I have to admit. . .
. . . I'm pretty excited about this.
For about a year now, I've been planning & working on this new collection.
Actually, the beginnings of it have been in my heart. . .
ever since I began quilting. . .
. . . as these quilts. . . farmhouse style quilts
. . . are at the center of my love for quilts.
Farmhouse quilts are what I first knew of quilts.
They are the type of quilts that were on the upper shelves in the linen closet. . .
. . . the quilts that my Grandmas made. . . & that my Mom was trying to use carefully & lovingly.
So, I'm having the most fun, investigating, sketching, & designing quilts that are, to me, representative of those special quilts . . .
. . . & I'm putting them into a special collection of designs,
. . . the 'farmhouse collection'.
'square dance' is the first of the 'farmhouse collection' patterns.
I made all three quilts. . . & never tired of making the design (!) It's one of those patterns that has what I like to call 'puzzle blocks'. So that when you make the blocks (this design has 4 or 5 different blocks). . . you can't really tell what the pattern will be until you start putting the blocks together . . .
& then the final design 'appears'.
(I love it when that happens!)
For 'square dance', I made three different sizes/options (. . .something that is a goal for all of the 'farmhouse collection' patterns), with the smallest version having the addition of some appliqué. . .
(I used fusible web for the appliqué. . . & it went faster than I even thought it would!)
Also. . .
. . . because it was so much fun the first time. . .
there is now a embroidery (stitchery) version of 'By My Hand'
I made it using one color of floss (a medium linen color). . . & I wanted to also make it using different colors of floss (like the sampler quilt). . . but I made myself stop & move onto other new designs!
. . . Oh. . . & there are also a limited amount of kits available for the pillow version.
(. . . you can find them here!)
One one more thing!. . . .
The annual 'Spring Cleaning' sale is on at the website - where all patterns & books are 25 - 75% off! (. . . & for some of the patterns. . . we are getting very close to running out & then they will be 'retired'.)
Oh. . . & just one more thing. . . .!
. . . just kidding.
That's it for today.
But. . . keep checking back. . . more to come!
Hope you have a wonderful week!