Introducing the EchoSquare Quilt Pattern
After a 2-year hiatus, I am pleased to announce the Echo Square Quilt Pattern release.
This pattern is a welcome addition to the Shinersview mid-century modern line of quilt patterns. In the tradition of MCM, it has bold colors and large geometric shapes (squares) laid over a very linear grid foundation. Reminiscent of the room dividers and outdoor garden screens in the '50s and '60s in America.
The pattern has been rolling around in my brain for over a year, and I am excited to finally get it on paper, have it test out as easy as I thought it would, and bring it to market. This quilt pattern made me a better designer, as I thought about creating replication into the instructions and designing borders to maximize fabric utilization.
And I am here to tell you that you CAN put a bright and dark back on a white quilt. Just don't hold it up to the light for a photo shoot. 😂
But truth be told, this was a difficult quilt to get out the door. Not because of the pattern; it's a straightforward pattern with good illustrations. No, the challenges have been mine.
As much as I had enjoyed bringing my first few mid-century modern patterns to life, life changed in the spring of 2020. As I prepared to launch the Brushstrokes quilt pattern, it seemed wrong to be charging a fee for something that people could use to fill their days during lockdown. In the end, I launched the Brushstrokes quilt pattern as a FREE offering. I even had plans to build a quilt-along to go with it.
But as occurred with so many, our lives changed as well. We decided to move to England (my husband's homeland) and spent the remainder of 2020 managing everything that an international move would entail.
My 2022 New Year's resolution was to focus on moving the quilt patterns running around in my head onto paper. My heart broke when I reached out to my list of quilt testers I had worked with previously, only to discover that two had passed on. With this backdrop and the Ukraine war weighing heavy on my mind, I decided I needed to do something, no matter how small, to make the world seem just a little bit right again. So I am donating 100% of sales from Shinersview.com, to a charity focused on the needs of Ukrainians. Every dollar spent from April 8-30 on Shinersview.com will go to the Ukrainian fund at Americares Foundation.
So if you've ever felt like trying a mid-century modern quilt pattern, now's the time for you to join in the do-good wagon for a few minutes and purchase a pattern on shinersview.com. Every dollar spent will go towards helping others who so desperately need it.
So no, not your typical blog post about a quilt launch. But it's the post my heart needed me to make.
I wish all of you a safe and healthy Easter and spring season.