There's always something going on ... ya know? Over the last few years I've had so many people ask to buy just the patterns for our projects instead of having to buy the kits to get them. And yes ... I've wanted to but it was more than just printing them ... I had to come up with a new pattern cover ... write directions ... think about packaging ... size ... price point ... all that shop owner and pattern designer stuff. With the Quilt Minnesota shop hop looming and some new projects I wanted to print, it just seemed the timing was right!
Thanks to the magic of the internet, I was able to work with my friend Maureen ... a graphic designer in Iowa. She took the concept of my old patterns covers from fifteen years ago and revamped them to look better today. I love all the little details she put into them! I picked the covers up at the printer this morning and I have to say ... it's exciting to be doing this part of the business again!
For these first four patterns I decided I wanted a smaller format ... the directions are all on one page ... they fit in a tiny 4x6 bag ... and they don't cost a lot. Five bux each. I wanted them affordable.
So today ... in addition to getting ready for the shop hop ... I'm stuffing pattern packets. I miss the old days when I could get my boys to pack them for a penny a pattern ... that was before they grew up and found out they could make a whole lot more money working for IBM or at Cub Foods or as security at Drinks! It's hard to get good pattern packing help now.
I have to say that my favorite pattern in this group is the Barn Square Churn Dash. It went together so fast that I made another in the Minnesota fabrics. Bob loved the fabric and he loves this quilt ... he keeps asking how soon he can take it home. Does he know the temp outside??? This is the first quilt I've made for him ever ... and like I keep telling him ... probably the last if it took 28 years to get around to it!
So just in time for the shop hop I'm happy to announce the relaunch of our pattern line. There are more in the works ... look for some of them at the Minnesota State Fair in a few weeks!