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Meet The Boreal Forest Pattern Testers


Oon Boreal Forest

I am so excited to introduce you to the amazing humans who pattern tested the Boreal Forest Quilt Pattern!

Check out the PDF and Paper Boreal Forest Quilt Pattern here!

I will forever shout this to the rooftops - I would NOT be able to do what I do without pattern testers! 

They are the most incredible people who work so hard behind the scenes to make sure my pattern release is the best that it can be. They are the ones who catch my mistakes, give me honest feedback about the pattern and encourage me throughout the whole process!

The cherry on top is that they all create the most BEAUTIFUL quilts using unique colour combinations and fabrics that I would never have come up with on my own! 

Seeing these quilts come together is one of my absolute favourite parts of the pattern release process - which is why I want them to have this moment to shine!

So, here they are! Meet the Boreal Forest Pattern Testers!  


Meet Claire of @madejustsew  

Claire lives across the pond in Stratford Upon Avon, UK - otherwise known as Shakespeare’s town! Her business started with creating Keepsakes & Memory Bears, but has grown to also include quilts, patterns and more! Claire has been a long time tester of mine, and I’m sure you can see why! 

madejustsew Boreal Forest

madejustsew Boreal Forest

madejustsew Boreal Forest

Meet Lydia of @llquiltco

This was Lydia’s first time testing with me! She is a teacher by day from a small town in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Lydia fell in love with quilting while on maternity leave with her daughter almost three years ago and now spends all of her free time in the sewing room!

llquiltco Boreal Forest

llquiltco Boreal Forest

llquiltco Boreal Forest

Meet Liz of @foreveryoungquilting

This may be Liz’s first time testing for TBS, but she has 25 years of quilting experience under her belt! Liz appreciates (and makes) both traditional and improv quilts, but she now prefers to mostly make modern and geometrically driven quilt designs. 

She's from Vancouver, British Columbia - and when she’s not quilting, you can find her cycling or urban hiking! 

foreveryoungquilting Boreal Forest

foreveryoungquilting Boreal Forest

Meet Jennifer of @jeniferdyck

Jennifer is another first-time TBS pattern tester and a fellow Manitoban! She is a “Professional Home Economist”, mom of two, baker of muffins and lover of quilts! 

Jennifer has been quilting for almost 20 years now and loves trying new techniques, colour combinations and styles. Making scrappy improv quilts and adding hand-stitched details is where her passion truly lies! 

jeniferdyck Boreal Forest

Jennifer Dyck Boreal Forest

jeniferdyck Boreal Forest

Meet Jennifer of @piperautumnfabrics

Jennifer runs a fantastic Ohio-based store called Piper Autumn Fabrics on Etsy. She is the pattern tester who creates the most ideas and mockups before settling on a final decision! Luckily, she can take all of these brilliant ideas and create fabric bundles for her shop! 

Jennifer started sewing dresses for her girls 10 years ago and swore she would never make a quilt because it looked like too much work. Now, she makes at least one quilt a month! 

piperautumnfabrics Boreal Forest

piperautumnfabrics Boreal Forest

piperautumnfabrics Boreal Forest

Meet Kendra of @piecefabricco

Kendra runs an online fabric store out of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Her and I quickly bonded on Instagram over bold lipstick, comfy sweatshirts and a love of fabric. We later learned we also had connections to small town Manitoba! Make sure to check out Piece Fabric Co for a wide selection of fabric, bundles and more! 

piecefabricco Boreal Forest

piecefabricco Boreal Forest

piecefabricco Boreal Forest

Meet Bhiravi of @strawberrycreekquilts

This is the first time Bhiravi has pattern tested a TBS pattern! She is a quilter, sewist, pattern designer and maker of unique things - including gorgeous quilted zipper pouches and needle books!

Bhiravi began sewing in her childhood, but she fell in love with quilting only a couple of years ago! She lives in Berkeley, California and has a studio cat named Reggie who keeps her company while she sews! 

strawberrycreekquilts Boreal Forest

strawberrycreekquilts Boreal Forest

strawberrycreekquilts Boreal Forest

Meet Katie of @crestview.quilts

Katie is another first-time TBS pattern tester! She lives in a suburb of Portland, Oregon where she has a great view of Mt Hood - AKA her “crest view”! She is also a mom to two little girls who are always pilfering through her fabric stash!

Katie only started quilting in October 2019, but it has consumed most of her thoughts since then! 

crestview.quilts Boreal Forest

crestview.quilts Boreal Forest

crestview.quilts Boreal Forest

Meet Brittany of @brittanytunison

Another TBS first-timer! Brittany runs a family-owned fabric shop called White Plains Quilts with original quilt patterns and beautiful curated bundles! 

She also has SUCH a great eye for mixing prints and patterns! Her quilts are modern, but still classic - often with a combo of warm and cool colours. 

brittanytunison Boreal Forest

brittanytunison Boreal Forest

brittanytunison Boreal Forest

Meet Oon of @grape.soda.studio

Another first-time TBS pattern tester! Oon is a mom, wife and cat mom who creates one-of-a-kind, perfectly imperfect pieces of usable art! She uses bright, saturated colours and contrasting print fabrics to create stand out pieces that really bring joy and make an impact!

When she’s not sewing or quilting, Oon is known to be hunting for sea glass along the beach or grabbing a coffee/pastry at a local bakery. You can also check out her website here

grape.soda.studio Boreal Forest

grape.soda.studio Boreal Forest

grape.soda.studio Boreal Forest

Meet Janice of @prairieandocean

Janice and I are both originally from Winnipeg, although we didn’t actually connect until after she moved to sunny California! She says that this quilt made her homesick and she misses camping in the towering trees of the Boreal Forest!

Janice has completed her PhD and is a scientist by day, and an exceptionally talented quilter in her spare time!

prairieandocean Boreal Forest

prairieandocean Boreal Forest

prairieandocean Boreal Forest

Meet Jaimie of @jaimiequilts

Jaimie lives right in the centre of the American midwest in Kansas City with her husband and their mini goldendoodle, Oliver!

During the day, she's a high school English teacher, and at night she loves combining a good audiobook with a fun sewing project. She learned to sew from her grandmother, but learned how to quilt from YouTube tutorials! If you check out her Instagram, you’ll find quilting updates, and the occasional stop motion video! 

jaimiequilts Boreal Forest

jaimiequilts Boreal Forest

jaimiequilts Boreal Forest

Meet Summer of @squats_and_runningstitches

This is Summer’s first time pattern testing for me! She started quilting as a creative outlet after college, but became really obsessed after becoming a mother. She comes from a long line of quilters, so it felt like a natural fit for her! 

Summer also designs patterns and will be releasing her second pattern this year. She’s a big fan of true crime, black coffee, sweets in the morning and everything nature! Her favourite hashtag is #quiltsinthewild, which I also love!

squats_and_runningstitches Boreal Forest

squats_and_runningstitches Boreal Forest

squats_and_runningstitches Boreal Forest

Meet Mary of @sewmaryhappy

Mary (AKA Mar) is another first-time TBS pattern tester! She’s a mom of three and takes care of a whole lot of animals! She has lived all over the world, but is now planting her roots in Waco, Texas. 

Mar is a die hard lover of patchwork, modern, vintage, fussy cut, English paper pieced, traditional quilts - you name it! She also likes everything she makes to feel like being wrapped in a warm, loving hug - which I think she very much succeeds at! 

sewmaryhappy Boreal Forest

sewmaryhappy Boreal Forest

Meet Anna of @TheHackneyQuilter

Anna is from Hackney in East London, hence her Instagram handle! She made her first English paper pieced quilt when she was a teen and picked up her sewing machine skills as an upholsterer. She switched to quilting full-time this past year and is even working on designing her very first pattern!

TheHackneyQuilter Boreal Forest

TheHackneyQuilter Boreal Forest

Meet Joel of @beckerhandmade

Joel lives in Ottawa, Ontario. He works as an engineer in building sustainability as his day job and also has a small sewing business specializing in custom bow ties and other accessories! He is new to quilting (about 9 months in) and this is his first time pattern testing!

beckerhandmade Boreal Forest

beckerhandmade Boreal Forest

beckerhandmade Boreal Forest

 See what I mean? These quilts are SO GOOD!

You can grab a copy of the Boreal Forest Quilt Pattern here

Also, I can’t tell you how much I love seeing the quilts you create, so please tag me in your photos and remember to use the hashtags #borealforestquilt and #blanketstatementpatterns

Will you be making the Boreal Forest Quilt? Which block is your favourite? Let me know in the comments! 


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