May is for Makers is the initiative of Lindsey of LRStitched. You can read her post there, where she talks about the philosophy behind her mandate.
The pattern I purchased first in the last week of May is by a lovely Canadian quilter, who lives about 3.5 hours north of me: Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. Lorna hosts one of my favourite linky parties each Wednesday, Let's Bee Social. It's a great place to find some new blogs, maybe make some new friends and oh, you betcha, find some new distractions, er, inspirations!
I plan to make her free QAL Doggone Cute quilt yet, just couldn't stuff it into the projects list when it was going on, but oh did it look fun. And IMHO, the 'poster dog' for the quilt is a pibble! Um yeah?! After much thought (she has some fabulous designs), I decided to buy her Black Birds Quilt pattern. I have a lovely neighbour down the street who is an avid bird guy, raises them, and has forgotten more about birds than I will ever know. He knows a ton about trees and plants around here too, has taught this Alberta-girl much about the Carolinian forest where I now reside. So this quilt will eventually go to him.
Ikaprint so she should get a little commission off my order. More than one way to support a blogger/designer. ;-)
Second on the purchase list was from Cindy of Stitchin' At Home, also another Canadian quilter and now good friend of mine. She lives even closer to me than Lorna does, just 'up the lake' a ways, maybe a couple hours? For Buzzin Bumble Lara's Crafted Appliqué blog hop, Cindy designed her own pattern and did such a sweet little quilt. Then she decided to offer her design for sale on her Craftsy pattern store! This is her first 'for bucks' pattern. And uh, it's just over one buck you guys!
|Love her fabric choices - used with permission|
Third is my friend Beth, at Cooking Up Quilts, who is, like my good friend Tish, a West Virginia gal. We met during the New Bloggers Group last summer, and got to know each other better through a mutual friend, Julie at Pink Doxies. We got to know each other even better through the Craftsy blog hop that Julie and I hosted in February, as well as through some email conversations that occurred following her wonderful linky, Main Crush Monday. See how linking up, or joining in a hop can bring you new friendships? Love that. Beth has some lovely patterns. It was a hard decision! I chose Floating.
|My favourite colour combination - used with permission|
Speaking of Craftsy, who I do love, despite this glitch, which I hope will be figured out asap, the pattern for Blue Skies & Sunny Days is about to launch through my Pattern Store! You can bet I will have it on sale for the launch, and you can also bet there will be a giveaway or three. Should be this Friday. Eeep!
Linking up with Let's Bee Social.