Posts Tagged ‘patterns’

“Memories of Home”

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

I love it when folks use my patterns as a base for their own ideas! Here Lois Kelly has taken my New Leaves pattern and created a wall hanging for her Canadian son and his Vermont girlfriend.

Perfect! It’s called “Memories of Home”

I’ve always though some of my patterns would adapt well to the “Modern” style. Check them out over in the Patterns section.

Focus Friday – “Little Houses On A Hillside”

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Focus Friday this week features “Little Houses On A Hillside”, a fun and easy wall hanging or kid’s quilt in a generous 48 x 60” size. Using an original 12” block, it goes together quickly to please the young or the young at heart. It is a true scrap quilt, so please use different fabrics for each of the twelve blocks!

The pattern contains twelve 2” finished size half square triangle papers, enough to make the 24 finished units needed to complete the quilt.


“Little Houses On A Hillside” – INNOVATIONS #04842 –
48 x 60” Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

The cover sample wall hanging is for sale at $ 500.00. Email for details.

Focus Friday – Fairies In My Garden

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The groundhog says spring is coming and I am dreaming of my garden coming to life – will the Fairies still be there?

For today’s Focus Friday, let’s look at “Fairies In My Garden”, an enchanted gathering of fairies in the flowers. This 22 x 29” wall hanging is a combination of piecing and applique in my signature easy to do shapes. Don’t be afraid of the faces, they are in the pattern and easily traced with Pigma pens.

FairiesIn Garden

“Fairies In My Garden” – INNOVATIONS #01126 – approx 22 x 29”
Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

The cover sample wall hanging is for sale at $250.00. Email for details.

This pattern has inspired two art pieces done in my pieced pictorial style. “Don’t Piss Off The Fairies”, 12 x 12” (sold)


and “Foxglove Fairies”, 42 x 41”, $3000.00.


These are one of a kind art quilts and are not in the pattern, but I will share them here for your viewing pleasure!


Focus Friday – Starburst

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

I’ve been getting more orders lately for “Starburst” so I thought I would feature it today for Focus Friday.  I made the original version called Starmageddon” to be a contest quilt and it won some national awards including a second place at AQS, Paducah.  It was all hand quilted. It is a combination of two different star blocks in a unique setting to make it look like an explosion of stars.  I decided to include it in the pattern line, but I made a few changes to make it even easier. Of course the pattern tells you where to place the different colors to blur the lines between the easy blocks to make it look harder than it really is.


Starburst – INNOVATIONS # 01929  Approx. 72 x 84″   Pattern $9.00

Sample quilt, machine quilted in a stars pattern, $2000.00

Focus Friday – Circling Pines

Friday, December 4th, 2015

It’s December already, so time to start thinking about Christmas! It’s too late to make it for this year, but the Circling Pines pattern would make a great Christmas gift for your favorite quilter, or get a jump on next year and get started on one for yourself!


Circling Pines – approximately 87 X 87” Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

Cover Sample quilt is for sale, machine quilted, $2250.00 . Email me for details.

Focus Friday – Cornflower Blues

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Focus Friday for this week is “Cornflower Blues”.  This charming original 12” block design was inspired by Bachelor Buttons, I love blue flowers, but being a fantasy flower, it can be made in any color you like. Since it only takes three easily pieced blocks and a few half square triangle units ( Papers included in the pattern) it is quick and easy to make!


I used this pattern one year to make multiple versions for Christmas gifts, based on the individual likes and styles of the recipients and their homes.


Cornflower Blues – approximately 24 X 28” Pattern: $9.00
Click on Patterns in the side bar to order.

Cover Sample quilt is for sale, machine quilted, $250.00 . Email me for details.

Focus Friday – Seasons

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Fall has officially arrived and with temperatures last night in the 30’s, I can believe it! I do love the change of seasons, though, and fall is one of the best, but it does promise winter, which is NOT a favorite with me!

In honor of Fall, and the changing seasons, today I decided to feature the SEASONS banners. I designed these to hang either separately or all together with the shared fabrics complimenting each other across the surface.


They are grouped as patterns in sets of two that share the same fabrics. The backgrounds are pieced and the simple applique shapes can be added either by hand or by machine. They were inspired by the plants and animals that are drawn to our water garden/fish pond throughout the year.

SEASONS – Winter and Fall  $8.00

SEASONS – Spring and Summer $8.00

To order, click on Patterns in the side bar.

The SAMPLE quilts are also for sale at $150.00 each, email me if you are interested!


Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

My first post for 2015!

I started the year with my books all caught up; that’s a first, I think. One of the fun things about that is my yearly inventory which shows that “Third Weekend In October” has netted (after production expenses) a total of over 81 thousand (!) dollars over the years, thanks to all my customers who have purchased it!! If you are not one of those, there are still a few left; I don’t plan to reprint it..


There has been a small run on “Little Old One Room Schoolhouse” in the week after Christmas which usually means that someone is talking about it on-line, but a Google check did not turn up anything – so I don’t know what instigated that, but keep it up!


Maple leaves have done well for me. Check the website for all of the patterns available.

Happy New Year, everyone!

Third Weekend In October

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

No, I know we are not there yet. But…

I always know when some online group is talking about “Third Weekend In October” because sales of the pattern skyrocket and my blog reader statistics show a huge increase. Keepsake Quilting carried this pattern for years, they called it “October Weekend” and it was one of their best sellers. Mine, too. I keep a yearly count of sales and at the end of 2013 had sold 31,394 of them since it came out in 1994!

It’s a unique scrap quilt pattern and not as hard as you might think. All straight seam sewing with some foundation papers to make it easier, you make it one unit at a time and sew them together into 9 patches, then into rows in the traditional way. The quilt is 84 x 104″. I have never increased it’s price so it is a bargain at $7.00. Click on “Patterns” in the side bar to purchase. There is also a smaller, wall hanging version, same technique but fewer pieces, called “New Leaves Wall Hanging” if the big one scares you!

1994-2014-Innovations is 20!

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

I never imagined when I started INNOVATIONS that it would have been this good!

Every year when I finish up the books for taxes one of the things I enjoy is to tally up all of the sales for the year and for each pattern individually. Since it’s publication in 1997, Third Weekend In October has been my very best seller and continues to excel, having sold, over the years, 31,399 patterns! This is the only pattern that I have had as many as 5,000 printed at a time.

It was a rainy Sunday afternoon when I sat on the sofa with a piece of graph paper and designed this quilt to look like leaf litter on a sunny autumn day. Notice the slash of blue that accents the yellow/orange leaves diagonally from upper left to lower right against the reds.


Being from New England, I had always wanted to do a maple leaf quilt, but wanted mine to be different – not the usual repeated traditional block. I was designing for a one of a kind contest quilt, never intended to be a pattern, but after hundreds of requests I finally gave in and published the pattern. And thank goodness I did! It’s been amazing. Time marches on and I probably will not re order as it is time to slow the business down.

Maybe you already have “Third Weekend”, but if not it is still available over on the pattern page until this printing sells out. It’s 84 x 104″, a true scrap quilt . Lots of pieces, but all straight seams, partially paper pieced to make the odd angles easy.  I have never raised my prices, so this is a bargain at $7.00.