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Barbara Brunson
Owner and designer of Vanilla House Designs since 1994, creating sewing patterns for the "other stuff" in quilt shops!
Owner and designer of Vanilla House Designs since 1994, creating sewing patterns for the "other stuff" in quilt shops!

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Watercolor Floral
Still working on learning repeat patterns. Infact, I have been taking Bonnie Christine's class on Skillshare titled "Water Color for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator".  Not only do you create a repeat pattern, you learn how to develop ...

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Oh, the Hue-Manatee!
My daughter Rachel Jaggers, Spotted Pepper Designs, is a great textile and surface pattern designer. She recently had one of her prints published on Bucketfeet shoes. I believe she is ending up being one of Bucketfeet's best sellers. I finally received my s...

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Merry Moosemas!
So here's another one of my surface prints. This was actually my first design and  I was particularly interested in making sure the colors popped! I think that happened! By Designer Barbara Brunson

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Learning to evolve in pattern design - sure is hard!
So there is no question that my industry catering to the independent quilt shop has changed drastically over the years. I can remember when I first started in 1994, I designed soft sculpture like crazy. In 2000, that stopped almost overnight. I re-invented ...

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Trendy Color Palette
I like the following project for it's color palette. It is fun to take a project, put it in Illustrator, and use the eyedropper to establish it's color palette. I don't know what other software programs can display the palette but Illustrator does a great j...

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Sewing from point to point!
It can be challenging sewing a straight line from a particular point to another particular point without some for of reference except the ending points. The Manhattan Bag below has seams sewn on the folds of the bag and represent the technique I am addressi...

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A Simple Way of Threading Buttons for Fabric Caddies
Some of the caddy versions have buttons (ma ybe as many as five) on the top trim for embell ishment. Looks cute, right!?! But sewing on the buttons, each one by hand, espe cially if making sever al caddies, is a nightmare.  Well, I don't! I pre-thread them ...

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More projects for the Sisters Quilt Show!
Two more projects made up for the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show ! -- showing a the Stitchin' Post! Wish I were going this year! Here's the description of the Quilt Show from their website: "Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show™ (SOQS) is internationally recognized as

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Valerie Wells fabric -- projects for Sisters Quilt Show!
Jean Wells asked if I would make some samples for the Sisters Quilt Show ! Sure! The following pics show the Boho Four Corners and Fabric Caddies using Valerie Wells new fabric. I just love her new fabric. Boho Four Corners P216 using Valerie Wells' new blo...

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More Quilt Market pics!
Some more  pictures from Quilt Market: The day before the show starts! Vanilla House: Boho 4 Corners and Manhattan Bag ! Vanilla House: The Place Setting , Ergo Mitts , and Fabric Caddies ! Interesting display! Nice Booth! Cute way to display fabrics! Loved...
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