Sandra Healy Designs

Sandra Healy is a wife and mother of 3. She started sewing while still a child but didn’t discover patchwork until the birth of her first child and he’s now over ten!

For three years Sandra ran a company, “Mena and Me” which created bespoke cushions and wall-hangings. These products were stocked in a local shop and sold online. Sandra’s business, happily, was booming but after a couple of years, she was struggling to keep up with demand and she knew that designing was her true love. In September 2016, Sandra launched her first quilt, patchwork and applique designs.

Sandra loves applique and quick(-ish) projects as the world is so full of beautiful fabric that it seems rude to spend too long on any one project. Aside from her family, Sandra loves her garden with its little ponds of frogs and fishes. Sandra loves the seaside and the changing seasons and the Co. Antrim landscapes where she lives. To make up for all that fresh air and wholesomeness, Sandra relishes a good cocktail and can’t get through a day without a helping of dark chocolate.

Visit our website at QuiltWoman.com to see our full selection of Sandra’s patterns.

 

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New Patterns by Debbie Caffrey

Debbie Caffrey is a self-published author of fourteen books and dozens of patterns. She has designed and published over 250 patterns in an ever-changing line of mystery quilts.

Debbie has taught many energy-filled workshops nationwide and internationally – Canada, England, Australia, and Iceland!

After living in Anchorage, Alaska from 1979 to 2000, Debbie returning to New Mexico and lives there now. She enjoys long walks and drives and experiencing new places.

New Patterns

There are three new patterns by Debbie Caffrey available on the QuiltWoman.com website. They were originally exclusive to Craftsy’s Civil War kits. Now you can buy just the pattern.

Vintage Baskets Quilt Pattern

Morning Star Quilt Pattern

Ocean Waves Quilt Pattern

QuiltWoman.com has a large selection of Debbie Caffrey patterns and Mysteries!  Come and browse our selection today by clicking on the banner below.

 

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One of QuiltWoman.com’s Top Designers

Patti Carey

Hello, my name is Patti Carey and I have been a pattern designer with QuiltWoman.com since 2009.  Since that time, I have designed roughly 100 patterns.  I also design quilting projects for various quilt magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts.  For the past 30 years, I have been with Northcott, a leading company that designs and prints quality fabrics for the quilting industry, and I am currently Vice President – Public Relations.  I don’t spend much time in the office these days.  Instead, you are likely to see me inspiring and educating quilters through speaking and teaching engagements at guilds, shops and conferences, or in the Northcott booth at large quilting shows such as AQS Quiltweek, QuiltCon or Quilt Festival.

   

Gaining a Love of Quilting

I haven’t always been a quilter.  I have always sewn, however – my mom regularly sewed, making clothes for our family, and home dec projects for our house (curtains and even re-upholstering our furniture), and taught me to sew when I was 7.  I did just about every craft imaginable when I was younger.  All of that changed when Northcott transitioned from fashion fabrics to quilting fabrics in the early 1990’s.  I taught myself to quilt so that I could make samples (a.k.a. quilts) for Northcott’s salespeople.  As the need for samples grew, so did my interest in quilting.  Soon I was designing quilt patterns to showcase the new fabric collections.

Designing Patterns and New Techniques

I particularly enjoy working with fabrics that many quilters shy away from – panels, border stripes, large scenic prints, or unusual fabrics – and I realized that if I could inspire quilters to use these fabrics, Northcott would continue to design and print them.  As a result, my focus has been to create designs that show the interesting or unusual fabrics in new and innovative ways.  Many of my designs feature quilts made with panels that have been cut apart – PC-201 Psychedelic Spin is a good example, made with Northcott’s ColorWorks Concepts Psychedelic panel.  The quilt is much easier than it appears!

Additionally, I endeavor to come up with faster, better or easier ways to make quilts, and I incorporate these techniques in my patterns.  For example, I found that it was much easier to cut the fabric pieces for my PC-195 Pine Grove pattern from 2½” strips if I taped the templates to the underside of a square ruler.

I also share my experiences through my blog www.pattispatchwork.com, particularly the parts of my life that include quilting, and enjoy the feedback from my readers.  Quilting is not only my vocation; it is my passion.

-Patti

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5 Simple Steps for Selecting Fabric

By Diane McGregor

Castilleja Cotton

www.castillejacotton.com

About Castilleja Cotton

  • Diane has been quilting for 20 years.
  • Owner of Castilleja Cotton which has been in business since 1991.
  • Designed over 500 quilt patterns.
  • 70% of the quilt patterns are for the novice quilter.

 Introduction

  • Do you have difficulty selecting fabrics for your quilts?
  • Do you get in the quilt shop and then get confused about which fabrics you should select?
  • This will give you the basic skills to select fabrics to produce the most wonderful quilt regardless of the quilt pattern.
  • Selecting fabric is a learned skill.

 

  Learned Skill

  

First quilt, 3 fabrics, 1991                                     Recent quilt, 20+ fabrics 2012

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watch the video below

 

 

 

 

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No-Sew Pattern Kits

My name is Genevieve Rees, and I started Kits by Kalt in 2010 creating No-Sew patterns and kits. I have always been interested in crafts, sewing, and quilting. I even learned to cross stitch as a Camp Fire Girl. For several years I had been making the Heirloom Balls, Pinecones and Evergreen Trees. I give them away every Christmas to virtually every person I came into contact with. Countless friends and family told me I should be selling the ornaments.  Knowing that I would not be able to keep up with mass demand I decided to market them as patterns and kits, instead of selling the finished product. Over the last few years we have expanded to include year – round holidays, including Valentines Day, Easter, and 4th of July.

    

New Kits

After concentrating on the 12 patterns we carried (both in printed form as well as PDF downloads), this year we are bringing the kits back. We now offer the Heirloom Balls and Pinecones as complete Christmas kits, as well as Easter Kits. Each kit is completely No-Sew, and contains all materials needed to complete 2 ornaments- including fabric, pins, styrofoam, ribbon, and full color 8 page pattern. All of our kits are proudly assembled in the USA. Our kits and patterns are perfect for all ages, a perfect afternoon craft for the family to do over the holidays, each ornament can be completed in about an hour.

                  

 

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Being Mindful

Last year I was introduced to The Great Courses.  For those of you who haven’t heard of this before The Great Courses is a company that produces a series of college-level video courses taught by experts in their fields for people who are life long learners but don’t actually want to go back to school.  Topics range from cooking to history and everything in between.  There is something there for everyone.  As I browsed through their catalog I was enthralled by the offerings.  The cooking course peaked my interest but at the time my life had been a little crazy (we all know how that goes) so in an attempt to slow things down and pay attention I chose my first course to be Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation.  I ordered the online version and dove right in.

 

For most people the vision that comes to mind when you say meditation is of the person 
sitting cross legged on the floor, arms gently folded in their lap.  But meditation can be 
practiced in many forms.  This is good news for someone who can’t sit and breathe deeply 
and try to calm her thoughts for even 30 seconds without getting itchy all over, it’s nice to 
have something other than traditional meditation that still feels meditative. 

Coloring Books for Adults

Coloring books for adults have been very popular in the last year.  Even QuiltWoman.com has some great coloring books available.  They have even just came out with coloring note cards that you can purchase, color and mail.
Coloring is meditative.  It slows you down.  You stop and pay attention. How to fill the 
space in, what colors to use, and the repetitive motion all create a focus point around 
which your thoughts can revolve. I think there’s a comfort in the concentration detail 
demands. Coloring in a pattern is a lot like walking a paper labyrinth. There’s nothing to trap you, there’s nothing to solve.  You just quietly wander down the path until you’re done. 
 
                      
Give coloring a try! You won’t regret it. Order your coloring book, or note cards at 
QuiltWoman.com.  Grab those pencils or markers, maybe a glass of wine and create 
something calming and beautiful today.  
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Penny Lane Primitives

My name is Kathryn Hecker and I’m the owner/designer for Penny Lane Primitives.  I’ve had an ongoing love affair with sewing since I was in elementary school.  Over the years I tried pretty much every craft out there. Knitting, crocheting and embroidery have always been my passions, but more than anything, I absolutely love hand stitching!  My desire to find something that I could turn into a profitable business finally blossomed in the form of my whimsical penny rugs. I started selling my completed designs on Ebay, but found it impossible to keep up with the demand. Then after many requests for patterns, I decided to give that a try. That’s when Penny Lane Primitives was born. 

 

Pattern Tip:

Here’s a little tip for you…trace all of your pattern pieces onto freezer paper.  You can then press the freezer paper onto your fabric for a temporary bond.  This makes cutting your pieces a breeze!  Once everything is cut out you just remove the freezer paper and you’re good to go!  I like to pin my pieces in place but stapling works too!

What the Future Holds:

I love creating new designs and have no intention of stopping any time soon! I recently retired from my job working in an elementary school and can now devote all of my free time to my growing business. There is something for every season in my line and they are so easy to create!  My advice to anyone out there with a love of crafting that’s hoping to start a business?  Never ever give up!  It may take some time, but if you have a dream, you can turn it into a reality!

Kathy- Penny Lane Primitives

 

 

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Introducing Brook by Jeanne’s Bags!

 Jeanne’s Bags has come out with a new pattern! This one is named Brook!

Brook is a large-sized purse that has pockets all around inside, including a pen pocket.  There are also pockets on the back that are convenient for those things you need to keep close at hand.  Feet on the bottom give this purse a sophisticated look as well as keeping it up and out of the dirt.  A decorative button on the front adds a bit of panache.

The Brook Purse pattern also includes instructions for three different closure options.    One method uses a zipper closure and it is really simple to do so do not be afraid!  The other two methods use a magnetic snap, one on a closure tab and one just on the inside of the purse body.

No matter which style closure you choose your new purse will require quilting, as usual, and that is totally up to you.  I prefer free-motion quilting and am inspired by the fabric design.  Included in the Brook pattern are lots of color photos to help you step by step through the construction of your new purse.

Jeanne’s Bags has several other quilted purse patterns available through QuiltWoman.com.  They are all originally designed by Jeanne Nivard. Patterns can be downloaded or purchased as a hard copy.

  

Finished purses are available through Jeanne’s Bags website, jeannesbags.com

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Quilt Doodle Designs

Hi!

My name is Cindy and I am the designer behind Quilt Doodle Designs. I love quilting and have been quilting since 1982. It is relaxing for me to sit at a sewing machine and sew. It’s one of the few things that I lose all track of time while doing. I love the feel of the fabric in my hands. Yes, I do ‘pet’ fabric when I go to quilt shops. I just can’t help it. I love seeing all the colors all lined up in a shop. So pretty!  Fabric and quilting just makes me giddy with happiness. Quilt Doodle Designs was started in 2010 as I was working on quilt projects at a quilt retreat. I have been designing ever since. It’s a joy for me to offer my whimsical designs to you and quilt shops across the United States and Canada.

At Spring Quilt Market I was able to have all my new designs on display.  Now you can purchase the patterns through QuiltWoman.com and it’s never to early to work on a snowman or Christmas design. It’s Christmas here every day! Living in Minnesota where it’s only summer a couple months out of the year, it’s always ok to work on a snowman design. You can also follow along with me and my quilting adventures at quiltdoodledesigns.blogspot.com

 

Happy quilting!

~Cindy Staub

Quilt Doodle Designs

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Small Town Shopping Series #1

Medina, NY

My husband and I love to take the scenic route when we travel and discover quaint small towns with Main streets lined with shops to explore. I recently discovered that one in my own back yard just 20 minutes from my home has blossomed into a wonderful place to wander and enjoy. Medina is on Route 31 between Rochester and Buffalo in Western New York.

Two great reasons to visit the area:

Great Shop Hop Adventure June 7th – 10th 2017.  13 shops around Western NY. Receive a spool of thread from each shop!  25% off all bolted fabric.  Hoppers can also enter to win a Janome 2030DC, $75 gift certificates, $25 gift certificates and more.

 

Row by Row Experience starting June 21, 2017. Beginning June 21, 2017, visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling to the stores. Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2017 rows from 8 different 2017 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize!

Here is a list of some of my favorite shops. Click here to link to the Medina website where you can find more. Be sure to check the events calendar.

Many of the shops have a wonderful map showing all the shops and a little info. about each.

A Knitter’s Corner is very small but cozy with a table in the center for customers to just sit and knit or crochet together.

Herbalty Cottage has herbs, teas, oils, vinegars, pasta, and classes

The English Rose Tea Shoppe the name says it all – a lovely Victorian setting with teas, cookies, jams, and more.

Della’s Chocolates creates my favorite sugar free dark chocolates along with a large variety of other handmade goodies.

The Bread Basket features different specialty baked items each day of the week. Just walk in the smell of fresh baking will capture you.

Blue Gill Trading Post is only open Thurs., Fri., Sat. from 10-5 and so much fun to hunt for treasures.

ellen j. goods refurbishes vintage things to make them new again and offers paints and workshops to make your own unique creations.

And don’t miss the Medina Railroad Museum where you can drop off the guys while you shop or stay and enjoy it together. My whole family loved it!

 

 

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