Thursday, June 24, 2010

Another winner :)

Congratulations to Leslie McSorley who's won the pack of 4 fat quarters in our contest! If you're reading this, Leslie, please email Gary with your shipping address. His email is We've also sent you an email.

Thanks to all who visited the new website and commented and keep an eye out for future giveaways!

Summer Sun

The July/August issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting features my "Sunny Trio" wall hanging design with a sunflower theme on page 46. It's on newsstands now if you want to take a look!
With some easy-to-figure adjustments to the instructions, this design also makes a great table runner for your summer picnics...indoors or out! Just add as many of the blocks as you'd like to fit your table.

This is a great Party-with-Patrick-style project and very stash-friendly. Or there's even a kit available from F&P.

Hope you like it :)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Random sneak peek

Here's a portion of a design that I hope makes the cut in the new embroidery collection ;)

I had so many ideas for this one that I think I could do two or three Christmas collections!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quilt Cafe

My good friend and art director of Quilting Celebrations, Tony, sent me an email today wondering if everything was okay because he hadn't heard from me for awhile. I've been so busy that friends wonder if I've slid off the face of the planet. No small wonder with everything that's going on. I'm still kicking, Tony :)

The first event at my new Quilt & Create Studio took place yesterday morning and it was a great success. We offered our first Quilt Cafe, mixing morning coffee, quilting, and camaraderie, and the ladies had so much fun that they've now put in a request to be there as a group every Wednesday. We're going to do it again tomorrow morning and maybe we'll have a new group come in for that. If you're in the Phoenix area and want to hang out and quilt with us in the studio, come on over! We'll be adding events often as we get the studio "up and running" full steam so check the calendar from time to time.

My entire collection of machine embroidery designs for Halloween is now off to the digitizer and I can't wait to start seeing them come to "life" in thread. Amazing Designs, who I've licensed the designs to, has also asked that I get a collection of Christmas designs to them as soon as possible. More specifically - by the end of June. But that really means that I have to have a whole collection of designs to them by the end of next week when we head out on another trip to Iowa. It looks like I won't have time for much breathing until we hit the road. But that's okay. It means I'm finally going to be getting you lots more of the embroidery designs you've been asking for!

I better get to the studio and my drawing board, huh? I hope you all have a wonderful day :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A bit more

Here's another peek from the same project. I'm glad you're liking this one. I really enjoyed making it and I have a feeling you will, too.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Random sneak peeks :)

One of the questions I'm most often asked is "What are you working on now?" Sometimes I can't really answer without giving away something I shouldn't....for whatever reason.

So, I've decided to offer little random "sneak peeks" of projects that I'm either working on or are finished but not yet in print such as the photo to the left. Yep, I'm a tease. But it gives you an idea of the kinds of things going on in my head or in the studio.

This one's a little glimpse of a quilted and hand-stitched project from Quilting Celebrations, my magazine coming in September. As you can see, I'm still using my Satinesque collection from Robert Kaufman and I'm really getting into the warm and whimsical look of using perle cotton and hand embroidery to add even more interest to a piece. I'm sure you can tell that this will be a project for Christmas and it's okay for me to say that I think this is one of my all-time favorites.

That's the random sneak peek for today. Check back from time to time for more little bits of what's going on around here. Trust me when I say "It's been BUSY!"

Now...don't you have something you should be creating? ;-)


Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Finally! The new website has launched and I'm hoping you'll stop by and take a look at :)

There's still a bit of work to do on it but it's there, for the most part. What's left is to add more of what we hope to offer you. I hope you'll let us know what you think by posting your comments here or on Facebook.

Of course, this would all be more fun if there were a contest involved, right? So here goes:

Those who visit the new site and post comments here or on Facebook before Saturday, June 19th, will be entered in a drawing to win 4 fat quarters from my fabric collections.

So...go visit the new site, make yourself at home there, and don't be a stranger :) Good luck.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

A Busy Saturday

Still working on the studio - among so many other things. My brain is kinda mushy today from all of the things it's been expected to do lately.

Everyone who's stopped by to say "hello" says it's looking great and they want to come hang out with us for classes and sew days. I think we're going to open up in the next week or so and let the rest of the space "evolve". I want to see how things work and go from there. Maybe we don't need to be doing as much work on it as I think ...or all at once. So, if you're in the area, stay tuned for the class/event schedule.

The new website should be up and running (for the most part) sometime in the coming week (UPDATE: whenever the developers get around to it, I guess) so keep an eye out for that. I've been told this very thing for a couple of months now so I'll believe it when I see it with my own eyes. When it's finally up and running, it will be a lot easier to get my patterns and fabrics if your local quilt shop isn't carrying them!

I've posted a couple of sneak peek "teasers" on the fan pages of designs that will be included in my Halloween collection of machine embroidery designs. I can't give you the whole show, yet, but you'll get a taste if you take a look here: Patrick Lose fan page or Party with Patrick fan page. I'll post more from time to time so stay tuned.

I'm headed back to the drawing board for more designing and to choose fabrics for the applique embroideries from the collection that are being digitized. I'm hoping for a relaxing afternoon and I hope you have the same :)