Here they are—A Day in the Country, Saddle Bag, Peeking in the Barn, and Iroquois Pinkeeps! Hot off the press! Look for them in your local quilt shop or purchase them on her website here. Or if you happen to be at Quilt Market right now, stop by her booth. My only dilemma is which to make first. A Day in the Country sparks fond memories of my husband's farm while the pinkeeps appeal to my pincushion-loving side. And who can resist a good bag pattern?!
Earlier this year, Renée sent me a generous package of her past patterns—oldies but goodies—some of which are hard to find. I love how so many of them are accompanied by a doll or sewing accessory. Thank you, Renée, for all the inspiration!
While I'm talking about Renee's designs, I must share with you a couple of her patterns I've made. This one is called "Thistle" and was made with a kit from Prairie Star Quilts. I loved the color scheme and knew I had to make it! I appliquéd it on my trusty Bernina.
I made this little autograph quilt by Renée several years ago and embroidered the names of my teddy bears in the block centers. The quilt hangs in one of my upstairs hallways.
At the time I made the quilt, I was practicing my free-motion quilting skills and decided to machine-quilt the setting blocks and triangles with a feathered wreath design. You might notice my teddies have both traditional and not-so-traditional names. Benno is a Hermann artisan bear who came with that name. Grimaldi is a teeny handcrafted mohair bear just under 2 inches tall.
As editor of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine, I recently had the opportunity to work with Renée on another fun project. For all you Renée fans, be sure to check out her oh-so-charming new pincushion project in our current winter issue. Here's a sneak peak for those of you who haven't yet received your copies.