New Ventures and Directions:
The Quilter Magazine published an article in the April 2011 issue about the New England Quilt Designers' Cooperative, of which I am a founding member. It is a terrific article that describes how six independent professional quilt designers came together to form a very successful marketing venture as a group. We vend at many guild shows throughout New England and hope to expand our reach in the months to come. Over the course of the last five years we have become great friends as well as professional colleagues. Please visit the NEQDC blog for more details and see the article at The Quilter Magazine
Asian Fabric magazine has published another of my quilt designs: "Koi By Moonlight" in their Issue #21. It is a lovely, atmospheric wall hanging featuring a large print fabric from Kona Bay of Koi swimming among Chrysanthemums. It has complete written instructions and great diagrams. Please visit http://www.konabay.com/ to see this issue.
This design will be released as an individual pattern in spring, 2011.
My friend and colleague, Doris "Rick" Sherman, has started a new business called Solo'Nique Designs llc and she has contracted with me to supply the product she is marketing, a small and very attractive "neck purse" sized to hold most cell phones, a safety whistle, car keys or other small necessities. This is a brand new venture and we hope that when it takes off we can engage other skilled artisans to produce my designs for Rick's company, as a local cottage industry. See our website (which I set up and maintain) for details: http://www,soloniquedesignsllc.com
I am very pleased to be involved in this start-up company which addresses a very important need of elders and others who need or want the security of knowing their cell phone is always close at hand wherever they are.
I am excited to announce that I have a design and pattern instructions for an elegant wall hanging published in Asian Fabrics magazine (published by Kona Bay and Seattle Bay fabric Co.) Asian Fabrics magazine is the first quilt publication to publish one of my designs and I am very grateful. The quilt features a dramatic large scale print and coordinating fabrics, all from Kona Bay.
Please check out Issue #18, with a tiger on the cover symbolizing the beginning of the Chinese New Year. You can find my design on pages 48-51. This issue also features many other beautiful Asian inspired quilt projects and, as a special treat, also includes the newest additions toKona Bay's many wonderful fabric lines.
If you do not already subscribe to this fabulous quilt magazine, check at your local LQS or order it directly online from www.konabay.com
Take Four Pattern names #! Best Seller at QuiltWoman.com!
My "Take Four" placemat pattern was recently named #1 Best Seller out of the top 20 Best Selling patterns for all of 2009 and 2010 at QuiltWoman.com (out of more than 600 patterns that Nancy Dill carries on her QuiltWoman.com site.) in 2008 my "Moon Glow" pattern was one of the top ten best selling NEW patterns for that year.
I have taught both of these patterns numerous times and students have loved working on both of these very different projects.
Fall 2009 - New Patterns and New Projects:
I have a wonderful new pattern out for quick and easy placemats. it is called "Take Four" because it takes four coordinating fat quarters to make the top. (See Patterns page for details) Like all my patterns, it is available on this site at retail and at www.quiltwoman.com for wholesale and distributor orders.
I am working on several other quilt designs that will make wonderful baby/child, large lap or bed size quilts. I plan to introduce these new patterns at the spring International Quilt Market in Minneapolis next April 2010. Stay tuned!