June 22, 2017

Teacher Gifts

It's that time of year again. School is out for summer break in a week! I finally finished all the Pencil MugRugs for Claire's teachers plus one more for my sample bins. I hope Claire's teachers like them. You can find the pattern in my SHOP.










See more pictures and read more about Pencil MugRugs HERE.


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June 17, 2017

Not so Original

Last night something happened that every designer dreads- I was accused of stealing someone else’s design. And it came in an overwhelming flood of negative facebook and blog comments and 1-star reviews. As I read them, my heart sank and I sat there crying for hours in the middle of the night. I am a very honest person and would never steal, which is why all these comments accusing me of stealing hurt so much. I have never copied anyone. All my designs come from my own imagination. I search google to make sure there aren't any similar patterns before turning my design into a pattern booklet to avoid situations such as this. I did not see a Kitty Potholder like mine anywhere. I was surprised to find out that it is very similar to "Who will Catch the Mouse” quilt pattern in the book ‘Bobbin Country Stitches’ by Dutch designer Els Feteris. http://www.quiltmania-inc.us/books/57-bobbin-country-stitches.html




I have been on the other side of this situation before and I understand how the other designer feels. I have always thought it proper etiquette to email the person directly rather than leaving comments on social media. Now my blog and facebook are covered with comments telling everyone that I steal patterns and sell them as my own, and warning people not to buy anything from me. I work very hard on my patterns. I opened my pattern shop in 2007 and I take pride in what I create. I have come to realize over my 20 years as a pattern designer and quilter, that we live in a big world and more than one person is bound to come up with the same idea. I admit that my Kitty Potholder is very similar to Els’ quilt but I did not copy or steal her design. I had never seen her pattern until last night. I’m sorry that not everyone will believe me but I guess we can’t please everyone. Thank you Maru Nishida for your kind words last night when I really needed them.


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May 7, 2017

Kitty Potholder pattern

Kitty Potholder digital pattern booklet is now available in my SHOP.



Kitty Potholder pattern adds a simple fusible web appliqué and varying strip widths to an otherwise traditional log cabin block to create a playful modern design. Makes a 10-1/2" square potholder or a 10" square block.



Small projects are perfect for practicing your free-motion quilting. Use an overall design or practice a different one in each section.




Make a potholder or two, or create an entire quilt using this block. This is a fantastic way to use up all those fabric scraps. Perfect for all those cat lovers out there! Read more about Kitty Potholders in this post.




Download this digital PDF pattern, print it out, assemble it into a little pattern booklet, and have fun sewing! PatchworkPottery patterns include metric conversion chart, stitches & terms section, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and full size templates.



Buy a digital pattern and start sewing today!


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April 21, 2017

Chocolate Bunny

Chocolate Bunny digital pattern booklet is finally available in my SHOP. My Easter patterns didn't quite make it in time for Easter this year. The good news is that they will be early for next year!



Sometimes it's difficult to create what's in your imagination and these Easter patterns though simple proved to be challenging. My Easter Egg PotHolder/Pincher design although pretty was lacking in function. It ended up being way too small but I decided that it was too cute to chuck and I finished the binding anyway.




So I moved on to my Chocolate Bunny design which took a total of 8 prototypes before I got the shape right. I was thrilled with how it turned out! Then I came down with a nasty sinus/head cold and couldn't work on the illustrations.




Chocolate Bunny is a simple pattern suited to crafters of any skill level! This scrappy bunny is a perfect way to use up your fabric scraps and leftover ribbon. Based on the shape of a traditional solid chocolate bunny, it would make the perfect Easter gift and would last for more than just a day!




Download this digital PDF pattern, print it out, assemble it into a little pattern booklet, and have fun sewing! PatchworkPottery patterns include metric conversion chart, stitches & terms section, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and full size templates.




Hope you all had a Happy Easter filled with chocolate!


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February 6, 2017

Pencil MugRug

Looking for the perfect gift to give to your teacher? Pencil MugRug pattern is now available in my SHOP just in time for Valentine's Day and very early for the end of school year.





Pencil MugRug is a basic paper-piecing pattern and is a great way to use your fabric scraps. Create your teacher’s name by simply tracing the letters from the font sheet provided.





The teacher's name is free-motion quilted by machine but could also be hand-embroidered using a backstitch. Hand-embroidered details & rounded corners add to this pattern's charm.





My daughter has four teachers this year and would like to give them each a special gift at the end of the year. "Mrs. Appleby" isn't actually one of Claire's teachers. It is just a name I made up for my sample. I still have another sample to make plus two more for her other teachers but I don't mind because these are super fun to make!





Download this digital PDF pattern, print it out, assemble it into a little pattern booklet, and have fun sewing! PatchworkPottery patterns include metric conversion chart, stitches & terms section, illustrated step-by-step instructions, and full size templates.





I love how the dark brown one almost looks like a chalkboard!


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January 16, 2017




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Kitty Potholders

I love little projects! In our busy lives, there's always time to quilt something small. I also love log cabin quilt blocks. I have never designed anything using this simple block until now... enter the Kitty!




I wanted a quick & easy project that would use up some of my fabric scraps, that I could sew multiples and not get tired of it, that I could practice some free-motion quilting and not feel pressured, and that my family would love. My family members seemed to have one thing in common... they all love their cats!





I used fusible web for the cat and nose appliques, and the block is quilted entirely by machine... even the cat's face.

My favourite was the black cat for which I used a warm black plaid wool. Yummy!




The white cat was for my Mom. Unlike the others, I used an overall free-motion quilting design on this one.




The beige cat was for my brother. I had fun practicing different free-motion quilting designs in each section.




And the orange cat was for my daughter who loves our large orange Maine Coon. His whiskers swoop up at the ends and he is always purring... very loudly! She is an illustrator and has been working on her Copic marker collection which is why I chose the colour chart fabric for the back. That and it matched perfectly!





Everyone loved their kitty Potholders, and on Facebook they received lots of comments and pattern requests so keep your eyes open for this this one :o)




*I forgot to mention that my label tutorial can be found HERE.


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