Thursday, October 28, 2010

After receiving an apology and a promise to look into it further from the Publisher of McCall's Quick Quilts, I decided to remove the post concerning the copyright infringement. But I do want to say thanks to everyone for all of the support and understanding of a huge problem in this industry.

I mostly wanted to bring this to light and that's been done so, unless there are further issues regarding this, I'd like to just move on.

Thanks, everyone!! It's nice to see people in support of doing the right thing :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

Thank you

I got some great news from Quilting Celebrations publisher, Kristi Loeffelholz, today regarding initial reports on sales of the magazine and they are, as she put it, "GREAT"! In fact, they're right up there with Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting and Easy Quilts! Now that's some great company to be keeping :)

Thanks to all of you for your support and, if QC continues to do well, I'll be able to bring it to you on a regular basis. So, please tell all of your quilting and creative friends to get their copy before it's gone from their local retailer. It's also available on our website.

Quilting Celebrations is on newsstands through December 20th.

We'll be having a little celebration tonight at our Area 51/UFO night at the studio! Join us if you're a Phoenix local. :)

Have a great weekend, everyone, and I hope it includes some quilting and creating!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cowboy Up!

Another friend stopped by on Saturday with a baby quilt of her own. Sharon made this quilt using an older collection of my fabric from Timeless Treasures featuring a little cowboy in a not-so-wild-west theme. I think she did a great job combining all of the prints of cowboy boots, ropes, horseshoes and branding irons with coordinating blenders and a great Satinesque Stripe binding. You can click the pic for a closer look.

Nice job, Sharon, and thanks for sharing your finished quilt with us. I love seeing what my fabric designs become later in life ;-)


Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Walk in the!

Look what our friend, Nora brought in for show and tell. She adapted my A Walk in the Woods quilt from Quilting Celebrations into a baby quilt for her great, great niece who will have a jungle-themed nursery! I think she did a beautiful job. I believe she said it only took a fat quarter of each color except for the black. Pretty economical, too :)))

Have you completed any of the projects offered in the magazine? We'd love to see your photos, too!

Hope you're having a great weekend.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Bit by bit...

Here are a couple of photos to give you an update on the studio move. There's still a long way to go but doesn't his look like an inviting place to go to a class or be on retreat? Of course, it will look better when I get some colorful quilts on the walls :)

I'm off to move some more stuff in and start unpacking boxes (my least favorite part). Our first Quilt Cafe should be right on schedule for Wednesday morning. If you're local and want to join us, be sure to call 623-414-9464 to reserve your spot.

Have a great Monday!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Save on Halloween and fat quarters -

Halloween patterns and hangers are 10% off and the 24 color fat quarter bundle of Satinesque Stripe is $10.00 off!

Picture the Quilting Celebrations projects, A Walk in the Woods and Star of Wonder in Satinesque Stripe...or Satinesque...or Dot-to-Dot ;-)

Take a look at it all at!

Hope you're having a great autumn weekend.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A true friend :-)

Can I just say how much fun it was to see this at the local Hobby Lobby last night? Prime real estate. They put it top and center of the rack in the FRONT of the store and it caught my eye, as though I had never seen it before, when I walked into the store!

Part of what is so fun about it is knowing that my friends who helped me put Quilting Celebrations together are getting to see it, too. I know it's just as much fun for them to see their names in print and show off their work to their families and friends and that the magazine is a great souvenir of the time we spent together cranking out the projects.

On that note, I have to say how upset I am by the fact that one of those names was left out, accidentally. If you read the article I wrote in QC titled Quilting and Camaraderie, you'll know that a very talented group of my friends in Boulder City, NV worked with me on the quilted pieces featured in the issue.

It takes a lot of work to round up all of those people and coordinate everything a few hundred miles away from my studio. We wouldn't have been able to efficiently do that if it wasn't for my great friend and creative talent, Jan Urioste. When I was writing that article, I asked Jan if she could email me a list of all of the "Boulder City Babes" who helped so that I could include them in thanks. When I got her response, I copied and pasted the list of names into my story, not thinking about the fact that she may not have included her own name.

A couple of rounds into the proofreading (including Jan's own) I realized her name was missing and changed the article in Word and sent it off with some other corrections. Somehow, it was overlooked. Jan's name didn't make it into the printed story and, when I found out, I was truly devastated. We spent hours and hours proofing and it still got by us. Jan spent hours and hours of her already limited spare time helping us to create something she should be so proud of and didn't get the same recognition as the rest of the gang.

So I had to write this and share it with you because I want you all to know how much this wonderful friend of mine means to me and how I could never have brought you Quilting Celebrations without her talents and assistance and, mostly, her friendship. There were many times that I turned to her for her thoughts and opinions on what I was creating and she was there for me, with her support and constructive criticism, every time I needed her. Friends joke about the fact that we must be twins who were separated at birth. All kidding aside, Jan and I know there's some bit of truth in that as we're well aware of the fact that we are kindred spirits of sorts.

And what I love most of all about working with Jan is her sense of humor. We laugh to the point of being ridiculous. Here's what she said when I called to apologize for the oversight and told her how upset I was...."Well, get over it!". That was it (that's fit to print, anyway). And that's just another reason why I love her :-)

Thank you SO much, Jan, for all of your help. I couldn't have done it without you - and wouldn't have wanted to.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Q: Why did the designer cross the road?

A: To move into a bigger and better Quilt & Create Studio :-)

It's hard enough to believe that we've only been in our current studio location since May and we're already moving into a bigger and better place. But it's even harder to believe that we only decided to move less than a month ago and have already found the perfect spot....just across the street! To top it off, the new landlord knew we wanted to get in right away and so they began work last week and will be ready for us to move in at the end of this week , after building a kitchenette, installing new tile and carpet, repainting, and some remodeling of the walls.

I don't want to give the whole thing away yet but I'm excited and confident that our current and new customers and friends will feel right at home in this new space. They'll have two and a half times the amount of space that's in our current location to hang out with us and quilt and create. And, because hanging out with friends is always better when it involves food, we'll have a kitchen in which to prepare and serve it instead of the lone microwave on top of the refrigerator in the back room ;-) Now, even our vertically challenged friends can make popcorn or heat up a snack!

The tile and carpet go in tomorrow and then there are just a few finishing touches to attend to before beginning the task of hauling all that we've accumulated since May to the other side of 32nd Street. Best of all, we'll still be close to Quiltz, the quilt shop we've had the pleasure of being next door to in our current location.

Until we get the place just the way we like it, I thought I'd share some pics here of the space as it was just this morning. The full reveal will come soon. I hope you have a chance to visit us here when it's all finished and ready to welcome you.

New pattern!

My latest pattern, "peace", is now available!

A cat and a cardinal celebrate the season, peacefully, in this 15 x 25" applique banner. It's the perfect welcome to your winter guests.

We also offer some great hangers for displaying it on the website, so take a look.

Check out my patterns and fabrics in your local shop and, if you can't find them there, visit

I hope you like "peace" :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Now available!

For those who've been waiting, Patrick Lose's Christmas Cheer is available a little earlier than we expected. It's a really fun collection of embroidery designs - great for whipping up some holiday-themed home decor or stitching out some gifts for those on your list this year. It's never to early to get started!

To get an up-close view of the collection or to place your order, click here :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Party with Patrick embroidery

Last month, our Party with Patrick member shops got a surprise with their September party packets. We had the "Ghoulish Grins" project appliques digitized for machine embroidery applique. The embroidery files were offered to those who wanted them as a free sample and we heard great things about the quality of the digitizing and how much fun it was to let the machine do the hard part!

So, since you loved having the choice of doing machine embroidery applique, we will now be selling the digitized embroidery files for your Party with Patrick projects like the new embroidery applique (pictured here) for October's project. Of course, the party projects will be the same as always, but you now have the option of letting your machine do the embroidery and satin stitching. You're under no obligation to purchase the embroideries to be able to complete the project. This is just something new and fun that we've developed for you. And it opens up many more possibilities and the promise of a new Patrick Lose embroidery club in the future (like you didn't already see that coming...).

If you're a PWP member and you'd like to order your October embroidery file for 9.95 USD, email Gary ( for more information. The files are delivered to you by email and it's very easy to get yours right away.

Let us know what you think of this new facet to the Party with Patrick club. I hope you're as excited about the possibilities as we are.

Cheers :-)