Saturday, February 6, 2021

Quilt Ink Launch - color mine and many other designs on your own!

Excited to share with you the launch of a new app that allows you to color subscribing designer's patterns in your own colorway before you ever even make the quilt!

Designers use a variety of software tools to create quilt concepts, write their patterns, etc. But just imagine the ease of a simple app on your device of choice that will let you image your own colorway of a quilt before you make it!


There is a blog hop going on with various designers who are helping with the product launch.

If you're new to my page, be sure to read 'about' me from the tab on this page to get some background, but the brief version is I was trained as an industrial and systems engineer, worked as a project manager in financial services and now quilting is my passion! I started piecing quilts as an adult right after 9/11 (2001)--finding a purpose and something productive. Work and moves meant I didn't create much for a while, but I was learning the craft and curating my stash! I made a few things here and there and in 2009 I got married and had the opportunity to become self employed. I got a Gammill long-arm machine and started a business. In 2011 I was selected to be part of the McCalls Quilt Design Star Challenge and made it into the final round of 12 designers. I won a ribbon at AQS-Des Moines for "Rosie's BOMB" which resulted in them publishing my co-authored book. I have also had several other quilts juried into international shows and won many ribbons in local/regional shows and fairs. If you regularly pick up the Country Register (available throughout North America) you have probably read one of my articles that is carried in most regional issues. I now live in Grand Coulee, WA and have a small quilt shop, providing quilting supplies and services with my long-arm machine and design business. I'm excited to be a part of the launch of Quilt Ink and hope that you'll be inspired to be more creative on your own. Please reach out if you need any help, would like something kitted, or just need a personal shopper!

I'm the featured designer today at Quilt Ink! I hope you'll jump over to the application and check it out! Color in the designs in your own style, save them to your own computer or click on the link for each design to purchase the pattern from the respective designer. Here are a few screen shots to show you how my designs look on it.

Here is my Starlight Flutterbright design.

The palette along the bottom--scroll to the right for even more! Designers have color blocked their designs or saved a version that is 'freestyle' which means you can color each element whichever way you want. I put the Rondure up as color blocked and one Freestyle --lots of pieces!! Zoe has a freestyle one up as well which works great if you're thinking of using a stack of 10" squares.

Select the 'i' in the upper right and you'll see information about the pattern. In this case you get actual images of quilts that were made with this design. Note the panel squares used were pansies and butterflies, but you could use any square panels and set it beautifully.

Here I've colored 3 more versions. I have a great set of panel prints with wolves that the center one would go well with.

I've also put up Zoe --the popular baby quilt. I've included a few photos of quilts using this design.

Here is the 'wall' on QuiltInk where you can see all the colored versions for a particular pattern. As long as you're registered and logged in, you can save your colorations to the wall for anyone to see or just privately save them to your device.

And Rondure --how exciting to be able to color a Rondure, right? I do this for pattern purchasers using my design software, but now you can do it on your own until you have just the right color combination that you want before ever cutting or even buying the fabric. This was my round 1 entry in the McCalls Quilt Design Star challenge. We were given two blocks and this is how I used them --skewed on the golden ratio.

This is a mock-up of a my latest version of Rondure ...I called this one Electric City.

Photo of real quilt:

So, how about checking it out? sure to register on the quiltink app (no fee) so you can save your designs and come back to them in the future. Please leave a comment below on your thoughts about the app and if you would like me to add any other of my designs to the app. Links here to check out all of my: Printed Patterns, Digital Downloads, Kits

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: Please purchase patterns you'd love to make! If you purchase any patterns of mine (one entry per pattern purchased), you will be entered into a drawing for an additional pattern of mine of your choice. In your check-out note 'QUILTINK'. All purchases must be made by February 15, 2021.

If you missed the opening day, be sure to read the creator's blog post about the app and the giveaway that will be happening on Instagram.

Here are the Launch blog hop participants and links to their blogs.

February 2: App owner and initial launch: Catalina at Amarar Creacions 

February 3: Claire Campion from Made Just Sew

February 4: Jen Frost from Faith and Fabric

February 5: Tammy Silvers from Tamarinis

February 6: Augusto Garcia from Capital A Quilts

February 7: Marlene Oddie from KISSed Quilts

February 8: Julia Wachs from Julia Wachs Designs

February 9: Carolyn Murfitt from Free Bird Quilting

February 10: Kiley Ferons from Kiley’s Quilt Room

February 11: Wendy Congdon from Truly Materialistic

February 12: Josianne from Indigoshima

February 13: Sarah Harris from Acorm Corner Quilts

February 14: Alex Hoffmann from Hoffmama Company