Every designer needs a strips and squares pattern. Or so I have been told. So here is mine. I'll be honest, strips and squares aren't my favorite to design with because I like a little more crazy in my patterns, but this pattern is kind of "me" for a few reasons: 1. The cheapo quilter in me loves that 8 fat quarters and 1 1/2 yards of another fabric will get you a cuddle quilt top, 2. There is one block to master, so chain piecing is a snap. 3. The blocks are then set in such a way that when you twist and turn them to get the top looking as you like it, you end up with very few points to match when you actually put the blocks together. 4. It's a beginner pattern that actually teaches a new skill, in this case creating a block using an unfinished seam. It's a simple pattern, but one that seems to make quilters of all levels kind of happy. Great for beginner classes, too!
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.