A little late throwing my hat in the ring (what’s new?!) but here is my entry into the Spring 2012 Bloggers’ Quilt Festival:
One Big Cabin
In mid April, I announced here that my friend Trina and I had published our first pattern. It was a long time coming. As quilt shop employees, we travelled to Spring 2010 Quilt Market together, and we got along so famously, as we always had, we spent the four hour drive home brainstorming ideas for a new business venture together.
It took us a year to actually form Row House Creations, LLP, and another nearly 8 months to actually get that first pattern printed, but it was worth the wait. We designed this quilt together, brainstorming the layout over iced coffees at Caribou Coffee, I went home and drew the critters, and eventually transformed my sketches into this applique pattern drawing:
I’ve always loved drawing, and this pattern venture is one of the first times I’ve utilized that love and that talent for professional purposes. I’m so proud when I show people my artwork on this new pattern cover:
One Big Cabin is made using a very simple raw-edge applique technique that anyone can do!
We are both so fortunate to have found such a like-minded business partner. And, she’s an awesome friend, too! Trina went to the Machine Quilters Showcase in Kansas City last week, I was travelling with another friend. She went to Angela Walter’s book signing, and was second-to-the-last person to receive a copy of Angela’s book, for free, signed by Angela. She texted me this pic of her with Angela Walters (notice the book under her left arm):
When I saw Trina that evening, she gave me the book! It’s inscribed “To Doris”!!! Love that girl!
Lovely pattern. Congrats!
congrats on your pattern release! That raccoon is so cute! 🙂
Doris, this is such an adorable, fun quilt! So glad you shared it! And it appears that Trina is a great friend in addition to being your business partner.
This is so sweet! Beautiful job.
Love your pattern and quilt! Adorable!
Doris, this quilt is great. Congratulations on your new pattern! I love that Trina had Angela sign the book “To Doris”.
Where did you get your ‘Quilt’ sign in the previous post? Thanks!
There is a man in Iowa that makes them (I believe) for a shop in Marion, Iowa, called Cottage Rose. I bought mine about 4 years ago from there.
What a cute quilt. Love that you and your friend designed the pattern and started your own little company. Good Luck.
Congrats on the new pattern! Trina is such a sweet gal!!!
Thanks, Angela! She is, and generous, too. Love the new book, I look forward to putting it into practice!
A lovely pattern and a nice story about setting up your business. Good luck!
Adorable! Congrats on your pattern.
This is so cute.
Very cute! Much success in your venture.
I love your pattern! I wish you all the success in the world! That is so sweet about the book!