MCM #103 – More Printed Patterns!

Happy Monday! I’m always glad when Monday rolls around. It’s the start of a new week and everything feels fresh and new. Last week was busy for me; this week is even busier.

I started two sessions of Beginning Quilting 1 last week. Introducing new people to this wonderful craft is always so exciting for me. It’s fun to see the quilting bug bite someone when they’re in class. I love the feeling I get knowing that I’ve just brought them into my world of WIP’s, UFO’s, fabric hoarding, overflowing scrap baskets, and more projects than they will ever have time for. Ha! It’s an addiction!

This week I will have the two BQ1 classes and will also start a three week class (1 session per week) teaching the first pattern I wrote – Floating. You can read about the different versions I’ve made here, here, and the latest Alison Glass one.

You may remember I am in the process of redesigning all of my patterns and printing them in booklet form. The most recent pattern I released “Summer Rain” was the first I had printed and I love the way it looks. Since then I’ve been able to add two others to booklet form – Spinning and Floating.

Spinning was originally written using 3 different fabrics (I used Quilters Linen in shades of blues and greens, my fav!).  The newest version of Spinning has instructions for making an ombre version. I had a lot of questions from quilters who wanted to make an ombre version after seeing the one I made, so it made sense to rewrite the pattern to make it easier to use ombre fabric.

Quilting Detail SLQ

Printing pattern booklets is progress toward my overall goal of marketing and distributing the Cooking Up Quilts pattern line. The booklets are available in my local quilt shop, and I would love for them to be available in yours. If you would like to see your local shop carry any of my patterns, please ask them to get in touch. I welcome wholesale inquiries!

To celebrate the printing of these two popular patterns, I’m offering a 20% discount on all my patterns. Yay! Who doesn’t love a sale? The discount includes PDF or print patterns, and no coupon code is needed – I’ve changed the price to reflect the discount. PDF copies are available through my Craftsy shop. If you would like a print copy, just email me and we’ll work it out (info@cookingupquilts {dot} com)

Along with the pattern printing, I’m also beginning the process of redesigning and updating the blog to reflect my new branding. It’s a bit overwhelming, but I’ve got a fantastic graphic designer leading me through it and, frankly, doing most of the work. I couldn’t do it without her!

As far as quilting progress, I finished another customer quilt and finally put the last stitch in the binding on the bird quilt. All that’s left to do is add a label and then I can give it to my friend, Leslie. She’s going to love it!

Binding on Bird Quilt

I love the stitching on these corners!

I also managed to get the Floppy Feathers video uploaded, but I’m not happy with it. I want to make a better one for you and I plan to get that done this week. I have seen that some of you have been playing with the design on your own projects. Keep it up! Maybe after I get a better video made for you we can have a feather linky party! I always like a good party – how about you?

I also want to remind you that registration for the 2018 New Quilt Blogger’s Blog Hop will open in a little over a week. February 1 is right around the corner!

Wow! That’s a lot to crush on this week, and now it’s time for you to share yours. I love to see the projects that have you excited to be in your sewing space, so link them up! Here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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18 Responses to MCM #103 – More Printed Patterns!

  1. What marvellous progress you are making on your patterns. Well done, and wishing you super success. The omre quilt is genius and beautiful.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Your patterns look great, what wonderful photography for the covers!

  3. Your patterns look great Beth and I’m in awe of the energy you’ve put into moving things on with your creativity and business ventures. I feel quite a few steps behind you but you’re giving me the inspiration to carry on! It is exciting that so many people are still discovering this lovely, addictive, craft! I will be teaching the first beginners class of the year this weekend and there are already people signing up for the second course in the Spring! And a floppy feathers party sounds fun – I’m planning to feature them in a quilt top I’m putting together at the moment.

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  5. Helen Glover says:

    Beth, could you share a close-up picture of your bird quilt blocks? I am wondering what colors and fabrics you used for them. It is so pretty. I have my panel and hope to start working with this next month. Trying to finish up ds and ddil’s quilt for April anniversary. I’m not that happy with the colors I picked for it so may be doing some froggy-sewing soon! Good luck with your new endeavors. I hope all goes well and I am looking forward to seeing your newer patterns. Thanks for the info!

  6. Good for you! I especially love that Spinning design. I’m glad you’re getting more exposure for your pattern line in shops. So… you teach, you blog, you design patterns, AND you quilt for customers — and you still manage to squeeze in projects of your own?! You must have VERY impressive time management skills! 🙂

  7. Yay! You have a bird finish and a commission quilt finish. Doesn’t it feel great! I love your designs. I have designed and written several patterns and it takes so much time. I have never dared to get them published though. I struggle to let someone else make so much money off of my work I suppose.

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  9. Jayne says:

    Busy as always!! Congrats on redesigning your patterns. I can only imagine how much work is involved in that! I can’t wait to see your new blog design. I’ve wanted to do that for so long! I think I’m in need of a graphic designer too…I’m horrible at that kind of stuff!

  10. I just finished my first quilt using Floppy Feathers! It worked out really well. I’d love to share on a link party. Of course, that means I need to write it up on my blog first 🙂

  11. Kate says:

    Congrats on the getting the new patterns redesigned and printed. That is a lot of work. Hope you make lots of progress on your goals this week.

  12. Goodness! No wonder you say you’ve been busy! Change takes time and energy, and it shows here. Out with the old, and in with the new, and may it bring you many happy returns. Your blog button has been updated on my site, too.

  13. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    Wow, lots of newsy news from you! I am thrilled to be reading about how you are working toward your goal of marketing your patterns. I fabulous goal and one that I think you are going about the right way – I can’t wait to see that finished product. AND all those beginning quilting classes and quilters. Oh the fun they have ahead of them, right?! Oooooh, I am so excited for February 1st to get here – not that I want to rush through January, but I kind of do. ~smile~ Roseanne

  14. Congratulations, Beth! Your patterns look wonderful, great photography for the covers. I know that is a ton of work, and it shows!

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  16. Liz W. says:

    You’ve been so busy! Congrats on getting new quilters into this amazing art. One day I hope I get to teach too! Your spinning quilt with the red and orange and purple is just GORGEOUS. Wow. I can’t take my eyes off it. Do you know where to get ombre fabric?

  17. Your patterns are lovely! Congratulations on the printed ones.

    -Soma

  18. That is a lot to crush on this week, Beth! Congratulations on the printed patterns; I know that takes a lot of time and effort. 🙂

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