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September 9, 2022
A ‘PERKY’ TABLE RUNNER from Kwilty Pleasures

Sometimes being a pattern tester has ‘perks’ 
besides getting great patterns. 
For instance, fabric!
Corinne Wells of Frannie B Quilt Company
Designed a new line called ‘Elegance’. 

She reached out to her testers and asked if we could turn around 
a quick project using her new fabric line. 

I committed  to make a table runner and really 
loved the mustard colors in this line. 
Corrine sent me these fat quarters. 


I looked thru my patterns, quilt books, Pinterest for inspiration.
Found this pattern by Nancy Zieman.
The heartbeat idea didn’t do anything for me..
but I could figure a ...

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July 31, 2022
STARGAZERS IN THE GARDEN from Kwilty Pleasures

I have decided my favorite part of making a quilt is....
finding the perfect place to take photos....in the wild.

Come with me into The Franklin Park Conservatory.
It's a gem in the heart of Columbus OH.

The gardens are full of beauty and perfect backdrops.


This summer the grounds host a Topiary Takover!
  UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites, inspired the animal topiaries. 
All designs, constructed and grown by the FCP Staff!

My quilt caught the attention of this buffalo...stopped him in his tracks.


And a Bengal Tiger lay in wait...he had heard the news
of a ...

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July 23, 2022
STARGAZING WITH ZEN CHIC from Kwilty Pleasures

Sitting here with COVID...
I tried to do all the right things, shots, booster, 
social distance, mask, hand sanitizer, no family gatherings,
hunkering down til my legs hurt...

BUT

I became complacent about wearing my mask outside of my home.
I became to comfortable in large crowds 
with ushering in theatres and at outdoor venues,
with NO MASKS on my face!
COVID GOT ME


But tonight I share with you something beautiful....
The Stargazer Quilt Pattern by Corinne Wells of Frannie B Quilt Company.
I was a pattern tester and this top was finished in fall of 2021


My Longarm ...

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July 14, 2022
ELEGANCE FABRIC from Kwilty Pleasures

As a pattern tester we sometime get nice little perks.
This is the newest fabric line, ELEGANCE,  designed by Corrine Wells of
Frannie B Quilt Company. 

She reached out to her pattern testers to ask if we could make a project.
Turnaround time was to be quick, what would we make and
she would send us the fabric to us. 


I said sure…how about a table runner and I love those mustard colors! 
These are the FQs  she sent me. 


We could add from our stash but she preferred solids
And try to keep her fabric the star.
I ...

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April 7, 2022
Itsy Bitsy Spider Quilt from Mama Spark's World

I have accepted some pattern testing from Meags and Me.  I love working with those ladies!  I have 2 of the 4 I committed to finished,  I will show you the Itsy Bitsy Spider one in this post.  I traced the words and still need to do the hand embroidery on this quilt.  My plan it to take it with me to NC and work on my hand projects while I am there.  YES we are going for a week (maybe 2

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March 31, 2022
STARGAZER TESTER! from Kwilty Pleasures

I feel very lucky to be a pattern tester for
Frannie B Quilt Company.
Corrine Wells comes up with some great designs.
The mission is taking designs of fabric and blocks 
from traditional colors and style into modern beauties.

Stargazer had me working my testing skills to the limit!


I always make test blocks as part of my testing process.
 These Charley Harper stars will become units in another project.


I soon found out there were LOTS of flying geese.
That's not sew bad, but the instructions made them
one at a time....brutal.
Of course, that was the ...

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November 16, 2021
TESTING!!! TESTING!!! from Kwilty Pleasures



Recently I was interviewed to become a pattern tester for 
The Frannie B Quilt Company.
Two rounds of survey questions and I was in! 

Corinne Wells is the owner and 
has a staff of excellent artists and designers. 
Riley Blake is one of her fabric sponsors. 
Corrine also has released her own fabric designs.

Like this Rocky Mountain Wild
for Riley Blake



Their mission is to take vintage patterns and fabrics 
and give them a Modern feel. 

Just perfect for me!

First up…I did a read only test!
Corrine said I provided excellent feedback
on the written pattern! 



Next ...

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January 25, 2021
TESTED from Kwilty Pleasures

Erica Jackman aka @kitchentablequilting
reached out and asked me to pattern test The Naomi
quilt pattern for her.

Of course I said YES.  I love to pattern test.
I love giving feedback and using up stash at the same time.


In my stash I found several Maritime Modern FQs by MODA.
Enough to make a baby quilt, with a few other prints and some solids.


I  cut my blocks out 'one at a time" to make sure I like the fabrics together.


I also find it helpful to use a card with the various fabrics.
or in this case fabric ...

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October 21, 2020
GIFT WRAPPED! SEWALONG BEGINS TOMORROW! from Kwilty Pleasures


An AQS Christmas Countdown begins tomorrow!
October 21, 2020

Tami Edinger Pfeil of BEHG Designs
has some adorable floor rug patterns
for you and there's a sew-along!

Patterns are free with the purchase
of a canvas rug kit at HANDBEGH Designs

Tami has fabulous quilt, rug, garland,
felted project patterns for you...
just click here!

Don't go yet...I am gonna show
you what I made using her pattern "Gift Wrapped"








Tami asked me to review the pattern for
"Gift Wrapped"

I asked if I could show the versatility of her pattern
 by making a table runner and ...

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January 7, 2020
Become An Awesome Quilt Tester from Carol Lyles Shaw

  In 2019,  I had a great team of testers work on my Fractured Triangles Pattern.  I felt so honored that they chose to work with me. Their feedback helped me improve several parts of the pattern. Some (but not all) pattern designers offer the opportunity to test their upcoming patterns. We value the feedback [ ...Continue Reading ]

The post Become An Awesome Quilt Tester appeared first on Carole Lyles Shaw.

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December 19, 2019
Time to let go a little – a call for pattern testers from Stitch and Yarn

If you've been following along on Instagram this year, you'll know that I was out of action for large chunks of it due to a back injury – an injury that was partly caused by a quilting marathon.

Naturally this has me reassessing things for 2020 and instead of trying to make all the quilts myself, I'm putting the call out for pattern testers.

Skimming Stones quilt pattern
If you've made a quilt before then you're welcome to sign up – just fill in your details below.

When my next pattern is ready (early January 2020) I ...

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February 4, 2017
My 1st Quilt Pattern featured in Stash Builder Box from A Quilted Passion

I'm super excited about my very first original quilt pattern, Straits and Arrows.

Straits and Arrows was designed exclusively for Stash Builder Box.  If you haven't heard of Stash Builder Box you can read about it by clicking any of the links in this post.

The pattern is already in production for the January Stash Builder Box .  And in fact, you only have a couple more days to order it, until January 14, 2017. Sorry for the short notice!   They will start shipping on January 15, 2017. Thank you Stash Builder Box for letting me be a part ...

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