This journey began in January 2020 when I received a sampling of the 20 fabrics in the beautiful collection, Vincent’s Garden, a Signature Collection for The Quilt Rambler by Kathy Engle of Island Batik. I eagerly began my season of “secret sewing” to design quilts to showcase these beautiful fabrics in the Fall 2020 Island Batik Catalog.
Lights Shine Bright #TQR014
My first design uses all the fabrics in the collection. I was thrilled when I learned that Vincent’s Garden would be available as precuts – which I’ve shared before, as they are already listed in my online shop. I am eagerly awaiting the shipping of the collection to myself and quilts shops around the country.
While my pattern is designed to use the 10” square precut stacks from Island Batik, it’s always fun to see different interpretations of fabric choices.
I asked a few of my Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor (CI) friends to pattern test Lights Shine Bright and share their progress. Granted, they had a two week turn around to squeeze this into their busy schedules so not everyone was able to complete the whole quilt top, but each contributed to the technical editing of the pattern and I can say with confidence that each are champions in my book!
Pattern Testers Interpretations of Lights Shine Bright
Take it away ladies!
First up is Jammie Ackley, from Trinity Texas. Jammie has many upcoming workshops and retreats planned through her company The Quilting Escape. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org I loved her process photos with all those beautiful corner beam units all neat in a row. Great job on fabric selection Jammie!
Linda Grigsby is from Millvile DE and may be reached by email at email@example.com to inquire of her future classes. Linda sent a photo of the BACK of her Leymone Star showing my preferred method of pressing seams open. It’s an act of faith if you haven’t done this before, but your star block will lay flat and you will have beautiful points. Another winning fabric combination! Thanks Linda.
Next up is my snowbird friend, Cindy Moores from Eau Claire WI, currently residing in Florida. No email address as Cindy takes the winter off from teaching – and, more importantly pattern testing for me! She has been working simultaneously on proofing the text for three patterns while making this one and starting another…plus, Cindy has half her fabric in Wisconsin with some in Florida. Oh darn, she had to go fabric shopping for the beautiful background prints. I can’t wait until you are back north and can quilt this on your longarm. Thanks for being always on speed dial Cindy!
The pattern is available for immediate download in PDF format from my online shop at an introductory price through the end of the month. In addition, the print form is a Pre-Order as it should be arriving this next week and will be mailed as soon as I receive the shipment. The print form is also at an introductory price through the end of February. I hope you will enjoy the detailed full-color illustrated instructions in this 20-page pattern.
Also coming soon are fabric kits for Lights Shine Bright using the Vincent’s Garden pre-cuts and yardage. If you are looking for a hands-on instruction with the designer (little ole me) why not check out my Land Locked Quilting Cruise™ this May where I will be teaching Lights Shine Bright along with the other designs for this Signature Collection. Check out the details as there is a $50 discount on the deposit for those registering before March 15th!