Welcome blog hoppers! I'm having a great time visiting all of the Fall-O-Ween blogs, and it's been fun getting to know all of you as I click on your comments and visit your blogs. Remember to leave a comment for each designer on their free project post; if you comment on all 10 designers we'll put your name in the hat for some great prizes!
Today is my turn in the spotlight, so let me tell you a little bit about myself. I've been designing patterns for over 15 years, and quilting since I was in college. Many of you are familiar with Atkinson Designs because of our best selling pattern Yellow Brick Road, but we also have over 25 other patterns and 12 books.
I especially like to make simple quilts that look like I worked really hard - figuring out shortcuts is the fun part for me.
Lately, I've been having lots of fun making little zipper bags. Since I couldn't find zippers in the colors I wanted, we now wholesale 36 colors of zippers to quilt shops in the US and Canada.
"Thank Goodness It's Friday" hasn't even entered my mind since I started Atkinson Designs because I get to do all sorts of fun stuff - like designing quilts, shopping for fabric, writing instructions, and of course, sewing. I get to work at my own pace and choose what I do each day. It doesn't get any better than that! My husband Kirk works with me doing all of the office things like shipping, ordering, etc.
We have two kids, and here is how they looked about 18 years ago. I thought I'd sneak their picture in for today's topic of fall clothes! Back in the "good old days" I made many of their clothes; polar fleece jackets and sweatshirts were especially fun to make because they were quick and easy, and sweatshirt weather is my favorite time of year.
My favorite candy would never be chocolate - I would choose candy corn! Today's pattern for you is a little "Sweet Zip" bag to hold your favorite candy. Two fat eighths (9" x 21") of fabric will make three "Sweet Zips" - one to keep and two to give as gifts. When you've eaten the candy, you can put a little pack of tissues inside. Download SWEET ZIP
I hope I get to see your Sweet Zips - you can upload photos to our Fall-O-Ween Flickr site. Hop on over to the other designer's blogs and see if they are dressed for the weather! Gudrun, Sandy, Roseann, Kari, Heather, Terri, Carrie, Linda, Pat