Some fabulous new patterns to share from my favorite pattern designers!

Hey quilty friends!

I’m so excited to share something with you today! Or should I say someone? Or several someones? Lol!

As a celebration of releasing the Classic Sew Easy Block of the Month, I thought I’d share some of my favorite pattern designers!  The following quilters are in various stages of their own pattern writing journey, and it’s always an inspiration to see how others are paving the way! So enjoy the spotlights for the pattern designers below!

Spotlight #1:

@wellspringdesigns_co 

Casey Cometti

My name is Casey Cometti of Wellspring Designs. I am a dentist turned stay-at-home-mom to 3 (almost 4) little ones. My quilting journey started 5 years ago, and I was immediately drawn to simple, minimal designs that coordinated with a contemporary aesthetic. At the time, my husband was in residency, and living on student loans did not leave a lot of margin for purchasing quilt patterns. So I began sketching ideas on graph paper and selling baby quilts on Etsy to support the growing love of sewing. That’s how Wellspring Designs was born! 

My patterns tend to be minimal, organic designs featuring an earthy color palette, with the goal of bringing the tradition of quilting into a modern home. I want the patterns to resonate specifically with homemakers and to communicate that motherhood and homemaking don’t have to be seasons of “losing yourself”. Instead, they are an opportunity to expand your personal style into the worlds you are shaping for the people around you. What better way to do that, than to create handmade heirlooms that reflect your unique aesthetic?

Discount Code: Use WELLSPRING20 for 20% off any pattern

Website: Wellspring Designs Quilting

Spotlight #2:

@MtnAirHandmade

Tori

Hi, I’m Tori Brown, the creative behind Mountain Air Handmade. I began quilting when I purchased a beginner sewing machine on a whim back in 2016. I was looking for a new creative hobby and taught myself how to sew using blogs and youtube tutorials. After finishing my first quilt it became an obsession and I haven’t stopped since. I love everything about the process, from choosing the perfect combination of fabrics to fit a design all the way to selecting a perfect pantograph as a finishing touch.

From the very start of my quilting hobby I was always doodling ideas for quilt designs on sticky notes and graph paper but wasn’t sure how to translate them to real quilts for others to make. In 2020 I took a pattern writing course to learn the necessary steps to draw them out graphically and break them down into a series of workable steps. My first pattern, Peace Love Quilt, released in January of 2021 and the rest is history. Over time as I build up a library of pattern designs I see my brand style coming together – a cheerful, mid-century aesthetic with some natural influences.

Over the years quilting has integrated itself into nearly all other parts of my life, combining with my other hobbies of camping and hiking as Quilt in the Wild photos, and visiting craft breweries as Quilt Beer Pairings. I hope you’ll follow along on my quilting adventures on my instagram @MtnAirHandmade.

Spotlight #3:

@happyquiltingmc 

Melissa Corry

  Melissa started quilting as a hobby in 2005 but since starting her blog, Happy Quilting, in 2010 her hobby has turned into a passion.  Her passion for quilting has lead to creating her own designs that she shares as tutorials, published works, a pattern line, and even her own books.  Melissa loves designing and finds inspiration in just about everything and anything.  Melissa, her husband and their five children live in Cedar City, Utah.  To see more of her daily quilting adventures check out her blog Happy Quilting. (www.happyquiltingmelissa.com)

Spotlight #4:

@alderwoodstudio

Amber

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m the pattern designer behind Alderwood Studio. I’ve been sewing almost my whole life; or at least since I was very young. I got started when my grandmother gave me a needle, thread, and some of her old clothes. I spent my childhood frankenstein-ing her cast offs and ‘making’ new ensembles for my mother to wear – they did not look good, but she was a great sport! In my teens, I did a lot of costume design and garment sewing, and then I decided to try out quilting. I made my first quilt – a low volume, simple patchwork block quilt – and was hooked. I’ve always created my own quilt designs, but didn’t consider pattern writing until a friend asked if I had thought of writing a pattern for one of the quilts I had made…. and the rest is history!

One of the struggles I always had with quilting was creating quilts that I would actually want to use and display in my home. With my quilts I try to create modern, unique designs that would fit in well to a modern home’s decor. I love mixing curves with straight piecing, and playing with scale to create striking designs. I always gravitate most to greens, neutrals, and the classic black and white combination. Much of my inspiration comes from nature, and I love to mix landscape concepts with modern, graphic blocks to create unique designs. Since launching the Modern Makes Membership I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to regularly design small experimental patterns that push me out of my comfort zone.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, preschooler, and baby. I love that I get to bring creativity to others, and when I’m not working you can usually find me playing with my kids or out in the garden.

 

Spotlight #5:

@kindredquiltco

Christina West

My name is Christina and I run Kindred Quilt Co. I started quilting about 8 years ago when my son was born and have been obsessed ever since. Quilting allows me to explore my creativity and brings so much joy to my life every day. I’m a born and raised Texan, and most of my color and design inspiration comes from my childhood and growing up in the hillcountry. I created my first quilt pattern, Eyelet Lace, after feeling inspired by my childhood home. My mom collected vintage handkerchiefs and there was delicate eyelet lace trim around them that I always thought was so impressive and beautiful. Thank you so giving me this space to share about my business, Shauna! I never imagined I would ever publish a quilt pattern, but here we are, and what an amazing experience it has been. I can’t wait to show off more of the quilt patterns I have planned for the future!

 

Spotlight #6:

@toadandsew

Taylor Krz

Hi, my name is Taylor Krz and I am the designer and creative mind behind Toad & Sew. By day, I am a full-time illustrator, and by night I am a full-time quilter!

My grandmother taught me how to sew as a young girl but I didn’t get back into it until 2019. As someone that works on the computer every day for their career, quilting was a way for me to create using my hands. I was naturally drawn to pattern writing because it combined all the things I love about design and quilting.

My goal is to create modern quilt patterns that are not only unique but also a lot of fun to make!

A lot of times I dream up my ideas – I wake up in the morning with a vision and I have to immediately sketch it out! Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn’t. Usually my initial sketches stem a different direction, and that will stem another, and so on until the final design only slightly resembles the original! I get inspiration from the world around me, sometimes it’s simply a building I pass on the street, a painting, or I just play around with different shapes on my computer until something sparks! I use the knowledge gained from my graphic design jobs to use programs like Adobe Illustrator and Figma to help assist me in the sketching process.

 

Website: Toad & Sew

Spotlight #7:

@quiltallthethings_

Melissa de Leon Mason

Hi, my name is Melissa de Leon Mason and I’m a modern quilter, designer, and teacher under my brand Quilt ALL the Things. I love bold, bright colors, maximalism, and movement.

I started quilting about 15 years ago while living in Egypt. I fell in love with the fabric markets and kept buying fabric until I decided I needed to figure out what to do with all of it. I bought a machine, taught myself to sew, and have thankfully improved over the years from the horrific first projects I attempted.

I live in Northern Utah with my husband and four kids. Our house is a den of chaos but the most fun chaos imaginable. When I’m not quilting or teaching, I’m a graduate student studying to become a therapist. You can follow me on Instagram @quiltallthethings_

 

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