longarm quilter. I own three longarms and I have been quilting for people all over the world. I love that I get to work from home. I was able to raise 6 children while quilting and to be there for all of them was a HUGE blessing. Now that 5 of them are on their own, I have more time to dedicate to this new adventure of pattern designing.

One night last summer I decided to submit a design to a magazine on a whim and it was accepted the next day. I was over the moon excited. I felt like that was a sign that I needed to start this business and keep going. So far, I have been picked up in 7+ publications. So, I started my business.

Due to the fact that I have several quilts come across my frames, I see many quilts from all styles, materials and techniques. I love all of them. I feel privileged that so many people trust me and I love each and every one. Because of what I see, I am inspired and that diversity is reflected my own design work.

I have modern, traditional, wool applique, Christian and embroidery designs in my shop. I like to mix mediums and styles. Most of my wool embroidery designs are brighter colors with a mix of embroidery stitches. You will see in most of my works that I tend to mix many designs whether it’s fabric choices, quilting designs, or embroidery stitches. One overall stitch or design doesn’t seem to hold my interest. I tease that I have no attention span so I have to shake things up!

Lately, I have finished this great monthly mini series called, A Gnomie Year.  I created 12 gnomes, one for each month using wool applique on cotton backgrounds. They are mini quilts that measure 29×31. These guys are so fun and a great way to reflect the changes in the seasons. They are sure to bring a smile!

Charisma Horton’s patterns are now available on QuiltWoman.com.

Visit our website today to see our full selection of patterns.

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Island Vibes

Linda J. Hahn here from Frog Hollow Designs in beautiful Palm Bay, Florida!!

I am super duper thrilled to share that I have a new (and my first) fabric collection called ISLAND VIBES coming to stores in March 2019!  This collection is by Banyan Batiks for Northcott.  There will also be a 5 spool collection of Aurifil 50 wt threads to match the fabrics!  

The fabric colors and textures are inspired by those found in the islands – beautiful teal seas, pastel homes, and hibiscus flowers!  The swatches can be downloaded directly into EQ from Northcott’s website….www.northcott.com. 

My best friend and business partner, Deborah Stanley, and I have come up with several pattern designs that feature the Island Vibes fabrics.  We put a lot of thought into the pattern names…..all are “island” themed!  The patterns are suitable for a confident beginner and are in full color (with the fabric swatches).

Check out…..Sea Salt, Castaway Cove, Sand in My Bikini, Rum Swizzle and Ocean Commotion, as well as Sea Breeze and the Islander Tote!

Click here to see our full selection of patterns by Linda Hahn.

Linda is most happy to visit with your guild to present a lecture and workshop!  Please contact her at Lawnquilt@aol.com.  You can visit her website at www.froghollowdesigns.com

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When A Quilt Nerd Met A Train Geek Online, A New Comic For The Crafty Inclined Was Created

I’m a life long hobby enthusiast… quilting, knitting, doll house miniatures: you name it, I am into it. But I never thought my love of hobbies would lead to not only a new romance but what is turning out to be a pretty funny new web comic that quilters and knitters are literally in stitches over.

“By the Yard” is a web comic that I created shortly after I met a model train geek on a quasi-reputable online dating site. At first it seemed we had little in common other than we were both tall. I was a talkative MIT-trained software engineering manager from Cambridge, he was quiet, laid back wood worker and landscaper from the South. But his accent was charming (and he was very cute) so we started dating. We quickly found out we were both hobby nerds to the extreme: he was into scratch-built model trains; I was – as I might have mentioned – into more crafts than you could shake a pair of knitting needles at. We spent many of our early dates driving to train shows and quilt shops. We found out we both hoarded craft supplies, bought WAY too much hobby stuff and were forever starting a new project before the prior one was even finished. No horizontal surface in either of our houses was safe from the spread of hobby stuff.

As a long time fan of comics, I had drawn many comic strips for VooDoo Magazine (the only intentionally funny publication at MIT) and had a self-syndicated comic strip called BizToons that ran for years in old-school newspapers, but I hadn’t picked up a pen in quite a while. I had stopped cartooning in order to earn an MBA and focus on my day job. Life with Train Guy proved to be far to entertaining (not to mention covered in sawdust and thread) to pass up a chance to start a new comic strip about a Quilt Nerd and a Train Guy who found love… “By the Yard”.

“By the Yard” has received overwhelmingly positive responses by tens of thousands of hobby fans each week on a variety of Facebook groups ranging from knitting and quilting to model trains. Other hobby geeks are enjoying seeing themselves in the comic, whether it be hoarding craft supplies before a snow storm or trying to hide their latest purchases from their significant others. I’m delighted with the positive reception “By the Yard” has received and am taking that as tacit approval to buy more fabric.

Moving Day

Four Yards

New Car

Snow Day

Not on My Cutting Table

Holding Hands

Taking Forever

Quilt Girl & Train Guy

More about the author…

Jen Lopez is also a pattern designer and owner of www.sewfun.com where she has designed and sold patterns since 2009.

More info: bytheyardcomics.com | Facebook | Instagram

View Jen’s patterns here.

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Creating Celtic Knots and Endless Weaves


Over and under, round and round. Don’t let the lines touch.

I used to doodle little spirals on the sides of my notes in school. Once I even filled an entire page with the little loops and twists that weren’t allowed to touch. It became a challenge to create a design with as many loops and twists as I could.

It’s no wonder that I was fascinated with the artwork of M. Escher and Celtic knots. Escher’s tessellated images shifting from one image into another or the misdirection of his three-dimensional images were wonderful to stare at.  Celtic knots in their own way wove endless paths.

When I started quilting thirty some years ago, I loved the appearance of a well-done attic window quilt and did several for my children, with fish or dinosaurs behind the “windows”. When I learned how to machine quilt with my mom’s Singer Featherweight, I naturally shifted to stipple quilting, or “doodling” as I call it. Adding the quilted design over a quilted top became another passion for me.

Then, two years ago, I joined with Julia Deal of SEW Artistic to start creating and testing patterns.  We each wrote patterns and tested each other’s. That’s when I got the idea to try a Celtic knot quilt. I wanted to emulate the three-dimensional appearance of the drawings I so admired, and searched for a way to add the shadows and depth to create that richness.  The only Celtic knots I’d found created the over-under effect using appliqué, binding tape, or using multiple colors for the weaves.

Paper-piecing provided the complexity and the simplicity that I was looking for. I have been able to show more depth with the introduction of shadow fabrics.  MAM-130 Celtic Weave Quilt pattern is the first of my paper-pieced Celtic weave quilts.

You can check out the quilt pattern here.

There are more Celtic blocks in the works that will be interchangeable with the ones in my Celtic Weave. I’ve also been experimenting with creating a more realistic three-dimensional appearance. Like the Celtic knots, my passion for Celtic knots is endless.


By Mary Ann Sprague


You can see our full selection of MAM patterns here.


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Trick or Treat…. Smell my Feet…. Give me something good to eat…..

When I was a kid, we used to chant this as we went from house to house. I remember us all
running around the neighborhood in our costumes. One year I was a robot… I made my costume out of a refrigerator box wrapped in tin foil. I had a small slit cut to see out of and a ‘deposit candy here’ opening with a pillowcase hooked to the inside of the box to catch the candy. This was one of those costumes that in theory was awesome, but the practicality of it…. not so brilliant. I could barely navigate front steps. It was hilarious! I thought it looked like a robot, but I’m sure I just looked like a huge box wrapped in tin foil hobbling down the street. It turned out to be unseasonably warm that year… so I baked inside of my toasty box… I could have been a microwave!

Halloween last year, my sweetie and I.
We are supposed to be Ragnar and Lagertha, but
I’m afraid we look more like Hagar the Horrible and Helga…lol…

Bat Mats

So let’s get to some spooky fun! I can’t wait to show you some of the fun projects I have for
you! I made a bunch of Bat Mats… they are so stinkin cute and are a great way to use up leftover scraps of Halloween fabric.

Wrap a Bat Mat around a bottle of wine for an adorable hostess gift…

Stuff a Bat Mat in a mug with candy for your friends!

Make a bunch of Bat Mats and sew them onto some orange and white bakers twine for a batty garland to welcome the little zombies that visit this Halloween.


I love that fall is right around the corner. I am looking forward to the cooler days and the sound of the leaves crunching under foot. I am already thinking about Halloween and have been having fun doodling… I came up with this mischievous Jack-O-Lantern that’s sure to make your trick or treaters giggle. I’ve put the design on a tea towel from Dunroven but this design would be wonderful on a 10-minute table runner, apron or made into a mini quilt.  I pulled some festive fabric from my fabric stash, this is a great project to use up some bits and pieces you may have in your sewing room.  Let’s get stitching! You will need a copy of the pattern… Jack-O-Lantern can be found on the QuiltWoman.com website… Fabrics in the following colors, orange, orange print, black, black print and gold. I used Heat-n-bond lite, and Lana Wool in black from Aurifil. For cutting my pieces out, my applique scissors from Olfa work wonderfully.

I’ve traced all my applique shapes onto the paper side of the heat n bond. grouping together pieces that will be cut out of the same color.

I have all my pieces cut out and ready to iron onto my tea towel.

Using the pattern placement sheet as a guide, place your pieces onto your towel. Remember to peel off the paper on the back.

Then using a buttonhole stitch on your machine, stitch along the edges.

To add a little extra detail, I ‘drew’ my star like I would as a kid. Sewing from point to opposite point.

Instead of using my regular thread, I used Lana Wool from Aurifil. This thread is a bit thicker and requires a bigger stitch size. I adjusted my machine stitches accordingly using a 3.5 width and 3. length. Play around on some scrap fabric and see what you prefer to use with your machine.

~ Jack-O-Lantern ~

Hope that you like Jack, I think he’s adorable! Now I’m off to find some pumpkin spice coffee and do a little sewing. I hope you have a great day and find some time to do some sewing. Both of these patterns can be found on my website.

Happy Quilting,

Cindy and Belvedere

Click here to purchase the Going Batty Mug Mat pattern

Click here to purchase the Jack-O-Lantern pattern.

Click here to see the full selection of Quilt Doodle Designs patterns.





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Jeanne’s Bags

I’m Jeanne Nivard of Jeanne’s Bags and have been a quilter for 20 years.  After making quilts for my HUGE extended family, I needed to come up with new gift ideas.  Quilted purses were getting very popular so I tried my hand designing my own bags.  My family and friends loved them!  I am in love with fabric and still enjoy making my free-motion quilted purses.  The finished products are available online on my Etsy and Amazon-Handmade shops  A few local shops carry my purses and I still enjoy participating in local craft shows around the Holidays.

Purses are a very individual thing. We all love certain colors or design. That’s why patterns are so handy. I started putting some of my designs to pattern a few years ago. You can choose the fabric you like in the purse style you like. The same style purse can have such a change in mood just by changing the fabric. Best of all, no one else will have your exact purse since you pick out your fabric design. I see purses not only as a functional thing, but as a piece of art – functional art! See Jeanne’s Bags patterns here.


JULIA – Cross-body satchel. Zips closed, front zip pocket. Pockets inside.

VERONICA – Shoulder bag with pockets inside and outside. Grommets hold the handles.

DIANA – Small shoulder bag that closes with a magnetic snap on the diagonal flap. Pockets inside.


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Introducing BuzzSaw Shaw Woodworking

Owned and operated by Kenneth J Shaw of Holley, NY specializing in unique wood items. You may be familiar with his picnic table that becomes a bench, if not check it out online here.


Kenneth also creates truly beautiful cutting boards, planters, and wine serving racks in addition to furniture! With years of experience, it’s safe to say Kenneth has really perfected his craft!



If you missed him at Holley June Fest on 6/2/18 you can check out more of his work online at www.facebook.com/kenneth.j.shaw1 or on Instagram at #Buzzsawshaw. You can also email him at k1shaw@live.com or call (585)451-4845 with questions, comments, or to place an order.

All of his products are sure to be loved and will last for a very long time! They make fabulous gifts!

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JC Tees

Introducing…     Chris and Julie Brooks of Holley, NY have some great ideas for you! A family owned and operated business specializing in creating custom screen printed apparel, etched glassware, and personalized gifts.

They have you covered!

Do you own a business? They’ll use your logo to create promotional items! Do you have parents to celebrate on Mother’s and Father’s days, or birthdays? They’ll personalize a gift Mom and Dad are sure to love! Got kids involved in sports teams? They also do team uniforms, as well as fan gear for supporters in the stands! Got weddings to attend? Their etched glassware is an elegant gift for newlyweds! Holidays, reunions, backyard get togethers… you name the event, they’ve got you covered!

If you didn’t catch them at Holley’s June Fest on 6/2/18 you can check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jctees.wny to view more pics. You can also email them with your questions or for more info at jctees.info@gmail.com or just give them a call at (585)208-1429!





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The Quilters Calendar

Go From Local Teacher to National Teacher in Three Easy Steps!

With shrinking guild memberships (and budgets), the expense of hiring a big name national teachers, along with airfare, baggage fees and hotels, is something guilds are cutting back on. They are looking for local and up-and-coming teachers, and they are seeking ways of sharing expenses with other guilds – cooperating together to bring a teacher to both guilds.

So, you’ve designed some patterns, maybe even had a book published. You’ve taught at your Local Quilt Shops, done a few classes for local guilds, created your Teaching Brochure. You might have a website (or not) but you’re not getting attention from guilds across the nation. You want to expand your range of teaching gigs and you’re stuck… . How do you get the guilds’ attention to get those gigs?

There is an easy way and guess what—it’s free. Big name teachers are using it and so are up-and-coming teachers. Hundreds of guild members use this site to search through the profiles of over 150 teachers. They are able to search by state and by the teacher’s specialty. They can read the teacher’s profile–right on the site–and contact the teacher on the same page. Best of all, it works! Guilds send inquiries daily to teachers, and teachers like Maggie Ball, Cheryl Sleboda, Ann Shaw, and many, many more, have been contacted and booked to teach.

It’s not just Teacher profiles that guilds are looking at, either. There’s an online calendar with teaching engagements across the country, for 2018, 2019, 2020. Guilds can look at their state (or a nearby state) for any month to see who’s already booked to teach near them. They “piggy back” that booking, which saves money for both guilds (they split the travel expenses) and it gives the teacher double the earning power for one trip. It’s truly a win-win.


Are you excited? Want to be listed there? Submit your profile, sign up for the newsletter (to be informed when new features are added), and input any guild teaching engagements you have coming up so that other guilds can piggy-back that booking. It’s that easy! This is the number one way to have guilds find you.

Consider upgrading to a Premium Profile—it will show a photo of your best quilt; include your downloable brochure for the guild to click on; and other upgrades that make YOU stand out. Head on over to The Quilters’ Calendar today to get your profile in front of the guilds who are searching for teachers nationwide!

Bio/Credit – Marguerita McManus is co-author of the best selling book Crazy Shortcut Quilts. She teaches nationally and presents video marketing and self publishing seminars at crafting trade shows. She lives in Alaska in the summer and her RV, roaming the states, in the winters. Contact her at MMQuilts@gmail.com www.margueritamcmanus.com

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Introducing Wine Bottle Wind Chimes and Lamps

Tracee and Bill David of Kendall, NY are the artists behind these beautiful treasures. Each piece is original and hand crafted with care. They keep many different designs and styles available in stock, samples shown below, but they also accept special custom orders.

Great gift for you or someone you love!

These items make great gifts, but hey make even better additions to your own home – have them customize something to match your décor! They’ll incorporate your favorite flower, animal, sports team, food/beverage, a monument, a person, or even a brand! They use liquor bottles also, and occasionally they do something different, like “flat work” on an old hand saw – what have you got laying around that they could turn into a work of art? The possibilities are truly endless!

If you missed them at Holley June Fest on 6/2/18 you can check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winebottlewindchime or contact them via email whoots1@aol.com or phone (585)331-2232 with questions, comments, or inquiries.





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