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.

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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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Sometimes a Girl Just Needs a Makeover

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flamingo-new Do you ever have one of those days when you look in the mirror and decide it's time for a little change?

As a pattern designer, we get to make those decisions when it's time to reprint a pattern. This Flamingo Frolics pattern is not new. However, it still remains popular and when I began to run out of the pattern, I had to make a few decisions. Do I keep it in the line, or not?

Since it was one of the first patterns I designed, I decided to give it new life by remaking the quilt in updated fabrics and redoing the pattern completely. It is now much easier for you to create, as all the pattern pieces are drawn out separately and ready for you to trace onto fusible web. There are new instructions and a guide sheet showing pattern placement.

There is a constant swirl of new pattern designs in my head and I'm working hard to have some new ones ready for Spring Market. But, for now, welcome back girlie, good to see you "keeping up with the times"!

Sandy

 

Houston Market/Festival, What a Show!

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I can finally see the light of day after playing "catch up" on everything that needed to be done after attending Market and Festival in Houston so I thought you may like to see a little of what goes on at these two wonderful shows! Market is for shop owners and others "in the business" to find the latest and greatest among fabric designs, notions, patterns, sewing machines and anything else you can think of, to make your little heart go "pitter-pat"! Since I am a pattern designer, it is the place to be, to show my newest patterns. I introduced two new patterns called, "Kiss My Stash" and "Merry Mouse Mischief" which were both hits!

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A typical booth at Market starts out looking a little desolate, but within a few hours looks pretty amazing!

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Within 24 hours the show floor is transformed into something magical, which lasts only three days. Once Market is over, there is a two day break to allow some vendors to move out and others to move in for Festival, which is open to the public. It is a quilter's/sewist's heaven! This year there were about 1100 booths, walking shoes are a must!

Market Floor

When customers aren't shopping, they can view the hundreds of award winning quilts in the quilt show. This is just a sampling of the amazing talent displayed by quilters from around the world.

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Shower Trees by Kathy Nakajima of Tokyo, Japan

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Brilliant Rose by Junko Fujiwara of Narashino, Chiba Pref, Japan

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Ben's Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold of Chevy Chase, MD

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Audrey II Plus 3 by Marianne Mulheren of Ukiah, CA

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon by Jerry Granata of Palm Springs, CA

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance? by Jan Reed of Grass Valley, CA

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Eager to Learn - Afghanistan by Gillian Shearer of Tweed Heads West, NSW, Australia

 

Ewe Are My Sunshine

And the Grand Prize Winner, Ewe Are My Sunshine by Janet Stone of Overland Park, KS

We did manage to have a little extra fun since Halloween fell during Festival this year.

Happy Halloween

Hope to see you at a future show!

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Three Down, Four to Go!

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Emma and her quilt I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The cobbler’s children have no shoes.” This is a phrase that is well known around our house when it comes to getting something done that is sewing or quilt related.

As a quilt designer you would think that my children and grandchildren would be unable to move in their beds at night from the weight of all the quilts I have made for them, right?! Ha, unfortunately this isn’t even close to reality. My own children do indeed have quilts or wallhangings which I made for them many years ago, before I even started designing quilts. When my two daughters got married, the plan was to make a quilt for each new grandchild as they came along. This worked pretty well for the first couple. Kate received a quilt designed especially for her, which resulted in my Cutie Patootie pattern. Jackson followed shortly thereafter and so did his quilt, which eventually became the Action Jackson pattern.

However, the grandchildren didn’t end there. Both of my girls continued having babies and now I am WAY behind on the quilts. Kate now has two sisters, Emma is five and Claire is two, and Jackson now has three brothers, four year old Gavin, and two year old twin brothers Ryan and Dylan.

It would certainly be easier to accomplish my goal of supplying quilts to each of these kiddos if I could simply go to my local quilt shop and pick a pattern from the rack. However, my girls seem to think that each of these wonderful children deserves their own original quilt designed by “Honey”, and I must admit that I agree with them.

Poor Emma has been waiting patiently for her quilt for several years now. I had been working on it sporadically but just hadn’t set aside the time to get it finished, until recently. The layout is similar to Cutie Patootie except that it is upside down, I didn’t feel the need to “reinvent the wheel” here. The designs inside the blocks are all different except for the monkeys. I’d originally planned something else for that particular block, but one of Emma’s favorite things is monkeys, so I just used the block from Jackson’s quilt instead.

Emma's-Quilt

This summer we had a great time with the grandgirls as they stayed at our house for two weeks while their parents went to Europe. Before they arrived, I had finished the quilt top and had it layered and pinned for quilting. While they were here, I would find a few free minutes now and then to sit down at my machine for some free-motion quilting. The girls knew that I was working on Emma’s quilt and I had promised her that it would be finished in time for her to take it home with her. One day Emma stood watching me as I was stitching away on the quilt and she said, “Honey, can you just stay up all night until you are finished?” Well, that didn’t happen but I was able to have it ready for her by the time she left.

Emma was pretty excited about her new quilt. Courtney, my daughter, said that she was showing it off to her friends the following week and she overheard her say, “This is the quilt that Honey made for me. She’s old, but she’s not dead.”

Ha ha, aren't kids great!

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Tweet!

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I’m excited to debut one of my newest patterns called Tweet! I’ve been sewing and designing like a madwoman trying to get new patterns ready for publication and this one is so much fun. Tweet started out as a one block design which I created for an applique class at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh. Sometimes I have a hard time “leaving well enough alone” and decided to add a couple more blocks to make a larger wallhanging. What fun I had sewing the appliques and free-motion quilting this beauty with Aurifil thread. I’ve used Auriful off and on for a few years, but have now become a die-hard convert. This is such a great thread because you get so much on a spool and it is practically lint-free. I can wind a bobbin with the 50 wt and sew much longer without running out of bobbin thread. Plus, since there is practically no lint, that means less time on machine maintenance and more time for stitching fun!

This bright, clean wallhanging is perfect to brighten up any area. The appliques are simple and the limited amount of piecing is fun. For free-motion quilting, I simply echo quilted around the applique designs and did a little more swirly, funky design in the pieced areas. If you are looking for a simple applique design with a lot of punch, this is it! Order it here!

Mary Sunshine!

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Congratulations to Terry Patterson from Concord, NC who won a ribbon at the Splash of Color quilt show this weekend! Terry created this quilt using my "Here Comes the Sun" pattern and inserted her granddaughter's face into the quilt using Photoshop. She called her quilt "Mary Sunshine" and I just love the joy on her face. Terry also used beads to add a little extra bling to the falling raindrops. Genius!