Hissyfitz Designs

A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick

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Welcome to My Little Corner of the World!

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Teapot stitching If you are new here, I'm glad you found your way to my little corner of the world. I'm participating in a Blog Tour called BERNINA Ambassadors - Telling Our Stories, and today is the day that I get to tell mine. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may already know a few of these little tidbits but sit back and relax as we get to know each other.

My name is Sandy Fitzpatrick and I am a pattern designer, teacher and lecturer of machine appliqué and free-motion quilting. Sewing has always been a passion of mine and I get no greater joy than teaching and sharing my techniques with others.

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I became an official BERNINA Ambassador about two years ago, but I've actually been a BERNINA advocate for almost 40 years! I had previously owned another brand of machine which "gagged" whenever I tried sewing over elastic. Since I was making clothes for myself and my children at that time, it was really frustrating trying to find a "work around" to my stitching problems. When I had the opportunity to sew on and purchase my first BERNINA I thought I could hear angels singing, as all of my stitching issues seemed to vanish. I couldn't believe that a machine could make that much difference in my sewing capability. As Ambassadors we also create great tutorials on the We All Sew blog. Here are a few links to some posts which I have previously written.

Stitch Tape Measure Style

Mantel Cover

Make It Merry Holiday Coasters

Decorative Stitching with the BERNINA Tailor Tack Foot

For years, I made my own clothes and, as my children came along, I made hand smocked outfits for each of my three kiddos. This worked well for a number of years. With two girls and a boy, I would make coordinating smocked outfits for Easter and Christmas along with the normal "church" clothes for the rest of the year. When our son was about four years old, I made coordinating sailor outfits for Easter. On Sunday morning when it was time to get ready for church, my son refused to put on the knickers and smocked shirt that I had so lovingly made. Frustrated, I stomped downstairs and told my husband, "You go talk to him!" About five minutes later, my son came strutting down the stairs, proudly wearing said smocked outfit. "How did you do that?!" I asked my husband. He said, "I told him I'd give him a dollar if he would wear it to church." Let's just suffice it to say that I never made him another smocked outfit.

When my kiddos outgrew these smocked clothes, I had to find another direction in which to focus my sewing. I decided to try quilting, and found my new passion. I began by making traditional quilts, but soon realized that appliqué was more forgiving and I didn't need as many math skills.

It didn't take long for me to realize that I enjoyed creating my own appliqué patterns. When friends started asking me to create patterns of my designs, I realized that perhaps I could turn my fun little hobby into a business, and Hissyfitz Designs became a reality.

Merry Mouse Mischief

I currently have a line of patterns that are a little outside of the box. I once had a customer tell me that I didn't even know where the box was. Hmmm... I guess I'll take that. Anyway, you may find me vending and teaching at quilt shows throughout the U.S. As we speak, er, I mean type, I am teaching and vending at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN and next week you will be able to find me at AQS Quiltweek in Lancaster, PA.

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I am currently working on new patterns for Quilt Market in St. Louis in May so keep a lookout to find them at a shop near you.

I hope you enjoy learning about the other participating BERNINA Ambassadors on this little blog tour. Simply click on the names below to get a peek at who we are and what we are all about. Remember that if you are looking for teachers for your guild or local shop we have lots of knowledge and enthusiasm to share!

Monday March 20 Lynn Carson Harris Kelly Ashton Diane Doran Melody Crust

Tuesday March 21 Kathy Delaney Christa Watson Mandy Leins

Wednesday March 22 Sandy Fitzpatrick Beth Ferrier Cheryl Sleboda

Thursday March 23 Annie Smith Lori Kennedy Kari Karr Catherine Redford

Friday March 24 Joann Sharpe Cherry Guidry Jenelle Montilone

Everyone loves a little free gift! If you have stuck around long enough to get to the bottom of this post, I have a free pattern for you, just by clicking here.

Stitch it Up!

Enjoy!

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You Need This Book!

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I recently had the privilege of having a sneak peek at Lori Kennedy's new book, Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3. Lori is a regular columnist for the American Quilter Magazine and has a wonderful blog called The Inbox Jaunt.

If you are familiar with her work, you know about the amazing designs Lori can create with her quilting. If you haven't seen her work and are interested in applying some free-motion quilting to your own projects, you need to purchase this book for your quilting library.

Lori has done an amazing job creating a resource to guide you through the quilting process. What may look like a complicated design once it is stitched out, is actually quite easy and "do-able" using her step by step guidelines. By following her instructions, she will remove any doubt you may have of your stitching ability.

The beginning of the book is loaded with information on how to set up your machine, tools to make the process easier, and a breakdown of batting, backing, and threads.

As you make your way through the book, you will find simple designs, which gradually morph onto what looks like more complicated designs. However, Lori will guide you along each step so that you will soon be stitching your way through new design elements. She also includes areas for you to practice doodling designs so that you can get a feel for how the design is created.

I have been doing my own free-motion quilting for many years and wish this book had been available to me when I first started out. The information Lori has provided will help remove the fear you may have in attempting your own free-motion experience.

 

I would suggest that you pre-order your book through your local quilt shop now! You may also get your copy directly from Lori at The Inbox Jaunt or through Amazon.com. This is a book you don't want to miss.

 

 

 

Amping Up the Travel and Stitching

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It's been a whirlwind of traveling, vending, lecturing and workshops the last couple of months and I'm finally able to sit down at the computer long enough to share it with you! In September I attending the AQS Chattanooga show to vend and teach. The show quilts were spectacular again this year and I particularly loved the display of Lion King Challenge quilts made from Cherrywood fabrics. Lion King Challenge

I had the privilege to teach Free-Motion Quilting to an incredible group of ladies and gentleman and it was such a pleasure to be able to teach in a classroom where my favorite BERNINA sewing machines were provided.

 

Chattanooga Free-Motion

 

Free-Motion Fun

The last week of September found me on my annual trip to the beach with my Mom and four sisters. Sorry no photo of us "hot babes" on the beach! This is a trip we have been doing for a number of years and I think this was our tenth trip together. Since we are spread far and wide, it is a great opportunity to get together and "catch up". There is definitely a lot of laughter and fun during our time together.

After I returned home I had a few days to prepare for a workshop and a lecture in Little Rock for the Arkansas Quilter's Guild. Just look at what these wonderful ladies accomplished!

 

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Gorgeous Gourds

 

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I traveled on to Benton, AR the following day to teach another Machine Appliqué class to the Saline County Quilt Guild and found myself among another fantastic group of ladies, so eager to learn. Not only did they learn some great techniques to make their machine appliqué easier, on the second day of the workshops we experimented with wire, bleach pens, and all kinds of fun stitches to create texture on future projects with my Amped Up Appliqué class.

A Spot of Tea

Frog Days of Summer

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Amped Up Applique

 

All in all, it has been a wonderful few weeks. There is just something to be said about doing what you love and teaching it to others. Nothing better than experiencing the thrill of accomplishment along with an eager student! I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your new creations soon!

Sandy

It's Not Always Work!

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 I always come away rejuvenated after teaching a class and Friday was no exception. The free-motion class I taught at Bernina World of Sewing was such fun with a lively group of ladies so eager to pick up some new tips.

Sometimes I get so bogged down with paperwork and the business aspect of trying to have a design business that I forget to take the time to sew and enjoy what got me into this business in the first place!

I took some time this past week to actually sit down at my machine and have a little fun. Ahhh, there’s nothing like the feeling of pride and accomplishment when you are actually working on a project and seeing it develop before your eyes.

Since I recently refolded all my fabric and have it in shelves that I can actually see everything now, it was so much easier to find just the right fabrics to pull together for a block.

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Granted, my sewing room soon turned into a disaster area as I began to pull and audition fabrics and then proceed to cut them up but what fun I had in the process.

Time management is a real challenge for me but I'm slowly getting a little better at it. I've signed up to take a class next week to help me get my act together. Hopefully I will be able to schedule more time with my machine and actually see these designs bouncing around in my head come to life!

Lovin' Laramie

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QuiltEssentials, Laramie, WYWhat great fun we had in Laramie, Wyoming at QuiltEssentials! Janice Pope and I traveled to Laramie to stay with our friend, Mary, and to teach a few classes. We were welcomed by a great group of ladies and had such fun. My free-motion quilting class was a joy, as always. It's so great to see students realize what fun they can have with some new quilting designs.

During the class, Sherry Reynolds came by the shop to show one of her quilts. It was absolutely stunning! Sherry, an engineer in her former life, has only been quilting for about 5-6 years but has certainly mastered it in this short time. Keep an eye out for her, we're sure to see her work often!

We attended a great Wearable Art exhibit at the University of Wyoming's Art Museum. What inspiration to make me want to come home and make a new coat or jacket of my own!

This is called Bella Pavone by Alice Kay Arnett. Gorgeous pintucking!

And the Mirror Smiled Back by Sara Varca. Gotta love that wild lining!

A Clash of Unity by Jennifer Schneider. This gray and yellow is so "in" right now!

Meditation by Teresa Nealon. A wonderful classic style.

Those Who Sew in Tears Will Reap in Joy by Treva Sprout Ahrenholtz. This beautiful dress was started many years ago by Treva simply to make something creative and beautiful. Her description stated that she came back to it time and again as she was dealing with sadness in her life. She didn't realize that someday she would have a real purpose for it and eventually was able to wear it herself as a wedding gown.