Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Happy New Year!

It's the start of a new year and a New Beginning for me as the owner (designer, webmaster, shipper, receiver, chief 'cook and bottle washer'!) of Patchworks Studio.

Some questions I've been asked:

Will you still create patterns?

Yes, definitely!  That was the main reason I wanted to continue the business. I enjoy all the steps involved when creating patterns:  sketching design ideas, working in Electric Quilt software to fine tune the concept, selecting the perfect fabrics that will make the design come alive, testing with 'play' fabrics and then cutting into that fresh cloth and seeing the project grow on my design wall.

The linear side of my brain also likes the step by step writing that is required to produce patterns that quilters can follow to make the project. I also enjoy creating the images for the pattern covers, and the drawings inside the patterns to help you see how to make the project.

Will you continue teaching?

Another definite YES. Teaching is one of the things that feeds my soul. The interaction with students is one of the joys in my life. I love meeting other people who share my passion for fabric and creativity. My local Spring session workshops have been scheduled, along with several out-of-town events. I also will be visiting guilds and events in other parts of North America this year. Perhaps we'll meet in the classroom.

Did you know I also teach online at Quilt University. You can learn from the comfort of home!  The first class I am offering this year is Paper Pieced Paradise. I will show you how to create your foundations, select and prepare your fabrics and how to sew perfect blocks every time. Class starts on January 27th and registration is now open.

Will you write books too?

I have several ideas mulling around and will spend some time developing one of them into a book proposal in the first part of 2012. I'll keep you posted.

Finally, a special THANK YOU to everyone who has supported Patchworks Studio and me over the past 15 years. I have met the most amazing people - students, teachers and industry leaders. I don't think I could have chosen a better business to be in.

To thank you for your support I'm having a January White Sale - all the bedding stores do it, so why not me too?  So what do I have that's white?  No, I'm not filling my shelves with white fabric for you.  I realized patterns are printed on white paper - so all patterns are 20% off for the month of January!  Stained Glass, Give & Take Applique and the Bright Ideas series of designs with Northcott fabrics - they're all on sale.  Just enter this coupon code on the final checkout screen when you place your order: White Sale

The 'fine print':
Special offer expires January 31, 2012. Valid while quantities last. Can't be combined with any other offer.

Watch for some new products and patterns in the next couple of months. To be the first to know, sign up for my FREE email newsletter. You can easily sign up in the sidebar to the right. The newsletter also includes creative ideas, tips and special offers.

And now, back to the studio for some creative time!

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