Thursday, August 28, 2014

If you haven't heard, we have a few contests running on the Patrick Lose Studios Facebook page. Be sure to go to the page and LIKE to be instantly eligible for giveaways that begin Friday the 29th for Havel's scissors and a fat quarter Bundle of Fun from my Lily's Garden collection for RJR fabrics. We've topped 4000 fans on the page and are well on our way to 5000. When we hit that milestone, we're going to have more contests and you're gonna LOVE the prizes we'll be giving away then, too!

This colorway of Lily's Garden is called Spice and I think it's perfect for autumn. It will be in shops worldwide beginning this month so be sure to ask your local shop owner if they will be offering it. If not, you can always find it and lots of other FUN fabrics at

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Great State Fair!

Another Iowa State Fair is history and it was definitely one to remember. We had a blast! All but a class or two were sold out and, although the weather was unbelievably perfect for most of the run, I think the rainy weather a couple of the days was to blame for the few empty seats. There were almost 700 quilts entered in the competition for which I was one of the judges and I loved having the opportunity to see each one up close. It was especially awesome to see the quilts in the junior division and the level of talent in Iowa’s young quilters. I’m certain there are more blue ribbons in their future.

Our sponsors were amazing and offered so much to the classroom to make each class enjoyable and educational for the students. I really want to thank RJR Fabrics, The Warm Company, Havel’s Sewing, Fons & Porter and Suzanne Sievers and The Stitch in Jefferson, Iowa for providing the great Janome machines that were a part of this and last year’s classroom. Suzanne was also on hand much of the time to help students in learning the fine details of the machines and to assist with our Piecing For Prizes competition which was another huge success this year!

One of the best things about the competition was the fact that my 12-year-old niece, Morgan, decided to give it a try. Even though she had never sewn before, she walked away with a quilt top she made in an hour and a half. That’s Morgan at the top of the post. Below are our first and second place winners in the competition, a mother/daughter duo who brought lots of energy and laughs along with them! Believe it or not, Christina (daughter) completed her quilt top in 36:42!

The photos that follow are a few memories from the fair. We’ve already begun
discussions to make next year’s fair even better, so start making your plans now
to get to the 2015 Iowa State Fair! I hope to see you there :)

 The building of this sand sculpture took place throughout the fair.

Next year, I'm sponsoring two food competitions and the 
winning recipes will be published in Quilting Celebrations magazine
The number of food entries is phenomenal.

The Patrick Lose Studios ribbon for "Best Machine Applique"
was awarded to this entry. Great job!

  The classroom

I awarded my "Best Use of Color" ribbon to this entry by Janeen Pearson.

Monday, August 4, 2014

From spring quilt market

Here's a fun piece of video I wanted to share from spring quilt market in Pittsburgh, back in May. Rob Appell asked if he could do an interview with me for The Quilt Show and the poor guy's camera broke down right before it was time to start. We're both easy-going about stuff like this and didn't let it stop us. Sooo....listen carefully because this was taped on an iPhone and there weren't any fancy editing tricks but Rob added some nice photos of projects from my Lily's Garden and Basically Patrick collections for you to see. It's a little taste of what's to come, soon. Thanks, Rob :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Beautiful Bundles

Look what we'll have with us at the Iowa State Fair! Fat quarter bundles of my "Basically Patrick" collection from RJR Fabrics are making their debut at the fair so be sure to stop by our booth in the Fabrics & Threads department. The entire collection will also be available by the yard along with my Lily's Garden collection which has been chosen for the Iowa State Fair's 2015 raffle quilt.

Of course, if you can't make it to the fair, you'll also be able to get these at (soon) if your local quilt shop doesn't carry them.

That's all for now. I'm out the door to head back to the fairgrounds to judge the quilt blocks made from Lily's Garden that will be offered in next year's raffle quilt. I've seen a lot of them already and they're awesome! This is so much fun and I feel so honored to be a part of it.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

See you at the fair!

Today, we're hitting the road to Iowa where I'll help judge the quilt competition and teach for 10 days at the Iowa State Fair! We can't wait to see family and friends and I'll be posting more as we get some miles behind us. Stay tuned :)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Christmas in July

Judging from the emails we received about the photo in the last post, our feelings about Facebook are well-founded. Many of you fans of our machine embroidery page haven't even seen this new club offering yet.

In keeping with our Christmas-in-July theme, let us introduce our newest machine embroidery club, Merry Mini Mats. Our first designs were sent out in June and each month through November members receive a new round and square mini mat embroidery design with a Christmas theme. The second design, for July, will be delivered at the end of this month. We promise you'll love these new machine embroideries! For more info or to join, click here.

We've also had requests for doing these clubs for fusible applique aficianados. We'd like to know how many of you who don't do machine embroidery would like to have these designs delivered as templates for the applique method of your choice. We'll give this more consideration if the demand seems to be there. Sound off if you'd like this type of club for applique.

We also have two other embroidery clubs you may not know about. Each club brings you a new design every month. Click the covers for information or to join and, again, let us know if you're not a machine embroiderer and would like to see these designs made available for your favorite applique method.

Monthly Mug Mats & More 

Applique Of The Month Club

Monday, July 21, 2014

Facebook becoming less and less "social"

Facebook is making it increasingly impossible for the things we post on our Facebook pages to reach you without our paying for that delivery. We're happy to pay for advertising when it's useful, but we don't think every comment we post is advertising or worth paying to get it to you. 

Because of this, we'll be getting back into blogging as a way of having all of our information in one, central location for you to visit and catch up on what's going on at Patrick Lose Studios. Be sure to subscribe to follow this blog and email updates will be sent to you so you don't miss anything!

As we posted on Facebook...and relatively few people saw: "How about a little Christmas-in-July conversation? As soon as we return to the studio after our Iowa State Fair gig, I'll be jumping into some serious designing for Christmas! What are some themes you'd like to see? What are some Christmas motifs you're looking for in machine embroidery applique?" Let us know what you think in a comment, below.

Friday, November 1, 2013

"Like" us and win!

We're giving away 5 Warm & Natural queen size packaged battings, an Ink Blossoms Pixie Strips roll from RJR Fabrics and 5 Patrick Lose Studios patterns next week. "Like" the Quilting Celebrations Facebook page and check out the details!

Saturday, September 14, 2013


As promised, here's a peek at my new fabric collection hitting shops soon. Welcome "Dazzle". I hope you like it.  I can't wait to get my hands on actual yardage :)


Monday, August 26, 2013

Well, I've definitely gotten out of the habit of posting here, but I'm going to give it another try. So much has been going on lately and I really should be keeping you updated using this forum. Please sign up for updates (you can do so using your email at the right) and I'll do my best to offer an inside look at what I'm doing and what we offer at

The next post is going to be a BIG announcement for you from Patrick Lose Studios. I guarantee this one will be exciting and offer so much more for your quilting, sewing and crafting. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, I also post a lot of my design-related info and inspiration on my Patrick Lose Studios Facebook page. I hope you'll stop by there and "like" the page to keep up with all we're doing.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative


From Ami Simms, founder and Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative:

 The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will most likely reach the $1,000,000 mark in money raised for Alzheimer’s research some time in 2013!
The work of your hands and the compassion in your hearts has brought us to this milestone. I will be forever grateful to each and every one of you for your support and dedication.

Ami and her mother, Beebe, in 2006 shortly after the AAQI began. 

What began as one person’s response to sorrow and frustration has grown into a national charity embraced by a large portion of the quilting community. More than 13,000 quilts have been donated, turning sweat equity into over $883,000 for research so far. For many donors these quilts were healing works of art which helped them grieve as they stitched for the greater good. Hundreds of thousands of people have seen the AAQI’s two traveling quilt exhibits about Alzheimer’s. Through this artistry came the realization for many that they were not alone on this journey of heartbreak; others understood, perhaps for the first time, what a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s really means. Together quilters have funded 11 research studies at six universities and a medical school. Three more studies will be funded this month and hopefully more throughout 2013. Because of the AAQI, scientists know a little bit more about Alzheimer’s than they did before. Hopefully this understanding will bring us all closer to a cure.

When I created the AAQI back in 2006, I never expected it to become so successful! I also never imaged how much work it would take to keep it going. As the AAQI blossomed, board members and core volunteers have had to increase our hours and pace to keep up. While I find enormous satisfaction in nurturing the AAQI, I much prefer sewing to administrating. I miss just being a full-time quilter.

For this reason, 2013 will be the last year of fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. I hope you will help the AAQI reach our goal of One Million Dollars for research and then at the end of 2013 celebrate with everyone who made this tremendous achievement possible. Please review the important dates below:

February 15, 2013: All bookings for the traveling exhibit “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” must be finalized.
March 1, 2013:  First online auction of quilts from “Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope” traveling exhibit. Twenty-six Name Quilts will be auctioned during the first 10 days of March, April, May, June, July, August, and September. Payment will be required at the conclusion of each auction with shipping in October 2013 after the exhibit retires. The 54 Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts from the traveling exhibit will be auctioned during the first 10 days of October and December.
July 2013: Last month to participate in the Quilt-A-Month Club.
August 1, 2013: Last day to register Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. Quilts delivered to scanners after August 20 will be refused.
October 29 – November 3, 2013: International Quilt Festival. We hope to be invited back one last time to sell quilts in Houston, TX.
November 1-10, 2013: Celebrity Invitational Quilt Online Auction
December 30, 2013: Last day Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts can be purchased online.
December 31, 2013: Quilts For Sale and Donation pages will be removed from the AAQI website and all solicitations will cease.
2014-2015: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will monitor research grants awarded in 2013. The AQQI web page will be left intact for at least six months. Any funds not needed to sustain the AAQI’s final expenses will be donated to research. Remaining assets will be disposed of according to IRS regulations after which time the corporation will be dissolved.

There is still much work to this year as we sprint to the finish line. I hope everyone who reads this will join in, either as a seasoned veteran or a first time quilt donor or quilt buyer. We will continue to make a difference until the very last quilt is sold. Let’s make 2013 the best year ever!

Thank you for your support,
Ami Simms
Founder & Executive Director
Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative

Congratulations, Ami, for all you've done. I encourage everyone to become a part of this in 2013! I'm going to see what I can do :)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The NEW Fizz colors are here

The 12 new colors of Fizz have arrived in the studio and I can't wait to start using them in my upcoming designs! Stop by the website and take a look :)

And, if you haven't hear about my new series with Quilters Newsletter TV, you can view it here FREE! A new segment premiers every other Monday at The current episode is an "abbreviated" trunk show of some of my projects. I hope you'll join us.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A new contest!

You could win this roll-up of my NEW Fresco colors! Just take a look at them all at the Robert Kaufman blog and post your favorite there as a comment. That's all there is to it.

Good luck!

Monday, August 6, 2012

The fall 2012 issue of Quilting Celebrations is in shops and on newsstands! Have you picked up your copy? Don't miss out on these great fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving projects. If you can't find it in your area, you can order here.

I hope you're enjoying these dog days of summer.