Sunday, October 9, 2016

Basically Patrick and Beyond

When I began designing fabrics and quilting/craft patterns lots of years ago, I guess I never really expected it to stick. I had always jumped back and forth between interests and creative endeavors and really considered that fashion and costume design would still be my "forever" career. When my first collection hit Fall Quilt Market all those years ago, I knew there would be no turning back.

There was one print in that collection that was the standout and, to this day, continues to enjoy its place in the quilting world. Playing with Marbles (renamed Moda Marbles) continues to be manufactured and sold to this day. I don't personally know of a print that has survived for 23 years and had such success in the industry. I've had quite a few prints since then that have "hit" and become staples in quilters' stashes and as we begin the journey of bringing yet another fabric company to market, I think of how Patrick Lose Fabrics was born from that experience and my desire to bring more of my prints to the creatives who help to make them become staples.

I've always loved to design conversational and novelty collections but any good quilter knows that blenders are what tie those collections together. It's fun to come up with the cute characters or kitschy motifs I like to use in my novelties, but the real work of designing a collection, to me, is creating the blender prints that not only make it easier for a quilter to use the group, but also just might be the one print that they want me to pull out and offer in lots of colors to help coordinate the fabrics in other quilt projects they see in their future.

Basically Patrick is a collection of blenders and basics I put together a couple of years ago that has been so enthusiastically embraced by quilt shop owners and their customers. It made sense to me to develop a family of prints and recolor them in similar palettes that have been proven to be most popular with those who work with my fabrics. Quilters confidently choose and add these prints and colors to their stashes, knowing they will find their way into a project, eventually, rather than ending up at the bottom of the stash, never to be used.

My Basically Patrick 2016 offerings feature four new prints (and another in the works!) that will help us transition BP to the new company (click the images to see all of the colors): 


Bubbly - a re-imagined version of my super-popular Fizz print in 36 effervescent colors

http://www.patricklose.com/shop/Patrick-Lose-Fabrics-WHOLESALE/Basically-Patrick-2016/BubblyShips-November-2016.htm

Festive - a celebratory print in 24 jump-for-joy colors

http://www.patricklose.com/shop/Patrick-Lose-Fabrics-WHOLESALE/Basically-Patrick-2016/FestiveShips-November-2016.htm

 Speckles  - a freckle-faced print in 36 colors

http://www.patricklose.com/shop/Patrick-Lose-Fabrics-WHOLESALE/Basically-Patrick-2016/SpeckleShips-November-2016.htm

 and Hooray! - a life-of-the-party print in 5 colors

http://www.patricklose.com/shop/Patrick-Lose-Fabrics-WHOLESALE/Basically-Patrick-2016/HoorayShips-November-2016.htm


The existing BP prints are being reevaluated and, although some will move forward at a later date, they will not be offered at FQM. My textural Lily's Linen print is being slowly reintroduced at market within my Let's Go Camping story, in several new colors, but Hexies, Suds, Stars and Dapple will not be available in the BP 2016 offerings. Whether or not we move forward with these prints, you should know that all of the current colors are being phased out by RJR Fabrics and if we reintroduce these prints at Patrick Lose Fabrics, it will be an all-new color palette! So, if you need those colors, grab them up while you can.

As we launch Patrick Lose Fabrics, you can be sure that Basically Patrick - A Quilter's Rainbow™ will be its cornerstone. I couldn't possibly stop designing all of the other types of prints I love to offer, but more of the blender and basic prints, like those offered in BP,  will always be in the works at Patrick Lose Fabrics.

I hope you'll visit the website and take a look at what's on its way. It's a nice sneak peek at what will be offered at FQM. If you're a shop owner/buyer and would like to apply for an account, you can choose a username and password to gain entry into the wholesale side of the site and order directly from us. You may also choose to order from your favorite distributor on our list. Retail customers will be able to see each print offered, in all of the colors and larger detail. We would really appreciate it if our retail customers would ask their local shops to carry my collections.

Shop owner or retail customer, if you're reading this, you're most likely someone who has been instrumental in my design process, through your selection and use of the products I create. I would greatly appreciate your continued support and loyalty as we start down a new road on this journey.

We're nearing our 18,000 Followers milestone on Facebook and when we reach it, we'll be celebrating that and Halloween season by giving away a couple of panel prints from my Happy Halloween collection! To be entered in the drawing, comment below and tell us which new BP print is your favorite. Then jump over to our Facebook page and LIKE and FOLLOW, if you haven't already, so you can watch for the giveaway. Let your friends know too and we'll hit that 18,000 mark sooner :) CONTEST HAS ENDED

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Cheers!
Patrick


132 comments:

  1. Basically Patrick will always be one of my favorite blenders! I am loving the new Hooray - Life of the Party Print!

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  2. I like "Speckles". The colors are fantastic!

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  3. I love Bubbly for it's bright colors

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  4. Bubbly...36 colors! YIPPEE!!!!

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  5. Speckles would be my favorite. It would be perfect for the art quilt I am working on. Love the texture it would add.

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  6. There all pretty and great for your applique projects..But basically patrick is my go to fabric.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  7. Festive is my favorite. I loved reading the story of your journey, as I tend to jump from project to project, craft to craft (am also a card maker). Love your times on Fons & Porter. Keep designing.

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  8. Bubbly is my favorite, but I love all of them!!

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  9. Love the speckles and the Hooray!!

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  10. I like Bubbly. Hooray comes in a close second.

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  11. I like Bubbly! Makes me happy

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  12. Hooray is my favorite but they're all on my shopping list!

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  13. Speckles! "Sew" cute and I love that they're not perfect circles like so many other prints are (not that there's anything wrong with circles, bubbles and the like) .... they're a little "off center" just like me!

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  14. Hooray! Life if the Party! Can't wait to see it in person and use it.

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  15. It's hard to choose just one but I think bubbly is my favorite.

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  16. I think Bubbly edges out Festive because of the color choices!

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  17. I love them all but I need Bubbly in my quilts

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  18. I LOVE the Hooray I also love that you took us on your journey. actually I love everything Patrick Lose and have brought several friends on board also keep up the great work

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  19. I like Hooray for the Party! Great!
    Cathy, meladycat2000@yahoo.com

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  20. They all have many uses. Would love to have some of these. Thanks for a chance. annamchannel@yahoo.com

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  21. It's Hooray! All the way for me!

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  22. Love Bubbly! They are all great Staples though.

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  23. If I really have to pick, Bubbly.

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  24. Hooray. love Hooray so many options

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  25. Festive is my first choice because I like the new asterisk. However, I'm going to be buying Bubbly in every single color.

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  26. I can see bubbly finding its way into many many quilts ��

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  27. I love Hooray. I'm always drawn to a black background and I love the bright colors used!

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  28. Hooray! Definitely Hooray!

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  29. Bubbly though all are beautiful. So many choices, so little time!

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  30. Speckles and bubbly!

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  31. I love them all but Bubbly is probably my favorite--it's reminds me of a party!

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  32. Oh I just love the Festive, with the stars and circles and more stars it just says make me into a Quilt of Valor.

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  33. I love Speckles! It makes me happy and want to quilt!

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  34. I love them all, however Bubbly is my first choice

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  35. Ohhh I love Bubbly and I can see Bubbly Grasshopper in my future! Totally love all of the Hooray line too

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  36. Hooray! But Festive is right close behind.

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  37. Love all of the Hooray line and also see Bubbly strawberry and Bubbly grasshopper in my future!

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  38. I love them all, but I will choose the Bubbly print.

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  39. I'm partial to Hooray. I've always liked black.

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  40. I really love Bubbly, it is the perfect blender!

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  41. Most definitely Bubbly is my favorite new BP design!

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  42. I love so many of these fabrics! Can't wait to get some!

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  43. Bubbly and Festive are my favorites!

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  44. I like "Life of the Party" -- lots of confetti!

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  45. I can't decide between Bubbly and Festive, oh darn!!

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    1. Please disregard the earlier message, Monique. The prize we spoke of was for a different blog post and this prize has not been awarded yet so you are still in the running. Sorry for the confusion.

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  46. Hip Hip.... Hooray.. would be my favorite.... but all of the prints are awesome

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  47. Some bubbles would work with my stash.

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  48. Bubbly and Festive are tied for my favorites, but if I had to pick one, I'd go for Bubbly! I love your collections because you have so many color choices and they can be used as backgrounds and contrasting colors!

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  49. Hip hip hooray for Hooray! But I love all of them!

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  50. Speckles for sure! It looks like a fun party!

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  51. Hooray, of course! But they're all fantastic.

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  52. I like bubbly, blenders are essential to every quilter!

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  53. I like all of them. To pick one it would have to be Hooray.

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  54. Bubbly, but Moda Marbles is still my favorite.

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  55. They are all great and I like Festive the best!

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  56. Love them all but Hooray is my favorite.

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  57. I think they are all winners! If I have to choose a favorite, Festive would work in a wide range of quilts and other projects I make.

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  58. Bubbly is always in my stash and used in most every project! I love all your lines because of the clear, true colors. My wish for a Festive, Horray Speckled with congratulations on your success ;-) giggle giggle

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  59. your colors are wonderful. Poppies in Bloom really appeals to me, and Hooray looks like lots of fun.

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  60. Hooray hits the spot :-)

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  61. Speckles is my favorite. Good luck on this new adventure!

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  62. Festive is my favorite. Great blog...it's fun to learn more about the 'behind the bolts' story of creating a collection.

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    1. Hi Karyn - The wrong prize was awarded before because of confusion between two blog contests. You have actually won the two panels from Patrick's "Happy Halloween" collection. Please email me at gary@patricklose.com by Friday, October 14 to claim your prize and give us your U.S. shipping address. Please also remind me what you've won so there isn't a mistake there :) Thank you and Congratulations! Gary

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  63. Bubbly is my fav--but love them ALL. carolyn scott white

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  64. Speckles go with everything!!!

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  65. Love your fabrics. Especially Bubbly.

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  66. Bubbly is my favorite but Festive is a close second.

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  67. Nor ray is my favourite... but they are all bright and cheerful, which would make any quilt sparkle!!!

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  68. I'm torn between the Bubbly and Festive....but if I had to make a choice I think I'd go with Bubbly <3

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  69. What a great selection for us fabric lovers! Thanks Patrick!

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  70. I love Bubbly but Hooray is pretty great too!

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  71. Oh...I can only choose one?!?!?! I love your fabrics - they are such great blenders when you do not want just a solid, but you know that the eye needs something like that. I'm crazy over Festive, but Bubbles is a favorite.

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  72. I love Bubbly, since it is Fizz's cousin, but still can't find it possible to cut up the Fizz fabric I am hoarding! love it so much don't want to regret cutting it! Think they will be great together!

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  73. How in the world can I choose just one?
    I chose my most favorite three so hopefully that's ok.
    Bubbly Cranberry - this I really love the rich color.
    Bubbly Grape - LOVE this since I'm a purple girl.
    Festive Playful - this would make such an adorable dress for the 4th of July along with Festive Gleeful and Festive Sprightly

    I am hoping we'll be able to order the fabrics online because the two local quilt shops I shopped at both just closed in the past two months. There are a few others but they aren't friendly to disabled shoppers which have a mobility concern so I'm stuck shopping online now that I lost the only 2 shops locally I could shop at. There is one more I can shop at, however it is more than 1 1/2 hrs from our home.

    I actually know I'll need to buy all of Bubbly and most likely Festive as well. They're both wonderful!

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  74. Bubbly for sure! Fizz was my favorite of the others, so it just makes sense to me. :)

    Sandy A

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  75. Bubbles and festive are my favorites

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  76. Hooray and also Bubbles ave my favs!! Sandy M

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  77. I have several of your books, patterns and embroideries and fabrics. Love all of your stuff!!

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  78. LOVE all Basically Patrick fabrics, always a staple in my stash. Love these new ones, especially the Festive and Bubbly. Funny, the one reason I originally started using BP is because my son's name is Patrick! I'll never stop!!! Thanks again for even more great fabrics!!

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  79. I love Festive. Stars are my favorite. The tone-on-tones are wonderful and I really love using them for texture that doesn't distract from block design.
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  80. Festive is my favorite! Congratulations on moving forward in your career. I adore your fabrics and look forward to seeing your designs in the future!

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  81. Mallmimi44@yahoo.comOctober 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Bubbly---the whole color family

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  82. All of them are great but I think speckles speaks to me. Can't wait to try them.

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  83. Love all of your colorful prints. Recently made your camping themed pillow case kit and love it!

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