Spring brings out the critters and the flowers!

Outdoors as well as in our patterns!  Pattern number 4 is on the way to the printer; a second critter appliqué quilt that just might be our favorite design yet!  In addition, we are working on a pattern for the Chrysanthemum quilt Doris is shown holding in the Spring issue of Quilty:

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a sneak peek of the cover quilt (don’t want to give it away completely, right?!):

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It’s a beauty, and we hope to have it available very soon…

Thanks for stopping by & happy quilting,

Trina & Doris

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Monkey see…

One of the uplifting parts of designing patterns is getting to see what people make with them, and how they interpret them.  I’m notorious among my quilting friends for not following patterns.  Trina, the other half of Row House Creations even asked me once “why do you even buy patterns? It’s not like you follow them?”  Well, I do to a point; I’ve even followed a pattern or two to a tee once or twice. 😉

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But I like to play, to experiment, to “make it my own”.  Which is why it’s fun for me to see other quilters do that with our patterns.  Between the two of us, Trina and I have made at least a half dozen versions of Flip a Coin.  We’ve purchased fabric to make one without using charms (cut up and pieced to form the inside  “coin stacks”) to see how different it would look with a novelty or focus fabric.  We just haven’t found the time to make it yet.

But, last week, Trina came across these two in one of our local quilt shops, made with Sock Monkey fabric — we love these!

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She also shortened the quilt by a row to make a smaller, crib size.  What a fabulous way to highlight a novelty or large print!

If you have our Flip A Coin pattern, and would like to make a version with yardage instead of a charm pack; you would need 5/8 yard if using one fabric for all of the focus rectangles, or two 1/3 yard cuts to make it with two focus fabrics like the quilts shown above.