WOW! It's so amazing when a plan comes together! It's one thing when you think that you have a good idea, when you know its for a product that you will use, when you know you will love it - - - but its another thing entirely when you put it out there for everyone to see, and purchase, and you can only hope that this product will be everything that you envisioned it could be - and for the reasons you wanted it to be. Does this make sense? Or am I as clear as mud?
Let me explain a bit. When I designed the Fat Quarter Cutter ruler, I did it with several focus points in mind. I wanted to be able to cut into my hoard stash of fat quarters and make my own scrappy pre-cuts. I wanted to use a tool that would be clear - free of clutter - so that I could make these cuts with ease, and less chance of mis-cuts. I wanted a tool that would be versatile - and use it not only to make my pre-cuts, but use it on the pre-cuts that I also have a hoard stash of - and be able to cut them up into smaller portions with ease. But most of all - I wanted to design a product that not only I would use - but that the quilting world could embrace and use in the same ways that I wanted to. So I worked on it, and worked on it, and with the help of a few very talented folks who were more entrenched in this ruler designing process than I - arrived at the final design.
And - judging by your comments and the flood of emails that I've received, the plan has indeed come together! It's so gratifying to know that others see the benefits of a ruler that is free of clutter, that will help you cut your strips and squares and bars, etc, etc, with ease. That will allow others with one glance to know whether to grab the "black side" of the ruler and cut all of your 5" divisible cuts, or to grab the "white side" of the ruler and cut all of your 6" divisible cuts. (Who knew that other folks were as visually tied to color markings as much as me???)!!! It's gratifying to know that others put their trust and faith in a brand of rulers just as much as you have, and who are embracing this ruler and its intent with the same fervor that you did. Yes - it's gratifying, but more than that - it's amazing - exciting - awesome - and humbling. And I am thankful beyond words for all your emails and kind words of encouragement and praise.
So - now that we've hopefully "cleared up the mud!!!" - let's move on to the patterns so that y'all can catch a glimpse of what's up for grabs tomorrow!!
When it comes to a "blended - watercolor wash" look - this table runner has it all! Simple to cut - simple to stitch - you'll have this table runner completed in just one afternoon! And if you're not a fan of the blended look - just combine 6 of your favorite fat quarters and whip up the table runner of your dreams in no time at all!
OH. DEAR. GUSSIE. I cannot believe how long it took me before I ever attempted a dresden plate design. And I fell in love with its simplicity and versatility. And with that - the sunflower pincushion was born!! Simply cut strips with the Fat Quarter Cutter ruler - then follow up with the dresden plate ruler to cut your "petals" - and in a couple of hours - a big ole sunflower pincushion is complete! We used wool for the sunflower center and back (we absolutely LOVE combining wool and cotton together!) - but the instructions include both the wool AND cotton center/back variations so that you can choose which version you want to make! So quick and easy - you'll be making these for all your quilting friends!
These little snowbuddies are certain to melt your heart! Frost Bite is a long time pattern that has seen the test of time and remained a favorite through the years. We've updated and revised the pattern to make it fat quarter friendly and easier to construct than ever before. The perfect pattern to usher in the winter weather, Frost Bite will have you smiling as you stitch those perky little noses and blushing cheeks!
Well folks - that's it for the new patterns! With many more on the way - we're busier than you can imagine as we prepare for fall Quilt Market that happens to be coming up in (gulp) just 5 weeks away! Her's a sneak peek of what I get to work with (my new fabric line with Red Rooster - "Abigail") as I whittle my days away at the sewing machine!
More on "Abigail" next week! Don't forget - tomorrow is the big day - we'll draw 7 winners for the super prizes of a ruler and 6 new patterns! So leave your comments - we don't want you to miss out on the chance to win!
With a warm heart,