Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving wishes for you all!

I always love participating in blog hops, and this one was no exception. I received a lot of wonderful responses to the question about Downton, and I loved reading them. I have many things to be grateful for this holiday season, and my wonderful customers and readers are tops on the list.  I wish for you the chance to take a few minutes tomorrow to spend time on you - whether your creative endeavors are quilting, cooking (amazing how related those two can be), decorating, or relaxing and visiting.  I confess - this is a downgrade year for me (while I am hosting it, my kids and their spouses are doing the majority of the I'm a little at loose ends.

I am very happy to the response that Hello, Gorgeous! has received. If you would like a copy of the pattern, you may purchase it directly from me by emailing  I am having it placed on my website (but that's a work in progress).  The cost of the pattern is $9.00.

I know that Friday (or late Thursday night in some places) is the start of the holiday shopping season, and I wanted to let you know that The Patchwork Pearl also offers Gift Certificates for those of you who want to give hints to your loved ones.  The Gift Certificates do not expire, and allow them to contributions towards an event that you'd like to attend. Gift Certificates are available in any denomination by emailing

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Downton Fabric - Something new for you!

Good morning from chilly New Hampshire - and welcome to those of you who are here as part of the Giving Thanks - Quilting Blog Hop Party.  I have so much to be grateful for this year, and participating helps me share that as well as give you a look to what's coming ahead in 2014.

This fall,  Andover Fabrics  introduced a new line of fabrics for quilters which is inspired by the PBS series Downton Abbey. I became a fan of the show during the first season, and noticed that whenever I was with a group of women of any size, Downton became part of the conversation.  Followers of The Patchwork Pearl will remember that in 2011, I sponsored a quilt challenge - proceeds to benefit the local PBS station - based on the Downton show.  My first Downton piece was based on the Titanic...

I've been working from my stash for most of the year in anticipation of the release of the new fabric...and it's almost here! I'm working with one of my local quilt shops to get my hands on the fabric, and to take a big risk for 2014.  I'm pleased to announce that I'll be introducing a Block of the Month program - based on the show - on Jan 6,2014.  For die-hard fans, you'll recognise this as the date that the new season starts on PBS...a sure cure for post holiday blues.

Can I say how much I love the fact that Andover brought in the costume designer from the show as a consultant to the line? That lends a sense of authenticity to the lines - the colors I've seen are actually a lot more muted than I first thought they'd be - and lets your imagination run wild with the possibilities.

I'll be publishing the overall design on the 6th, and introducing the first block at the same time - this is designed as a lap sized quilt for all skill levels.  In order to work out the kinks to the project, I am looking for Pattern Testers - people who are willing to take a look at my first drafts, make the block and give me honest feedback to it. If you are intrigued, or have ever wanted to explore what being a tester is like, please email me at for more information, or post a comment at my Facebook page at

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The Giveaway for the blog hop party is a copy of my newest pattern (designed to be used with the Leaves Galore Templates from Sue Pelland Designs) Hello, Gorgeous! and a yard cut of batik fabric which can be used to start your own wreath.
Hello, Gorgeous! wreath

Pattern and Fabric for the Giveaway. 

To enter the Giveaway, please leave a comment indicating which of the characters in Downton is your favorite and why.