Sunday, May 1, 2011

"Pretty Crazy", My First Commercial Pattern!

What you see here is the result of 13 years of a beautiful friendship. Do click on the picture!

My friend, Tracey Brookshier, has a wonderful quilt pattern business called Brookshier Design Studio. Her forte is making bold, graphic quilts that look complicated but are in fact quite easy to construct. You all no doubt know her Bento Box pattern.


Tracey sometimes has designers contribute patterns to her line, and that is what "Pretty Crazy" is all about.
A little background...Tracey has been a "key player" in my quilting life, giving me good advice along the way and also prodding me to go in directions she thinks will benefit me.

We met at a Quilting by the Sound conference in Port Townsend, WA. Susan Else was there too, and the three of us hit it off like a house afire. (One of us had a spectacular melt-down during a Nancy Crow workshop that was a true bonding experience...but I am not divulging who....)

Here are me and Tracey after a really fun week together, back in the fall of 1998.

It was Tracey who suggested I attend the Point Bonita quilt conference, which you readers know has been a huge and valued part of my quilt life. I sit with Tracey and Sue there every year and though our work is wildly divergent, our friendship just keeps gets stronger through the years.

This was taken in February of 2010 at Point Bonita...it was our turn to host Happy Hour that evening!

It was Tracey who invited me to be the Featured Artist at her guild show last year in Santa Cruz, Tracey who made me overcome my reluctant shyness and meet one of the heads of the Empty Spools Conference at Asilimar....where I will be an Artist in Residence in May of 2012. When Tracey speaks now, I listen!
So when she invited me to make a crazy quilt pattern for her business, aimed at sane quilters, I took her up on the challenge. The result is what you see at the top of this post.

Tracey and I will be debuting this pattern at Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah in May. I'll be demo-ing in her booth, Number 2131. After Market, I'll have it for sale here on the blog, but you will also hopefully be able to find it at your local quilt shop, as well as being able to order it off Tracey's website.

The pattern is easy, sews up fast, and yet filled with countless possibilities. The Accuquilt Go Cutter speeds things up alot when it comes to cutting the strips, too. My hope is that it will offer sane quilters a gentle introduction into the world of crazy quilting...and bring them in!

It would be so fun to see you at Quilt Market...do come visit us at Booth #2131.

27 comments :

Debra Spincic said...

Congratulations! It was just a matter of time!

shawkl said...

Good luck with your pattern! It looks great, and I think a lot of sane quilters will just love it. A super use for scraps too!
Kathy
www.shawkl.com

Ann Flowers said...

Wonderful!! Congratulations. What a great way to introduce sane quilters to Crazy Quilting. How fun:)


Ann Flowers

Elizabeth said...

How incredibly exciting for you!!! This pattern will surely be a great hit. I will look for it but I am no where near sane enough for it. i love the intracacy and challenge of the crazy craziest!!!!
So glad that things are going so very well for you!!!!

donnarae said...

Wonderful, Allie!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Congratulation Allie!! It looks sane but crazy ...very flexable.
XO Shirlee

FredaB said...

First book, first pattern - what next? Second book I hope. It looks like a lot of fun Allie.

I know I won't be in Salt Lake City but you never know when you might be in the Chicago or Florida area.

It was wonderful seeing you CT.

Hugs

FredaB

Willa said...

Do you need any employees to help sell your pattern in SLC? LOL!I can be had for cheap!!!!

Marianne said...

Congrats and good luck!

Marty52 said...

WooHoo, Allie! Way to go, lady. You've been a busy little bee the past few months. :)

Rian said...

Very cool, Allie! I like it mucho! Congratulations!!!

Summerset said...

Congrats!

JoWynn Johns said...

Terrific! Your world keeps expanding, or you keep expanding out into the world!

Kay said...

Wonderful, Allie! I'm so happy for you, and this looks so pretty you're sure to do well.

Plays with Needles said...

woohoo Allie!! YGG!!!

I like the plain fabrics below with the printed fabrics covering the seams. Very fun!!

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Judy S. said...

Great! I have that Bento BoX on my list to do; had no idea you and she were friends. Have fun in SLC and congrats on your pattern!

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Anonymous said...

When will you be selling this pattern? I don't see it on your blog or the pattern website. I would love to purchase?

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