Patty Young

July 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last night I went to my FAVORITE quilt shop to hear Patty Young. The lecture was great…..Here’s what Intown had to say about the event.

We rolled out the red carpet Wednesday night for Patty Young, who drove down from Bloomington, Ill., with her husband Jon to visit the shop and talk about her career, pattern and fabric inspirations, and provide lots of great sewing tips for using her new knit fabrics for Michael Miller.
More than 40 folks turned out for the presentation, which was both fun and informative. We were treated to a sneak peek at a couple of her upcoming patterns for women (which had many of us at the event super excited), too.

She brought several samples from her line of ModKid Sewing Patterns, all made with fabrics she designed for Michael Miller. Even though I’ve heard Patty talk about her fabric at International Quilt Market, I still learned quite a bit about her design process and how her travels and experiences play into the fabric. She even teased us a little by telling us just the tiniest little snippets about her next line for Michael Miller. Not fair! Guess we’ll just have to wait until the big reveal in October.

One of the highlights for me was a video Patty shared with five techniques for finishing the hems of knit garments. Even though I have sewn with knits, I do not consider myself an expert on the subject at all, and I found the information incredibly valuable. Patty promised that Jon will be editing the video so it’s broken up into five parts and then posting it to YouTube. We’ll definitely be sharing a link to the videos when they are up (and I think I’m going to work on some samples for the shop in the mean time so you can see them in person).

Following her presentation, Patty was kind enough to autograph her patterns and the copy of Where Women Create in which she’s featured, as well as pose for pictures with everyone who asked. We even managed to get a picture of her with the IQ staff in attendance (I’ll share as soon as I get it), taken right in front of the Patty Young wall at the front of the shop.

Thank you so much to Patty and Jon for coming to IQ on their way to Bernina University in Orlando! Thanks, too, to Michael Miller Fabrics (and Patty) for providing two fabulous door prizes (two stacks of knits, each with a ModKid pattern)!

And for those who’ve been waiting for it, Patty’s new line of wovens — Play Date — is now in stock! We’ve even got some fat quarters cut and ready to go for those FQ-friendly projects you’ve got in mind.


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