Thursday, March 22, 2012

Giving away French Kisses (my first pattern!)

Pin It Giveaway is closed, but you can still comment if you'd like. :)
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In my ongoing effort to make quilting sustainable, I give you my first pattern, French Kisses -- all published and ready to go!

French Kisses quilt

And I feel really grateful...

Grateful I will no longer be agonizing over how to design the cover (which I hope you like)


Or grateful I'm not sitting at the computer editing...


Or grateful I'm not still trying to figure out EQ7 and come up with cute virtual quilt options (like this one in Vintage Modern)...

Vintage Modern mock-up

You know, it's just exciting to be "done."


This quilt measures 64" x 80" -- so it makes a good twin or big throw size.  You can see that it very nicely covers my tall husband while he snoozes on the couch.

The design is a result of day-dreaming while Scarlet was eating, and we were the only two awake in the house.  It dawned on me that two of my favorite block designs could interact nicely.  Rouenneries Deux had yet to be released at the time, but I thought it might be a good design to justify adding to my French General stash.

French Kisses with love birds 

I already had some Secret Garden stashed, so I made some test blocks (and then kept going) until I had enough blocks to make a quilt for our bed (this one is actually on its way back to me now from Lindsay, and I can't wait to see it -- and sleep under it)

French kisses in {the} Secret Garden

"The hubs" got me a FQ bundle of Rouenneries Deux for Christmas, and as soon as the yardage was released, I went about to finishing this quilt.  

French Kisses quilting

Lindsay of Eileen quilts did the long-arm quilting for me, and it is so beautiful; I love the big roses all over.

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I have made this quilt design twice now, and my friend Kelly tested it for me.  The blocks are big, come together quickly (remember I made both of these with a newborn not yet sleeping through the night... which she's still not doing, but she's cute nonetheless), and have lots of movement.  It's also got a great spot for fussy cutting or big focal prints (though you might need to figure in extra fabric, depending on how you cut it).

This one was made by Kelly at KelbySews
You'll notice in Kelly's quilt (which uses a layer cake of "It's a Hoot" by Momo for Moda), that she used the light gray as her solid.  When you're using a layer cake, you'll want to choose your background fabric to contrast, even a little, all the prints.  Because "It's a Hoot" has the white prints, the gray worked well.

Stained Glass French Kisses by Kelly at KelbySews


So if you like it, and want me to do your math for you, or just need a way to use up an extra layer cake or fat quarter bundle (yes, fat eighths should work fine, but I didn't create explicit directions for them) you have, then I'd love for you to buy my first pattern.


There are directions for using either a layer cake or fat quarters, and I've included a bonus layer cake pattern (called "Just Hugs"), because hey, we all love a bonus (and it was a cool design).  

The pattern is a pdf file that will be emailed to you immediately after purchase, and includes detailed and diagrammed instructions for how to cut and construct your own.  I did not write up the directions for the larger size, but if you'd like to join our quilt along, I'd be happy to help you with the math for adding blocks (you would pretty much just double the fabric if making the size I made in Secret Garden pictured above). 

To celebrate and launch my new pattern, I'm also giving away this layer cake of Rouenneries Deux, along with a copy of the pattern (and I'll probably give away another copy of the pattern too).  


To enter the giveaway:
- Leave me a nice comment {can be about the pattern, how to potty train an almost three year old boy who is as (cute and) stubborn as his father, how cute Scarlet is, how cute I am, how your day is going, whatever}.
- Pin, Blog, or Facebook with a link to my pattern for a second entry and leave a comment telling me so.

 I do hope to have this as a paper pattern, but honestly don't understand all the goings of getting a paper pattern published yet, but I'm learning!

Thank you, and I hope you all like French Kisses. 
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P.S. -- If you buy it and then win, I'll refund your purchase. :)

Linking to AmandaJean's Finish it up Friday.

201 comments:

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Patti said...

Congratulations on a really beautiful quilt! I love it in French General, but also the Vintage Modern!

Phyllis said...

Your pattern is just lovely. I love the colorway you chose. How did you accomplish with a newborn? Good luck with more pattern design. Good job.

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

Congratulations on finishing the writing of your pattern. I have a layer cake here that is earmarked for this one :o) hugs, Sharon

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Congratulation on your first pattern - it's gorgeous and I'd love to make it out of Rouennaries scraps (or that sweet layer cake)!

Lyn said...

I love your pattern. Must be so much fun to see it in print. I had 5 boys and they just take their time! when you don't worry about it just seems to take care of itself!
Good luck, Lyn

Cathy said...

Love the pattern!!!! And bribe him with popsicles while on the potty. Spend a weekend with the whole focus on potty. Lots of bribery/encouragement with cold and salty things to encourage much drinking and lots of peeing. : ) good luck!!!!!

Brenda said...

Congratulations on your first pattern. A wise woman told me when my children were small to not fight over the potty training. When they are ready it will click. No one has gone to kindergarten in diapers.

Karin said...

ah, potty training a boy - not as easy as it seems! The big 'break through' my oldest son had when he was *just* 3 - was hanging out with another 3-year old boy who potty'd outside. My son thought that was way cooler than the toilet and he was trained after that. So, my advice would be for him to hang out with a same age or slightly older boy who is potty trained :)
Good luck on the pattern sales, it's an awesome pattern!

Ellen said...

Congratulations! Its a lovely pattern and a fabulous start to the beginning of your empire. Your cover is great - up to date & fun, without taking away from the pretty quilt. Nicely done all around!

Lee said...

A very lovely design and quilting - beautiful! Congratulations on a lovely pattern and your first! thanks for the generous giveaway!

Sarah Craig said...

Cute, cute, cute, cute - the pattern, you, Steiger, and Scarlett! I love the quilt - especially the way the blocks "bleed" out into the border! And a chance to win, too? Woohoo!!

In Awe of Applique said...

Wow! what a major accomplishment, to write a pattern and all that entails, all the while chasing a 3 yr old bound and determined to stay in diapers FOREVER! AND a baby that is averse to sleep?! I'm exhausted just contemplating all that! Girl, you need a spa vacation!

Michelle Watson said...

Congrats on getting it done! It looks fabulous. I like that you've shown the quilt in a couple of different colour ways / fabric types. Sometimes it's hard to see past the fabric to the pattern, so it's useful to see a couple of variations.

Michelle Watson said...

Going for a second entry - Pinned, Facebooked and Tweeted!! I think that covers them all!

Dawn said...

What a great pattern! I like both, but especially love the vintage modern. I have a layer cake I just bought that would be perfect for this I think! Thanks!

Jenny said...

very nice, and i love the pattern name! potty training is never easy! but reading lots of books about potty training helped us...one by mister rogers is good. good luck!

laura said...

I love your pattern. I hope I get a copy!

Kate said...

I wish I could give you some advice on potty training cute little boys, but mine is still wearing size 6 diapers...arg!! So, I will just tell you how cute you and your kids are :)

B Greene said...

This pattern is lovely - great work!!

On potty training - put a potty right smack-dab in front of the TV. I'm not proud of it, but it is the only thing that worked ;-/

Kelsey said...

Congrats on your first pattern!! It's lovely :)

B Greene said...

Pinned youre great pattern!
http://pinterest.com/pin/243616661063143748/

mariebeers said...

Your first pattern is awesome. The icing on the cake is it's made with French General, my favorite.

Heather D. said...

The pattern is beautiful and I'd love to win a copy! I'd rather not remember my potty training days with my boys...

Darcy said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the pattern outcome and your use of contrasting colors in just the right places! I'd be honored to win. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment with a newborn!!!

EJ said...

The pattern really is so pretty! And I can sympathize with the potty training; it's one of the worst parts of parenting toddlers.

Rebecca said...

Those are some beautiful quilts! And it looks like a great pattern! Good luck with potty-training your little guy, it's not going so great over here with my stubborn little man either :p

beccaabug said...

Beautiful quilt, love the colors. Try trowing some Cheerios in the toilet and let him see if he can hit them.

Katie @SwimBikeQuilt said...

congratulations!!! it looks wonderful. and if you find out potty training tips for an incredibly stubborn child, send them my way!

Regina said...

Lovely quilt - and no help on the 3 year old... mine was 4 1/2 and then some and INCREDIBLY stubborn....

jabeybaby said...

I love this pattern. I really like that a few of the blocks kind of sneak into the border, very cute!

Amber said...

Congratulations. I know it is such a big accomplishment so I'm really happy for you. It's a beautiful quilt and a beautiful design. I love the cover too.

Amber Johnson

What Comes Next? said...

It is a lovely quilt - congratulations! It looks like such a versatile design - would look good in anything I decide to make it in!

Jenn said...

It turned out great Tracey. I like seeing it on your husband for perspective of the size of the diamonds. :)

Mom on the Move! said...

Love it! And would love to have the pattern. Thanks

Mom on the Move! said...

Pinned this to my 'Quilty Things' board.

QuiltNut Creations said...

Love it love it love it! Congrats on finishing the pattern; will be buying this one.

debbie m said...

Congrats on the quilt pattern being finished! with a newborn in the house, you rock!
as to the potty training a 3 year old boy...mine was going potty under the hedge, like the kitty, when ever I turned my back for 20 seconds! How embarrasing, lol. We went to stay with grandma for 3 weeks and I told him she would not like it at all if he pottied in her yard, and he started going in the bathroom as he should. I hope you don't have to go through that. One day soon he will just decide to be a big boy and potty where he should, along with an endless list of other big boy things. Then as a mom you'll give a big sigh. Good luck.

Melissa Corry said...

Yippee Skippee Tracey!!!! I love it!!! Fabulous :) And that editing is a real drag. I bet you are so excited to see it all done :) And I love the cover, it is fabulous :) As far as potty training, my boys loved cheerios in the potty and then they would try and sink them :)

Leah S said...

I'm in awe that you're able to quilt period!! I just haven't been able to get coordinated since having my son. Maybe you should make a post on the little tips and tricks you employ to get sewing machine time. :)

debbie m said...

Oh, and by potty in the hedge I meant the stinky kind of potty, still laughing 24 years later

Delores said...

Your first pattern is lovely and I particularly like it in French General. Would love to win the layer cake!! As for potty training a 3 yr. old, I would love to read the hints you get, as my almost 4 yr. old pees in the toilet, but refuses to poo. His mother has HAD IT with changing poopy pull ups! - so any new ideas would be great! All I can say, is there are a lot of 3 and 4 yr. old boys not trained in the world............

Delores said...

I pinned your new pattern.

felicity said...

You are adorable, the pattern is fabulous and Steiger will use the potty when he's good and ready and not a minute before, if my own experience is anything to go by. Helpful, yes?

Ella said...

That's a really striking pattern. Congrats!

stephmabry said...

What a lovely pattern, congratulations! I look forward to making another quilt my hubby will enjoy. Maybe this could be it! ;)

twelfthzodiac said...

Congratulations on your first pattern! I love how different it looks in Secret Garden.
I have been credited for training a lot of toddlers (daycare) but really, it only happens when they want. Having differing ages of children sure helps, as all the little boys want to be big boys! I also think that once it's mostly just stubborness holding them back, giving them control over other things in their life can help. Even 'bribing' with choices. "If you are a big boy & try to pee in the potty today, you can pick what we eat for lunch." Once he starts doing it, I'll bet he'll never look back! I have heard of ppl putting an ice cube in the toilet for target practice...that sounds fun too! lol Good luck! Scarlet will be easier ;)

robin said...

How exciting to be releasing your first pattern - I really like it. Thanks for the nice giveaway!

robin said...

Here's my Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/282249101616667575/

KOcanQuilt said...

I love the way you made it in French General. Really amazing design. Thank you for the chance to win the pattern and make it!

ladybugquilting said...

Beautiful Quilt!
Congratulaions on getting to the Finished Stage, Huge Achievement,
I love it in Vintage Modern!

**nicke... said...

i really love the quilt! so pretty and i really love the diamonds extending into the border. it looks amazing! if i don't win, i will be buying! ;)

Karen said...

Your first pattern is beautiful....I love all three examples of the quilt.....especially the Vintage Modern....could you make it with Fat Eighths...as we just got some in at the shop I work at....Karen

CJ said...

What a great pattern! I love seeing it in different fabrics too.
The way to potty train an almost 3 year old boy - bribery! We finally bribed our son (who is now almost 20) with a PUPPY!! Yup, it worked and he got a beautiful black lab puppy. One of our son's nicknames was Mook. So the dog's registered name was Mookie's Liberation (meaning that Mook was liberated from diapers!) and the dog's name for all of us to call her was Libby. Sadly she has been gone for a couple of years now but they truly did love each other and the bribery was totally worth it.

CJ said...

Correction - my son was OVER 3 years old when potty trained! OY!

Jo said...

That is a beautiful pattern ~ CONGRATS! It's amazing how different it looks with the choices of fabrics too!

Kim said...

Congrats on your pattern! It's beautiful.

Katie said...

It's really beautiful, congrats on your first pattern! Whether or not I win *fingers crossed* I'll be joining in the quilt along :-)

Kelly Irene said...

Yay, Tracey! The pattern looks fabulous! Congratulations :)
We potty trained Adeline in January by letting run run naked (outside) for a few days then kept the undies on and gave treats of course for peeing in the potty. We are in AZ though so it may not be quite as feasible for prolonged outdoor nakedness where you are just yet!

The Unpicky Vegan said...

Wow, you are so talented! I could never do what you do!

As for potty training..... bribery usually works. Like, "let's keep a chart, and every time you use the potty, you get a sticker and a little something wonderful (candy?)...... and when you get 10 stickers, you get a big something wonderful (special toy?)...., besides, you're a big boy now, and you don't need diapers anymore like that baby, Scarlet."

And if he doesn't get it by nice weather, just let him roam around outside, nude, when it is warm. That also helps them to get the concept pretty quick... and no inside mess or extra laundry for you!

Elaine said...

Wow, love the pattern and I can't believe you designed it when you had a newborn! I don't have good advice on potty training other than that i think they will do it when ready. That and different rewards seemed to help my guy-- he gets different little food goodies depending on whether he tries, goes #1 or goes #2. good luck!

Kate said...

Congrats! It's such a gorgeous quilt :-) I'll be keeping my eye open for a paper pattern to stock in my store.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Congratulations! your first pattern is really amazing. I love the French General version but the modern one is great,too.

Manda said...

I love it! And I really like the cover :)

AngieSue said...

Love it! In fact, I just bought it in your shop (which I rarely do since I have so many projects stacked up and waiting....). I can't wait to get started.

Sue Bone said...

Fabulous pattern. Congratulations on your first pattern. Now when's the second due?

Flying Blind... said...

I love your version, - it was Kelly who sent me here!
Good luck with the potty training - I remember the joys of 'doing' the twins!

Flying Blind... said...

I have pinned it - good luck to you, and good luck to me ;)

Courtney Thompson said...

i love the new pattern- and love that there are several versions! congrats! thanks for the chance to win it!

Kathy MacKie said...

Congrat's on your new pattern! All I can say after raising two sons, good luck!

hueisei said...

Congrats on the new pattern release. Very fresh and modern design!

holley said...

Gorgeous quilt design! Potty training happens when they are ready. Don't stress over much on it. I used to tell myself, they're aren't many adults out living on their own still in pullups. They all get there eventually. Enjoy the moment:) and have a huge celebration when he 'gets' it! I pinned the pattern too! Congratulations.

Gill said...

Congratulations! I love your new pattern!
Hang on in there with the potty training - they all get there in the end! I think the secret is not to stress about it!

Yuvia said...

I love your pattern!
The red one it's stunning.
I'll post it on my Facebook ;)
Good luck!

Patchwork and Play said...

This is a really lovely design! Congratulations! It is very pretty in the French General line, but think it would translate to many fabrics! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kristy QP said...

Oh I am so excited to see this released! I know what I'll be working on this weekend!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your first pattern release. I love that you have shown it in various colorways. I have started my Rouenneries collection.

Susan said...

Congratulations on your first pattern release. I love that you have shown it in various colorways. I have started my Rouenneries collection.

Montseta said...

Congratulations!!!!
I already commented on your photo in flickr, but this is a beautiful pattern, and love Rouenneries!
Terrific giveaway!

Montseta said...

I already pinned in pinterest (in my pattern board). Love it!
Montse Pérez

Bronwyn said...

Love this pattern! looks tricky and interesting and I love it pointing into the border - crossing fingers and toes!!!

Bree said...

Congrats, Tracey!
Potty training. pfffft. hahaha. hehehe. right. I'm stalking your comments for tips, because my 3.5 year old still has a fear of.. well... he pees just fine. I'll leave it at that.

KristyLou said...

Yes your kids are adorable. And I love those names!!!!!

KristyLou said...

I pinned the link to this post!!

Tara said...

I love this! You did a great job and if I don't win I will be buying the pattern :) Have a great weekend!

piece peace said...

Congratulations on your beautiful first new pattern! I have twin girls who will be three next month.
One just potty trained over the last two weeks. I encouraged her by giving her one chocolate chip for every time she peed and two chocolate chips for poop. I also told her that we could go to pick out her big girl panties when she had kept her pull ups dry for one week. It worked! The other is stubborn, too. She does not care about chocolate chips or big girl panties. For the other, I think I am going to try giving her a sticker for every success. She loves stickers and loves to have people look at her. he will love to show and tell to every person with a pulse her stickers...I am hoping. Good luck.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a gorgeous pattern. And I LOVE the French General fabric!!! I've been hooked on FG since it first came out.

Julia @ Blue-J Cottage said...

How eciting! Congrats! Would love to win this super cute quilt :)

Julia @ Blue-J Cottage said...

How eciting! Congrats! Would love to win this super cute quilt :)

Denise in PA said...

Great pattern! Congrats! Can't help with the potty training a boy - Had a girl and it was a long time ago - LOL. But, I have to say, at 23, she is potty trained. My dog, now that's another issue - LOL!

Jacqueline said...

Congratulations on such a major accomplishment. I love the pattern and the fabric (French General)selection.

Thanks for a chance at your drawing

Stephanie said...

I would love to win a copy of this pattern!

knittingtheblues said...

Another quilt pattern to add to my so, so long queue. I love it!

Kelly said...

i was with kelly when she was putting the top all together. it looks great - i'd love to win a copy!

Cheryl said...

Love the pattern! As for potty training, keep introducing it and let them take the lead. If you do it and not let them control it, it will just be a big mess. My daughter decided she was going to try a month before her 3rd birthday and we are still struggling 2 months later. It gets better.

Amy Sp said...

Congrats on your first pattern! What an accomplishment, especially with a newborn in the house. I'm thinking of joining the QAL as soon as I know if this baby is a boy or girl...three more weeks until our ultrasound!
As for the potty training, I've trained two little boys using the e-book I purchased at 3daypottytraining.com. The first child was out ouf diapers at 29 months, and 32 months for the second. I highly recommend it!

Heidi @ Buttons and Butterflies said...

You know I tried to be the first one to buy ;)! but I just wanted to say that I think you are amazing and this is just a great quilt pattern!!!!

Katie said...

It looks great. Congratulations! If I won I would make it right away.

Sunnybec said...

Congratulations on your first pattern, but I don't just like it...I LOVE IT!!!! Especially in French General. Scarlet is a beautiful name but I may be biased...my Gt Niece is also called Scarlet!!

Tiffany said...

My son is almost 3, and has no interest in potty training! It is so hard. What's even worse is when I try and sit him on the potty - he cries!!!

Katie B. said...

I love it, Tracey! Do you know when you're beginning the quilt-along?

Mikelle said...

I'm so excited for your new venture! I will be happy to follow your journey.

peggy w said...

Love this pattern. Just bought some fabric that I think will great in this pattern. Thanks for the giveaway and for your talent. pegwatkins@comcast.net

Wendy said...

Congratulations on your first pattern! I really love it - and I think the French General fabric is absolutely perfect for it!

caribousmom (at) gmail (dot) com

everinprogress said...

Nice pattern! WHen's the QAL starting?

Mitzi said...

Beautiful pattern! I just love it.

sydthewyd said...

Congratulations! It's a great pattern!

Emma B. said...

Beautiful! Lovely pattern...Great job!

sjoko said...

Wonderfull quilt - and I like how it is used :O)
Your pattern is gorgeous! I have made a not completely unfamilier quilt in Rouneries #1 - if you like you can see it on my blogg (scroll to the bottom of the page). Now I want to start one like yours :O)

Linda said...

+CONGRATS ON YOUR FIRST PATTERN!
YOUR QUILTS ARE OUTSTANDING!
HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU VIA GFC!
THANKS SO FOR SHARING A BEAUTIFUL GIVEAWAY!

msstitcher1214@yahoo.com

Library Gal Quilts said...

Just purchased your first pattern! I am going to make it either from Basic Grey's Curio or Hello Luscious! Congratulations! xo

Ebeth said...

Beautiful! I have a layer cake in mind for this one...win or lose, I'm getting the pattern. :)

Thanks for the chance and congratulations!!

lwghosts at yahoo dot com

Linda said...

Gorgeous quilt! Congrats on yoru first pattern, and it looks fabulous in those fabrics:)

Kelly Smith said...

Love your first pattern, especially the rainbow version. If you hear any good tips on how to potty train an almost 3 yo, let me know... I am working on 2 almost 3 yos... and I have a 6 mo but she at least sleeps through the night.

Kelly Smith said...

Pinned it! http://pinterest.com/pin/47217496063264811/

Denise said...

Beautiful quilts and fun pattern! Congratulations on your first pattern!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Eu tive facilidades de ensinar as minhas três filhas.Todas as vezes que eu ia...colocava as meninas para também,depois com a chegada das irmãs,era uma festa...quando uma ia as outras duas iam também.Agora tenho um neto de 18 meses Tobias, está começando a identificar vontade,compramos cuecas e deixamos no quintal várias vezes por dia,já conseguimos algumas vitórias,literalmente,foi puro aplauso,e ele também.Vá com calma,tudo se ajeita no final das contas.Bem,depois deste post...Kelly,menina talentosa não?Eu adorei tudo do post dela e do seu.Quero ganhar,obrigada e PARABÉNS.Beijos.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com há!!!me tornei sua seguidora de número 751.

Diann said...

I like the pattern and think it's a great idea to give directions for both fat quarters and a layer cake since so many of us like pre-cuts. Congratulations on your first pattern.

Michele said...

Your first pattern is amazing! Congratulations on the beautiful work :-)

Karen said...

Hi Tracey! I LOVE your first pattern..."French Kisses". Congrats on such a great design, especially with a newborn!

Potty training sometimes is quite difficult...if the child really does NOT cooperate, I'd drop it for a week, and re-try. Also, get his daddy involved in this. Little bribes along the way are a great help. Good luck with the training!

Hope little Scarlet is doing well.

Hugs, Karen

Jeff said...

I LOVE your pattern!! And I really like the red/cream fabric you used even though it's not my usual style. Congrats on writing your first pattern, I'm sure it'll be a big hit!

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Dresden Quilter said...

You are all very cute! I love the quilt and the different colourways you chose to show it in. Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway.

Mermaid Sweets said...

Great first pattern, it is gorgeous.

elle said...

lovely pattern! i am new to sewing and would love to win this pattern or fabric!

elle said...

also pinned for another entry C:

http://pinterest.com/pin/149885493818515455/

Miki Willa said...

This is a beautiful quilt. I Congratulations on publishing your first pattern! I hope many more follow.

Delia said...
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webmailaddress2 said...

Congrats! The pattern is very nice.

justacraftymom said...

I LOVE your pattern!!! I have no doubt that you will have no problem selling this pattern. I am off to go and by it..... good luck

alidiza said...

What a beautiful quilt!!! Everything looks good in French General but this is fabulous: )

Gay said...

Oh wow! I love the quilt. I just finished one that you have on your website and I love it.

Lisa Cox said...

What a gorgeous pattern! And so versatile in how it looks with different fabrics.
I LOVE IT!

Karen said...

I LOVE your pattern! If I don't win it, I'm going to buy it for sure. Thanks for the chance and the great pattern!

Messy Mouse said...

This pattern is beautiful! Especially with the French General fabric. Simple but elegant... Thanks for the give-away!
themessymouse@gmail.com

Lexi said...

Wow, your pattern looks beautiful. You are an inspiration to all of us mothers who try to achieve something for ourselves as well raise a family. You deserve much success. Thanks for being so generous, lexilucas@gmail.com

Rineke said...

I love your pattern! And so nice you showed it with various colorways!
Thank you for the chance to win! Enjoy your kids, do not stress to much about that potty. Some day he will think he is big or confident enough to be trained!

Carla G said...

Wow! What a beautiful quilt! :)
Hmmm I remember the potty training days.... X2 boys at the same time (yes I have twin boys). I had one that got it fairly quickly and one that was very stubborn. The one thing that seemed to help was to put him in big boy underwear. No pull ups, no training pants (daytime only) just the thin cotton underwear. So if he won't go to the bathroom, it will run down his legs. I know it's messy, but we only had a couple accidents where he fully went & was standing in a pond. Otherwise he'd catch himself and run to the bathroom. It was still a challege, but this was something my mil suggested and seemed to help. I also used to spend my days in the bathroom. They had to sit on the pot after meals till they went. Good Luck and eventually he will get it! :)

Taryn said...

Gorgeous pattern. It caught my eye immediately on my blog list! Thanks for the giveaway.

Rafael's Mum said...

Hiya Tracy, Congratulations on your first pattern and a lovely one it is too! Love the French General as well and, since you are asking :-), both your kids are adorable and it is such a joy to see them grow on the blog. Hope you have much success with the pattern.

Paskiaq said...

great pattern and congrats on finishing it :) Sorry no potty training advise here...will be reading the advise others are giving (I have a 2 year old entering that phase).

sandra said...

My grandson was 4 years old when he was finally trained, back when my daughter was a baby people would have been aghast at a four year old not being trained (70's). She tried everything including pull-ups which I just think give them permission to pee. One day we just put him in underwear and after two accidents on floor he decided he didn't like that and other then an occasional accident he was trained. They just do it when they are ready. Personally I think we tried to train our children too early back in 70's just relax and it will happen.LOL
Really love your first pattern it is beautiful colors and just gorgeous.

Christie said...

I love this pattern! It is just so beautiful!

Christie said...

I also put up a link to this on facebook. :)

Kirsten N said...

Love your quilt pattern - and I really like the "Just Hugs" version using the cute elephant prints!

Karen said...

Congratulations on your first published pattern!!!! It is a lovely design and you have great samples of the pattern. All the best for your business.

Dora, the Quilter said...

Congratulations on your published pattern! Great feeling, isn't it? And you're entitled to extra pats on the back and extra cheers for managing it with a busy family!

pinksuedeshoe said...

I love that secret garden one! Can't wait to see it finished. And congrats on finishing your pattern, that is so great. I think that means you need a cape, that says Super Mom! :)

pinksuedeshoe said...

I also pinned it :)

Nicola said...

Love it love it love it!!! Have just bought it, downloaded it, printed it, and now I'm gonna search my stash of layer cakes to find the right one to make it with!!

Lynn Koeppen said...

Oh, this quilt is fabulous! I love how the blocks rest on the border!

Congrats on your first pattern with many more to come!

Kim said...

Congratulations! How exciting--and what a beauty it is! It looks wonderful in all of the color choices shown! I am definitely adding the pattern to my Birthday/Christmas Wishlist!

Kim said...

I also shared your post on FB. Kimberly Rennie

Jessica said...

Congrats Tracey - lovely pattern! I'm amazed to think of you dreaming it up while nursing your little gal!

ktquilts said...

Potty training a three year old boy...start with the toy of his wildest dreams, visible, but out of reach until he stays clean and dry for a week. Waiting until summer is the easiest. Then keep him in swim trunks and play outside. Wading pool to wash up in and a tree to pee behind...summer fun!

ktquilts said...

Pinned it!

Angie said...

Congratulations on the pattern for your beautiful quilt. As far as potty training that almost 3yo boy, I've been there and almost lost my mind. My husband stepped in and bribed him with M&Ms. I thought it was absurd but it worked and when his Daddy got home in the evening he would give him M&Ms.

Lee said...

Congratulations on your first pattern! It's beautiful, Tracey! I especially love it in Secret Garden.

My potty training advice: If he's fighting it, take a break. It may be that he's just not ready yet, and if it's a battle, it's not going to work anyway. My first attempt with Claire was terrible for everyone involved. So we stopped, and three months later I tried again. That time, she was trained literally in one day! I think the trick is to make them think it's their own idea, not yours. : )

Lee said...

Pinned your pattern! : )

jemfl said...

Yes-this is a winner. Red is a favorite color! You are a super multi-tasker!Congrats on the pattern.

Peris said...

I love the colors you use....they inspire me!!! Thank you for sharing all the tidbits of your day and sewing knowledge it all makes me smile!

Peris said...

Pinned it on Pinterest!!!! Love that we can help you out by putting out there on Pinterest for you!!!! Congrats!

babiesdoc said...

Lovely quilt and nice pattern.

as for potty training.
according to the AAP most boys are not ready until they are almost 3.
I always find little prizes for accomplishment work. Like a basket of little wrapped prizes next to an appropriate sized toilet. given only for positive occurrences.

Sharmond said...

Lovely quilt! Thanks for pattern giveway! I helped potty train my year old grandson last summer. I did have some little prizes for rewards. He still remembers that and still wants a prize at my house! We went about every two to three hours, no exceptions, and read a book during the process. He smiled so big at his successess.

Sharmond said...

Lovely quilt! Thanks for pattern giveway! I helped potty train my year old grandson last summer. I did have some little prizes for rewards. He still remembers that and still wants a prize at my house! We went about every two to three hours, no exceptions, and read a book during the process. He smiled so big at his successess.

Jacey said...

It's fabulous! I'm here thanks to Kelly's version, and I would love to make one of my own. I enjoyed reading about your process, too!

Jeanie said...

Just purchased the pattern-it is beautiful. Let's see, I think you mentioned to leave a comment about something regarding potty training. My son was a difficult "student" in that area:) I bribed him-daily! Every day he used the potty, off we went to buy him a treasure. Bad I know, but it worked in a week. Fingers crossed that my name is drawn for the fabric:)

819545a0-663d-11e0-88c0-000bcdcb5194 said...

Congratulations on the pattern! The colorway you chose is wonderful, but it would work with so many things from dark wools to brights. I've been coveting this fabric! VermontPines at aol dot com

Jen said...

Congrats on the pattern! I admire your tenacity! I didn't do much of anything while my babes weren't sleeping through the night! (Although, truth be told, neither of them actually slept through the night on a regular basis until they were 3 years old - and they're 3 years apart, so basically I went with about 7 years of no sleep!)
I don't have much advice about the potty training - but Scarlet is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jen said...

Blogged about it!

creativedawn said...

Okay...that quilt is gorgeous - congratulations! I would love to win the pattern. Could you throw in the quilt too???? sigh! ! !
Lol...potty training a boy...hmmmm, I sent my son in with his Dad....they both stand at the potty bowl being Men....ROFL! Hey, it worked. He is the baby and his sisters; one two years older and the other six years older than him went to the bathroom, so he didn't want to wear diapers. As a matter of fact, he trained really early because he didn't want to be left out and having him stand at the bowl with his Dad just cinched it. Voila...nary a problem; he was two.

Quilting "b" said...

I love the pattern and the fabric is gorgeous. Good luck and I hoope you design many more you are very talented. I am now a new follower. I can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve.

Sarah said...

This is a beautiful pattern! I have some of the original Rouenneries that I always wanted to do in something using triangles, this is the perfect fit! And hang in there with the potty training...I had a stubborn 3 year old boy, too...twenty years ago!

Marcia W. said...

French General is wonderful as a style of fabric for your quilt. I like how your pattern gives variations because Vintage Modern looks great too. I think that reds bring out the beauty of your design. Potty training - never had kids BUT I have 5 grandnieces 6 and under. One would not potty train...until they bought her a musical potty that plays a song when you go...next thing you know... she had trained herself. Another trained because she wanted to go to her "big sister's" softball games...there was some peer pressure involved.

SoozeM said...

Ooh how exciting!!! It looks fantastic!

A Plain Path said...

Congrats on your first pattern!! I'd love to win such a beauty from such a cutie with an even cuter daughter. :) I have four kids, the youngest still a baby in diapers. My first was 2, and I finally just put her in undies and stayed home for a few days. Kept it positive, but every accident she had to help clean up. Three days and she was potty trained. The 2nd I don't remember. Haha! Except he was three and I could not use pull-ups with him. He just treated those like diapers. I don't remember a clicking moment, so it either gradually happened or was so awful that I blocked it from my memory. Ha!! The third child was easy to get number 1. He was a little under 3. But, he wouldn't number 2. Terrified! So, I resorted to candy bribes, like all good, exhausted moms. Haha! If e went, he got a couple M&M's. :-)

denise galatis said...

how great that you have your first pattern and its super that you showed it in a few colourways..that always helps "sell"it i think! Using a doll for toilet training, as arole model, even for boys, helps ALOT..sadly not many are "boy"dolls, so just tellhim to pretend.. kids do that alot at his age... be consistent but dont stay home!

denise galatis said...

how great that you have your first pattern and its super that you showed it in a few colourways..that always helps "sell"it i think! Using a doll for toilet training, as arole model, even for boys, helps ALOT..sadly not many are "boy"dolls, so just tellhim to pretend.. kids do that alot at his age... be consistent but dont stay home!

Rebecca said...

Crossing my fingers for this one! I love this pattern. :)

I had a stubborn 3 year old boy who didn't potty train until about 3.5. Nothing motivated (bribed) him until it was time for part day preschool a couple days a week. Once I told him school with friends couldn't start until he went in the potty. That finally got his interest. We tried several times before that but it's so much easier when they're ready.

Sarah said...

Love the pattern! It's a great first quilt pattern. I love it in all the fabrics you've shown it in.

Sarah said...

I've also pinned it to my pin board!

Dana Gaffney said...

Congratulations, it's beautiful! I've heard boys are difficult to train, with my daughter it was as easy as buying pretty panties, she trained herself just to wear them. Remember that when Scarlet's older.

Mrs.Hearts said...

I Love,Love,Love your pattern! I love symmetry, and it's all about that!

As for potty training - believe me, this will soon be a very distant memory. Just give him a hug and a smile every time he messes. Love him in spite of his "accidents" even when they are not convenient.

Mrs.Hearts

Sarah W said...

Congratulations on putting your pattern together - what a big project.

Jennifer said...

I've been a "lurker" of yours for some time now. I enjoy your quilts very much and I'm so pleased for you that you are publishing your own patterns! This one is a beauty!!

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Patti said...

A great pattern, I especially like seeing it made in different fabrics. Thanks for a chance to win.

Sallie said...

Congratulations! I love the pattern and your fabric choice. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Brita said...

Love the pattern, and would enjoy making this quilt -- yes, I do have a bit of a stash so it would be interesting in batiks, or 30s, modern, well.. you get the idea!

Mom C said...

Congrats. Looks like a keeper pattern. I love to see the same pattern in different fabrics and colorways. It looks great in every one. Potty training? All I can say is once its accomplished you say why was I so stressed about it. Just don't make it a battle of wills, cuz the 2-3 year old will win and that's embarrassing. Good luck.

Janet said...

Lovely pattern. I like your Secret Garden version.

Crystal said...

Wow, I'm impressed! I'm a newer quilter so I can't even imagine all the work that goes into designing such a gorgeous pattern!
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Mimi said...

Love this pattern and all the colour variations - thanks for sharing. I have pinned this @ Mimi Timms

Mimi said...

Congrats on your pattern - it is beautiful!!

Diane E W said...

Congratulations on your new pattern, I love it. Glad you shown different color ways. I used a timer to help potty training. First week start out at every 30 min taking him to the potty just to sit (hopefully more would happen) next week 45 min. and so on. Pretty soon he is going on his own.

heartsease54 said...

I love this pattern & especially love how it looks in the French General fabric, those are not my general go to types of designs or colors, but I love this quilt! Re the potty training, have Daddy show him how as often as possible, that might help.

Diane said...

How exciting ... your first pattern!!! Congratulations! I love it & hope I win. if not, I'll be looking at buying :) Thank you!

p.s. both my children are girls but I've heard that boys take longer to potty train ... good luck!

Becky said...

Congratulations on your first pattern! It does a wonderful job of showcasing the fabric. My son was almost 3 before he was potty trained. He was just too busy to bother. Actually having him wear regular underwear instead of pull-ups did the trick. He did not like wetting himself. He also wanted a birthday party at McDonald's so we made a bargain:) There is something so wrong with bargaining with a 3 year old:) Best of luck to you!

Julie said...

I love this pattern :) I can't wait so I am going to purchase it now.

Nancy Sue said...

I love the pattern!! Ok, I'm going to tackle the potty training topic :) After trying everything with our 3 1/2 year old son,,, from promising him everything to a Buzz Lightyear, Woody, the kitchen radio...etc. We realized as much of a people pleaser he was, he wasn't being stubborn, just scared. We are a gluten free family and it can tricky balancing the fiber, so I added 1/4 cup of prune juice to chocolate milk in the morning (chocolate masks the prune taste almost totally), and we make trips to the bathroom every hour like clockwork and he got a sillyband for every try. At the end of the (long) day, SUCCESS!!! Then after, he realized it wasn't going to hurt. Also we changed the foot stool to the potty so his feet were flat on the stool. It takes the tension away in his legs as he was balancing on the "big" potty already. Good luck :)

Bobbie said...

Love the fabric and Congrats on your first pattern! It is a beautiful quilt!

Karen M said...

This is a beautiful pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

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