Saturday, December 29, 2012

HAVERSACK in Magazines

I received an email from a friend who used to have a quilt shop in our area. She had sold her shop and moved back to the state she grew up in. She told me she had picked up a quilt magazine at the store and was looking through it while waiting to check out and saw an ad for my first fabric line HAVERSACK. She did not know I was now designing for RJR Fabrics and wanted to share her excitement with me. I had to get to the store and find the magazine for myself-I knew RJR was running ads but wasn't sure when they would be out. The first one is the FEB/MAR 2013 issue of Quilt Magazine.
The ad features the Broad Street pattern. Check with your local quilt shop to see if they carry it. If you do not have access to a shop we should have them in stock when we get back next week. Watch the website for the kits!
Better yet-sign up on our email list and we will send out an email when they are available.

I wanted to also say a big "THANKS" to designers
Devon Lavigne and Sharon Smith. They designed a quilt
for the same issue using HAVERSACK called Twist 'n' Turn. It is a great Snail's Trail pattern.

I was lucky enough to meet them at Fall Quilt Market in Houston. They were walking by the booth and both stopped and looked at each other and said "HAVERSACK" at the same time. They told me about the design coming out in the magazine.
Didn't they do a great job!

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year. I am very excited about all the things planned for 2013. I am busy working on new fabric lines and new patterns.
Legacy Patterns will be traveling to many shows this year to get out and meet as many of you as possible. In January we will be in Oklahoma City and Phoenix. Watch the website for the show schedule and be sure to sign up on our email list so we can send info and coupons to some of the shows.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fall Quilt Market: Houston, Texas

Quilt Market Booth: Fall 2012 Houston, Texas

RJR Fabrics Booth: Fall 2012 Houston, Texas

I wanted to share a picture of my booth at Fall Market in Houston. The second picture is the Broadstreet quilt that was hanging in RJR's booth. My first fabric line "HAVERSACK" was very well received. It will be available in at least 8 other countries as well as the US.  HAVERSACK will ship in January so check with your local shop. You can see the collection on my website at or at This was my 16th year to be in Houston for market. It is amazing to see how everything has changed. When I first started going to market, very few contest quilts were machine quilted. I have to admit I prefer to hand quilt but the reality for most of us is TIME. I started a handquilted yellow wholecloth baby quilt several years ago and forgot about it. My goal is to put it next to the sofa to remind me to work on it and hope to finish it this year. I really do enjoy the hand work.

I just reviewed my 2nd fabric line and am sending it off to RJR today. The name of it is "Briarcliff". It will be ready for the shops to order in Portland at Spring Market in May.

Monday, October 8, 2012

AQS Quilt Show 2012: Des Moines, Iowa

I just returned from Des Moines and vending at the AQS Show. I grew up in Iowa and it was nice to see the green rolling hills. Yes-Iowa was greener than Kansas! The quilter's came from all over to admire the beautiful quilts, take great classes and SHOP! The vendors offered everything a quilter could want. I brought back some yummy hand-dyed wools and are using them on two new patterns for market with my new fabric line.

Make sure you get on the email list so you will be the first to see all the new patterns and fabric line when ready. I just proofed the new covers this morning and I am sure you are really going to like the new designs. I have to admit getting ready for market with a fabric line has been a challenge. I have loved every minute I spent at the sewing machine, many days from 5am to midnight. It was worth it when I saw the covers.

I met a group of quilter's from Bronson, Iowa and they knew my Aunt Leola. I spent many summers and weekends in the country at Leola's house growing up and have the best memories of all those Christmas days spent in the snow. I do miss the snow! After they walked away I realized I forgot to tell them that I named one of my new patterns Bronson to honor those memories. 

Pictures of the Legacy Patterns booth at AQS Quilt Show
in Des Moines:


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Quilt-A-Fair: Longmont, Colorado

We just got back from vending at one of our favorite shows. Quilt-A-Fair in Longmont, Colorado is put on by the Colorado Quilt Council every September, this is our 4th year. We get to see old friends and make many new ones. I have been noticing at the shows that we are meeting many new quilters just getting started! That is GREAT news.

I spent the two weeks before the show in front of the sewing machine making 7 quilts out of my first fabric line from RJR called Haversack. Keep watching the blog for a sneak peek! Shop owners will get a chance to order at Fall Market in Houston at the end of October. I am thrilled with the new patterns and the many beautiful color combinations that can be put together with the fabric.

Here is a picture of our booth in Colorado. Legacy Patterns will be vending at the AQS show in Des Moines October 3-6, stop by and say Hi! if you can get to the show.

Longmont, Colorado
September 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

Let's get organized!

I have telling myself all summer that my sewing area is a wreck and I need to get organized before Fall Market. We introduced a Pantry Bag pattern made from RJR Fabrics Farmer's Market line at Spring Market in KC. A light bulb went off in my head. Steph hates it when that happens! It usually means I have more work for her to do. This time it made perfect sense. I made Pantry Bags with some fun homespuns and a great star print to organize the work area around my sewing machine. I know the picture has a treadle machine (no I don't use this yet-I do intend to try and get it running some day) OK a little off subject I know. See why it is hard for me to get organized? These are really quick and fun to make. I also thought about making some for organizing the bathroom. Great place for Q-tips, cotton balls and make-up on the counter. Well maybe the bathroom will have to wait until after Market.
Here is my version for organizing thread:

For more information on the Pantry Bags patterns click: Pantry Bags

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Rocky Mountain Adventure

We just returned from a short trip to the Rocky Mountains with our daughter and grandson. Steph is Auntie to 7 year old Logan. We were lucky to escape the triple digit temps at home and relax and enjoy the crisp mountain air. If you are looking for a great family vacation I highly recommend the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park. I wish we would have known about it when our kids were little. We hiked, we swam, went horseback riding along with hikes to learn about reading a compass, animal tracks and poop! Yes- that was a highlight for Logan and Grandpa!

Evening brought several Elk to eat the sweet clover. The Elk must be used to the crowds, they didn't even look up when hundreds of excited campers headed toward them for a picture.

I made a trip into Estes Park to visit a local quilt shop called Cottage Bliss. The shop was filled to the brim with gifts and fabric of all kinds. Next time you are in the area stop in!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What's my style?

I have never really considered my work to have a "style". In my search for a definition I stumbled upon a few that might work. The first was "eclectic" defined as: A mix of elements, pulled together with purpose. Similar in style & scale, but most importantly, comfortable. While not a concise definition of my style, I thought it sounded like making a quilt?

The one that I liked the best is "Transitional". It is defined as: Combines both Traditional and contemporary elements using wood & metal with a few curves thrown in. The best part was no rules and restrictions when combining elements. The colors are drawn from nature, neutrals and pops of color. While I do like using rich bold colors in contrast to the neutrals, I find this a fairly accurate

I always encourage quilter's to work in patterns and colors outside their comfort zones. I will always
try to do the same!