Friday, February 14, 2020

Grace Pattern Release

I am so very excited to announce the release of my newest pattern, Grace, which you can find in my Etsy shop, Sandra Jane Quilts.

It's rather fitting to release a heart quilt on Valentine's Day. đź’– Grace makes a good-sized throw quilt or a twin, and is great for fat eighths and/or scraps. The pattern has instructions to make either a jagged edge on the shadow half heart or a straight edge. This is the first self-published, non-magazine published quilt that I've had Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl tech edit. She is an excellent editor; her suggestions and improvements took this pattern from good to totally professional.



I made the quilt in December at the request of my daughter Dayna, who wanted to take a quilt to her friend in Alberta who had suffered a tragic loss. She specified pink and hearts, and off I went. You can read the story here.

This original quilt has the large half heart as the shadow, with a jagged edge to symbolize the broken heart, and floating hearts to symbolize the healing and love and care surrounding the broken heart.

The pattern was tested by three lovely ladies, who took time out of their quilting schedule and out of their personal lives to sew it up and offer suggestions and corrections.

Helen did hers in a rainbow of colours and scraps.

Helen's is going to her sister, whose birthday is in March. She has started quilting it on her DSM, so do follow her on Instagram so you can see the finish. I love the backing she's using! You may notice that Helen didn't do a jagged edge. She followed the instructions for making the half heart with the straight edge.

Kathy made hers for her granddaughter.

Pink and green floating hearts over a floral large shadow heart that pulls these colours together is so soft and feminine! Kathy did not do the jagged edge either. You can watch Kathy's quilting progress on Instagram.

Nicci did hers in a similar colour palette:
She kept all her small floating hearts one fabric, and did the larger floating ones scrappy. Another very feminine and soothing rendition! Follow Nicci on Instagram to see how she quilts hers up!

I hope this gives you some ideas as to what you can do with my pattern. I plan to make another one myself as it sews up very quickly.

I am so grateful that these ladies offered to test this pattern, and did it in such a timely manner! I am also so grateful to Yvonne for her tech editing skills. I just stopped to contemplate: my testers range from west to east of the US, with one in Ireland, my editor is in California and I am in Canada; isn't it amazing what can result? I wish our world could be so cooperative and supportive.

The pattern is on sale in my Etsy shop for the next week for just $8CA. After that it will go to the regular price of $12.

Just a quick reminder that Connecting Threads (affiliate link) has a pretty amazing sale on until midnight tonight on red and pink fabrics. After making Smooches for Project Quilting 11.3, I have a new-found love for pinks and reds together. They would make for a pretty fabulous Grace quilt I think!

Happy Valentine's Day to all! Things are a bit quiet here on the blog and Instagram while I'm on vacation for a week and a half in our old stompin' grounds in southwest Florida.
Early morning beach walk on Anna Maria Island

Sarasota Harbor
Pick up your copy of Grace on sale today!

14 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the release; it's a perfect day for it!! :)

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  2. It’s a great pattern, I especially like the quilt pictured on the bed, perfect for a girl. Congrats on your pattern release.

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  3. Congrats on your new pattern release. I'd like to be able to write up patterns as I design many of my own quilts & have been a pattern tester for an English quilter a few years ago. I got your email & have "hopefully" become a 'reply blogger'. That tree looks familiar, as I posted a similar one after a holiday to Queensland.

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  4. Congrats on the release! Enjoy the sun and sand.

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  5. Congrats! I hope the pattern sells well for you.

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  6. I'm a few weeks out from heading to Florida, so those photos are getting me excited! What a pretty quilt, Sandra. I'm not usually much into hearts, but I love this one. (I'd like to make it in mini size - surprised?) Congrats on the release!

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  7. I love why you designed this quilt, and we all have people in our lives who need a reminder of the love surrounding them.

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  8. This is so wonderful! Congratulations on the pattern release - and enjoy FL!

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  9. It's a beautiful pattern! Lots of fun ways to interpret it. Enjoy your time off in the warmth and sun.

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  10. Hi Sandra! I saved your email until I had a free moment to really read and enjoy your post. Yippee! I'm so glad you got this pattern written, tested and now released. I love ALL of the different versions, each one just as special as the next. {{Hugs}} Yippee to vacations and sunshine and to not have to nag you any longer. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  11. It is a lovely pattern, Sandra! Quite apt too. Wonderful interpretations by everyone. Hope you are having a lovely time in Florida. Safe travels.

    -Soma

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  12. Congrats on your new pattern release, Sandra!!

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  13. it was a pleasure to take part in this testing. I love all the interpretations.

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