The Ins & Outs of Writing Quilt Patterns

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Have you ever wondered how quilt designers turn an idea into a finished quilt pattern for other makers to use and love? Learn the ins and outs of writing quilt patterns from this panel webinar! Join designer and technical editor Yvonne Fuchs, along with pattern designers Melissa de Leon Mason and Karen Gibson Roc to learn more about the pattern design process. MQG Staff Colleen Molen and Brenna Riley Gates will also be joining us to discuss the pattern writing process for the MQG Quilts of the Month. 

Yvonne Fuchs is a former aerospace engineer turned modern quilter, pattern designer, and technical editor. She has been quilting for over 20 years and credits quilting with helping her feel balanced and connected to community. Yvonne’s pattern writing is heavily influenced by her technical background and love of bold color; she specializes in transparency, color play, and bold, geometric designs.

Karen Gibson Roc has been quilting for the better part of a year, professionally that is. She’s always felt drawn to quilts, she loves how they feel and look. However, she had no idea she would make it such an integral part of her life until now. Her favorite type of quilting is improvisational quilting using only two fabrics and scrappy improvisational quilting using a multitude of fabrics or using her scraps from other sewing projects.

Melissa de Leon Mason is a modern quilter, instructor, and pattern designer who loves bold color and dynamic movement. She is inspired by her Mexican-American heritage and the colors and experiences of her childhood on the borderlands. Melissa’s work has been featured at the International Quilt Festival, QuiltCon, and the National Quilt Museum, and in magazines such as Curated Quilts. She lives in Logan, UT with her husband and four kids.  

Colleen Molen is a San Diego quilter with a passion for various textile and fiber arts. She is the Exhibits Coordinator for the Modern Quilt Guild and has been an active member in four local chapters over the last ten years. Colleen shares her love of textiles with others teaching workshops in quilting, color theory, and punch needle rug hooking. She loves using bold colors with a mid-century feel in her works, merging her training in graphic design with traditional fiber crafts.