I haven’t talked about it much, but I began my own blogging career mainly on my quilting. I still have a couple of UFO’s sitting around the house that I keep intending on finishing, but right now there hasn’t been a huge push for me.
One of the things I do love about quilting is the modern blogosphere that has built up around it. If you’re unfamiliar, just hit quilting in Google and you will see oodles of fabulous blogs to follow. They are a prolific lot, and a lot of fun. In fact, there is definite familiarity between a lot of the authors whose blogs “grew up” together and have since met and become friends. Being the eclectic that I am, I have never slotted fully into that blogosphere, although it was fun to participate in one of the book tours that came my way. What I did get out of it was meeting some amazing people, one of which has just opened up a design shop with her own quilt designs.
Clever Notions is the brainchild of Megan Dougherty, and let me tell you, this girl has talent.I love all three of the designs, especially because I feel they are ones that with my middling quilting skills would challenge me without overwhelming my actual abilities. Take her design Runway:
I like this design a lot. I also like that with my skills this is a quilt that I could tackle that would force me to try to find those perfect points, and through the repetition, I’d get pretty good at them. I do love a good challenge.
I also know that with the writing Megan has, that I’d be able to get to those perfect points without too much hassle. Megan is a wordsmith and so it shouldn’t be surprising that one of the things I like best about her designs is the well thought out and written instructions. Good instructions are often hard to find, in my experience, and I know I am more likely to finish a project when I can actually tell what I’m doing. She even gives you a sneak peak of the instructions inside for each pattern on the website so you can see what I mean:
And did you notice she provides scaling options for each of her patterns? Genius. I have regularly found patterns I liked only to realise it was for a bed that I don’t own, or a lapquilt that is so tiny I can’t imagine whose lap it would fit. Clever Notion patterns avoid that problem by giving you three different size options within the one pattern. Its the little things like this that make me know these designs, and all those that come down the line, are going to be great.
Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it. Instead of just making us assume that her work is amazing, Megan went out and found some pattern testers who have kindly allowed her to post their photos and reviews of the patterns up on her website. I love the variety of looks you can get with these patterns by simply changing the fabric options (but then again, that may be why I love quilting altogether). If you want to check out what the testers had to say, or just see the designs in different colours, head over here.
Clever Notions also stocks some of Megan’s prior work, including her quilting humour book and some pins and magnet sets that crack me up. You’ll find all of this and more on the Clever Notions website and blog, shop, and Facebook.