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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 QNNtv.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
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.
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 QNNtv.com!
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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 www.patricklose.com.
I'm looking forward to the weekend and I hope it brings you lots of time for creative endeavors!
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.
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 QNNtv.com (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.
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.
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 mean...do 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.
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: http://www.patricklose.net/machine-embroidery.htm
In the magazine, you'll get templates and instructions for creating the hand embroidered applique table topper. If you're a machine embroiderer, we offer the digitized files for machine embroidery applique here.
Make it either way and you'll have a wonderful gift for Mom or a great decoration for yourself!
Wanna see something CRAZY? Take a look at all of the new fabrics coming soon - including new yarn-dyed wovens, Kona Colorworks II. Then, imagine that this is only about half of what's coming in the next few months! WOO HOO!!!! I can't wait to get my hands on it :))))
I'd love to hear which one "speaks" to you the most. If you'd like to participate in our poll, click here.
For those of you who have been requesting some of my artwork as applique templates or line work for applique and redwork embroidery, we're beginning the slow process of making some of it available on the website. Most recently requested is "Patrick's Piggy" and it's now available here :)
These line drawings, some of which are already developed into actual templates for your use, are pieces of artwork that I haven't developed into actual quilting or embroidery patterns. There are no instructions available for projects - you receive only the artwork, in PDF format, for printing onto 8-1/2 x 11" paper using your own printer. All PDFs are delivered by email, to the address you provide at checkout.
"Patrick's Piggy" is a part of a custom-designed quilted table runner project for some friends in Iowa. When they posted photos of their finished runners on my Facebook pages, the requests began to come in from others who wanted the design for various projects of their own such as farm-themed quilts and barbecue aprons!
Maybe you'd like a cute pig on something you're creating?
If you're a subscriber to our email list, you're already entered in the drawing to win.
If not, all you have to do is follow these rules to subscribe:
1. Go to www.patricklose.com and click on "Subscribe" in the navigation bar at the top of the home page. 2. Complete the subscription form. Please check the areas of interest that apply. Enter the access code provided at the bottom of the page and click the "subscribe" button. 3. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided and you must open and confirm your subscription in the email. If not, you will not be subscribed or eligible for the drawing.
We'll draw the winner's name from the subscribers on March 31st!
You can now see the entire collection of my newest print for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Luminescence, on their website. Click on the samples there to get a larger view. Here's a St. Patrick's Day shade of Kelly. Imagine quilted Christmas projects using this print. It looks like a lit tree to me.
I'd love to hear what you think of it. I used it for a couple of patriotic projects in the upcoming Spring/Summer issue of Quilting Celebrations and I'll be posting a sneak peek of those for you soon!
This is about the cutest thing I ever heard of...Lily asked Lauryn to make an invitation for her to invite her family to a dress-up picnic in her room the other night. All of the ladies obliged and wore their finest. Lily was in heaven. Just a few minutes of preparation on everyone's part made her ecstatic. Toby made an appearance but didn't have proper attire so he couldn't stay...lol. It's so cool that you can make a child's dreams come true with so little effort if you just take the time.
Here's another new machine embroidery I've designed for St. Patrick's Day or every day if you love the traditional Irish Claddagh ring symbol.
In case you aren't familiar with it, the Claddagh ring is usually given as a token of love and loyalty or friendship and is often worn as a wedding ring.
I've added shamrocks to my design because I love them and, originally, to symbolize my parent's children - each shamrock leaf symbolizing one of my eight siblings and myself. But, I also wanted it to symbolize an Irish embrace.
I love my Irish heritage and having a St. Patrick's Day birthday. When your birthday is on St. Patrick's Day, it's like the whole world wants to celebrate with you :) That's why you'll always see some "Irish" in my designs around this time of year. I hope you like it!
Guess what?! My Scribbles "Meander" collection is now posted in all 23 (!) colorways on the Robert Kaufman website. They'll be arriving in quilt shops soon and, from the emails we've gotten, I know there will be some happy quilters out there :)
I'm hearing about all of the nasty arctic cold going on in so much of the country right now and feeling bad for all of you that don't live HERE in Phoenix where it's cool in a refreshing way! So, today is a good day to ask a new survey question for the next issue Quilting Celebrations;
What's your idea of the "Perfect Picnic"?
We want to know what you would bring, who you would bring, where you would go, and so on. Give us all of the details of the things that would make up a picture-perfect picnic.
Post your comments here and we'll collect them all and you may even see your response printed in the Spring/Summer issue that will be on newsstands May 3rd. So, go wrap yourself in a quilt and warm up thinking of the coming of spring and summer and picnic season and share your thoughts with us!
This is just one of 5 designs in my new collection of machine embroidery applique hearts. These scroll hearts can be stitched two ways - with running stitch details, as shown here, or with chain stitch detailing. Purchase the set, and you'll receive a total of 10 embroidery files for only 14.95.
You'll see a project featuring some of the hearts in the next issue of Quilting Celebrations on newsstands May 3rd. Get them now to have on hand when you pick up your copy!
Of course, they're perfect for Valentine's Day but hearts are useful motifs all year long. Take a look at the collection here and just think of all the things you could create with them :-)
Take a look at this fun new machine applique embroidery design we've added to our offering here!
Whether you're irish every day or only on St. Patrick's Day, you'll love how easy it is to add a touch of green to your quilted and other creative projects. At approximately 3 x 3", it's the perfect size to add to towels, napkins, baby bibs for the little leprechauns and any other piece you can dream up. We embroidered it into blocks and made a square mini-quilt to hang and we'll get a pic of that to show you soon, also.
I hope you like my whimsical new shamrock design and all of the new embroideries we've been adding to the website. Go check them out!
Here's a link to a couple of scans of my new collection, Luminescence, that will be coming to quilt shops soon! I'll try to get more colors posted when I have the chance. I LOVE this group and I think you will, too!
If you're in Phoenix area, come visit me this afternoon and help with 3 Dudes Quilt Shop a Happy 2nd Anniversary! We'll be there from 2-4 p.m. and, besides all the great fabrics and quilting stuff you'll find, I'm sure you could score some of Frank's freshly-baked cookies!
The sample yardage of my new collection for Robert Kaufman, "Luminescence", just arrived. It was like opening a box full of colorful twinkling lights. I'll scan some to show you as soon as possible! :)
It's a new year and I've hit the ground running. Those who know me well would say I'm always running and I do like living more uptempo than adagio but even I'm wondering about the pace at which 2011 is going to keep me. It's definitely going to be a challenge and that's always exciting so I'll embrace it and see where this year takes me.
The first place I know it's taking me for sure is to Boulder City, NV, this coming weekend to work with the "Boulder Babes" (perhaps you read about them in the first issue of Quilting Celebrations?). I haven't seen them since July of last year and I don't know if we've ever gone that long without spending time together in the last few years. We're going to be working on the projects that will be featured in the next issue of QC and I can't wait. I'm excited about making the new designs but even more about seeing my friends and catching up and all of the laughs that are a part of our times together. Seriously...it's like getting another big Christmas present :)
February will bring another exciting challenge and one that's been in the works for awhile so it will be great to see it come to fruition. We begin taping the first few episodes of my show for QNN-TV, Quilting Celebrations with Patrick Lose. It will be like bringing the magazine to life with some of my friends helping me to show you how to celebrate life's events, holidays, and seasons with quilting and camaraderie! If you're a member of Party with Patrick, you could be one of those friends. :) I hope you'll be a part of the show and magazine from the beginning by joining us on my Quilting Celebrations fan page on Facebook. I'll be giving sneak previews, asking for your input and offering surveys there and would love for you to participate. You may even see your comments in one of the issues! Toward the top of the page, now, is a question asking how you welcome the new year and we need answers so go visit us there and offer your two cents.
I've got a lot of design work beckoning so, even though it's a Sunday, I better get to it so that we have lots of fun things to work on in Boulder City with the "Babes" :) There's nothing like being creative with our friends and I hope 2011 offers you lots of time for that.