Prairie Grass Patterns



international quilt market 2011: the nerves edition


I’ve been quilting up a storm over here, getting ready for my first appearance this spring at International Quilt Market. Lucky for me, it is being held nearly in my backyard—Salt Lake City–only 40 minutes from my home. I’m so excited and so nervous as I’m making my preparations. Since I’ve never been to market before, there’s the fear of the unknown, of course, along with the “What did I get myself into?” feelings, too.

I’m really excited to meet with the shop owners and show them my patterns–but at heart I’m a pretty quiet, introverted person. It’s going to be a stretch for me to socialize for several days straight. Hopefully, I’ll get caught up in the incredible energy there has to be when that many people passionate about something are in the same room, and just fly right past the nerves. That’s what I’m crossing my fingers for.

I’m really interested in your opinions, though. If you have ever attended market, what booths did you love and why? What display styles were effective for you as a shop owner, to really show you if a pattern would work for your shop? Are there incentives that would motivate you to order right there on the spot? If you’re not a shop owner, but went to a show expecting to buy a quilt pattern or two, what would help you choose which to purchase? What would you expect to see, hear, experience?

Thanks for helping a girl out.

Mwa!

 



I’d be lying if I said…

That I haven’t been crazy busy these last few weeks. What with the Sarah Jane redesign last week, some last-minute pattern revisions (which were all my fault because I’m a newbie, and luckily my printer was kind enough to give me the heads up…), and some serious salsa and spaghetti sauce canning, I’m surprised I got any sleep at all.

Though I have to say, going to bed at 2am and getting up at 6:30am doesn’t make for a very well rested Mommy.

Also, for those of you who placed orders, I’m shipping them out via express mail, you should see your patterns very, very soon. The delay was caused by aforementioned pattern revisions, and weren’t really anything I expected. My apologies, and of course I’ll include a little extra something for your patience.

In other news, International Quilt Market is this weekend, in Houston. I’m not going, and even though a part of me wishes I could be there…the rest of me is excited to take Mario and Princess Peach out for their first real stint at trick-or-treating.

Cross your fingers for me, I don’t think they’ve ever had more than 2 consecutive pieces of candy in their little 2-and-a-half-year-old lives. It could get dangerous over here.

I’m working on a few fun freebies for you in the next couple of weeks. It’s a little too late this year for the one above, but I’m sure you’ll be pleased with what shows up.

Come back soon!

Mwa!

PS I forgot to tell you, I’ve started archiving my monthly desktop wallpaper. I make myself a new one each month with a quote on it that inspires me. If you’re interested in seeing or downloading them, they’re here.



Prairie Grass Patterns: Fall 2010 Debut Patterns are Here!


Inspired by pinwheels blowing on a hot summer day, Dancing in the Wind is the perfect scrappy quilt for cloud watching. Be sure to lay on it out in the open where you can feel the breeze!

The Long and Short of It:
62×85 (Twin)

Perfect for using up scraps or your favorite 2½” strip precut (35+).

Cover fabric: Spirit by Lila Tueller for Moda




With so many beautiful fabrics out there, I love that this pattern can show off so many at one time! Grammy’s Scrap Basket is easier than it looks, and works up in a hurry. A perfect quilt for a sweet new baby, featuring an optional first and middle or last name. Applique templates for both boy and girl shapes are included.

The Long and Short of It:
39×51 (Crib)

Perfect for using up scraps, or your favorite 1½” precuts. (40+)

Fabric is Simple Abundance by Bonnie and Camille for Moda



Perfect for staying warm and cozy on a fall evening, Little Lanterns is an innovative pattern that uses simple blocks to create a beautiful quilt that looks much more complex than it really is. Reminds me of little paper lanterns on the porch at our “Hooray It’s Fall!” party.

No Y seams.

The Long and Short of It:
53×67 (Throw)

A great way to use up stash fabrics, or your favorite 2½” strip precut.

Fabric is Cotton Blossoms by Bonnie and Camille for Moda




A fun and versatile twist on a classic argyle, this quilt uses ribbon for the stripes, instead of piecing. There are so many possibilities: Camouflage fabric with twill tape stripes, satins and velvets with sequin stripes, or some good old fashioned flannels with grosgrain. Any way you mix it, this one’s a knockout!

The Long and Short of It:
Finished Size: 59×72

Can be made with various yardage, or precut 10″ squares (20).

Fabric is Life’s a Hoot by Tammy Andersen for Adorn It Just Sew




Based on my popular pattern “Grammy’s Scrap Basket,” Scrap Basket {Remix} uses the same simple techniques to make a fun and flexible twin size quilt.

The Long and Short of It:
65×87 (Twin)

Fabric is Hooty Hoot Kangaroo by Doohickey Designs for Riley Blake.





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