Now some of you have seen and even made a HAPPY! pattern and are wondering what is exactly going on…new pattern release?
Here’s the scoop.
HAPPY! is a quilt I made back in 2014. It was made out of some polka dot nine patch blocks that I had made several years prior. Those blocks sat in the studio for a few years. That’s what I do. I sometimes will just play and make blocks. It’s not wasting time. Sometimes you just need to play.
So these blocks were made and then they sat until they called to me when a 1.5″ strip set of light & bright strips found its way into my hands.
I pulled some of my beloved plaids and another great dot print and off I went to play some more. And HAPPY! happened. I showed it online and it was well received.
And KCStar (my publisher at the time) quickly asked if they could use it as the lead off pattern for a series of stand alone patterns (meaning one quilt) that they were going to begin releasing in early 2015. The pattern was written, photography happened, printing happened.
But it was never released. It was never even advertised as unfortunately KCStar shut their doors soon thereafter. I was able to buy all copies of the pattern when the situation of closing happened. And I sold them all pretty quickly. It has been out of my store for two years now.
The lightbulb moment of offering the pattern as a PDF download actually happened over a year ago but Border Options and a bunch of other things just kept pushing it down on my to-do list. Life the last 16 months has really been quite the adventure. I am happy that it seems to be much calmer now.
But last month I vowed to myself that it was gonna happen in August.
So earlier this week Paul and I took HAPPY! and it’s BIKE HAPPY! version that I have in the house for some beauty shots. We headed out to Maple Lake East Woods. This is the area that the movie “The Lake House” starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves was filmed. Pictures were taken and I put some time into scanning (remember I own all the rights to this pattern) and loading everything into my webstore.
It is really a fun quilt. And so easy with no triangles. Over the years I have seen so many versions.
It is a great pattern to showcase a favorite conversation print. As in the BIKE HAPPY! version. I made this quilt for Paul! And I made another version composed of playing cards and backgammon fabrics called GAME HAPPY! that Paul Jr. owns.
I still owe Em a version…hmmm maybe I will work on another version soon.
So I am having a NEW/OLD Pattern release for HAPPY! I think it deserves a few more versions in life. I hope you agree. And if you would like you can make it part of your pattern collection by clicking below!
Enjoy the day,