Sunday, November 13, 2016

We're very close to reaching 20,000 followers followers on Facebook and, when we do, one of those followers is going to win a “Christmas Cheer” Bundle of Fun™ tower!

Please tell all of your quilting and sewing friends to LIKE and FOLLOW Patrick Lose Studios on Facebook for a chance to win the collection of 39 (!) fat quarters valued at over $125.00.

When we reach our milestone, we’ll post contest details so be sure to stay tuned. It’s a great time to spread some “Christmas Cheer”! See the entire collection here (panel prints not included in the Bundle of Fun™): http://bit.ly/2eSW0jv

Be sure to ask for Patrick Lose Fabrics at your local independent quilt shop.


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Precut Assortments Debut at Fall Quilt Market


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If you're a fan of precuts and want a little bit of everything from a collection, you're in luck. Patrick Lose Fabrics is offering lots of new precut assortments from the new collections we'll be debuting at market.

Anna's Garden and Let's Go Camping will be packaged in complete collections but the Basically Patrick collection of blender prints is so large that we've broken it down and assorted in color stories. Land and Sea is an assortment of Basically Patrick blues and greens, as shown below. Autumn Garden is made up of the oranges, yellows and earthy neutrals. Razzle Dazzle is a grouping of pinks, reds and purples and Tuxedo offers blacks, whites and grays.

We even have a catalog featuring all of our Fall 2016 Precuts, so you can take a look and choose your favorites and, if you're looking for fun and festive autumn, Christmas and winter prints, don't forget our Seasonal Celebrations collections and precuts assortments also!

Which collection's precut assortment do you like the most? Let us know in a comment below this post and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a Charms² pack from that assortment! Winners will be notified in a reply to their comment so keep an eye on the blog to see if you've won. Please note that comments are moderated due to SPAM, so yours may not appear immediately.

Please share this information with your local shop owners and tell them you'd like them to carry Patrick Lose Fabrics. If you're a shop owner, please stop by and visit with us as we celebrate our big launch at Fall Quilt Market - Booth 1546!





Sunday, October 9, 2016

Basically Patrick and Beyond

When I began designing fabrics and quilting/craft patterns lots of years ago, I guess I never really expected it to stick. I had always jumped back and forth between interests and creative endeavors and really considered that fashion and costume design would still be my "forever" career. When my first collection hit Fall Quilt Market all those years ago, I knew there would be no turning back.

There was one print in that collection that was the standout and, to this day, continues to enjoy its place in the quilting world. Playing with Marbles (renamed Moda Marbles) continues to be manufactured and sold to this day. I don't personally know of a print that has survived for 23 years and had such success in the industry. I've had quite a few prints since then that have "hit" and become staples in quilters' stashes and as we begin the journey of bringing yet another fabric company to market, I think of how Patrick Lose Fabrics was born from that experience and my desire to bring more of my prints to the creatives who help to make them become staples.

I've always loved to design conversational and novelty collections but any good quilter knows that blenders are what tie those collections together. It's fun to come up with the cute characters or kitschy motifs I like to use in my novelties, but the real work of designing a collection, to me, is creating the blender prints that not only make it easier for a quilter to use the group, but also just might be the one print that they want me to pull out and offer in lots of colors to help coordinate the fabrics in other quilt projects they see in their future.

Basically Patrick is a collection of blenders and basics I put together a couple of years ago that has been so enthusiastically embraced by quilt shop owners and their customers. It made sense to me to develop a family of prints and recolor them in similar palettes that have been proven to be most popular with those who work with my fabrics. Quilters confidently choose and add these prints and colors to their stashes, knowing they will find their way into a project, eventually, rather than ending up at the bottom of the stash, never to be used.

My Basically Patrick 2016 offerings feature four new prints (and another in the works!) that will help us transition BP to the new company (click the images to see all of the colors): 


Bubbly - a re-imagined version of my super-popular Fizz print in 36 effervescent colors

http://www.patricklose.com/shop/Patrick-Lose-Fabrics-WHOLESALE/Basically-Patrick-2016/BubblyShips-November-2016.htm

Festive - a celebratory print in 24 jump-for-joy colors

http://www.patricklose.com/shop/Patrick-Lose-Fabrics-WHOLESALE/Basically-Patrick-2016/FestiveShips-November-2016.htm

 Speckles  - a freckle-faced print in 36 colors

http://www.patricklose.com/shop/Patrick-Lose-Fabrics-WHOLESALE/Basically-Patrick-2016/SpeckleShips-November-2016.htm

 and Hooray! - a life-of-the-party print in 5 colors

http://www.patricklose.com/shop/Patrick-Lose-Fabrics-WHOLESALE/Basically-Patrick-2016/HoorayShips-November-2016.htm


The existing BP prints are being reevaluated and, although some will move forward at a later date, they will not be offered at FQM. My textural Lily's Linen print is being slowly reintroduced at market within my Let's Go Camping story, in several new colors, but Hexies, Suds, Stars and Dapple will not be available in the BP 2016 offerings. Whether or not we move forward with these prints, you should know that all of the current colors are being phased out by RJR Fabrics and if we reintroduce these prints at Patrick Lose Fabrics, it will be an all-new color palette! So, if you need those colors, grab them up while you can.

As we launch Patrick Lose Fabrics, you can be sure that Basically Patrick - A Quilter's Rainbow™ will be its cornerstone. I couldn't possibly stop designing all of the other types of prints I love to offer, but more of the blender and basic prints, like those offered in BP,  will always be in the works at Patrick Lose Fabrics.

I hope you'll visit the website and take a look at what's on its way. It's a nice sneak peek at what will be offered at FQM. If you're a shop owner/buyer and would like to apply for an account, you can choose a username and password to gain entry into the wholesale side of the site and order directly from us. You may also choose to order from your favorite distributor on our list. Retail customers will be able to see each print offered, in all of the colors and larger detail. We would really appreciate it if our retail customers would ask their local shops to carry my collections.

Shop owner or retail customer, if you're reading this, you're most likely someone who has been instrumental in my design process, through your selection and use of the products I create. I would greatly appreciate your continued support and loyalty as we start down a new road on this journey.

We're nearing our 18,000 Followers milestone on Facebook and when we reach it, we'll be celebrating that and Halloween season by giving away a couple of panel prints from my Happy Halloween collection! To be entered in the drawing, comment below and tell us which new BP print is your favorite. Then jump over to our Facebook page and LIKE and FOLLOW, if you haven't already, so you can watch for the giveaway. Let your friends know too and we'll hit that 18,000 mark sooner :) CONTEST HAS ENDED

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Cheers!
Patrick


Saturday, October 8, 2016

#thisisreallyhappening


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I've always enjoyed and have been proud of the work that I've done in quilting, crafting and publishing. I've been doing this for 23 years but I can honestly say I've never been more proud of what we've been able to accomplish in the last 11 months.

Just about everything we've worked on in that time has been to bring about the launch of Patrick Lose Fabrics at Fall Quilt Market in Houston at the end of this month. It has not been easy but I think I speak on behalf of everyone involved when I say it has been exciting.

We had a soft launch of my first designs for the new company in June with Seasonal Celebrations 2016.  Seasonal Celebrations is a collection of my autumn, Halloween, Christmas and winter prints that we consider my seasonal "basics". 

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Collections under this umbrella - such as Santa's Stash™ - will evolve from year to year as new prints are added and others retired, based on trends. We wanted to have the soft launch of SC 2016 in order to get them out there for those who didn't want to have a season without Patrick Lose holiday fabrics, but we knew that the majority of shop owners might not actually see the collections until our Fall 2016 releases at Quilt Market. It's hard to believe it's almost time for that.

So I'm really happy to announce that the digital version of our Fall 2016 Collections catalog is available as we prepare to celebrate the launch of Patrick Lose Fabrics at Houston Quilt Market! Shop owners - get an early look at all of the fun stuff to inspire your customers, including my newest Basically Patrick prints. To our retail customers and fans - flip through the digital catalog and start dreaming up your next projects and please tell your local shop owners what you would like them to carry for you. If you let them know what you like, they'll be more successful with what they offer in their shops.

Most of all, we ask that you share this information with your creative friends and tell them what you love about Patrick Lose Fabrics to help us make this new endeavor a big success. Even though I've been doing this for the last 23 years, this is a very exciting new beginning for me and the team that helps me bring it to you. We'd love for you to join us in this journey and appreciate your continued support!

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Friday, October 7, 2016

"A New Spin on Drunkard's Path" Blog Tour

I was really flattered and excited to be asked to be a part of the blog tour by my friend and fellow quilter, John Kubiniec, to coincide with the release of his new book, A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path available from C&T Publishing. But I have to start out by saying I’ve never actually made a Drunkard’s Path. Don’t let this minor detail keep you from reading on because I really want you to know about this book.

If you came to quilting from garment sewing, as I did, you probably conquered your fear of sewing curved seams long ago. I enjoy working with curved seams when I have the time to put just a little bit more effort into my sewing sessions than what it takes to make a project with all straight-seamed piecing. If you’re a novice quilter with no experience in stitching curves, I’d be willing to bet you’re more than a little intimidated. But thanks to the clear and concise instructions in John’s book, I think it’s time you give curves a try. Drunkard’s Path curves are among the easiest and once you have this basic technique under your belt, you’ll be ready to take on some of the more complex patterns involving the types of curved seams that you could only manage to envy from afar, heretofore.

John credits a good deal of his success to using acrylic templates. They make cutting the Drunkard’s Path patches much easier. For all of the quilts featured in his book, he used the Large Drunkard's Path Set by From Marti Michell. Marti is another greatly-respected friend and I can personally attest to the accuracy and quality of the From Marti Michell products.

I credit an even greater portion of John’s success as a quilter and an artist to his willingness to jump outside the box for inspiration and to take a simple block in so many directions in search of yet another striking composition. Not only has he assembled a collection of 12 really innovative, impactful and interesting options, he’s offered multiple variations of each, generating so many possibilities in the colorful 82-page book. In A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path, I know you’ll find inspiration for your own journey into the realm of the Drunkard’s Path with the examples such as these:


TEST PATTERN
63˝ × 63˝
I love the spinning pinwheel or windmill look of this one. 
 John calls it "Test Pattern" and I can see that, too.


BEACH BALLS
66˝ × 84˝
I was excited to see what he had come up with when he told me one of the quilts in the book was made with prints from my Basically Patrick collection. I think "Beach Balls" is a particularly playful design and a great use for the colorful ball prints atop the sandy beach background.


 SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
48˝ × 48˝

I'm always a sucker for a red-and-white quilt, and this is sharp one!


BOWTIES
86˝ × 92˝
 It might surprise those who know me, but this is actually my favorite of John's Drunkard's Path quilts from the book. There's a "motion" to the blocks that almost undulates across the quilt in every direction. But, probably best of all, look at all of the color possibilities!


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Many thanks to John for including me in his blog tour and to thank you all for taking the time to check out his great book, we'd like to have a drawing here. John and C&T Publishing are giving away an awesome prize package of a copy of his book and a set of the Large Drunkard's Path Set by From Marti Michell. U.S. resident winners will receive a hard copy of the book and international winners will receive a digital copy. In addition, Patrick Lose Fabrics is giving away a 6 pack Basically Patrick FQ Bundle of Fun™ to help start you off on a Drunkard's Path! That didn't sound quite right but....sound off below for a chance to win :)

All you have to do is tell us in a comment below which of the quilts shown in this post is your favorite! Please give us your answer by midnight EST on Sunday, October 9th to be eligible.

Although today is the last day of the blog tour, be sure to check out the other bloggers who had great things to say about our friend, John, and his book A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path . You may even find more giveaways on their blogs! Good luck!


September 26, 2016
Jenifer Dick
C&T Publishing

September 27, 2016
Sara Lawson
Heather Kojan


September 29, 2016
Teri Lucas
Bonnie Hunter



October 2, 2016
Carl Hentsch



October 5, 2016
Marti Michell
Debby Brown


October 7, 2016
Patrick Lose
John Kubiniec





Thursday, October 6, 2016

Blog Tour tomorrow

Be sure to stop by tomorrow morning as a part of the blog tour to help promote my friend, John Kubiniec's new book, "A New Spin on Drunkard's Path". You might even win a copy of the book and a set of awesome templates by From Marti Michell! Of course we'll be giving away a little something, also! Check back here any time after 5 AM EST, tomorrow.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A New Adventure

Ten years ago we bought our first RV and started out on a brand new adventure we didn’t even expect at the time. In some ways it’s been awesome and, in others, not so awesome.

Owning a house on wheels is a major undertaking and we learned that quickly but we didn’t let the challenges keep us from creating family memories that will last and entertain us for the rest of our lives. The road trips and weekends at the lake with Katie and the girls have been a blast and we hope the day doesn’t come too quickly when the grandgirls outgrow their excitement for them and when hanging out with us in an RV isn’t cool anymore.

When we told them it was time to trade in the Winnebago for something newer and bigger, they cried and begged us to keep it, maybe worried that their memories would go with it. We assured them that those were theirs to keep and they’re beginning to get used to the idea that all of the fun will continue in our new home-away-from-home on wheels. Wish us luck today on our first little road trip with Lily, Anna and Charlotte in our new Discovery. If all goes well, she'll be taking us to the Iowa State Fair next week!





















Monday, July 18, 2016

For those who have been patiently waiting, the schedule for the classes I'll be teaching at the Iowa State Fair has been posted and you may now register!

This year's classes feature the panel prints I've designed for my Seasonal Celebrations 2016 collections and all classes are perfect for beginners or anyone who wants to be able to quickly and easily make placemats, table runners, hot pads and more in the air-conditioned classroom in the Fabrics and Threads Department in the Varied Industries Building.

Here's a link to a post from last year's fair if you'd like to get an idea of what it's like. The Iowa State Fair truly is a GREAT state fair!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"Queen Bee" Bundle of Fun™ giveaway!

I just want to make sure everyone knows about our great giveaway we're having to celebrate the fact that we hit the 15000 followers milestone on our Facebook page, so I thought I should make a quick post here also.

Jump over to Patrick Lose Studios page and be sure to follow the directions in the post to be entered to win. You may even enter twice by using the hashtag, as directed. If you don't already LIKE and FOLLOW the page, please be sure to do that, too.




Our prize is this beautiful and very popular 26 piece Bundle of Fun™ with a retail value of $85. You can see all of the pieces at www.PatrickLose.com, but be sure to visit and patronize your local independent quilt shop when you're looking to purchase my "Queen Bee" collection.




Here's a fun oversized pillow cover I made featuring several prints from the group. If you're a machine embroiderer, we'll have that crowned "Q" applique available as a digitized file for your machine, soon. Just keep an eye out at PatrickLose.com for that and I'm sure we'll post about it on the Facebook page, too.




I'm pretty proud of my quilting to outline the applique before starting my crosshatching.


I think the combination of crosshatching and echoing was just what this applique needed. Hope you like and be sure to go to Patrick Lose Studios on Facebook and enter to win some of this collection before it's too late!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

A Peek at Anna's Garden

I'm so bad at blogging and I really need to get better about it. It's hard to take the time to do much when I really need the time at the drawing board or sewing machine. I'll try to do better.

I enjoy sending out sneak peeks of what I'm working on. That way if you're taking the time to follow me in the various social media forums, you'll be the first to know what's coming and can start brainstorming about how you'll use the prints. This is a little peek at a collection that will be coming with the official launch of Patrick Lose Fabrics at fall Quilt Market in Houston.

A couple of years ago, I designed my Lily's Garden collection for my granddaughter, Lily. Guess who this collection is for...? Yes, Anna was feeling like it was time for her to have a collection and she worked with me on this one. There's a lot more to it than what you see here, so keep an eye out for future peeks.

Hope you like what you see!