April, 2019

Hello Sewing and Quilting Friends!

It's finally safe to say Happy Spring!! …I think. One never knows in this ever-changing world. But at least I'm certain that we are all eager for MORE COLOR!

Design Essentials Reprint Has Arrived!

My book, Design Essentials: The Quilter's Guide, has been reprinted for the 3rd time and has recently arrived from the printer in Hong Kong! This long popular and always useful full color book has an overview of the 5 essential design principles and elements and chapters on five design approaches, Collage Curves, Designing with a Single Shape, Multi-View Images (aka Shifting Perspectives,) Slash and Sew: Ad Lib Piecing for Inlays, and Improving the Checkerboard, as well as an enlightening chapter called Help for Problem Quilts. Get yours now, discounted from the original $27.95 to $22.00!
Buy Design Essentials

Patterns of the Month

For the next two months, get these patterns at a 25% discount!

Lorraine Torrence Designs pattern, The Tablecloth Shirt can be made in two lengths, two sleeve lengths, and two collar variations, and has an optional pocket. Use that treasured heirloom tablecloth, a new ethnic fabric tablecloth, a garage sale find, or panel fabric of your favorite printed fabric with your own added border.
Buy Tablecloth Shirt
The Jambalaya Jacket from Grainline Gear features four zippy variations on the classic Jean Jacket with three different lengths, pockets and panels to decorate as you please!
Buy Jambalaya Jacket
From the Lorraine Torrence Quilt Design Series, try the Seminole Stepping Stones pattern for an easy Seminole strip-pieced quilt in three sizes (crib, twin, and queen). 
Buy Seminole Stepping Stones

Check out different fabric interpretations of these three patterns:

Upcoming Events

Button Sale

@ Lorraine Torrence Designs

939 Jenifer St. #2, Madison


Friday, April 26: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday, April 27: 10:00am - 2:00pm

If you live in Wisconsin and love buttons, don’t miss this sale featuring buttons and trims from my stash, and those left from Virginia Lienhard's Gayfeather Fabrics, which closed at the end of October, 2018, leaving Madison garment sewists not many good choices in great buttons. So here's your chance!

Virginia and I will be selling buttons and trims on Friday and Saturday, April 26-27 from 10-4 on Friday and 10-2 on Saturday.

Creative Clothing class reception and seeing what the students did this year!

@ Electric Needle

4281 W. Beltline Hwy, Madison


June 8: 2:00 - 3:30pm

Electric Needle will host an end of the 2018-19 year event of my Creative Clothing Class with a reception for the students and a chance to see what they have done in response to my exercises and challenges in class. You will have a chance to see the garments closely and ask their makers questions about their techniques, fabrics and inspirations.

This is your chance to see if this class beginning again next September is right for you!

Pattern Contest!

Look for an exciting new Pattern Contest coming next month!

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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