Well, no one guessed my secret from this post! There were some great guesses as to what my newest quilting related venture was – retreat center, book, line of fabric. I wish I could do ALL of those things – they all sound like fun and anything to do with quilting excites me. But here is what my new venture actually is:
During the 12 years that I have been longarm quilting for clients, I have quilted pantograph patterns, freehand overall patterns, and many different types of custom and heirloom quilting. Sometimes I could not find the right quilting design for the quilt I needed to complete, so I created my own patterns. I recently thought about trying to market these patterns to other longarm quilters, and I’m pleased to announce that I am now one of the new designers for Digi-Tech Designs, a company that markets both paper and digital quilting patterns, as well as embroidery designs!
A few years ago a client sent me a quilt made of Crown Royal bags. What could I quilt on it? Well, what I thought would be most fitting was crowns! So I designed my ‘Crowning Glory’ pantograph. Although this pattern is not yet available, I hope it will be soon. Of course, if you subscribe to my blog, you will be among the first to know when this one is available for purchase.
How many of you have made a Crown Royal quilt?
Fast forward to a couple of months ago when I had a client request an overall star design on her quilt. I didn’t have one in my collection, and I don’t particularly like my freehand stars. I was going to order something from another designer, but then thought ‘why not try to draw my own?’ I started with a sketch, created a repeat, and took it to a local copy shop to have it printed out 10 feet long. Thus my ‘Star Swirl’ pattern was born. That was the impetus for me to contact DigiTech Designs to see if they would consider carrying my patterns.
I was so happy that they said yes! So I currently have four pantograph patterns that are available as either paper patterns or digitized designs for robotic quilting systems. There are several others that I’ve submitted, and I have some additional ideas that I’m working on. If you want to be among the first to know when I have new patterns available, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog.
You can view each of my current patterns below. As new patterns, they are on sale for 50% off until May 15th! So don’t delay, visit the DigiTech Digital Site or DigiTech Paper Site to be one of the first to own these patterns. Or click on any of the buttons below the pattern to be taken to the order page for that pattern. (Click any image for a closer view.) And while you are on their site, check out all of the other amazing designs from the dozens of talented designers they feature – I’m so honored to be included in this lineup!