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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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Spring Market in Portland

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What a great time I had at Spring Market! Portland is a wonderful city and I wish I had gone a few days early to be able to experience more of it. Since I actually arrived at midnight (Eastern time) I started out a little on the tired side. Let me tell you, it's not easy carrying everything you need for your booth in two suitcases on a plane! I shipped out boxes of patterns and kits, as well, but this is what my booth looked like when I arrived.My booth in Portland After a lot of effort and many trips climbing up and down on a ladder, it finally came together. Hissyfitz Designs in Portland There were so many other wonderful booths to see. Since I arrived early each day, I took a few pictures of other great booths. Pat Bravo Mo Bidell

Placa Zen Chic

Ric Rac BoothGotta love this cute little dress made from selvedge edges in the Ric Rac booth!

Stella LightingI had great neighbors across the aisle from me in the Stella Lighting booth. From left to right are Marshall Collins, Janessa Bruce, Michael McCormick, and Nathan Wiedenmann. Let me tell you, these guys and their lights are amazing! The lights are LED so they never get hot, there are three different settings, warm, natural, and cool to meet all your lighting needs and each of these settings can be dimmed to your specifications to make just the perfect amount and style of lighting you prefer to work on your particular projects. Since there is no bulb to burn out, these lights last for over 50,000 hours of use. As I listened to their spiel throughout the show I decided that I had to have these lights. The task light for my desk followed me home and the floor light, called Stella Sky is on order and I can't wait to have it in my sewing studio!

A couple of highlights from the show were that I added a new distributor to those that carry my patterns. I am very happy to say that Checker Distributors was added to my list.

Checker Sign

And I was excited to see that my block "Cuppity Cake" was on the flyer being distributed to potential designers who may want to add their block to an upcoming issue of 100 Blocks Magazine.

100 Blocks Flyer

All in all, it was a very successful market for me. I loved meeting new shop owners and it was a joy to see current customers as well. I came home with a head full of new ideas and am anxious to get them down on paper.


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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.

Pink and Purdy!

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Apparently this mild winter we've had on the east coast has really inspired some very special quilters to get ready for the summer. Pat Boggs finished her Flamingo Frolics quilt and brought it to show me at the Statesville Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza. I love all the pink!

This was the first time I've vended in Statesville and let me tell you it was such a great show! There was such a variety of vendors and we were just as excited to be there as the customers were to see us. Can't wait to go again next near.

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.



Spring Festival and Springtime in the Carolinas

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It's been a busy few weeks for me as I drove to Cincinnati at the beginning of April to vend at Spring Festival and then last week had a booth at the Springtime in the Carolinas quilt show in Rutherfordton, NC. The trip to Cincinnati was great fun as I had a friend come along with me to help me in my booth. None other than Laura Martell of  The Creative Thimble! When I mentioned that I was looking for someone to help me in my booth she graciously volunteered and we had a great time and shared a lot of laughs. As we were sitting in the booth at the show, we were like stalkers watching the crowds come and go. We were actually keeping an eye out for bags made from Laura's patterns and would call the people into the booth to compliment them on their wonderful creations and to introduce them to Laura as the designer of their particular bag pattern.

What great reactions we were able to see! Everyone was thrilled to be able to meet the actual designer and often wanted their picture taken with Laura. One lady was so excited because her friend had actually made the Professional Tote she was carrying and she called her friend right from our booth to let her know she was standing there looking at Laura. By the end of that conversation she had tears in her eyes. It was a great photo op which we kindly took with her camera so I, unfortunately, don't have a picture of that moment.

I do, however, have a photo of a great quilt by Barb Kelly.  She came into my booth and told me about the quilt she had made from my giraffe pattern, My Favorite Earrings. Barb explained that it was the first quilt she had ever made and that she had so much fun watching it come together. She said she actually got up in the middle of the night to go in and admire her work and to see the personality develop in the mama giraffe during the process. How exciting it is to hear that something you create as a pattern can bring smiles to the faces of the customer as they make it themselves. I was especially pleased to hear that it was her first quilt and she felt it was so easy to accomplish!

My show last weekend was a little more low key but still a great time with the ladies of the Rutherford Quilt Guild. It was the first year for them to have a quilt show and they did an excellent job of putting on a great show with lots of gorgeous quilts to admire and a great variety of vendors.

I'm currently planning my next big trip, leaving on May 4 to fly to Laramie, WY with Janice Pope of Anything But Boring, where I will be teaching a full day workshop on free-motion quilting at Quilt Essentials. It will be a full weekend with a trunk show on Friday night, school house sessions on Saturday and the workshop on Monday. Janice will be offering a class on her Two Hour Tulip purse and Mary Corcoran, formerly of Raleigh but now living in Laramie, will be offering a class as well. Mary has recently published a gorgeous pattern featuring seasonal oak leaves which will be debuting at Market.  After Laramie, we will drive to Salt Lake City for Spring Market. I'm looking forward to the excitement that Market brings.