Late September, 2019

Quilt Shows, Patterns and Fabrics!

Exhilarating experiences always engender creativity and my most recent was Quilt Expo (now renamed The Great Wisconsin Quilt Show) in Madison, WI. Aside from helping plan and occupy a booth for the Madison Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, I produced and commentated a Fashion Show with models and their clothing assignments from my Creative Clothing Class's last year of assignments (September 2018-May 2019.) It is always thrilling to see what these talented women - and one man - can put together with my monthly assignments! More than thrilling, it's the information and inspiration that, for me, opens up new ideas and new excitement to create myself! Thank you talented students!

This year's class has just begun and the next cluster - three month section of the non-sequential class - for which people may register is December-February at the Electric Needle in Madison. Register for Creative Clothing

Blue Bar Quilts in Middleton, WI is where you will find my Design Classes now! Check out their website's list of classes to stay up to date on mine and other teachers' class offerings!

My favorite Vendors at Quilt Expo are Wendy Richardson's Quilt Tapestry Studio and Laura Murray Designs.

Check out this BEAUTIFUL piece of Burmese Silk I bought from Laura. This has activated my Creative Juices like crazy! Both Wendy's and Laura's websites will get your creative juices flowing, too!  

Patterns of the Month

Try out these three patterns at a 25% discount until Mid-November!

Urban Treasures from Lorraine Torrence Designs

This versatile jacket pattern has three views, all based on the same shape, but with varying divisions of space and each with a different closure.

Use your imagination in combining fabrics, filling panels and showing off interesting buttons, zippers and even a tie closing through buttonholes! Sizes XXS-3XL in one tissue pattern!
Buy Urban Treasures
Noren Ensemble from Grainline Gear

Noren, in Japan, are traditional split curtains that hang at the top of doorways and windows. Designer Ruth Vincent has borrowed the split panels idea for this ensemble including a Jacket in two lengths with split panels over two more layers in the back and splits in the sleeves at the wrist, a sleeveless blouse with inverted facings and reversed darts front and back, and pants split at the hemline. All have an Asian Flair and the jacket uses three coordinating fabrics.
Buy Noren Ensemble
The Three Bears from Lorraine Torrence Designs Quilt Pattern Series

Cindy Hayes' quilt design features three different sizes of a variation of the Bear Paw Quilt Pattern all in one block. Her clever method keeps you from cutting off any points and has a variety of sets to give this pattern lots of mileage.
Buy The Three Bears

Sale Fabrics

Now through Thanksgiving
25% off these versatile cottons!

WaterColor Batiks
WaterColor Batiks 45" wide are perfect quilt blenders or garment fabrics! Reduced from $12/yd to $9!
Shop WaterColor Batiks
Class Act Ensemble pattern from Lorraine Torrence Designs
Buy Class Act Ensemble
Black and White 1" Stripe
Black and White 1" Stripe from Michael Miller, 55-56" wide heavy weight cotton sateen weave. Perfect for dying, cutting into strips and making checkerboard! Reduced from $16/yd to $12!
Buy Black and White 1" Stripe
Wishing you all lots of Creative Juices flowing abundantly and Happy Sewing!


Lorraine Torrence Designs offers patterns, fabric, books, ideas and more to help, teach, and inspire you in your quilting making and creative Garment making. Join me for learning, fabric lust, and love of everything fiber!

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