Monday, January 21, 2013

Big News!

Cue the Beatles' song "With a little help from my friends"!  With much support, encouragement and help from my friends, I am excited to say that I have published my Peace Pattern! Squeee!
My First Pattern
Even though I have made four peace quilts (I should be an expert, right?!), I enlisted some friends to test the pattern. Over the next two weeks, they will blog about their quilt top and give a pattern away to one of their readers.  I can't wait for you to see the variety!  Some have kept their quilt tops a secret, others have shown glimpses, while others have sent pictures of the finished tops.  What I have seen has blown me away!

Here is the schedule:

Monday, January 21 -  Katie at KT Quilts 
Tuesday, January 22 - Michele at  Nostalgic Cafe 
Wednesday, January 23 - Cindy at  Live a Colorful Life 
Thursday, January 24 - Michelle at  Frustrated Quilter 
Friday, January 25 - Stephanie at Peas in a Pod 
Monday, January 28 - Terri at Terri's Notebook 
Tuesday, January 29 - Doris at Made by a Brunnette 
Wednesday, January 30 - Mary at Mary on Lake Pulaski 
Thursday, January 31 - Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts 
Friday, February 1 - back here for a give away 

Feeling Groovy
How appropriate that the schedule starts with KT Quilts who first suggested I make this pattern and has cheered me along ever since Feeling Groovy, the original peace quilt.  I think it was the purple background that made her a believer ;-)  I haven't seen her finished quilt top, but I know she made the throw size and used a rainbow of gorgeous batiks.  Please visit her blog, admire her beautiful stitching and leave a comment for a chance to win the pattern.

The Walking Quilted
I don't know that I ever showed pictures of my Peace on Earth completely quilted and finished.  I finished hand stitching the binding while in Montana for Christmas break.  My husband helped me get some fun photos.  I especially like the one taken for Happy Zombie's The Walking Quilted.

Back of Peace on Earth
Once home I realized that I didn't get any photos of the quilt back so we did a Florida photo shoot ;-)  I love the large section of Cherry Christmas.  I didn't have enough for the entire back so I pieced the top strip with leftover Cherry Christmas fat quarters and (I think) a Kate Spain Flurry.

The top in Florida
Quilt Stats:  Finished size 68"x68"; Pattern used Peace Quilt Pattern by me; Cherry Christmas and Moda Bella Solids Scarlet for quilt top; Cherry Christmas for the back; Scrappy binding; free motion back and forth quilting by me using Gutermann Color 405 thread

If you are interested in making your own peace quilt, be sure to visit all the blogs listed above for a chance to win.  You can also click here to purchase the pattern.

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. I am so excited for you!! You know I also fell in love with this pattern after seeing your Feeling Groovy quilt...the most beautiful quilt I have EVER seen!!! I am looking forward to seeing all the quilt tops made...and finally being able to reveal mine ;-)

  2. Oh, that's fantastic, Rene! Good for you!

  3. I am so excited to see all the variations of your quilt pattern. Each time you have made one, I have loved them. The timing of your pattern debut is fantastic. It will be perfect for a wedding quilt I need to make. Congratulations!!!!!

  4. Whohoo! Congratulations, Rene'! Great pattern!

  5. Congratulations Rene'! KT brought hers to homeschool co-op Friday and out of sheer green envy, I said, "I HATE that!" lol Because I have always loved the look of this quilt, but am not a math. person and was intimidated by the sheer grandness, and seemingly intricateness of it all. (read pinwheels on the large one you did!) KT assured me completely that you had written a knock-out, on the mark, easy-peasy pattern that even I could follow! Hers was, is beautiful and perfect in every way. Kudos to you Rene' for such an awesome accomplishment! I hope you get to do more pattern development and a book on your Alzheimer's quilts and the cause would be phenominal!

  6. YEA for getting it published! I just love it. I'll send pics of mine when it's hanging in "The Space Coast Quilters" show, the middle of Feb..

  7. Yup!!! Purple and a great pattern gets me every time!!!!! Amazing to be a part of this for you!

  8. Huge congrats---this is a fabulous quilt---my friend would LOVE one of these---may be purchasing your pattern, girl. :)

  9. Happy First Pattern Day to you, Rene', how exciting!

  10. Congratulations to you on the release of your first quilt pattern! It looks fabulous. Your finished samples look beautiful too. It was a pleasure to test this pattern for you, so I look forward to visiting others in the blog hop to see what they made.

  11. Congratulations on your pattern! And what a perfect day to release a Peace pattern!

  12. Yay! Good for you! I saw how beautiful they looked on IG, and had to come and say congratulations!

  13. Congratulations on your first pattern Rene'! I know there will be many more. So fun to join you in this blog hop.

  14. Fabulous pattern!! I'm looking forward to seeing all the wonderful variations!

  15. My post is up! I love this pattern. I had so much fun sewing it!

  16. I love this! Can't decide which one is my favorite because they are all so wonderful! Great job!

  17. Congrats! I love the one in the blue colorway that you chose for the pattern "cover".

  18. I remember the first time I met you--at Gruber's--and you were sewing all those pinwheels together. And now look! This is such a great pattern. It was a pleasure to test it. We all need more peace in our lives. congratulations--it's a great accomplishment!

  19. Good for you Rene! It's fantastic quilt and I wish you lots of success.

  20. Congratulations on your pattern! (I know it takes a lot of work to make sure all the math and measurements work out!):D