Hi! I’m Kristin Lawson. I’m glad you stopped by. I’ve been writing quilt patterns since 2011. If you love the clean look and bright colors of modern quilts, but also love symmetry, balance, and familiar, time-tested piecing techniques, you’re in the right place! For my quilt patterns I love taking very simple, easy to sew components and turning them into something that looks complex.
I learned to sew young, but it didn’t take until I was in my late 20’s. As an adult I found myself sewing a bit more, and many years ago I made one of my first attempts at quilting with purple crepe-backed satin and a Seminole patchwork book. It did not end well, let’s just leave it at that! It took a few years to get over that disaster.
My Mother-in-law is a quilter, and she convinced me that I should try again. In 2005 I bought a beginning quilting book and set out to learn. What a difference using quilting cotton makes! Quilting became my favorite hobby and by 2011 I was designing my own quilts. If we rewind to before I had children and decided to stay home with them, I worked as a technical writer. I realized that writing patterns would be the perfect fit, combining my writing skills with my passion for sewing and quilting.
One thing I noticed as a newer quilter and even up to today is that many quilt patterns are frustrating to use. To begin with, most patterns lack instructions for the size you actually want to make. There are a lot of throw sized patterns. But what if you wanted to make a crib, twin, or even a queen? You’re on your own to do the math for how much fabric you’ll need and how many blocks to make.
Also, as I think most quilters do, I have a great fear of making poor fabric and color choices. You can always draw out a coloring sheet or make test blocks, but that is pretty time consuming. It is definitely a leap of faith to choose fabrics for a quilt and sometimes the result just falls flat. After how much work a quilt takes, that is incredibly disheartening. I wished that there was an easy way to audition colors in advance so I could feel comfortable with my decisions.
In the cutting directions section, many patterns simply list the sizes of pieces to cut. The problem with that is that the way you cut your pieces out can make a significant difference in how much fabric you need. On more than one occasion I’ve had to track down and purchase more fabric because cutting the pieces as listed turned out to be not the most efficient way.
But what is probably my biggest issue is patterns that have too few illustrations or have grainy, dark photos. Poor images, combined with unclear written instructions make it so difficult to be confident that you’re doing it right! You wind up spending so much time re-reading, reading ahead, and puzzling through the steps—what a waste of time!
When I decided to write quilt patterns, I knew I wanted to address all of these common problems. All of my patterns include fabric requirements and instructions for multiple useful sizes, a printable coloring sheet so you can audition as many color combinations as you’d like, cutting diagrams so that you make efficient use of your fabric, and a clear, full-color digital illustration for every step so there is no confusion as to what you need to do. My goal is not just to write quilt patterns, it is to write patterns that are easy and enjoyable to use!
Currently, I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and three young kids. We also always have a ragtag crew of animals around and it’s great fun! In 2013 we rescued Gandalf, a large, dorky gray bunny who is kind our family mascot and keeps us pretty entertained. The bunny in my logo is based on him. We also do some rabbit fostering for the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society, and a lot of dog fostering for Secondhand Hounds.