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Launching Pad
June 2021

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Is the name of a Quilt Pattern Important?

When I design a quilt, I do a reverse image search to make sure that I have not accidentally recreated a design I have seen previously. In the same way, I search to see if a quilt pattern has been named what I would like to name my quilt.
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Aggregate Cross Pattern Release

You very likely recognize the quilt above as the lap size version I made to kick off and promote the recently completed Bokeh Quilt Along. This spring, another quilt designer released a quilt pattern that she also named Bokeh. So how important is the name of a quilt?

When I am preparing to release a quilt, I will do a reverse image search to make sure that I have not accidentally recreated a design I have seen previously. In the same way, I search to see if a quilt pattern has been named what I would like to name my quilt. The main reason I like to have a unique name is to avoid any confusion when someone is looking for the pattern, but I also want to be respectful to other designers.

Which isn't to say I always get it right, either. As you may recall, I named a pattern that I created for the MQG "Rock Candy" only to realize that the name had already been used by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts. So when the rights for that pattern reverted back to me, I renamed the design and released it under the name of Fractures

After thinking the situation over regarding Bokeh, I have opted to also rename the design now that the quilt along is over and I am releasing the pattern in full. The other designer did a much better job of creating a design that truly reflects the definition of the term Bokeh ("the blur produced in out-of-focus parts of an image"), and with the change from a quilt along to the full stand alone pattern, this was a natural opporunity for me to help differentiate the two quilts by renaming my version.

So, today, I'm happy to announce the release of the Aggregate Cross digital quilt pattern.

The definition of aggregate means a “whole formed by combining several (typically disparate) elements”. Through the Aggregate Cross pattern, you will be exploring combining traditional quilt elements and adding fun touches of curves to the design to make a pleasing finished quilt top. This is a great pattern for someone looking to explore new piecing techniques: make a quilt without any curves, then come back and use the drunkard’s path version, and when you are ready, step it up by giving the inset curve stars a try!

The Aggregate Cross pattern contains instructions for making three quilt sizes (mini, baby, or lap) using three different methods: curves using inset curve stars, curves using the traditional drunkard’s path piecing method, or no curves.

For newsletter subscribers only, use the coupon code CROSSOFF at checkout to receive $3 off the purchase of the Aggregate Cross digital quilt pattern.

Purchase the Aggregate Cross Quilt Digital Quilt Pattern

Love is Love Fabric Collection Sky Full of Stars

The Love is Love Pride Fabric Collection by Mathew Boudreaux (whom you may likely know as Mister Domestic) is available exclusively through and is printed by PBS Fabrics. I have had the honor of getting to work with a selection of the collection, and this version of my Sky Full of Stars quilt is almost finished. I look forward to sharing the finish with you soon!

Color Blending Color Theory

During a recent Wayward Transparency workshop that I was teaching, where quilters apply fabric selection techniques to create a transparency design, one quilter had a great question for me: if you know the CMYK values of two of your fabrics, can that help you determine what the CMYK value of a third fabric should be? 

It turns out, the color theory behind the average color blending is really simple: to get the perfect blend between two colors, find the average of each of the CMYK colors.

For example, let's say we want to blend between a Red and a Yellow. So, if your Red has a CMYK of (15, 100, 90, 10) and your Yellow has a CMYK of (5, 0, 90, 0), the perfect blend Orange would have a CMYK of (10, 50, 90, 5), as detailed below:
  • C = Average of Red C and Yellow C = (15+5)/2 = 10
  • M = Average of Red M and Yellow M = (100+0)/2 = 50
  • Y = Average of Red Y and Yellow Y = (90+90)/2 = 90
  • K = Average of Red K and Yellow K = (10+0)/2 = 5
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Old School BOM

I plan to make my June block for the Old School Block of the Month this weekend. Are you sewing along?

2021 Old School Block of the Month

January 12, 2021 – Kim Lapacek (Persimon Dreams)
February 12, 2021 – Nancy Scott (Masterpiece Quilting)
March 12, 2021 – Quilt Jane
April 12, 2021 – Missie Carpenter (Traditional Primitives)
May 12, 2021 – Natalie Santini (Sew Hungry Hippie)
June 12, 2021 – Kerry Goulder (Kid Giddy)
July 12, 2021 – GoGo Kim
August 12, 2021 – Lee Chappell Monroe (May Chappell)
September 12, 2021 – Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl)
October 12, 2021 – Pat Sloan
November 12, 2021 – Katy Cameron (The Littlest Thistle)
December 12, 2021 – Sherri Falls (This and That Patterns)


Note that I will be teaching a Sunburst workshop with Gotham Quilts in July, which is open for registration to anyone interested!

Upcoming Events
June 26 & 27, 2021 – Virtual Workshop for South Florida MQG
July 15, 2021 – Virtual Lecture for Minneapolis MQG
July 24 & 31, 2021 – Virtual Workshop for Gotham Quilts
September 22 & 25, 2021 - Virtual Lecture and Workshop for Las Vegas MQG

If you or your guild is interested in a virtual lecture or workshop, I'd be more than happy to discuss it with you! You can contact me for more information at
My quilting to-do list is growing. When the temperature rises, I find I spend less time at my sewing machine before I need a break. And sitting underneath a quilt for hand binding? It just takes a little bit longer for me in the summer. Do you have a regular pulse to your more productive quilting times in the year or do your quilting habits ebb and flow to a different rhythm?

Happy quilting,
xYvonne | Quilting Jetgirl
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