Monday, August 4, 2014

From spring quilt market

Here's a fun piece of video I wanted to share from spring quilt market in Pittsburgh, back in May. Rob Appell asked if he could do an interview with me for The Quilt Show and the poor guy's camera broke down right before it was time to start. We're both easy-going about stuff like this and didn't let it stop us. Sooo....listen carefully because this was taped on an iPhone and there weren't any fancy editing tricks but Rob added some nice photos of projects from my Lily's Garden and Basically Patrick collections for you to see. It's a little taste of what's to come, soon. Thanks, Rob :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beautiful Bundles

Look what we'll have with us at the Iowa State Fair! Fat quarter bundles of my "Basically Patrick" collection from RJR Fabrics are making their debut at the fair so be sure to stop by our booth in the Fabrics & Threads department. The entire collection will also be available by the yard along with my Lily's Garden collection which has been chosen for the Iowa State Fair's 2015 raffle quilt.

Of course, if you can't make it to the fair, you'll also be able to get these at (soon) if your local quilt shop doesn't carry them.

That's all for now. I'm out the door to head back to the fairgrounds to judge the quilt blocks made from Lily's Garden that will be offered in next year's raffle quilt. I've seen a lot of them already and they're awesome! This is so much fun and I feel so honored to be a part of it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

See you at the fair!

Today, we're hitting the road to Iowa where I'll help judge the quilt competition and teach for 10 days at the Iowa State Fair! We can't wait to see family and friends and I'll be posting more as we get some miles behind us. Stay tuned :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Christmas in July

Judging from the emails we received about the photo in the last post, our feelings about Facebook are well-founded. Many of you fans of our machine embroidery page haven't even seen this new club offering yet.

In keeping with our Christmas-in-July theme, let us introduce our newest machine embroidery club, Merry Mini Mats. Our first designs were sent out in June and each month through November members receive a new round and square mini mat embroidery design with a Christmas theme. The second design, for July, will be delivered at the end of this month. We promise you'll love these new machine embroideries! For more info or to join, click here.

We've also had requests for doing these clubs for fusible applique aficianados. We'd like to know how many of you who don't do machine embroidery would like to have these designs delivered as templates for the applique method of your choice. We'll give this more consideration if the demand seems to be there. Sound off if you'd like this type of club for applique.

We also have two other embroidery clubs you may not know about. Each club brings you a new design every month. Click the covers for information or to join and, again, let us know if you're not a machine embroiderer and would like to see these designs made available for your favorite applique method.

Monthly Mug Mats & More 

Applique Of The Month Club

Monday, July 21, 2014

Facebook becoming less and less "social"

Facebook is making it increasingly impossible for the things we post on our Facebook pages to reach you without our paying for that delivery. We're happy to pay for advertising when it's useful, but we don't think every comment we post is advertising or worth paying to get it to you. 

Because of this, we'll be getting back into blogging as a way of having all of our information in one, central location for you to visit and catch up on what's going on at Patrick Lose Studios. Be sure to subscribe to follow this blog and email updates will be sent to you so you don't miss anything!

As we posted on Facebook...and relatively few people saw: "How about a little Christmas-in-July conversation? As soon as we return to the studio after our Iowa State Fair gig, I'll be jumping into some serious designing for Christmas! What are some themes you'd like to see? What are some Christmas motifs you're looking for in machine embroidery applique?" Let us know what you think in a comment, below.

Friday, November 1, 2013

"Like" us and win!

We're giving away 5 Warm & Natural queen size packaged battings, an Ink Blossoms Pixie Strips roll from RJR Fabrics and 5 Patrick Lose Studios patterns next week. "Like" the Quilting Celebrations Facebook page and check out the details!

Saturday, September 14, 2013


As promised, here's a peek at my new fabric collection hitting shops soon. Welcome "Dazzle". I hope you like it.  I can't wait to get my hands on actual yardage :)


Monday, August 26, 2013

Well, I've definitely gotten out of the habit of posting here, but I'm going to give it another try. So much has been going on lately and I really should be keeping you updated using this forum. Please sign up for updates (you can do so using your email at the right) and I'll do my best to offer an inside look at what I'm doing and what we offer at

The next post is going to be a BIG announcement for you from Patrick Lose Studios. I guarantee this one will be exciting and offer so much more for your quilting, sewing and crafting. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I also post a lot of my design-related info and inspiration on my Patrick Lose Studios Facebook page. I hope you'll stop by there and "like" the page to keep up with all we're doing.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative


From Ami Simms, founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative:

 The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will most likely reach the $1,000,000 mark in money raised for Alzheimer’s research some time in 2013!
The work of your hands and the compassion in your hearts has brought us to this milestone. I will be forever grateful to each and every one of you for your support and dedication.

Ami and her mother, Beebe, in 2006 shortly after the AAQI began. 

What began as one person’s response to sorrow and frustration has grown into a national charity embraced by a large portion of the quilting community. More than 13,000 quilts have been donated, turning sweat equity into over $883,000 for research so far. For many donors these quilts were healing works of art which helped them grieve as they stitched for the greater good. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen the AAQI’s two traveling quilt exhibits about Alzheimer’s. Through this artistry came the realization for many that they were not alone on this journey of heartbreak; others understood, perhaps for the first time, what a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s really means. Together quilters have funded 11 research studies at six universities and a medical school. Three more studies will be funded this month and hopefully more throughout 2013. Because of the AAQI, scientists know a little bit more about Alzheimer’s than they did before. Hopefully this understanding will bring us all closer to a cure.

When I created the AAQI back in 2006, I never expected it to become so successful! I also never imaged how much work it would take to keep it going. As the AAQI blossomed, board members and core volunteers have had to increase our hours and pace to keep up. While I find enormous satisfaction in nurturing the AAQI, I much prefer sewing to administrating. I miss just being a full-time quilter.

For this reason, 2013 will be the last year of fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. I hope you will help the AAQI reach our goal of One Million Dollars for research and then at the end of 2013 celebrate with everyone who made this tremendous achievement possible. Please review the important dates below:

February 15, 2013: All bookings for the traveling exhibit “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” must be finalized.
March 1, 2013:  First online auction of quilts from “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” traveling exhibit. Twenty-six Name Quilts will be auctioned during the first 10 days of March, April, May, June, July, August, and September. Payment will be required at the conclusion of each auction with shipping in October 2013 after the exhibit retires. The 54 Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts from the traveling exhibit will be auctioned during the first 10 days of October and December.
July 2013: Last month to participate in the Quilt-A-Month Club.
August 1, 2013: Last day to register Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. Quilts delivered to scanners after August 20 will be refused.
October 29 – November 3, 2013: International Quilt Festival. We hope to be invited back one last time to sell quilts in Houston, TX.
November 1-10, 2013: Celebrity Invitational Quilt Online Auction
December 30, 2013: Last day Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts can be purchased online.
December 31, 2013: Quilts For Sale and Donation pages will be removed from the AAQI website and all solicitations will cease.
2014-2015: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will monitor research grants awarded in 2013. The AQQI web page will be left intact for at least six months. Any funds not needed to sustain the AAQI’s final expenses will be donated to research. Remaining assets will be disposed of according to IRS regulations after which time the corporation will be dissolved.

There is still much work to this year as we sprint to the finish line. I hope everyone who reads this will join in, either as a seasoned veteran or a first time quilt donor or quilt buyer. We will continue to make a difference until the very last quilt is sold. Let’s make 2013 the best year ever!

Thank you for your support,
Ami Simms
Founder & Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative

Congratulations, Ami, for all you've done. I encourage everyone to become a part of this in 2013! I'm going to see what I can do :)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The NEW Fizz colors are here

The 12 new colors of Fizz have arrived in the studio and I can't wait to start using them in my upcoming designs! Stop by the website and take a look :)

And, if you haven't hear about my new series with Quilters Newsletter TV, you can view it here FREE! A new segment premiers every other Monday at The current episode is an "abbreviated" trunk show of some of my projects. I hope you'll join us.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A new contest!

You could win this roll-up of my NEW Fresco colors! Just take a look at them all at the Robert Kaufman blog and post your favorite there as a comment. That's all there is to it.

Good luck!

Monday, August 6, 2012

The fall 2012 issue of Quilting Celebrations is in shops and on newsstands! Have you picked up your copy? Don't miss out on these great fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving projects. If you can't find it in your area, you can order here.

I hope you're enjoying these dog days of summer.


Sunday, July 1, 2012


More embroideries have been added to the website and they're now all in one place for easier viewing. See what's new, here.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

For summer's patriotic parties!

Here's a new pattern for a "Patriotic Placemat" or table topper that you'll love to use for those summer get-togethers that are coming up soon. This 15" round mat can be used as individual placemats or a collection of toppers for a picnic table centerpiece. Use Warm Company's InsulBright for your batting and they can even be used as trivets for hot dishes.

If you're a machine embroidery enthusiast, we've also digitized the applique star so you can let your machine do the work for you. You can order it here.

Bring on the picnic season!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

New machine embroidery applique

A new applique embroidery design available at!

Let Them Eat Cupcakes!
Size: 4.95 x 5.62"
Stitch count: 10547

For more info or to order, click here.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Hoppy Easter embroidery

We got a LOT of requests for this guy from machine embroiderers so, for those who have been waiting, here's my "Hoppy Easter" bunny. He's available as a set of three files (applique, mixed applique and thread, and all thread).  He's great for placemats and table toppers and the small version is perfect for napkins, napkin rings, and even hair decor for girls. All you have to do is stitch him on felt, cut him out and attach him to a hair tie or head band :) The files are available to order here. Have fun!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

FREE weekend at!

Hey everyone! Get a free weekend at March 22-25!  Four days to watch over 1,000 quilting videos completely FREE. To sign up and start viewing, visit No coupon code required but must use the specific URL.  This is a great chance to check out shows such as Quilt Out Loud, Quilt It! The Longarm Quilting Show, QUILTING CELEBRATIONS with Patrick Lose (!), Quilt with the Stars, Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting and Quilty. Hope you can join us :)


Monday, March 5, 2012

Season 2!

A new season of Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose begins tomorrow with our first episode! How about a sneak peek at a project we'll be embellishing with Baby Lock's Sashiko machine? Take a look at my "Hoppy Easter!" round placemat e-pattern.

I hope you'll join us for the start of the new season :)

Friday, February 10, 2012

I think all of the kinks have been worked out in the changeover of the website from to Stop by and see what's new. If you need to contact us, you can email Gary. The email address is now You can also call 623-414-9464.

Since I haven't posted for awhile, I also wanted to let you know that new colors will be coming for my Fizz, Dot-to-Dot and Fresco fabric collections for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I'm always excited by even MORE color choices! All of the collections are available at if you haven't seen them at your local shop. And, due to the popularity of Fresco we were sold out of some colors. I'm happy to say that all of the current 59 colors are now available on the site.

We also have lots of new machine embroidery designs if you haven't been to the website for awhile. If you're a machine embroidery enthusiast, you'll want to see them.

It's time to get rid of these snowflakes - don't you think? Bring on spring! But I'm working on the Fall and Winter issues of Quilting Celebrations so I'll leave them here a bit longer :) I hope it's not too cold where you are.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A taste of Fresco

Fresco has been even more well-received than I had hoped and you may not have it in your area yet due to availability. If you can't find it at your local independent quilt shop, take a look at our web shop and build your stash with these new Roll Ups and Charm Squares. What a great way to add some color to your stash's palette in Brights, Lights and/or Darks :)

Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cool new embroideries!

Click on the photo for details and ordering info.
Click on the photo for details and ordering info

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fresco now available!

If you can't find my new "Fresco" collection in your local quilt shop, it's now available on our website! I've been having a great time making my first designs from it for Christmas of 2012 but you can get your hands on some for the projects you're working on for this holiday season. Scarlet and Parsley, shown here, are the ones I'm pairing for Christmas red and green. They look great with Amber as an accent. (Amber is the background color of the blog page right now.) Start building your stash palette, a little at a time, with a new texture that's great to have on hand for any of your quilting, sewing and craft projects.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

It's been super crazy and I've been away from home so much that I've really let the blog go. Sorry it's been so quiet here. I'll try to do better.

As you can see, I added "Fresco" to the background. I'm having so much fun using my new marbled/mottled texture (59 colors!!) in my new designs. And there are LOTS of them coming! I'm working on holiday stuff for 2012 and liking the new pieces so much that I wish we could still get them released for this year. But they'll be out early next year so you have plenty of time to make some new pieces for the holidays next year.

"Party with Patrick" is still going strong and even picking up steam. We're adding new shops and just got the first report from Quilter's Corner in Grand Junction, CO. It looks like they had a great first party. Take a look at the pics here. We're looking forward to lots more parties with them!

That's all for now because I'm itching to get to the studio to finish a new project I'm quilting. I'm sure you understand how that is ;-)

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Cruise photos

No time to write now but photos from our first Party with Patrick at Sea are posted here! Looks like a great time, huh? Well, there are more cruises to come!!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Our first "Party with Patrick at Sea" cruise!

With everything that's going on right now (all GOOD), I could sure use a vacation. I rarely take them; opting to combine work with travel when it's possible. We often have classes or retreats in the areas we visit and I like that. It keeps me from getting bored being in one place for too long! I'm a bit of a workaholic but that's because I love what I do and like to be very hands-on with my business.

The perfect opportunity to combine work and pleasure came up last year and I jumped on it. I've never been on a cruise and wanted to give it a try. Ten days at sea could make me a little stir crazy so the perfect part of this opportunity is that I get to work a couple of those days teaching some quilters how to make a couple of my fall designs. We're taking Party with Patrick to sea and cruising the northeast coast from New England to Canada for a fall colors tour sponsored by The Yankee Quilter quilt shop with Quilt Retreat at Sea. It sounds ideal to me because I love New England AND fall. (It's hard to find any fall color in Phoenix except for the usual sage or tan.)

This all starts tomorrow morning when we get on a plane for Philadelphia where we're meeting our good friend, Ann, to spend a day with her before she takes us to the ship in New Jersey. I can't wait because we had such a great time with Ann last year around this time touring the autumn countryside, hitting some great shops and restaurants. (Don't miss this restaurants link. It's a GREAT place Ann took us last year and we MUST go back!)

I'm going to try take time for blogging about this trip a bit. I'm not the best at keeping up with any kind of social media but I'll definitely make a good effort to get some photos and highlights of the trip posted here for those who wish they could come along or would like to next time. We make it a point to have a good time wherever we go and I know that the group of quilters we're traveling with will guarantee that. So I hope I can capture some of it for you all here.

The ship sails on Thursday and, if I'm not a seasick mess, I promise to keep you posted!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quilting Celebrations Fall/Winter 2011!

Here it is - the cover you'll want to be looking for at your favorite shop or newsstand beginning September 27th! Just look at the variety of projects offered in the Fall/Winter issue of Quilting Celebrations (click the photo for a larger view). If you'd like to see a few more sneak peeks of some of the projects, watch the slideshow on our website. And several of them have begun to be featured on Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose at

I hope you like what you see so far. I guarantee that you're gonna be busy quilting beginning at the end of September. What a great way to welcome autumn. :)

If your local shop isn't going to carry QC, you can pre-order here. Your copy will be shipped promptly on September 27th.


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sassy Sunflowers

More new sunflower machine embroideries are now available here. Sunflowers are great for late summer and throughout fall. But who says they have to be sunflowers? Color them as you wish and make whimsical flowers for all seasons!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

More quilting and camaraderie :)

Take a look at some of the photos from our events this week on the road, here. On to Adel Quilting tomorrow evening. Looking forward to it!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Having fun in Iowa!

I expected no less. The events at Pine Needles and Common Threads were WONDERFUL and we made lots of new friends :)

Happy 7th Anniversary to Common Threads! Wishing you many more years of FUN and success :)

On to Centerville and the Material Girlz guild today and tomorrow and then Adel Quilting on Monday night...can't wait!

Monday, August 8, 2011

On the road....again :)

We're on the road to Iowa again, even though all of the repairs on the Winnebago aren't finished from the last trip there back in June. Some of you may remember from my rant posts that we had a double blowout AND the retractable awning turned into a "sail" on the trip back in some high winds. It's okay, we're gonna be busy on this trip and won't get to use the RV as much as usual. We have 4 events scheduled - appearances and a couple of classes.

The first stop is Cedar Rapids and Pine Needles Sewing Center. We've been there before and LOVE it. If you have a chance to take the class on Wednesday the 10th, click here for information. This place is a true "destination shop". Plan a trip - even if you're not close by. It's worth it! We'd love to meet you there.

Next stop is another favorite shop, Common Threads in North Liberty. I hear there's gonna be Iowa sweet corn involved in this event so I had to sign up :) The pig in this post was designed especially for shop owner, Peg Griffin, and her gang of quilters for a table runner project. I can't wait to see you guys (and your pigs)!

After that is an appearance and class with the Material Girlz guild in Centerville. I don't have a website for them...sorry. We've never played with this bunch before but we already know we like 'em and are really looking forward to this event and meeting a new group of quilters and friends :)

The same goes for the appearance/trunk show at Adel Quilting & Dry Goods in Adel, Iowa on Monday night the 15th. We haven't had the opportunity to visit before but can't wait. We're actually gathering at the library and if you want information, you can contact the shop by visiting here. Wait til you see how cute this shop is in the photo on their website. It screams "Iowa" to me :)

Another thing that screams it is the Iowa State Fair and I wouldn't plan a trip home in August without a chance to attend. It's amazing! You should visit the website - if only to see the line-up of entertainment at The Grandstand....including Janet Jackson, Jason Aldean and Reba! If you're not into that, you can just eat your way through the massive grounds. If it can be put on a stick and/or deep fried, it's available (I don't even no what to say about "deep fried butter on a stick"). I might be persuaded to have a funnel cake (at least) ;-)

So that's my end-of-summer trip home to Iowa - filled with all the best things about it. We're only about 5 hours away now and I'm already anxious!

I hope you'll join us at any or all of the events above. We'd love to see you.


Monday, August 1, 2011


I'm so excited for you to see my new collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics called Fresco! I've created another mottled texture for your stash-building and we're bringing it to you in 59 colors to start with.

Fresco has a more hand-painted look than any of the other marbled, mottled textures I've designed and we spent a LOT of time in the engraving and strike-off process to be sure that the pieces you find in your local quilt shop will look like the painting that left my studio only a few of months ago!

I hope you'll be as excited as I am to have another textural choice in your stash of blenders and basics. Whenever you want your finished pieces to  have the look of hand-painted fabrics, I hope Fresco will be the fabric you turn to.

I'd love to hear what you think of it.


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Free pattern

In case you don't have this one in your stash, we've added my free "Good Morning" place mat to the website. I made an appearance on America Sews with Sue Hausmann and this is what we worked on. We're always getting emails from folks saying they couldn't find it on their site so now you can find it on mine.


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Time for a creative getaway?

We're planning some true quilting celebrations at Patrick's Quilt & Create Studio for the upcoming year. Let us know what months are best for you to come to Phoenix, AZ, for a long weekend of quilting, CREATIVITY and camaraderie! If you've heard about our annual Dam Christmas Party, you won't want to miss our "home turf" retreats.

Quilt & Create Studio is Patrick's personal studio and home of his Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose show for It's also a great gathering place for all kinds of other creative activities and your group is welcome to hold your own retreats or guild meetings here, schedule permitting. We've had groups come for the day or evening for sew-ins and classes and love having the hustle and bustle of creativity here!

Post a comment, below, or contact Gary at or 623-414-9464 if you'd like more information on upcoming retreats, classes and other events on the calendar at the studio. We also invite you to subscribe here and check all fields of interest that apply so you'll always receive the latest pertinent info.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Join the online party!

We had a wonderful group of partiers, last year, for the online version of our popular "Party with Patrick" club and we're hoping you'll join us for year 2. Sign-ups have just begun and we're already looking at a FUN group.

Take a look here at what "Party with Patrick" offers online and, if you'd like to join us, it's a quick and easy process. For under 5.00 a month, you could be partying with us for a whole year!

Don't be a party pooper! Check it out :)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Saturday, July 2, 2011

More Christmas-in-July :)

We're in the process of turning some of my patterns into ePatterns for the website that you can order and have emailed to you in PDF format. Some of the first year Party with Patrick patterns are already available and, back in 2009, this was the party project for the month of July. Now, even if you don't have a Party with Patrick club that meets in your local quilt shop, you can join our gathering of hundreds of quilters across the U.S. and Canada for the "monthly celebration of quilting and camaraderie".

Each of the Party with Patrick ePatterns also includes the supplemental materials like recipes, blank recipe cards and stationery that you can print as many times as you like for your personal use. Best of all, you can choose to print only the pages you need and you can save the PDF file on your drive for future use. No more paper patterns swallowed up somewhere in your creative space! ;-)

Be sure to check back often for the new additions of patterns from my Patrick Lose Studios line, as well. Based on your comments, this is what you want. So we'll add new ePatterns as quick as we can. 

Have a WONDERFUL July 4th weekend!! Be safe.


Thursday, June 30, 2011


Get a sneak peek at the project that will be featured on the Christmas-in-July episode of "Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose". This episode will also feature one of the projects from the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of the magazine. I hope you'll join me for the fun beginning next week! :) 
By the way, the pattern for this month's project is 15% off now. Get yours and join me on!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summery Sunflowers and more

Have you checked out the latest machine embroidery designs available on the website? Stop by and see what's this Summery Sunflower. There's an awful lot of new fabrics too, including my new Monochromatix and Kona Colorworks 2 collections for Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

I hope these offer some inspiration for your next projects!

I'm gonna be staying inside where it's COOL for awhile and working on some new designs :)


Monday, June 20, 2011

Monochromatix is here

Just wanted to let you know that, if your local shop isn't carrying my new Monochromatix collection, you can get it all right here! There are 46 pieces, in all, in a beautiful range of brights, white-on-white and black and white prints.

Monochromatix is the kind of collection I need to have a lot of in my stash. The prints are perfect when you don't really want a solid but you don't want a multicolored fabric, either. They lend texture and interest without being overpowering.

Take a look and let me know what you think :)

Friday, June 17, 2011

More new fabric!

Kona Colorworks 2 has been a long time in the works ensuring that we've got a new collection of the highest quality yarn-dyed fabrics for all of your quilting, fashion and crafting projects! It's now arriving in quilt shops and independent fabric retailers and you can see the whole collection, by color story, here.

Be sure to check out the holiday colors for all of your Christmas-in-July projects. They'll also be featured on the Christmas-in-July episode of Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose on We'll be making some great little gift card holders that double as Christmas tree ornaments for your holiday gift-giving.

Take a look and let me know what you think. I hope you like the latest!

Cheers ;-)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Luminescence available!


Perfect for all of your patriotic quilts or for any piece needing a "fantasy" blender, Luminescence is now available on the website. Check out all of the colors here!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Coming in October....

Do you have a Quick Response Code reader/scanner on your phone (it's a free app you MUST get if you don't have it already). QR codes are everywhere and it's fun to be taken around the internet by pointing your phone at one and scanning when you come across it in a magazine or poster or a piece of mail you receive. I recently scanned one in Newsweek magazine.

If you already have the capability to scan the one at left (you probably do) give it a shot and see what's coming in the fall. If you don't have the scanner app yet, download one today and don't miss out on all of the cool places of interest these QR codes will take you :)

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Back from Quilt Market

The Spring/Summer issue of Quilting Celebrations is now available at your favorite quilt shop and on newsstands everywhere. If you can't find it near you, you can always order on our website by clicking the animation at the left.

It's full of lots of spring and summer quilting inspirations. I hope you'll share photos of any projects you make from the issue on our Quilting Celebrations Facebook page or in our media gallery for the Quilting Celebrations group at Quilters Club of America.

We've just returned from Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and it was GREAT! There's so much new stuff coming and I especially can't wait for you to see my new fabric collections from Robert Kaufman Fabrics. There will be at least 3 new collections this summer, alone. We'll have all of the new fabrics added to the website soon. So, if you can't find them at your favorite local shop, you can get them online at

I'm looking forward to the weekend and I hope it brings you lots of time for creative endeavors!
Have fun :)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Join our community

Here's the link to the Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose group at Quilters Club of America. We hope to see you there! Be sure that you enter the contest for a chance to win the entire roll of 90 x 40 Warm & Natural batting once you've joined the group!

This will be a great place for us to gather and discuss how we celebrate life's events, holidays and seasons through our quilting and creativity :) We'll also have quarterly contests and you'll have the chance to have your comments, recipes and tips printed in upcoming issues of Quilting Celebrations magazine.

Cheers :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

I've got a notion....

We finished taping another four episodes of Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose last weekend and had a blast! Having a few "under our belts" made this round of tapings go even smoother than the first ones did. I want to thank all of you who have sent such nice comments on Facebook and in emails. I'm glad you're having fun right along with us. Be sure to visit the website from time to time so you're not missing out on any of the  "extras".

I also want you to be aware of something new that we've developed just for those of you who want to know all the latest about Quilting Celebrations magazine and show. Starting next week, we'll have a new place, just for us, at Quilters Club of America.

It will be a great place for chatting with each other about our quilting and other creative endeavors and to share how we celebrate life's events, season's and holidays with our creativity! We'll also have fun quarterly contests. It's free to become a member and to create a user name and password to join the group. There are also options for paid memberships including a year's subscription to (home of Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose). Many of you already belong so I just wanted to give you the heads-up that we'll all be able to gather there soon. We're hoping to "go live" next week.

Some BIG news - the winner of our first quarterly contest will be the proud owner of an entire roll of Warm & Natural batting - 90 x 40 valued at over 500.00 retail! I think it will be worth your while to join us at

Why is there a photo of a seam ripper (looking an awful lot like a scalpel) on my blog? Well, I have to say that visitors from all over to my Quilt & Create Studio in Phoenix have fallen in love with this particular one whenever I demonstrate how WONDERFUL it is - especially for those of us who do a lot of satin-stitching (and un-stitching!). Many have told their friends about them and some are having trouble finding them in their local shops. Well, if that's you, you can now find them on our website, along with a lot of my other favorite notions - especially for machine embroidery and machine embroidery applique. So, check out the new notions page!

To all of the "moms" out there - have a carefree and relaxing Mother's Day weekend. I hope you can find some time for your favorite creative pastime.

Be sure to watch the Facebook pages for information on the new community starting at QC of A. If you're not a member yet, you can go there and sign up for free so you'll already be one when we launch. I know we'll have a great time "partying" there.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We want to hear from you!

It's hard to believe but, with the arrival of the Spring/Summer issue of Quilting Celebrations only a week or so away, we're hard at work on the Fall/Winter issue! Thankfully, all of the projects were designed in cooler weather because we're warming up fast and it's hard to design for the holidays in the heat of the desert. But, I'm working on some of the features and I'd like to hear your answer to this question;

Gift wrap or gift cards? I you buy/make gifts or rely on gift cards for your giving at the holidays?

Your answer may be published in the Fall/Winter issue so give this some though and let me know what you have to say on the subject! Post your answer as a comment here or go to the QC Facebook page and comment on the post there. One more thing - I'll need to hear from you within the next week if you'd like a chance a chance at being included.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Just Beachy!

As the weather begins to warm up (we've already hit 100 degrees here in Phoenix!) it's time to start thinking about creative summertime projects.

Here's a new collection of embroidery designs that are "Just Beachy"! They're perfect for towels, t-shirts, napkins and placemats or even the 12" mini quilt I've designed for our Embroidery Club at my Quilt & Create Studio. The project sheet is a bonus included with your purchase of the embroidery files available here:

I'm ready for a day at the beach - how about you?