Nine Patch Maze flat

February 2018 -- Connecting Threads has just released their beautiful Marika Indigo Batiks collection. I've illustrated my Nine Patch Maze pattern in fabric from the collection, shown above. I love the interlocking aspect of the design, and it's easy to sew too! Pattern and fabric are available from Connecting Threads.


Double Star

January 2018 -- Marcus Fabric is introducing their Sea Glass collection in February. I love the vibrant colors! I've just updated my Double Star pattern, available on Craftsy, illustrating it with fabric from the collection as shown at left. The design at right uses fabric from the same collection.


On the Boardwalk blog image

January 2018 -- My On the Boardwalk pattern has been available on Craftsy for a while. Whenever I need to find a current collection to use in illustrating the pattern, I check Andover Fabrics first; I can always find a collection that's perfect for this design. At left is the quilt as illustrated in the updated pattern, using Andover's Field Day and Dimples collections. I pulled fabric from their Uptown collection to create the quilt at right. 


Sunny Lanes blog image

January 2018 -- There are some beautiful fabric panels on the market that can be used to build a themed quilt around. My Sunny Lanes pattern, available on Craftsy, was designed to do just that. I illustrated the pattern with fabrics from the Where the Wise Things Are collection by QT Fabrics, shown above left. Fabrics from Elizabeth's Studio are featured in quilt shown above right; the panels are from their Sand Scribbles collection. Vist the pattern's Craftsy page to see a neat fishing themed version and a variation included in the pattern that does not use panels. 


December 2017 -- Andover is introducing a new collection, Sundance, next month. I've updated my Texas Crossroads pattern, illustrating it with fabrics from the collection, shown above left. For a softer look, I reversed the placement of the two focus fabrics and came up with the version shown above right. The pattern is available from Craftsy. For more variations using Sundance fabrics, view the images shown on Craftsy.  

Garden Maze 2017 12 post

December 2017 - You might think I'm partial to this design, as I've posted about it before. I suppose I am. It seems my pattern and quilt customers are too; the pattern is one of my most popular and I've been commissioned to make several quilts of this design. I just updated the pattern available from Craftsy, illustrating it with fabrics from the Portofino collection by Quilting Treasures (shown above left). The quilt shown above right uses fabric from the Mariposa collection, also by Quilting Treasures. (I'm a bit partial to Quilting Treasures, too; they have gorgeous fabric!)

Winter Wonder large

December 2017 -- Connecting Threads is featuring my Winter Wonder design in their current catalog. Their Glacier Peak collection was perfect for the design and in fact inspired it. Quilters, wouldn't this make a nice Christmas gift? It could be used as a wall hanging or lap quilt. The pattern, kit and fabrics are available from Connecting Threads. Photo by Connecting Threads.

Frozen and Peachy Keen
November 2017 -- If you're shopping in Danville, KY, stop by the McDowell House Museum Gift Shop, also known as The Gift Shop at Constitution Square. They have some of my quilts for sale. Above are two, Frozen and Peachy Keen (I'm sure you can tell which is which!). The shop is located at 134 S. Second Street, adjacent to the Constitution Square Historic Site.

 Citrus Twist Uptown

October 2017 -- Andover is releasing the Uptown collection next month. I updated my Citrus Twist pattern with it and love the result. The pattern is quite flexible; once you make the blocks, you can create several designs depending on the orientation of the blocks. Two variations are shown above. It has instructions for two quilt sizes. The pattern is available from Craftsy and PatternSpot.


QQ53 Spellbinding

October 2017 -- Halloween is creeping up! Quilting Treasures has a wonderful collection, Queen of We'en, celebrating this fun holiday. If you decorate for Halloween, check out my table runner design. You can easily make the runner reversible, as I did, using the large image of the Queen herself and the smaller panel images to make a pieced backing. The pattern is in the Oct/Nov issue of  McCall's Quick Quilts.

runner 29 x 105

Sept 2017 -- If you love batiks, check out Connecting Threads' Tradewinds fabrics, part of their Batik Paradise collection. I came up with this design, Coxey's Camp, to show them off. The pattern, available from Connecting Threads, includes instructions for the table runner shown above and for a bed size quilt.The quilt is constructed in vertical rows vs blocks, simplifying the process. Fabric and pattern are available from Connecting Threads.

CT Spools and Wrenches

September 2017 -- Monkey Wrench and Spool and Bobbin blocks combine to make this design, so the idea of naming it Spools and Wrenches came pretty quickly. It's also appropriate considering all those thread spools in the border fabric, part of the Emma and Myrtle collection by Connecting Threads. (As you can guess, the Spool and Bobbin block also inspired my business name.) Fabric and pattern available from Connecting Threads.


Brenda Plaster

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