Saturday, July 23, 2016

A New Adventure

Ten years ago we bought our first RV and started out on a brand new adventure we didn’t even expect at the time. In some ways it’s been awesome and, in others, not so awesome.

Owning a house on wheels is a major undertaking and we learned that quickly but we didn’t let the challenges keep us from creating family memories that will last and entertain us for the rest of our lives. The road trips and weekends at the lake with Katie and the girls have been a blast and we hope the day doesn’t come too quickly when the grandgirls outgrow their excitement for them and when hanging out with us in an RV isn’t cool anymore.

When we told them it was time to trade in the Winnebago for something newer and bigger, they cried and begged us to keep it, maybe worried that their memories would go with it. We assured them that those were theirs to keep and they’re beginning to get used to the idea that all of the fun will continue in our new home-away-from-home on wheels. Wish us luck today on our first little road trip with Lily, Anna and Charlotte in our new Discovery. If all goes well, she'll be taking us to the Iowa State Fair next week!

Monday, July 18, 2016

For those who have been patiently waiting, the schedule for the classes I'll be teaching at the Iowa State Fair has been posted and you may now register!

This year's classes feature the panel prints I've designed for my Seasonal Celebrations 2016 collections and all classes are perfect for beginners or anyone who wants to be able to quickly and easily make placemats, table runners, hot pads and more in the air-conditioned classroom in the Fabrics and Threads Department in the Varied Industries Building.

Here's a link to a post from last year's fair if you'd like to get an idea of what it's like. The Iowa State Fair truly is a GREAT state fair!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Queen Bee" Bundle of Fun™ giveaway!

I just want to make sure everyone knows about our great giveaway we're having to celebrate the fact that we hit the 15000 followers milestone on our Facebook page, so I thought I should make a quick post here also.

Jump over to Patrick Lose Studios page and be sure to follow the directions in the post to be entered to win. You may even enter twice by using the hashtag, as directed. If you don't already LIKE and FOLLOW the page, please be sure to do that, too.

Our prize is this beautiful and very popular 26 piece Bundle of Fun™ with a retail value of $85. You can see all of the pieces at, but be sure to visit and patronize your local independent quilt shop when you're looking to purchase my "Queen Bee" collection.

Here's a fun oversized pillow cover I made featuring several prints from the group. If you're a machine embroiderer, we'll have that crowned "Q" applique available as a digitized file for your machine, soon. Just keep an eye out at for that and I'm sure we'll post about it on the Facebook page, too.

I'm pretty proud of my quilting to outline the applique before starting my crosshatching.

I think the combination of crosshatching and echoing was just what this applique needed. Hope you like and be sure to go to Patrick Lose Studios on Facebook and enter to win some of this collection before it's too late!