Today’s the day! I finally get to introduce you to the unbelievable humans who pattern tested the Rockwood Quilt Pattern!
I will never stop saying this - without pattern testers, I would NOT be able to do what I do!
Pattern testers work really hard behind the scenes of everything and make sure the pattern is the best it can be before it gets released! It’s the best way for me to receive honest feedback and for any mistakes to be caught! They are also really good at pumping me up throughout the entire process!
The best part of everything is that they end up making the most BEAUTIFUL quilts using the pattern! I am always so surprised and excited by their ideas and unique colour combinations that I would never have come up with on my own!
Seeing these Rockwood quilts come to life has brought me so much joy, which is why I want to make sure you see them in all their glory!
So, let’s meet the Rockwood Quilt 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!
Meet Jennifer of @jeniferdyck
Jennifer is a fellow Manitoban! She is also 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!
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!
Meet Oon of @grape.soda.studio
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!
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! Janice has completed her PhD and is a scientist by day, and an exceptionally talented quilter in her spare time!
Meet Summer of @squats_and_runningstitches
This is Summer’s second 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! 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!
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! Anna also recently opened up her own online fabric store and will have a Rockwood Essex Linen kit available, so you can make the same version as hers!
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 somewhat new to quilting and this is his second time pattern testing with me!
An Bui of @corvilady
An learned to sew from her mom when she was in junior high, but took a long hiatus before starting up again as an adult. Now, she enjoys quilting as a distraction from her day job as a marine community ecologist (aka professional underwater landscaper) and as a tactile outlet for her love of colour palettes. R users can check out her package of palettes inspired by California ecosystems!
The palette for her Rockwood Quilt was inspired by the sandstone rock landscapes surrounding her home in Southern California!
Aren’t these quilts SO GOOD? I told you so!
If you haven’t already, you can grab your own copy of the Rockwood Quilt Pattern here!
Will you be making the Rockwood Quilt? Which pattern tester version is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!