That business of the Pattern Business

Blogtoberfest, Day 19

Next week is International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas. Row House Creations, (that’s me and my partner, Trina) regrettably, will not be attending even though a few of our quilts did make the trip.

You may remember we attended Spring Quilt Market to introduce ourselves to distributors, make contacts with fabric manufacturers, and research the possibility of one day having our own booth at Quilt Market (still a dream at this point!).  It was a very worthwhile trip, and the contacts we made led to some great opportunities and increased pattern sales.

These days, we are tweaking our third pattern for *hopefully* a late October/early November release.  In the meantime, we have made several different examples of both One Big Cabin, and Modern Fortune.

After seeing the pillow I made for my niece, using the owl applique from One Big Cabin, we wanted to make a feminine version of the entire quilt.  So I selected these fabrics from my stash:


and made this quilt (not yet quilted when I took this photo):


But, that didn’t really give us the fun, atypically colored critters we were going for, so we made yet another girl-y version:


Final shot of this to come; but Trina quilted it in the eleventh hour last week and shipped these sweet little critters off to be displayed at Market in Houston!

We’ve made several different versions of Modern Fortune over the past 4-6 weeks as well.  This one is very close to our cover quilt, and is available as a kit from Quilting Connection in Ames, Iowa (follow the link to contact them to order a kit):


Here it is on my design wall, before it was quilted:


and this one is hanging as shop sample at Quilts and Other Notions, in Creston, Iowa.  It is also available as a kit, made from the collection, Puttin’ on the Ritz by Bunny Hill Designs.  (Again, contact the shop directly to order this kit):


Our baby size of this pattern creates it’s own “scrappy” binding from the fat quarters you use for your blocks–a nice bonus:


The version we made to send to Houston is a completely different look, in bold blues and yellows, it is a vibrant quilt (again, shown here prior to being quilted):


I showed you a twin sized version last week, that hung in our guild show at the AQS Show in Des Moines, Iowa, October 3-6, 2012, here is another shot of it with one of the baby quilts from our pattern cover photo:

While we are looking forward to being able to make some quilts that are not One Big Cabin or Modern Fortune variations, it has been fun to see these quilts come together in different colors, styles and manifestations.  (Secretly, we hope that we are not the only pattern designers making 6-10 versions of every.single.quilt.)  Are we?  If we are, we probably don’t want to know.

This was a fun surprise… it’s One Big Cabin made by our first customer to purchase a pattern, Linda Brandhagen (made for a grandson, I believe).  She emailed this photo to share with us–isn’t it adorable?  Thanks, Linda!

If you have purchased (or won!) a copy of any of our patterns, and made something from it, please share it with us in our flickr group.  We LOVE seeing them made up by other quilters!

To purchase either pattern online (in print or digital format) visit our shop.


To market, to market

But not to buy a fat pig… (fabric, more likely!)  Do you know that nursery rhyme?  We had this “much-older-than-us” hardcover nursery rhyme book as kids, it had to be the size of an encyclopedia volume, and it had all these ancient, sometimes bizarre, nursery rhymes.  Many of the old favorites that we all know, but many wacky ones, too.  I still have that book tucked away somewhere, I’ll dig it out and share some of those gems with you one day soon.

So, yes, too busy to find time to blog, but piecing and designing new patterns is happening almost daily… (I even have two cats supervising my every move!)  Headed to Kansas City for International Quilt Market this week– hoping to see some old friends, and meet some new ones.

An update on Caleb, from the last post, THANKS to all of you for the prayers and well wishes.  He is doing wonderfully, had his follow-up appointment with the surgeon yesterday, with a good report.  Still on a liquid diet, and his entire family is joining him on the liquid diet in solidarity (even his 7 year-old brother!).  That’s love and some serious empathy!  They had pureed spaghetti and meat sauce for dinner one night last week.  Thank you, but no, I’ll pass.  This is a shot of Caleb from Saturday, when we were setting up our garage sale (as you can see, he’s doing pretty well!):See you on the other side of Market!

happy sewing,


Spring Quilt Market: Westminster Fibers and Amy Butler

For anyone that likes bright, contemporary designs, the Westminster Fibers booth does not disappoint…Gorgeous quilts made up from Jennifer Paganelli’s newest lines, “S. St. Croix” and “Poodle”:

Erin McMorris’s “Weekends”, Joel Dewberry’s “Modern Meadow” and Denyse Schmidt’s newest (click on photos to enlarge)…

Gorgeous quilts incorporating Amy Butler’s “Love” collection… The log cabin there is stunning!

Loved, LOVED, this quilt….

Here’s some Modern Meadow eye candy, and Valori Wells‘ “Nest”….
Valori’s individual booth was lovely…just lovely…

She has some sweet little $3.00 mini patterns, but all this bird stuff was thrilling me to tears! I love a sweet birdy design!
Felicity Miller‘s “Gypsy” line is one of my faves!

I had the pleasure of meeting Anna in her booth, and oohing and ahhing over the slip-covered sofa….her book, her lovely fabrics….

And this quilt that I FELL HEAD OVER HEELS WITH….

The pattern for the quilt and the pompom pillow will be out late Summer.

Walking past, or through, Amy Butler’s booth is sort of like a candy store for fabri-holics… Well, it’s like that for me anyway. Absolutely gorgeous….

She has quilting fabric and patterns, clothing and accessory patterns, home dec fabric and patterns, yarn, paper, stationary, bedding, and now WALLPAPER!

That’s right, that isn’t fabric covering her booth walls, it’s actually Amy Butler wallpaper!
he colors are breathtaking…

We saw sneak peeks of her new Soul Blossoms fabric…can’t wait to work with that!

Now, I just need to channel all of this inspiration into production! Thank goodness I have a long weekend to get some sewing and creating done!

Spring Quilt Market: Moda & Michael Miller

I’m a little sad this morning, I seem to have “lost” some of my Market photos, including my photos of Sandi and her booth. This is the only shot I have:

My regular readers know that I love me some Sandi Henderson, so it’s a little sad that I don’t have the photos of her beautiful booth and contents…but I do have a lovely book she signed for me(!).

I lost most of my Michael Miller and some of my Moda shots. The Michael Miller booth was amazing, as always…Gorgeous quilts made from the new Antiquity fabrics…

Kathy Miller of Michael Miller, posing in a corner of the display. The white-on-white displays were lovely…

Michael Miller designer, Patty Young’s sweet booth included her ModKid pattern designs,

her new “Playdate” fabric line,

and what’s not to love about this teal green Janome?

Patty even won an award for her booth!

The Moda displays do not disappoint, this is part of the main booth:

Sort of an oversized dollhouse theme, lots of fun props in the cubby holes…

I love the kitty cats in the windows!
The Cotton Way/Thimble Blossoms booth was directly across the aisle, with the beautiful, fresh “Bliss” fabric line in all it’s glory….

And my new favorite, Sweetwater… I want one bolt of every piece in their new “Pure” fabric line… Is that too much to ask?!?

Tomorrow…Amy Butler Designs and the designers of Westminster Fibers…

Spring Quilt Market: Eye Candy

I’m on Cloud 9….

I spent last Friday and Saturday in Minneapolis, trekking the floor of Spring Quilt Market. I love the inspiration that comes from seeing the newest fabric lines, pattern ideas, display and merchandising ideas… I have a second job at a quilt shop in the Des Moines area (“to support my fabric habit”), and I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the owner for Market. I was, without doubt, on Cloud 9. Here’s some eye candy from my visit to the Twin Cities:

It’s no doubt I love most anything Halloween + Fabric, the newest line from Riley Blake Designs is no exception. This is the “Boo to You” collection from My Mind’s Eye. (Click on photos to enlarge)

And it’s hard not to smile when you see Sandy Klop’s American Jane designs…

Sue Spargo outdoes herself with color…every single time. She also has a glorious new book, “Contemporary Folk”, coming out! G*L*O*R*I*U*S.

Sandy Gervais had the sweetest little boy’s room set up in her booth…

The Moda Home gals went all out with a circus theme complete with sassy costumes, when I asked to take there picture, they jumped behind the counter to pose! Too bad you can’t see the entire costume…

I could have moved right into the Sweetwater booth, and that new line of fabric is amazing… “Pure”…

A pretty display at the Atkinson Designs booth…

Art Gallery Fabrics….what’s not to love?!… She has these great bag kit ideas…wonderful!

Heather Ross’s Far Far Away 2 fabric line in the Kokka booth…

Pillow & Maxfield new Pretty Bird line, the colors and designs are right up my alley!

Come back tomorrow, I have lots more to share from the Moda, Westminster and Amy Butler booths!