Hello sewing and quilting friends!

August 19, 2018
It was lovely to hear from so many of you after the last newsletter! I hope this one finds you all happy, healthy, and enjoying both the summer and sewing!

A few reminders:

Tickets are on sale now for lectures at Quilt Expo in Madison! Buy a ticket for either of my Sew Clothing That Displays Your Creativity! lectures at 1 pm on Thursday and Saturday. Until September 3, lecture tickets will cost you $10. After that date, tickets will cost $12 and only be available to the Expo itself.

You can also buy a ticket to my Creative Clothing Class Fashion Show at 1pm on Friday for the same $10 price.

My patterns and garment samples will also be at Quilt Expo (Sept. 6-8, 2018) in the Mill House Quilts booth for the duration of the show. I'll be there too, from 10-11:30am every day. Come by and say hello!

Tickets are on sale now for the Uncommon Threads Runway Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Q Center in St. Charles, IL on Sunday, October 21, 2018. I am lucky enough to have a collection of my wool garments in this glorious event! After the fashion show, runway garments and more from all the artists are available to purchase in the adjoining Marketplace. A percentage of proceeds benefit the Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles. Tickets are $65 for the luncheon and Fashion Show. Click here to buy your ticket.
Buy a ticket!


Creative Clothing Class

@ Gayfeather Fabrics

Beginning Saturday, September 15


A new year of Creative Clothing begins at Gayfeather Fabrics, 1521 Williamson Street in Madison on September 15.

If you would like to participate in the first 3-month cluster of the class, the assignments are available now. Call Lorraine at (608) 467-9108 to register. For more information and to see the syllabus, see the listing on the calendar section of my website.

Design Essentials I

@ Mill House Quilts

Beginning Saturday, September 22


Design Essentials I series classes at Mill House Quilts in Waunakee will begin on September 22, 2018 from 9:30-12:30.

This is a series of 7 classes - once a month for 7 months - for which we do exercises focusing on Design Elements and Principles such as Value, Scale, Balance, and Color.

Class time is focused on learning to critique exercises, and to learn from what we have done at home. Subsequent classes are Oct. 20, Nov. 17, Dec. 15, 2018, and Jan.12, Feb. 16, Mar. 16, 2019.

To register on the Mill House Quilts website, click here.
Register for Design Essentials I

Collage Curves Mini Quilts Class

@ Mill House Quilts

Beginning Friday, October 5


Mill House Quilts will host this one-day class on Friday, October 5th to make one of Lorraine's four 15" square Collage Curves Mini Quilt patterns. Designs include curvy shapes with raw edges covered with self-made bias tape, a new approach to foundation piecing and design considerations.

One free Mini Quilt pattern of your choice included in class. More available at Mill House Quilts.  Kits available for $30 or bring your own fabric. Class runs from 9:30-3:30. Supply list is available upon registering.
Register for Collage Curves

Patterns and Products

Featured Product

Check out these beautiful Daiwabo and Kinkame yarn dyed Japanese Fabrics. They are all 100% cotton, 45" wide and of a substantial weight perfect for garments. Best of all, they have been reduced in price from $18 and $19/yard to $15/yard!
Buy now

Patterns of the Month

You still have until the end of August to get my Patterns of the Month at reduced prices!

 All of my patterns are multi-sized from XXS to 3XL and have thorough instructions. My phone number and e-mail address are on the back of the pattern too, so that you can contact me with any questions that arise as you are sewing my patterns!

Click the name or pattern cover to buy the Lorraine Torrence Designs pattern, Breezy Block, the Grainline Gear pattern, Mandalay Medley, and the Lorraine Torrence Design Quilt Series pattern, Vanity Square.


Sew Clothing That Displays Your Creativity

@ Quilt Expo

Thursday, September 6, 1p.m.
Saturday, September 8, 1p.m.


The huge and wonderful Quilt Expo comes to Madison again on September 6, 7 and 8, 2018 at the Alliant Energy Center. There will be a high quality Quilt Exhibit and competition, a collection of additional exhibits, one-of-a kind vendors, classes, lectures and more to delight and inspire you!

My part in all of this will be a one-hour lecture called "Sew Clothing That Displays Your Creativity" offered at 1 pm on Thursday and Saturday.

Register online now (at a discount until Sept. 3!)
Register for Sew Clothing

Creative Clothing Class Fashion Show

@ Quilt Expo


Friday, September 7, 1p.m.


At 1 pm Friday, I will present a Fashion Show with the students from my Creative Clothing class at Gayfeather Fabrics in Madison. In this popular one hour show, the students will model the garments they made from my monthly assignments throughout the last year from September, 2017 through May, 2018.

This is a collection of real women with a variety of shapes and sizes, styles and skill levels, but all with an abundance of creativity and enthusiasm for fashion! Buy tickets online now (at a discount until September 3!)
Register for Fashion Show

Something to Ponder...

Most of you have heard the wise words someone once said, "Color gets all the credit, but Value does all the work!" (The identity of the original author of this important and useful phrase has vanished.) The lesson to be learned is that value is really what usually defines a composition. Without some contrast in the parts of a quilt or other colored composition, it is hard to "read" what is really happening. Of course color and scale play their parts as well in differentiating areas, but usually value does the lion's share of the work. Using colors that are all very close in value actually creates mush and we sacrifice the skeleton of the composition for a pretty collection of colors or the interesting patterns in individual fabrics.

When you are making a quilt, take the time to stand back, get some distance, squint your eyes, look at the work through the view-finder of a camera or dim the lights so you can assess the success of the composition in the values you have chosen. In garments, changes in value can help create illusions that can flatter you by directing the eye where you want it to go - or do the opposite!

See how skillfully these artists direct your eye?
Photo credits: Judi Warren Blaydon, Venice II; Roksandra Spring from Spring 2015 collection and Unknown.
Until next time, keep creating!

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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