Saturday, July 23, 2016

A New Adventure

Ten years ago we bought our first RV and started out on a brand new adventure we didn’t even expect at the time. In some ways it’s been awesome and, in others, not so awesome.

Owning a house on wheels is a major undertaking and we learned that quickly but we didn’t let the challenges keep us from creating family memories that will last and entertain us for the rest of our lives. The road trips and weekends at the lake with Katie and the girls have been a blast and we hope the day doesn’t come too quickly when the grandgirls outgrow their excitement for them and when hanging out with us in an RV isn’t cool anymore.

When we told them it was time to trade in the Winnebago for something newer and bigger, they cried and begged us to keep it, maybe worried that their memories would go with it. We assured them that those were theirs to keep and they’re beginning to get used to the idea that all of the fun will continue in our new home-away-from-home on wheels. Wish us luck today on our first little road trip with Lily, Anna and Charlotte in our new Discovery. If all goes well, she'll be taking us to the Iowa State Fair next week!





















Monday, July 18, 2016

For those who have been patiently waiting, the schedule for the classes I'll be teaching at the Iowa State Fair has been posted and you may now register!

This year's classes feature the panel prints I've designed for my Seasonal Celebrations 2016 collections and all classes are perfect for beginners or anyone who wants to be able to quickly and easily make placemats, table runners, hot pads and more in the air-conditioned classroom in the Fabrics and Threads Department in the Varied Industries Building.

Here's a link to a post from last year's fair if you'd like to get an idea of what it's like. The Iowa State Fair truly is a GREAT state fair!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Queen Bee" Bundle of Fun™ giveaway!

I just want to make sure everyone knows about our great giveaway we're having to celebrate the fact that we hit the 15000 followers milestone on our Facebook page, so I thought I should make a quick post here also.

Jump over to Patrick Lose Studios page and be sure to follow the directions in the post to be entered to win. You may even enter twice by using the hashtag, as directed. If you don't already LIKE and FOLLOW the page, please be sure to do that, too.




Our prize is this beautiful and very popular 26 piece Bundle of Fun™ with a retail value of $85. You can see all of the pieces at www.PatrickLose.com, but be sure to visit and patronize your local independent quilt shop when you're looking to purchase my "Queen Bee" collection.




Here's a fun oversized pillow cover I made featuring several prints from the group. If you're a machine embroiderer, we'll have that crowned "Q" applique available as a digitized file for your machine, soon. Just keep an eye out at PatrickLose.com for that and I'm sure we'll post about it on the Facebook page, too.




I'm pretty proud of my quilting to outline the applique before starting my crosshatching.


I think the combination of crosshatching and echoing was just what this applique needed. Hope you like and be sure to go to Patrick Lose Studios on Facebook and enter to win some of this collection before it's too late!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Peek at Anna's Garden

I'm so bad at blogging and I really need to get better about it. It's hard to take the time to do much when I really need the time at the drawing board or sewing machine. I'll try to do better.

I enjoy sending out sneak peeks of what I'm working on. That way if you're taking the time to follow me in the various social media forums, you'll be the first to know what's coming and can start brainstorming about how you'll use the prints. This is a little peek at a collection that will be coming with the official launch of Patrick Lose Fabrics at fall Quilt Market in Houston.

A couple of years ago, I designed my Lily's Garden collection for my granddaughter, Lily. Guess who this collection is for...? Yes, Anna was feeling like it was time for her to have a collection and she worked with me on this one. There's a lot more to it than what you see here, so keep an eye out for future peeks.

Hope you like what you see!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

There's been some confusion so we just want to make sure you’re all aware (especially shop owners) that RJR Fabrics will still be offering the “Basically Patrick” collection of blenders and basics through 2016, even though Patrick Lose Fabrics is beginning its offerings, soon, with our seasonal/holiday 2016 collections. We may choose to continue with some of your favorites from “Basically Patrick” beginning in late 2016, but please work with our friends at RJR until then. Those designs are also great blenders for everything Patrick is designing now. If you’re a retail customer, please be sure to look for the “Basically Patrick” collection at your LQS. As always, thank you for your support!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Quilting in the Caribbean!

Hi All - Just wanted to let you know that we announced our February 2017 Caribbean cruise on Monday and registrations are already coming in. 17 of the 25 spots remain so, if you're interested, please check out the preliminary info on our website. If you have any questions, give me a call at 623-414-9464 or email gary@patricklose.com. We hope you can join us for the FUN! - Gary

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Just a reminder that my first online course, Quilt Binding Basics, starts in just a few days if you'd like to join us. For more info or to register, click here.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Back to Des Moines!

I can't believe we've only been home from Des Moines for a week and we're getting on a plane to go back there this afternoon! But I'm as excited for this trip as I was for the last one because this time I'm taping my episodes as host of "Love of Quilting" at Iowa Public Television studios. I love working with everyone there and this time will be very different as I learn the ropes of hosting as opposed to being a guest. I'm used to hosting my own show, "Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose" on QNNtv.com, and I hope that's given me the experience I need to host a PBS show with a completely different style. Please cross your fingers and wish me luck!

In the meantime, the 2600 series of "Love of Quilting" is now airing and I hope you're able to watch the 2610 episode which is my newest, as a guest. Mary Fons and I work on my "Chilly Willy" wallhanging project for the winter holiday season. This project is based on my new "White Christmas" fabric collection for RJR Fabrics that should be in your local quilt shops now. If not, you can always find it at PatrickLose.com. The project will be appearing in the October issue of "Love of Quilting" magazine. We'll even have a machine embroidery version of the Chilly Willy character available at that time. You can also use it to create the pillow appearing on the cover of the winter 2015 issue "Quilting Celebrations!" magazine.


That's all for now. It's time to finish packing...my least favorite part of a trip :) It will be a busy week but I'll try to post here and on Facebook (link, below) to let you know how it's going.

Cheers!


       

Monday, August 31, 2015

Autumn Approaches

Despite all of the challengers with computers and wifi while we were away from the studio for more than month, we managed to get our September "Party with Patrick" club materials out on time today. It looks like the three embroidery clubs will be a day late and we're really sorry about that, but the circumstances were really out of our control. If you're a member of our embroidery clubs, thanks for understanding and we're confident that the really cute designs will make up for it.

This month's "Happy Harvest" hot pads/trivets, from "Party with Patrick", are super-easy fusible applique and quick to make using Warm Company's Insul-Bright batting. They're even easier if you have an embroidery machine because you can make the entire hot pad in the hoop, except for the binding. The digitized apple and pear designs even include the quilted grid in the background. Of course you need an 8" or larger hoop to be able to stitch designs like this. If you do, you can get more info or purchase the digital files, here.

It's hard for me to even believe that we're sending out fall designs already but, if the year has to fly by so quickly, at least I can say I love designing for fall and winter! I hope you're ready for what I come up with.