I probably started sewing as a measure of self defense; if my mom was busy teaching me about 5/8" seams and casings for elastics, there was no way she could whip up yet another set of matching floor ...
I probably started sewing as a measure of self defense; if my mom was busy teaching me about 5/8" seams and casings for elastics, there was no way she could whip up yet another set of matching floor length gowns for my sister and I to wear while posing for photos at the local Sears photo studio.
While my mom sewed all manner of things, quilts were never one of them. I discovered quilting on my own in 1995, and like most new quilters, my first can be considered a horrific monstrosity. Several years and much more talent later, I started to design my own patterns, and in 2005 launched EvaPaige Quilt Designs.
My design style is one of "fun over fuss", and I unapologetically preach the gospel of "Perfection is Overrated" through my trunk show and on my Quilting Hottie Haven blog. Quilting isn't mean to be hard or frustrating, and with every pattern I try to help the user focus on enjoying the creative process rather than becoming annoyed by too many matching points and seams.
I tend to shy away from trends; I design what I love and have a hard time conforming to what's hot in the quilting world. Other than me, of course.
On a more personal note, my husband and I have three young daughters, twins Eva and Paige, my mini-mes and company namesakes, and Greta, who will likely be in therapy because her name only appears on a pattern, not as part of the true EPQD empire. We live in a pretty town northwest of Boston MA that I promise you have never heard of and where you don't even need a clear day to see New Hampshire, where all five of us pretty much live our lives covered in thread scraps.
Tree skirt, large topper, small topper, and table runner pattern! Something for everyone!
I've been designing quilt patterns for eight years, and for eight years I have wanted to design one that would work as a tree skirt. For eight years ideas have flit into my head, stayed long enough to prove they were too complicated, and flit back out, leaving me slightly depressed and wondering if I would ever come up with something that fit my style and "fun over fuss" philosophy". Somehow the circles craze in quilting today was what I needed to finally hit upon inspiration that stuck and kept growing into "Ripple Effect".
"Ripple Effect" was designed in EQ7 using a pieced curves block that I blew up and made hexagonal, as all good tree skirts should be. Because I would never in a million years make you, me, or really anyone in the world make a block with curved piecing, I modified the design so that it could be made with machine applique, making this a much quicker project much less apt to be thrown against the wall in frustration. My first try, which is shown on the back of the pattern, ended up a little smaller than I anticipated, and turned into the happy accident of a second sized topper in the pattern. Also included is a table runner version, an homage to the fact that the very first tree skirt I ever made oh so long ago I was inspired to cut down to a runner just for fun.
Come roll in your fabrics, play with some machine applique stitches, and dress up your home or your tree with "Ripple Effect"!