When I opened Mad About Patchwork in 2008 it was a part-time venture for me, which I was able to manage with the support of my family. Eventually I got busy enough that I left my part-time office job to focus my energies completely on the business. This year the growth has been enough that I find I am not able to keep up with all the things that I want to do. I’ve always had my mom to help me at shows, and this year for the first time I had additional help —Charlene and Cynthia have both helped me out at events in Ottawa this year. And Trish did some behind the scenes work for me in prepping for shows.
Now Trish has agreed to work with me on a regular basis — joining me one day a week to help with cutting, and also making samples for kits. I’ve known Trish for a few years now — she is a founding member of QuiltCo, and has lots of experience in sewing and quilt making. I’ll be showing the projects she’s completed over the next few weeks — these are all smaller projects that just might inspire you for hand-made Christmas gifts.
Her first project is the table runner above – the pattern is Seaside from Jaybird Quilts, and the fabric is Acacia from Tula Pink. The runner uses the Canyon palette, with Kona Herb as the background colour.
We chose to feature the raccoon print on the back. This project gave Trish a chance to try the Sidekick ruler to cut the diamonds on the front, and she gave it two thumbs up. And if you prefer to use a template, you can make your own with the pattern.
My own machine has not been completely idle, although I have nothing ready to share this week. I dropped off 2 projects with my long arm quilter last week, and started an easy quilt project on the weekend. I’m heading out to The Pickle Dish in Carleton Place tomorrow to try my hand at the Handi-Quilter with Jan. I’ll let you know how that goes!