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A Light-hearted Look at Appliqué Quilts by Sandy Fitzpatrick


It's a Busy Month!

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A little over a week ago I was enjoying the sunny shores of Daytona Beach, Florida. It was a little chilly for my taste but still warmer than most of the U.S. It wasn't really a vacation for me, as I was attending the AQS Quiltweek Show as a vendor. I must say that I do love attending these shows and being able to visit different areas of the country. This was the second year that the AQS show was in Daytona and it was great to see some returning, smiling faces in my booth.

Daytona Booth PhotoIf you have attended any of these shows you know about the amazing quilts on display, such exquisite work! If you were unable to see the show, I'll bring a little of it to you with some of the amazing quilts from the show.

When I'm 64 by Diane J. Evans

Victory by Colette Dumont

Tuscany Village by Claudia Scheja

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts by Cassandra Ireland Beaver

Talking Heads: Giraffec Park by Jan Frazer

Silk Road Sampler by Melissa Sobotka

Poinsettia by Laura Ruiz

Otaru Winter by Cynthia L. Vogt

Manor House Cats by Cheryl Kerestes

Infinite Glow by Renee Burson

Chihuly's Gondola by Melissa Sobotka

March is an unusually busy month for me this year as I have three shows this month. After returning home from the Daytona show it was time to restock my patterns and cut more kits. I'm leaving on Monday for A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. This is my first year for this show and I'm excited to explore a different area. Besides vending at the show, I'll also be teaching Fearless Machine Appliqué.

When I return home on the 26th I'll have just enough time to repack my bag before heading off the next morning for Lancaster, PA. The AQS Quiltweek in Lancaster is one I've been attending for several years now and is truly a great show in such a picturesque area, beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania and Amish countryside.

I hope you are working on something wonderful yourself, and should you be in the area of any of these shows, please stop by to say, "Hello"!



Loving Lancaster

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Last week I was able to spend a few days in the lovely city of Lancaster, PA while attending the AQS show. It was a very busy week with two lectures, teaching a class on machine applique and vending. After setting up on Tuesday we were able to spend some much needed "down time" taking in the idyllic sites of the surrounding area. We love the Central Market which was first established in 1730. It's the oldest farmer's market in the country and has such a great selection of food, flowers, and crafts. Definitely the best baklava I've ever eaten and the tastiest sandwiches on homemade bread! Central Market, Lancaster, PA

As we toured the peaceful Amish countryside we went in search of one of the local covered bridges and enjoyed the sites of a simpler life.

Neff's Mill Bridge 1824

Amish Life

My class on machine appliqué was such a treat. It's always fun for me to be able to show that there really is nothing to fear with appliqué and that it really can be so much fun, almost like playing with paper dolls. The students were a delight and we even had the joy of having an assistant, as Pumpkin the service dog, joined us for the class. Since Pumpkin has been trained to turn on lamps at home by pressing down on a foot control, we did get quite a chuckle as she decided to take a few stitches on the machine, thinking she was doing us a favor by turning on the lights.

Woo Hoo!



There were some absolutely exquisite quilts in the quilt show....


Celebration by Lynne Taylor of Cape Girardeau, MO

The Minotaur

The Minotaur by Marilyn Belford of Caldwell, NJ

Spanish Arches

Spanish Arches by Lenore Crawford of Midland, MI


Bouquet by Katie Pasquini Masopust from her Paintings in Quilts special exhibit.

Now that the show is over, I'm spending some much needed "grandma/honey" time with the grand girls in NJ. We've managed to work in a few art projects of our own.

Emma's cake



Hope you are spending some time creating something of your own!


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!

Kiss My StashMerry Mouse Mischief

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



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.


Shower Trees by Kathy Nakajima of Tokyo, Japan


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


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


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


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.


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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A Little Virtual Quilt Show

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IMG_1970 What a great time we had at the Vintage View Quilt Show this past weekend! The Capital Quilt Guild, along with the Carolina Longarm Association banded together to create this wonderful show and it was amazing! Over 450 quilts were entered and the skill and expertise were obvious in all the beautiful quilts. Since I was vending at the show, I arrived early every morning so that I could get a chance to see all the beautiful quilts myself. Here are a few photos in case you missed it.


Botanikal by Lynne Turner-Lio is an adaptation of Robin Pandolph's "Botanika" pattern. Lynne added dimension appliqué to make this the Best of Show quilt!



Wilson, North Carolina by Frances Tillery shows many of the buildings in Wilson where Frances grew up.


Spring Bouquet by Karen West made from a kit by Laundry Basket Quilts and quilted by Suzan deSerres.


Dancing Batik by Noi Bland and quilted by Angela Clark.


Lollipop Trees by Sharyn Cole. This quilt is from a pattern by Kim McLean and was quilted by Suzan deSerres.


Arboretum by Sheryl Lucas was one of the first quilts Sheryl made. It was quilted by Ann Hull.


Smokey Mountain Feathered Star by Angela Clark. This quilt was part of a Dee Dalton Mystery Retreat, the pattern is Star Trekks by Dee Dalton and the quilting design is by Dawna Sanders.


Snails Trails by Gail B. Draney was a Saturday Sampler quilt for 2012 from Bernina World of Sewing. It was quilted by Jan Marie Potter.


I even managed to garner a ribbon of my own with my Acorns Away quilt which I created from a block I made for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine. My own design, my own quilting.


These cute little quiltlets were stitched up by Brenda Keeley for herself and her two sisters using my Tweet pattern. She said she made each of the quilts and gave two of them to her sisters but had to ask for them back so that she could enter them in the show. The next picture is a photo of the works in progress. I love it when customers send me photos of items created from my designs!

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Hope you enjoyed this virtual little quilt show and are working on your own fun creations!

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Falling Acorns

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The days are getting a little shorter and occasionally you can feel a touch of fall. What better time to tackle a new project! Last year I submitted a block to Quiltmaker Magazine's Fall issue of "100 Blocks". When I created the block, I also quickly made up a wallhanging using that block, and a variation of it, for the center of the quilt and the corner blocks. I was hoping that they would include it in the magazine. But, when I sent them photos of the quilt, they decided to hold onto it in order to include it in their magazine  "Quilts From 100 Blocks". I'm happy to report that this issue just hit the news stands and I am so excited to be included! I'm giving away two copies of the magazine by random drawing on Tuesday, September 10. Simply comment below telling me what you love most about Fall. You can increase your chance to win by also "Liking" my Facebook page, Hissyfitz Designs,  and come back here to tell me that you have "liked" my page. If you are already a fan of my page just tell me that too.

Best of luck to you and I hope you are working on a project that you love.

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More from Cincinnati Quilt Festival

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There were so many beautiful quilts at the recent Cincinnati show I just couldn't cram them all into the last post so we're continuing the inspiration here.

Marmalade Sunset by Ludmila Aristova

Marmalade SunsetI love the way Ludmilla used tucks in the fabric to represent the texture of the buildings in this cityscape of New York City.

Rainy Day - San Francisco by Sally Wright

Rainy Day - San FranciscoLove the composition of this!

A World of Many Colors by Georgeta Grama

A World of Many Colors by Georgeta GramaThis quilt was made by a wonderful quilt artist from Romania. As I stood and stared at this quilt I tried to figure out how it was done. The techniques listed were shadow trapunto, fused appliqué and wholecloth. It is absolutely breathtaking and the machine quilting is exquisite!

Berne House Quilt

Berne House QuiltThis quilt was made by members of the Bernese Quilters for an exhibition in Berne, Switzerland in 2010. One hundred fifty-six different blocks were made separately and then put together. One member took it upon herself to replicate the famous clock tower, a well-known landmark of the city of Berne, which can be seen in the lower middle of the quilt.

The Blacksmith: Tribute to Gilbert Hart by Melissa Burdon

The Blacksmith by Melissa BurdonPortrait quilts are some of my favorites. This quilt depicts the great-grandfather of Melissa Burdon who worked as a blacksmith in Okaramio, Marlborough, New Zealand. Melissa stated that a photograph of him at work, dated 1917, inspired her to make the quilt.

Captain Kimo by Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen Sistek

Captain Kimo by Nancy Sterett Martin and Karen SistekThis quilt was inspired by a photograph taken by Captain Kimo (used with the artist's permission). It was hand painted on silk by Nancy and Karen and quilted by Nancy.

Flower Quartet by Yasuko Sugaya

Flower Quartet by Yasuko SugayaJapanese quilters always inspire me. This quilt was hand pieced, hand appliquéd, hand embroidered and hand quilted. It was made by Yasuko Sugaya as a gift for her daughter. Stunning.

Baltimore in Berlin by Karin Grabowski

Baltimore in Berlin by Karin GrabowskiKarin made this small Baltimore album style quilt in honor of her husband's 50th birthday using silk ribbon embroidery and beading.

There were so many beautiful quilts in the show and I just didn't have enough space on my camera to capture them all. If you ever get a chance to attend a large quilt show, don't hesitate as it will provide you with so much inspiration. I usually leave these shows with so many ideas in my head that it is hard to sleep at night!


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I returned home Sunday evening after such a great time in Cincinnati at the Spring Quilt Festival. My sole intention was to have a booth to vend my patterns but I always come away from these shows with so much more! I love meeting customers who are already familiar with my patterns but especially love meeting new converts as well. Since I usually attend these shows alone, I don't have as much time to view the quilts in the quilt show, so I try to arrive early each day and take in a little at a time. It helps to re-energize me for the day ahead when I see such amazing works of art.

I took many pictures over the course of four days and will try to post as many as I can here. I don't want to overwhelm you with too long a post today so I will break them up over a few days.

Cincinnati Vendor's Mall 2013

Cincinnati Quilt Show 2013

This is what the vendor floor and quilt show looks like before the show opens, nice and calm with everything in it's place. As the show opens and the crowds gather you can hardly see the red carpet on the floor. Unfortunately, I was unable to get a picture of the crowds because I was too busy welcoming people into my booth.

Happy Shoppers!I must say that I love the reaction of customers the first time they step into my booth. Usually they stand there with a smile on their face as their gaze slowly makes its way around to all the quilts. Sometimes they are so excited about the designs that they return again and again as was the case with Joann Prince and Charisse Boychuk.

Joann Prince and Charisse Boychuk

I especially enjoyed the show and tell that I received from eight year old Scarlett. Just look at those perfect points on those triangles! I see a quilt show ribbon in her future.

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Modern quilts are certainly making a name for themselves and it was great to see a special exhibit from the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild featuring the Dresden Plate.

Mod Polka Party by Barbara Chenault, quilted by Katy Doench

Mod Polka Party by Barbara Chenault

Reds-den Plate by Janine Keeton

Red-den Plate by Janine Keeton

The Dresden Files by Kelly Biscopink, Quilted by Angela Walters

The Dresden Files by Kelly Biscopink

Switching Gears by Amy Thonnerieux

Switching Gears by Amy Thonnerieux

 I was able to meet Amy and her mom on Saturday as they came by my booth. Amy's sister, Tracey is a friend of my two daughters and was stationed with them in Okinawa, it really is a small world. Just as Amy's quilt suggests with all the gears connecting, it is amazing the connections we make with people worldwide.

The next two quilts are also modern quilts but were in other areas of the quilt show.

Ripple by Daniel Rouse

Ripple by Daniel Rouse

Ripple by Daniel Rouse  is a modern take on the Drunkard's Path block.

Sky High by Kate Stiassni, Quilted by Jackie Kunkel

Sky High by Kate Stiassni

So many beautiful quilts to share and I'm really enjoying the modern quilt movement. It is especially exciting to see so many younger quilters getting involved and using their creativity to update  traditional quilts.

Little Hissies

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If you are a quilter I'm sure you have an abundance of quilt patterns, books, and online sources with design options. Maybe you have a pattern with a quilt layout that you love but the block design leaves a little to be desired. Or perhaps you want to change up a current tablerunner or bag pattern. As a pattern designer, I can assure you that we all want you to continue to purchase new patterns to add to your ever growing stash. Sometimes I get an idea for a new applique design and want to use it on several different projects. That is where the idea of Little Hissies came from. I had several individual block patterns ready to go into quilts but thought they would also be great to add to several different projects. These one block designs contain only the applique design and instructions allowing you to use your creativity to stitch them on whatever you choose! Use any pattern that you currently have that requires a 12" block and these will be just the right size. You aren't just limited to the 12" size though as you may enlarge or decrease the size of the applique design to fit your project. Permission is given on the pattern sheet to make the change in size. The price of $6.50 each is quite a bargain these days. When you create a project using one of my Little Hissies, please send me a photo. I would love to feature it on my blog or website! To see these and my other patterns simply go to my website, www.HissyfitzDesigns.com LH-Cruisin'

Cruisin' looks great on any tote bag.


A Spot of Tea looks great on a tablerunner.


Owl Be Seeing U would make a great little wallhanging, or make several blocks for a quilt.


Stitch was quilted and mounted on a canvas frame, makes a great little wallhanging for your sewing studio!


Santa Mouse looks great on a pillow for the holidays.


Whoo, Whoo, Whoo would add a little whimsy to any holiday project!


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Busy as a…. wait a minute, there has to be something busier than a bee because that has been my life for the past couple of months. I’m getting ready to pack up the car to head to Houston for Quilt Market and Festival and can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve been creating patterns like a crazy person in preparation and am happy to be debuting three new full size quilt patterns and six Little Hissies! I blogged about Tweet in a previous post. So to keep you up to date, here are the other two newest patterns…. Me and My Peeps


We’ll be packing up the car tonight and heading out for the two day drive to Houston tomorrow morning. This is just a small sample of what is waiting to be loaded, not including suitcases, quilts, samples, and poles for the booth.

Gearing up for several days of fun with quilters from all over the world.


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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!

Myrtle Beach in January!?

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Yep, as cold as it was, I spent the weekend in Myrtle Beach. However, I never even laid eyes on the actual beach or the ocean because I was vending at the Myrtle Beach Quilt Party. Lots of ladies taking classes and enjoying the quilts and vendors.

One of the highlights was when sisters Debbie and Mardelle came by to show me the quilt that Debbie had made. She bought the Flamingo Frolics pattern at last year's show. Image

She told me at that time that she wasn't a quilter but was an avid scrapbooker and cross-stitcher. Mardelle is the brains behind the Myrtle Beach Quilt Party and Debbie decided to make the flamingo quilt as a surprise to present to her this year. Debbie even scrapbooked the whole process from shopping for fabric to the quilt's final stitches.




When presented with the quilt on "Show and Tell" night apparently Mardelle was speechless to find that her sister had finally made her first quilt! I was thrilled that Debbie chose one of my patterns as her first project. She said she is "hooked" now and plans to make some of my other patterns which she had previously purchased.

There were some great quilts on display by the teachers....



After a long drive home on Saturday night I was ready for a nice cup of hot tea. Boy was I surprised when my DH opened the refrigerator and brought out a delicious coconut cake that he had made for me!


In all of our 34 years of marriage this was the first cake he had ever made! He knew that coconut was my favorite and I had recently acquired the recipe from one of our bee members, thanks Carol! If you are a big fan of coconut as well, here is the scrumptious recipe from allrecipes.com. 

1 (16 ounce) package white cake mix

1 (14 ounce) can cream of coconut

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (16 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 (10 ounce) package flaked coconut

Prepare cake according to package directions. Bake in a 9 x 13 inch pan or in two layer pans. Cool completely. In a small bowl combine cream of coconut and condensed milk. Poke holes in cake with a straw. Pour milk mixture over cake and spread with whipped topping. Sprinkle coconut over cake. Serve chilled.