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A few months ago, some of us got together to brainstorm about introducing some new contemporary projects to Connecting Threads. We each came up with a project to design and offer on the site as a free pattern! It's so neat, it's the first thing I've ever designed that someone else has made.

Cute As A Cupcake tote

My projects were designed to show ways to use applique.

Fly-a-way tote

In addition to drawing up the patterns for the actual applique and writing the pattern, I also sewed an applique example so that the test sewer and the person sewing the photo samples would know how I wanted the applique to look.

Before I worked on this project, I'd never done a blanket stitch, but it was pretty easy and gave me the look I wanted.

See how it turned out?

Tulip Tote
I had LOTS of help writing the patterns, and they've been tested twice, so the instructions are clear and easy to use, even for a beginner like me. You can see them up on the web here along with the quilts, coasters, and pillows Melissa, Katie, and Christina designed.

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Comment by Debbie Snyder/WA on March 27, 2009 at 6:51am
Isn't it fun and exciting. Congrats to you. The bag look great. Can't wait to see more. I too went from one tester to two. I agree with Susie, be careful it is very addicting. I've been drawing up patterns for friends or helping them to turn a table runner into a king size quilt for 20 years and I have loved everything about it. Happy Quilting
Comment by Pam on March 26, 2009 at 8:45pm
I understand. I have been asked to do a class for an upcoming retreat that is being sponsored by 3 quilt guilds, the first. I have designed a Mariner's compass especially for the class. Of course that means that I have to make that one, plus about 5 more in different color ways to show for the class. I just finished a baby quilt today and have 2 more started.

Meanwhile, I showed the top for the last quilt and the local shop wants me to make a pattern for them to sell!! I am honored, but overwhelmed. Now I have to make a pattern that someone else can understand AND a demo that I do not need. I have 2 mote baby quilts to finish for my son's frinds, and I belong to 2 guilds and and have to get the challenges done, with one due in June and the State Fair is looming in my future!! I have never entered a quilt anywhere other than just display in the local bank, ect.
Comment by Susie Rose on March 26, 2009 at 1:53pm
Hi Angela!

Great job!!! Whoo hoo!! Good for you. This is just the first step. Watch out! Designing your own stuff and for others can be addicting.

I've a designer myself. But I branch out into a lot of areas; fashion, knitting, crocheting, quilting, weaving, lace making and much more. I STILL get the WOW!!! when I see someone making something from my own original pattern. And I've been designing for 38 years.

Keep up the good work!!!

Make it happen!


Susie Rose

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