June 1, 2016

May Is For Makers Recap

I met sweet Lindsey of LR Stitched back April of this year in Atlanta while attending, you guessed it, Sewtopia. We had a nice chat Sunday morning while waiting for the power to be restored in our section of the city.

When Lindsey announced her campaign, May is for Makers, I knew I wanted to participate.  I am grateful and have benefited from many tutorials, patterns and general information so generously given by this quilting and sewing community.

Her challenge to us was to purchase 5 patterns over the course of the 5 weeks in May to support independent designers.  Not all of my purchases were patterns, but feel as though I am supporting a designer nevertheless.

1. My first purchase was a book, Crafted Applique, by first time author, Lara Buccella of Buzzin Bumble.  There are still a few stops left on her blog hop so head on over to see the schedule.  I have been reading about her raw edge applique technique and can't wait to try it.

Crafted Applique by Lara Buccella

2. My next purchase was from a Liz Harvatine at Lady Harvatine.   I have followed her blog a long time and made a quilt back in 2010  for a cousin's child from her free pattern, Leo Baby Quilt.  You can see the quilt I made here.  I chose her January block pattern she originally designed for the LA Modern Quilt Guild's January 2015 Block of the Month.

3. Looks like I be sewing lots of  curves because I ordered Jen Carlton Bailly's 1/4 Circle Templates in the 6 1/2" size next.

The templates arrived yesterday along with her signature surprise candy included and a Sew all the Curves button.

4. I have always been a fan of Debbie Grifka's designs.  From her Turnstile pattern I made this quilt for the 2015 MQG Riley Blake fabric challenge.   I followed her tutorial for Sew Solid Sunday #4 and made this 2014 MQG Michael Miller fabric challenge.  I chose her pattern, Follow Me, for my next purchase.

5.  After seeing cute cacti pop up on Instagram and elsewhere, I ran across this pattern on Craftsy by Barbara Cain for a Saguaro Cactus quilt block.  It can be pieced by foundation or traditionally pieced. I figured it could easily be resized to suit any project.

Thank you to all the bloggers and/or designers out there...I appreciate what you have done for the quilting community.


  1. Curves really do seem to be speaking to you at the moment! I guess just like all the paper piecing patterns that I ended up purchasing. :) How lovely that you got to meet and visit with Lindsey in person recently, too.

  2. Hasn't this been wonderful challenge? It's been great looking at all the wonderful patterns by indie designers out there. I look forward to seeing all your curved piecing!

  3. This was a great campaign to highlight and value all those indie designers! I'm going to check out that cactus pattern.

  4. Wonderful list of purchases you have made Paige! That cactus is very cute!!!

  5. Paige I am so honored that you included me in your May is for Makers choices. You found some really wonderful patterns and a really cool template tool! You're sure to have a lot of fun using all of them! I have to pop over and see what you made with Debbie's other designs!

  6. Such cute items! Definitely interested in a few of them myself. Might have to do a little shopping :-)