Thursday, May 22, 2014

Chomping vs Champing ...

Any way you look at it the bit is being bitten and I'm the one doing the chomping (or if you prefer, champing)!

After months of work my first quilt pattern is about to head to the printers--YIPPEE! I've been working with Sandy from Cedar Rapids and she's a dream. As a matter of fact, Sandy is nearing the end of writing instructions for my second pattern while I tie up the loose ends on the first. Here we are deep in conversation at the recent quilt show in Dubuque.
With quilt pattern instruction writer extraordinaire -- Sandy
The first pattern I will be debuting is a baby quilt/wall hanging that is referred to in Quilters of The Bunco Club: Phree and Rosa. I made samples in pink, blue, yellow/green, and an alternative center block. I shot pictures of the samples on a clear, sunny day this week and have been working on the cover of the pattern.
Here's the pink version as I was preparing to photograph it:
The center is a fabric panel of a drawing I did several years ago of a rocking horse.
I've been running the numbers past some printers, and I'm hoping to trot my digital files over to one of them on Tuesday of next week to get the printing started. At this point I have a small amount of fabric ready to kit, and I'm torn about selling the patterns on my site or just at quilt shows and events. ARGH! So many decisions!

Over the years, like many quilters, I have designed several quilts for myself: sewed a little, added here and there, changed/ripped a lot of seams, and when my Bernina has done its magic, I am happy with the unique quilt that I created. It always seemed so fun. I MUST confess that I was VERY naive in thinking this would be a quick OR easy project (but it HAS been fun). I will forever view quilt patterns in a new light and with a deep appreciation for all of the work that those few printed pages represent!

The "Knit Lit" group from the Park Forest Library is gathering to discuss The Bunco Club and has invited me to join them tonight. Everyone is welcome! Bring your books, knitting, and quilts--Let's do it ladies. Can't wait to meet you!
Hosted by Park Forest Public Library

Last week I enjoyed a wonderful luncheon at the Calumet Country Club with the South Suburban Newcomers group. After lunch I spoke to the group about my books, my "late in life journey," and sold/signed my books to this enthusiastic club. Thanks for a fun and memorable afternoon, ladies.

There has been progress, very little, but progress nonetheless. I intend to go off the grid for Memorial Day weekend and write, write, write for three full days!



  1. Maybe you could sell pdf. copies of your pattern online (Etsy or Craftsy) for a discount, then sell paper patterns at shows.