Today is round two of the new pattern preview. Before I go any further, I just have to say thanks for all the nice comments and encouragement on the last post. After all the long hours of the last month or so, it’s just the encouragement I needed to keep going. I also appreciate the feedback on what aspects you liked about the pattern. I think the topper won as the favorite. That was a last minute add-on to the pattern. I wasn’t sure about adding it, because having so many options means more time, effort, and money goes into the pattern on my end – more samples to make, more writing, more illustrations, more testing, etc. Having your feedback lets me know if these efforts are worth it, so it’s sooooo very valuable to me!
I also have a confession or two to make. I didn’t make all those quilts! As I may have mentioned before, my Mom Deb does a lot of sewing and testing for me. She puts in lots of time before market to help me pull off getting everything finished. My second confession is that my walls don’t always match my quilts – several of you commented on this in my last post. Let’s just say that Photoshop is my friend! For as much as I love to paint, Photoshop is much quicker (and even more fun)! I could spend hours and hours adjusting the colors in Photoshop. See how much fun this is – – – (BTW, the second photo shows the actual color of the walls).
I hope ya’ll don’t think I’m a big faker now . . . . I do feel a little better, now that I’ve confessed and gotten that off my chest!
Sweet Pea is the new pattern making its debut today. I don’t have nearly as many quilt options to show you, but oh well. Time is running out.
So, here’s the cover –
The pattern features our new Sanibel fabric line.
The sewing is very simple, so even a beginner could make this quilt. No triangles or bias edges today!
The applique was inspired by the pink flowers in this border print (though the applique is optional, as you will see later)
The pattern is written for Fat Eights or Fat Quarters. If you save your scraps, you will be able to make this runner too!
My color option today is done with (you guessed it) my Christmas fabric line. I left out the Christmas prints and the applique. I also switched around the block centers, so they are a contrasting print.
Lastly, I’ve got a close-up of the simple, free-hand quilting pattern I used in this design.
If you would like a chance to win a copy of the Sweet Pea pattern, just leave me a comment. I’ll post the winners next week . . .
Very cute and such a great name!
thank goodness for photoshop! and thanks for keeping it real! love sweet pea pattern…
Love it! I think this one might be one of my favorites from your pattern portfolio so far!
I love this Sweet Pea pattern too…and really…I’m so relieved that your walls don’t exactly match every quilt…
I love Sweet Pea! And I really love your Christmas fabric line! It looks great in every quilt you’ve used it in.
My mom grew sweet peas every year when I was growing up– there is nothing like that smell! I would LOVE the pattern…. I love everything you create! I’d have to make the quilt for her immediately! That would be so fun!
Another home run! Love the squares on this -especially your version in your Christmas line. Very chic and modern looking. Thanks for the great giveaway!
Sweet Pea may be my favorite. I’m ready to make it right now!
I just wish I could change my real wall colors with photoshop. I hate to paint!
The Photoshop thing looks like a good way to try out wall colors without actually having to paint,what a great tool.
I like the new pattern and the fabric too!
Cute pattern! Thanks for the great giveaway!
You had me at easy! I love the flower applique, but then again I love all applique.
This is just so cute-I’m usually not a big fan of applique on quilts, but I love this one!
I love all of your work. I like the applique but have never tired it. I really need to quit being a ‘fraidy cat.
Very cute and love it in the Christmas line. Looks like a great pattern to use for gift quilts.
Another awesome pattern. I will enjoy making it!
Love this pattern! Also love that brown with polka dot sashing! Thanks for sharing!
(also loved your confession about wall color – ha. aren’t you clever?!)
I really like the color option you did with the holiday collection. It looks very modern that way.
That collection really is one of your best.
Sweet Pea is lovely too – I can’t think of anything you do that is NOT lovely and fun.
Love this pattern too! What fun! OH, and thanks for sharing your secrets 🙂
I love your fabrics and patterns. Can’t wait to get started on the latest!
Again…WOW! I love this pattern also. I love that even a beginner, like me, can make these!
Photoshop…well, a girl has to do what girl has to do! You home is fabulous and I am sure you helped in the pattern (design) of it also.
I am so happy I tried my hand at quilting and you at designing wonderful patterns for everyone to enjoy!
Love, love, love that pattern, but then again I tend to love all your patterns and own many of them. The applique look fun and adds a nice touch too.
Cute idea to add a runner to the pattern. Count me in as a huge fan!!
Very cute pattern!
oh yes please!
I like it best without the applique but that’s just me 🙂
The Sweet Pea pattern is just gorgeous- beautiful, colour combinations. You are so creative. I always look forward to your updates.
Another beautiful pattern. I love how you have shown it in different fabrics. Your fabric lines are fantastic.
Amazing how different it looks in the different fabrics and by using dark borders around the squares instead of light. I like the versatility of your patterns and the options you give.
just darling… would make a cute quilt for a tween…
thanks for the closeup of the quilting…it always helps..
Love that Sweet Pea pattern!
The Sweet Pea pattern is great and it would be easy to make a couple of quilts before Christmas.
I love the “complex simplicity” of this pattern (is that a term?) It has movement but not so much to overwhelm you. And I really like doing the centers a different color like that.
Looks lovely! Thanks for the chance!
Love your new design and really appreciate the simple sewing. I think I would want to try the appliques, though, they are so cute!
Ha! Well the cat is out of the bag about your walls and way too funny! I would totally do the same in your shoes! I’m thinking those little brown flowers would be great with rough edges like your little diamonds from yesterday. Cute as usual!
By the way… that is an excellent way to audition paint! I just got done repainting my sewing room. I like how it came out, but photoshopping it first would’ve save a lot of what-color-should-I-paint-this time! You can check it out here… http://kwinrc.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-sewing-room.html
A lovely pattern and it looks great in both colorways. Thanks for showing an up close of the quilting too – I always love what you do!
Loving the christmas fabric quilt…love the colour combo.
You sly dog. What a super neat trick!! I can’t decide wich way I like the pattern with or without contrasting suqares. Cute Pattern. Tina Mac
Such a pretty pattern. And I love the name of the fabric. I live in Florida, and Sanibel Island used to be a favorite fishing spot for our family.
well I think you are just the cleverest girl ever! Changing the wall colour with photoshop shows off the quilt designs so perfectly, kudos to you ! I do love the new pattern, the flowers on the quilt are great! and of course I am really dying to get my hands on the Christmas fabric!! It has such a contemporary look, can’t wait to see it in person!
Hugs …Jen xo
ps – Sorry Heather, can I also ask , when will your Christmas fabrics be available for sale online as I was hoping to include them in my Jingle Sox range this year, and also, is it possible to buy a few samples early for mock-ups?? No hassles if not, just had to ask ;)!!
I love the brown applique on the bright colors. And too bad we couldn’t switch the colors in our rooms as easily as photo shop!
Would love it!!!
Amazing how the color of the walls can change the feeling of things! I love your the quilts, both are very cute and the quilting too!
I would be very glad if I got the pattern. 🙂
What a cute pattern and love both the quilt and the table runner. Great job!
Love the pattern!! This is my favorite so far, but I can’t wait to see tomorrow’s too!
Love the linear design combined with the sweet fabric and applique. Both options look simple and fun to make.
Really a nice pattern, I love the contrasting colors with the Chrismtmas fabrics. I will enjoy making this quilt, and hopefully can get a few friends to join in to learn to quilt with this pattern. Thanks for sharing!
Sweet pea is my favorite scent from Bath and Body Works. I love the new patterns! I can hardly wait for all your new stuffed to be released!
I think the Sweet Pea pattern is a winner! Would love to have it.
I love all your fabrics! I would love to win this pattern! Thanks for all your inspiration!
Love your idea with Photoshop. Now I don’t feel so bad – LOL. I was thinking how nice it was that your walls go with all your quilts and I have a hard time matching my quilts. Works great for the pictures though because they look beautiful. Love your new pattern and am still really in love with your Christmas line.
Would love to be a winner, your patterns are lovely, and directions are very clear and easy to follow! Thanks for a chance!
Swoon! Cannot wait to buy these fabrics. I love how the bias stripe in the Christmas quilt is chevron”esque”. Did you plan that or did it just happen? I think you’re very clever for photo shopping your quilt photos.
I like the appliqued flowers. very charming. Great job with photo shop, not that I would notice what colour your walls were in every post.
I love it! The little flower appliques are just too cute! And how awesome for you that your Mom can help so much! My Mom sews but she refuses to do quilts, only clothes. But my daughter does have some super cute outfits! 🙂
Heather, what inspiration and encouragement you are. I met you this past holiday season through the Designer blog hop and have followed you and your wonderful creations since. I feel quite honored to have you on my blog list.
Sweet Pea is yet another treat for us. And to think that I said I don’t like peas…………..LOL……..guess that is changed now.
Hugs and blessings.
I love all of your patterns!!! I would love to win because i call my daughters sweet pea and it would be cool if they had a quilt to match there name.
Ahhhh….love the color changes on your walls. One or two clicks and you change the whole look! Sweet. Beautiful quilts as always.
I love Sweet Pea! What a great way to try my hand at applique.
Hope you have a great quilt market!
These quilts are beautiful!
Aren’t you the clever Photoshopper!!! Have I mentioned that I want the Christmas line? Just checking!
You are so clever!
I love the toppers. They just add so much to the decor.
I love this new pattern, too. I think what I like best is the use of so many colors, but that it all goes together. Looks easy and fast, too
I love the pattern and like the applique. It is a pattern I would like to have.
You have amazing talent! I love your color choices and fabric lines. You are blessed to have a mother that helps you. God Bless Her. I’d love to be in the drawing for one of your patterns. Thank you….
As always, they look wonderful
Really like the pattern – works for large print fabrics.
Wow Heather! You’ve done it again. Definitely a pattern I would love to make. The appliques really make it!
Great pattern – looks like it will be fun to make!
super duper cute
I love the quilt patterns and the fabric.
I love…Love…LOVE this pattern in both fabrics but especially in the christmas fabric…..OHHHHH I hope I win!!! 🙂
So cool! I love the christmas prints.
Sweet pea is what my BFF’s mother called growing up!!!!!!!! So of course I NEED to have this pattern in my Heather section of patterns!! Gorgeous once again.
Very cute! I love the applique flowers. Also love the square spiral quilting in the center of the blocks with the Christmas fabric.
Your Photo shop confession was really interesting! Amazing what a computer can do, isn’t?
Your quilts and patterns are all quite lovely but it would be quite silly if you kept re-painting your walls 😉
(plus I happen to be such a big Photoshop fangirl so it really is quite all right.)
Very nice! It’s amazing how different the pattern looks with the different fabrics. I’m really loving the Christmas colors. I wish I could use photoshop on my real walls. I hate to paint too.
I gotta have this one too. I love your patterns. the directions are always great.
I really liked seeing the close-up of your quilting! I am really struck with the Christmas line – that green is one of my favorites!
No, matter what, win or not I will be making this quilt. I have called our first Grandson “Sweet Pea” since day one. At 6 & 1/2 years old, when he is here & I am working on a quilt he if often found sitting on my lap at the machine or helping me pin on a border, (He is doing a really great job)! Hopefully a young quilter! Love the Christmas brights, however if he picks the fabrics it will be in dinosaurs!
I love this quilt pattern. The appliques are gorgeous, but I also love the one without it. The runner is so cute too.
Lovely quilts and the new pattern is great.
I love that you photoshop your walls. Now that’s attention to detail! LOL
Your “Sweet Pea” pattern is great. I really like it in your new Sanibel line of fabrics and can’t wait to see them in quilt shops!
Your Christmas fabric line is certainly versatile! And again a very pretty quilt – with and without the applique.
I really like the Sweat Pea pattern……my husband likes it too…….so that’s a bonus! 😉
What a fun and easy looking pattern! I love the floating brown flowers; they add a bit of whimsy. The little runner would be great on any summer table. I’d make some matching placemats by using fewer strips–easy peasy :o)
I love this pattern! I love all the options you have shown. Keep up the hard work!
What a great looking pattern. Displays of both color options shows how versatile it is.
Very clever! Love the appliqué flowers and the new table runner. I’ve got christmas gifts all figured out. Please enter me into this give-a-way also:)
Another winner! I’m gonna need lots of that Christmas line lol.
Sweet Pea is so cute, I would love to make it and the applique just adds a little extra appeal for me. Keep them coming.
These are some great fabrics. I think your new X-Mas one is my favorite. Congratulations on all the hard work, have a great trip to market!
I would like to try some machine applique sometime on my quilts! Love this pattern too.
Ha ha.. I thought I was the only one who changed colors on walls and clothes to make pictures look better. PhotoShop is my friend too. I also “clean house” with it when I take a picture and see clutter on the screen that I just don’t see in person.
The Sweet Pea is lovely.
Super cute pattern and love the fabrics!
Great pattern and I love that Christmas line for all year!
Another very cute pattern! I like it in both the fabric lines. Using photoshop certainly makes the colors in your quilts stand out and there’s nothing wrong with using that! Seeing your photos gives us ideas for decorating. Am looking forward to seeing the next pattern!
Really like this one done in your Christmas fabric line. When will the fabrics be in stores?
Wouldn’t it be FUN if we could change our walls colors so easily in reality. You’re so prolific and I want to stitch it ALL.
Kristy in Ohio
I need to get me some photo shop! I would be tall and skinny and beautiful…. Oh the dream. I really really NEED this pattern. I would like to be picked. Please and thanks:)
Another great pattern!! Good thing I have a big stash LOL! I think I’ll have to make this one too. It would be so cute for my baby niece with bright colors and fussy-cut animals in the center of the squares.
I love both your Sanibel fabric line as well as your Christmas line! They are both beautiful!
It looks like you have another great pattern to share. I look forward to winning!
Very beautiful patterns again! Makes me want to get busy quilting :0)
Isn’t PhotoShop great? Love the Sweet Pea pattern!
The Sweet Pea pattern looks really cute and so doable. But, I’m in love with your Christmas fabric! Can’t wait to see it in person.
I’ve always loved sweet peas, so I was immediately drawn to this pattern. I use to make them when I decorated cakes. This pattern is great- the asymmetrical aspect really interests me. And as much as I like the looks of Sanibel, that Christmas line has the wow factor!
LOVE IT!!! Would really love to win the new Sweet Pea Pattern!
I always love your patterns and the way you present them in your photographs. They’re very beautiful! The Sweet Peas pattern is very striking in your Christmas line of fabric. Great job!
Another beauty! I especially love the contrasting centers in the Christmas quilt…so festive 🙂
I love your new line of fabric as well as your new patterns. I am in awe of your talent! Great work.
How fun! I wondered how your house always matched every quilt so well;)
I have a “sweet pea” (my daughter, that’s her nickname) that would love a Sweet Pea quilt, for that I ould love to win the pattern. Love them all but especially the one made with your new Christmas line of fabric
Fun pattern! While I like the applique, I really like the “Christmas” fabrics version! How funny about how you paint your walls so quickly! One of the reasons I really like your patterns is because you DO take the time to test the directions for clarity and accuracy. I know it is easy to make a mistake, but it seems fewer and fewer designers make the investment to test their patterns prior to publication. After too many “oops so sorry you cut 100 squares the wrong size” it has to hurt their business in the long run. It gets hard to continue to support those designers when you know there is a good chance for an error in nearly every pattern they design/write. Keep up the good work! The investment you make is worth it! Thank your Mom too!
Charming! Keep the wonderful patterns coming!!!
Yet another wonderful pattern! I love how your table runners use up leftover fabric – smart, thrifty, and fashionable idea!
Cute pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.
A lvoely new pattern…love to make it!
Oh, I like this pattern as well! Especially in the Christmas fabrics, minus the Christmas!
You’ve done it again. Love the pattern and also the Sanibel fabric line (I like the Christmas Line also, but have already told you that). Love It!! Please pick my name to win a pattern. my list of “to do’s” of your patterns just keeps growing. Koye
I love your honesty… each time I read your blog, it is like hearing from a great friend. Of course your new pattern is another hit.
Another great pattern that shows off your great fabrics! Ahhhh, isn’t confession good for the soul?!! And aren’t moms grand to come through for you when you need them. She does lovely work, as does her daughter.
I REALLY like this one!! I like it in your new Sanibel line very much.
Another great pattern and I just love your Sanibel line. (And Sanibel Island in Florida is one of my most favorite vacation spots!)
I just looove your patterns, I have nearly every book because they are so FQ friendly, I have so many that you have helped me use up
This is a great pattern. I bought my daughter a fat quarter bundle of larger scale prints this winter. Now that she just came home from college yesterday, she said “I really need to find a pattern for those fabrics.” I think Sweet Pea would show off the fabrics just beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us. You’re the best!
How neat is that photoshop trick! I always wondered how everything coordintated so well. I really think this pattern is a cutie and your fabrics go so well.
Heather, I love the new pattern! Thank you for all the hard work you do. Take care and God bless, Cory
WOW! The quilts & patterns just keep getting better and better! You have a n amazing talent. But I am glad to know that the walls are photoshopped…couldn’t believe how well everything coordinated ALL the time! Thanks for sharing that!
Love the quilt – thinking how cute that would be in my bedroom!! Thanks for the giveaway.
Another beautiful pattern – I love seeing it made in the different fabrics! Thanks for the change to win!
Another great pattern!
Nifty pattern — I particularly like it in your Christmas line. And, I would love to be the owner of the pattern! (now, when are you drawing this and when does it come out in the stores?) Thanks.
Love this pattern! And I think your photoshop skills are great — if only painting a room in real life were that easy!
I love that you use lots of fat quarters –we all have lots of those and it is fun to find new patterns for them(too many Shop Hops???) These are beautiful quilts…so cheerful…love the Christmas Quilt—
I keep debating on getting Photo Shop–it does look way fun to use…
As a beginner quilter this looks like a pattern for me! The fewer seams to match, the better!
Another great pattern! I love it.
I love this one!!!! Could the large quilt also be made with a layer cake? And the runner from a jelly roll? Just curious.
I would love to have the pattern! Please add me to the draw.
Cute Cute Cute, I love both color combinations.
OH! I love this one too!! I must write it down so that I can purchase it; if I don’t win… 😉
Love, Love, Love your Sweet Pea pattern. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.
I love everything that you do. You inspire me!
I’d love to win the Sweet Pea pattern. I like simple lines and patterns that aren’t too elaborate. This one is a winner!!!
Sweat Peas are my favourite flower. My Mum used to always grow a trellis of them. When we got bigger my sister and I were entrusted with scissors to pick a small posy for our bedrooms. Oh the days. Love your pattern. You always have such wonderful patterns.
You are so inspiring to me for my own business. Plus, I love that you are a fellow MN girl!
Great work!!! Everyone is right, your patterns are EASY to follow.
Love this new pattern too! Especially love the Christmas version!
Such a cute confession about photoshop 🙂 Another outstanding pattern. It may be simple but the fabrics make each one stand out. Looks fun!
Cute, cute cute!! Love them all! But the Christmas fabric is my favorite!
I absolutely LOVE the colors and the designs. I have a new grandbaby coming in January–what lovely things are in my mind to make using these fabrics!
Love the Christmas fabric line and the new pattern too!! Thanks for the entry!
I’m always attracted to geometrics, and this quilt really catches my eye! Would love to make both the quilt and the runner!!
I think it really cool that you can change the color of your rooms to match your quilts with photoshop!!!! Also love the pattern. I think the applique makes the quilt!
Cute! Sweet Pea is a perfect name because it’s very sweet indeed with the daisies. I would be absolutely thrilled if you pick me.
I would definitely love to win this pattern. So cute and versatile!
Darling! So cute, so fun…I’m in love! Pick me please! 🙂
Gosh, just gorgeous!! Im sooo anxious for the Sanibel line to come out. My parents lived there and so just the name is meaningful to me. I LOVE the colors tho and can’t wait to get my hands on them.
Once again I love your design. The simplicity is great and the flower applique is the perfect finishing touch. Seeing this pattern made up reminds again why I need to find the Sanibel line at my LQS. I love it!
Sweet Peas were my flowers when I was young! I would love to win your new book; so cute.
Love the new pattern and Sweet Pea.
Love your new pattern and have enjoyed following your blogs. Since you have made 2 confessions, I feel just like one of your girlfriends! Currently working on one of your “older” tablerunners…can’t keep up with all I’d like to do!
Since you have made 2 confessions, I feel just like one of your girlfriends! Currently working on one of your “older” tablerunners…can’t keep up with all I’d like to do!
Heather another winner! I love the Sanible fabrics but I could see this pattern working with any number of fabrics!
Heather, I really love your designs. I’m loving the Sanibel line, and I like that the Christmas line doesn’t HAVE to be Christmas-y. I really like having different options in a pattern, and sometimes that makes it easier to justify buying it 😉 I really, really like the Sweet Pea pattern. Simple, but striking. You’ve done it again!
Sweet Pea is a sweetie Heather! I especially like the option with the Christmas fabric! It’s striking!
What a fun design! It is especially vivid in the Christmas fabric. Well done!
What a great trick with photoshop! We still all have a little house envy or inspiration though! You do such a great job with your patterns. Thanks for keeping them coming.
I would love to win this pattern, and thanks for the info. on the colors and stuff. Noone expects you to be perfect, you just make everything look so wonderful and easy.
Love it, Love it, Love it. I think this one would be a great one for my “What Next?” class.
just 2 words sum it up….How FUN!!
I really like the pattern, especially in the new fabrics. Thanks for the close up of the quilting. Sometimes my creativity poops out toward the end of a quilt. A little inspiration in the form of a quilting design really helps. (I wish I could Photoshop to clean my houses as well as “paint” the rooms.)
hmm…I never knew you could change wall colors like that! It’s amazing how you made it match your quilt. Love this new pattern and I really like the little flower appliques on the quilt. I’d love to win the pattern.
These are great patterns. I love the topper! Being able to photoshop your wall colors to match the quilt is wonderful. If only we could do it that easily in real life (I’d also want that arrow key that returns everything back to before one totally screwed something up!) Your fabrics, as always, are beautiful!
Hi Heather I’m so glad you kept the table topper in. While your quilts are absolutely beautiful, I really like your table toppers. As a matter of fact, it would be great if you had a book of just table toppers and runners. Quicker little projects for a gift or just to dress up the dining room table. Keep it in mind : ) Also, love the new fabric line.
Really like what you have done. My first “shop hop” is coming up in June so I will be on the look out for your fabric,patterns, and books. I do have some of your patterns and books but I think I will have to start a collection of them!!
I would love a copy of this pattern!
So cute! The fabrics just pop in your designs! You are so talented! Keep it up! We love them! Polly
Just keep using PhotoShop – it’s an amazing tool and you obviously take great pictures and know how to use the tool to the best advantage. We all benefit from that skill. I especially like this pattern in the holiday fabric. Not knowing how big the small squares are, I’m struck that with the right fabrics, the little squares might inspire some art quilting, or be filled with photos that tell a story.
I just don’t think I can tell you enough how much I love that holiday line!! It looks amazing in EVERYTHING! Thanks for the chance to win!!!
I love this pattern…so cute! It would look great in my daugher, Elisabeth’s room 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!
I just want to know where and when I can get ahold of some of that At Home for the Holidays fabric!!
I think this pattern would be great for charity quilt projects. Now I just need to buy some of your fabric and get to work! Kathie L in Allentown
I really like the appliqued flowers…adds a touch of whimsy!!!
I really love this pattern. So cute!
I like this one too! How fun to change your wall colors in photo’s! 🙂
Again, another hit! The patterns are just wonderful! Love the shapes in the designs.
Too funny on the Photoshop tricks I would have never thought of that! Love the quilts in both colors.
This pattern just might make me try my hand at applique. Great design as usual!
The pattern looks fun and easy. Thanks for showing the different fabric options. Thanks for all your great fabrics and patterns!
Sweet Pea is adorable and very cute. And not only are you talented in quilting (all aspects) but you do Photoshop very well, too. Great job.
Another pattern to add to my collection! oh no!
I adore the new pattern and fabric line!
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I love this pattern!