Good things come by the dozen. We are so thrilled about a block of the month collaboration with Lynette Jensen and @cottonandsteel. The ‘Quicker By The Dozen’ quilt pattern is made up of twelve blocks that use twelve different fabrics, and can be easily modified to be either a throw or a queen. Quilters can use fabrics from Lynette’s new Thimbleberries line Riversong, or they can choose a selection of Cotton+Steel Fabrics!
Lynette about the collaboration:
I was so excited to collaborate with the talented designers from Cotton + Steel. Much like them, my design career and pattern business blossomed out of my passion for quilting and the community it brings. In designing the BOM, I first spoke with the C + S team about what was important to them and their market. They wanted to make sure that the project would appeal to beginner sewers, and feature simple block construction. I began with several different design layouts. It was interesting to see the designs that they gravitated toward. They loved the simplicity of the block designs, and straight forward setting in Quicker by the Dozen, and felt it was the perfect design to launch as their first block-of-the-month. Cotton + Steel chose the vertical row setting because they felt it would carry greater appeal to the modern marketplace. Quicker by the Dozen visually demonstrates how by changing fabrics, traditional block-of-the-month designs can also appeal to the modern marketplace. Whether you are traditional at heart or consider yourself a modern quilter, this BOM says it all!
Why the name Quicker by the Dozen?
Lynette called the project Quicker by the Dozen because it features a dozen fabrics, and you make a dozen of each of the six different block designs. Quicker because you don’t have to rethink instructions or assembly and you can chain piece. What’s more, each block is made with just 2 fabrics, making cutting and piecing easy. The BOM can be broken down into 8 months— Months 1-6 feature the 6 different blocks, Month 7 the pieced lattice strips and Month 8 quilt assembly. Quilters will learn a variety of techniques including: how to make hourglass blocks, half square triangles, accurate ¼ inch seam allowances, pressing techniques, and much more. Instructions are provided for making the project in two different quilt sizes, throw and queen. By simply changing the block size, you can make a queen size quilt for a bed. Also by enlarging the block size to 9-inches, the project becomes even easier to piece.
For over 24 years, Lynette Jensen has thoughtfully designed and produced countless high quality patterns, traditional fabric designs, and lifestyle books that reflect her distinct upscale country style. One of the first pattern designers to partner with a fabric company to build a brand and develop a distinctive look, Lynette recognized early on the tremendous potential quiltmaking had in social networking. Her biggest accomplishment has been in her ability to connect quiltmaking to a lifestyle. Shares Lynette, “My focus has always been on making quilts become a part of peoples’ lives. Not only showing how to make quilts, but also, how to decorate and live with them.” No other designer in our industry has come close to achieving the success that Lynette has enjoyed for over 2 decades.
Lynette Jensen was the first designer ever to create a Block-of-the-Month Quilt Club designed for retail shops to help them to build a continual revenue stream with Thimbleberries fabrics and patterns. The Club
program, aptly called Thimbleberries Quilt Club, captivated the quilting industry, attracting more than 1,000 retail shop members and over 300,000 consumer members in the United States alone. Thimbleberries Quilt Club was the perfect vehicle for Lynette to grow her very loyal and avid Thimbleberries fan base. It ran for more than 22 years.
In addition to the BOM, Lynette has designed 6 project extras. These projects feature a mix of different collections from RJR and Cotton + Steel. The Free PDF patterns can be accessed from the RJR and Cotton + Steel’s websites in January. Here’s a peek at the extras. Stay tuned for exciting sew alongs with popular bloggers.
Cotton + Steel is honored to be collaborating with Lynette Jensen, one of RJR Fabrics’ most prolific and successful designers, to release a Block of the Month pattern called “Quicker By The Dozen.” Lynette Jensen is a pioneer in our industry. She was one of the first to create a Block of the Month program for quilt shops.
Thimbleberries changed the face of the quilt pattern industry, becoming the benchmark for easy to follow and clear quilt patterns. Lynette has always felt that she wants every person who picks up one of her
patterns to be successful.
Cotton+Steel shares the belief that sewing should be accessible and inclusive. Clear instructions and well written patterns are timeless. They transcend taste and trend, and they offer a reliable resource for passing techniques on to those less experienced, regardless of anyone’s individual fabric preferences, regardless of if it’s Cotton+Steel or Thimbleberries.
Because either way, it’s the same craft, same project, just a different stash.
Quicker by the Dozen is so fun and versatile, we decided to run it a third way in fabrics from our 1930s Everything but the Kitchen Sink. Those adorable small scale thirties prints are a perfect fit. Plus those yummy pastel shades…simply irresistible. Stay tuned for the big reveal next week!
The Quicker by the Dozen BOM will be available for shops to order at Fall ’16 Quilt Market, and will be available to buy in stores starting in 2017.