While most of the quilts I have made in my time as a “quilter” have been basic designs using strips of fabric and half square triangles – there are a few quilt designers that I love.
3. Cluck, Cluck, Sew!
Not only is Cluck, Cluck, Sew! one of my favorite quilt blogs, but her quilt designs are super fun. I have made 2 quilts so far using tutorials on her site – the Road Trip Quilt, which I made for Lukas, and the Squares & Strips Quilt, which became Samantha’s (not) Purdue Quilt (below).
Of course – her quilts are always much prettier than mine – or at least more well pieced, but her tutorials are super simple to follow and give me a reason to check her site at least once a week to look for more great quilting tips, tricks, and tutorials.
2. Lizzy House
I first discovered Lizzy House in early 2012 when I saw her Outfoxed line on one of the online quilting shops I frequent. My love for the whimsy of her fabric led me to her blog, and from there to her patterns, which are full of just as much imagination as her fabrics.
I thought and thought about purchasing her patterns, but just didn’t want to buy any more patterns I wasn’t ready to use yet. That is, until I saw the fateful post announcing that it was the very last day to buy her patterns from her online shop! Needless to say I went directly to her site and bought one of everything. Now to take the time to create something fun of my own.
1. Zen Chic
Zen Chic was the very first pattern company that every caught my eye. I discovered them completely by accident while reading a blog post at Diary of a Quilter about the Spring 2011 quilt market.
The beauty and simplicity of the Zen Chic booth and took my breath away. And I spent the next 3 months looking high and low for the White Labyrinth Pattern. I finally found it browsing through the Pink Chalk Fabrics site. I promptly bought the pattern, but just like my Lizzy House patterns, it’s still setting in my to do pile. I swear it’s because I’m trying to use up my fabric. My goal is for the Zen Chic quilt to be the next one I do with purchased fabrics.