Today is the day I get to share my most recent pattern with you. Say Hello to Summer Rain!
This one has been in the works for a while and I’m pleased to finally have it finished and ready to sell. The name was inspired by the fabric as well as the flowers on the prints. Even though the skies get dark and the rain pours, eventually the skies lighten, and the flowers reach for the warmth of the sun. You can see in the picture below how the fabrics fade from dark to light, representing a passing rain storm.
It’s also the day I can share some of the new branding I’ve been working on behind the scenes. I’ve been working with Lindsie Bergevin of DesignByLindsie and the experience has been awesome. Lindsie designed a new logo, pulled together fonts and a color scheme we’ll be using across the blog and pattern line. You can see the new logo on the pattern cover above. I love the logo with the quilt coming out of the cooking pot. So very clever!
Hiring a graphic designer is something I have wanted to do for a while now but I just needed to wait until the time was right. That time finally came and I’m very happy to have found Lindsie. I think she’s done a wonderful job translating my vision into a cohesive, branded look. Technology has allowed us to work on this project even though we are separated by thousands of miles – it’s a great thing!
We will be redesigning my current patterns to reflect the new branding, as well as changing the look of the blog in the next few months. I’m super excited because printed copies of all my patterns will now be in booklet form instead of loose leaf copies. They look so professional. I feel like a real pattern designer now! 🙂
Back to Summer Rain. What I love about this pattern is that you can use a layer cake for the quilt. Seems like most of us have a few (cough, cough) of those laying around, right? Don’t have a layer cake? Just pull out your scrap bins and have fun as a scrappy version would be so pretty!
The pattern includes hints and tips on making the quilt uniquely yours, as well as a coloring page for help with color placement.
I kept the quilting really simple on the cover quilt – just stitching in the ditch and free motion loopy flowers in the blocks. I used Warm & Natural Plush batting, and it kept the quilt so soft and cuddly. A big shout out to The Warm Company for supplying the batting for the cover quilt.
I bought the layer cake when I went to the AQS show in Lancaster, PA with my sister earlier this year. There was no labeling at all on the package so I have no idea what these fabrics are. What I do know is that I love the colors and the prints – they are gorgeous!
Instructions for four sizes are included – Baby, Lap, Twin, and Queen. The quilt in the picture above is the Baby size and it finishes at 44″ x 47″.
To celebrate the release of Summer Rain and the new look, the pattern will be available for 20% off retail price. You can pick up your PDF copy on Craftsy or in my Etsy shop for $8.00 through the end of July. Printed copies will be available at Bolts & Quarters Quilt Shop. I hope you enjoy it!
P.S. Look for a post tomorrow about my first experience as a guest speaker at a local guild. 🙂
Linking up with Finish It Up Friday.