The Cat is out of the Bag

We have a pun around here that goes like this,
Designing fabric is like giving birth.
It takes about 9 months from design to arrival on the store shelves. Well one of our New designers couldn’t wait to let the so called cat out of the bag. She is so super excited that it was tough for her to contain herself, so today we are announcing that Pat Sloan will be designing fabric for Moda.
Her line will debut at Spring Quilt Market in Kansas City. I think this will make her be “pregnant” for a year. This is about the gestation period of a horse. (Pat, sorry no pun intended.)
·         How  did you get started quilting and when?
     I often tell people I quilt so I can play with fabric. I learned to sew in High School and LOVED it, but I’m not a great garment maker.  I made clothing anyway as I love fabric. When my friend Gwen ‘told me’ that I really needed to learn to quilt, I was not so sure. Cut up those tiny pieces and put them back together? After the first one I was hooked!  There is a great
interview I gave at this link.
·         How many quilts do you think you have made in your lifetime? Can you name a favorite?
     Oh my.. how MANY? I have hundreds of quilts and fabric projects. But a favorite? There are a few, one of my favorites is  Ma-Ma’s garden that so many people have made and I teach a workshop with this design called ‘Wild and Free’.
·         How many different hats do you wear? You  Design rulers for Sullivan’s, Spokesperson for Auriful threads, Creative talk radio, Machine quilting with APQS, Social media guru and what have I missed? Tell us about keeping these all straight.
     It seems I love quilting so much that I can’t just stay with one thing! Yes I work as a spokesperson for Sullivans Rulers (and I helped design the ruler), my books are with Leisure arts, I partner with Aurifil thread, QuiltAlbum software, I am a member of Therm-o-web design team, my patterns are with BigFork Bay Quilting Co, and I work with the APQS George… a sit down long arm. 

     Plus I LOVE the Internet! I’m such geek. When I had the opportunity to do a Internet radio show I jumped at it and it’s SUCH fun! The quilt show is live Monday at 4pm and I work with American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine. Listen here http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html
·         How often do you travel? Tell us a story about one of your most memorable trips.
      Meeting quilters is the best part of my job! I travel to about 25 events a year on average. Sometime more.  Next month I’m hosting a Quilter’s Cruise to the Caribbean… we always have a blast on those!  You can see my schedule on my event page http://patsloan.typepad.com/pat_sloans_events/
      My most memorable trip so far was going to China with McCall’s magazine where I hosted a bus of quilters. I had always wanted to see Asia, so it was a dream trip. The people were so friendly and I learned so much about China.  The highlight was walking on the Great Wall, it  took my breath away.
·         tell me about your family.
     My business is a family business. My husband Gregg works with me full time and does all the jobs I don’t like to do.. wink! He goes on many of the trips I take because he does the driving! Around the Internet he is fondly known as the Shipping Department (SD).  I have brothers, parents, and nine nieces and nephews to make quilts for!

You can find me here… just remember my name and it links to everything!
 You know where I asked Pat about all the different hats she wears!! here ya go!
Sign up Pat Sloan’s email newsletter right side bar http://www.patsloan.com/
… listen to her weekly Radio Show! http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html
… Listen to her monthly Crafting Radio show http://www.favecraftsradio.com/
… Read her Daily Blog – http://patsloan.typepad.com/
… Join her super Quilt group where you can meet lots of great quilt friends http://www.Quiltmashup.com
… Join her Quilt page at Facebook for some fun!
… And come twitter with Pat! http://twitter.com/QuilterPatSloan
… See the Youtube videos and sometimes the studio webcam
… Learn about the Quilt machine she uses http://www.GeorgeQuilts.com
… Weekly craft blog (Wed) at http://www.fifthroommarkets.com/living/

How Great is Pat? She is already doing a giveaway.

Hop on over to her blog and leave a comment.
Comments will be open until Saturday.

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36 comments on “The Cat is out of the Bag

  1. Congratulations to both Pat and Moda!!

  2. Shelly says:

    Oh, Moda, you’ve done a very good thing!

  3. Congratulations to Pat. She is so much fun. I am a faithful and long time follower of her blog 🙂

  4. Congratulations to both of you. I follow both of you and can not wait to see what will come.

  5. Lisa says:

    Can’t wait to see the fabric! Congratulations!

  6. Nancy says:

    Congrats to Moda for snagging a goodie…

  7. Jenn says:

    Wow! How exciting! Can’t wait to see Pat’s designs.

  8. PatSloan says:

    How cow …. or is it horse.. yes a 10 month count down, I do get kind of excited about stuff!

    Can’t wait to see my new family at market.. you are such a rockin first class group of people I’m thrilled to be part of it!

  9. Sherri says:

    Oh, my goodness…yes, congrats to Pat and the Moda family!

  10. tko says:

    wow….count me in to win!

  11. bellashea says:

    best Wishes !!!!! That is very exciting news. Can’t wait to check it out.

  12. FryeStyle says:

    Congrats! This is awesome news! Pat rocks!

  13. Sorcha girl says:

    What a great combination–my favorite designer, Pat Sloan and my favorite fabric company, Moda. Looking forward to the first collection!!

  14. Cat Herder says:

    Congratulations on a wonderful partnership! Pat always has great ideas.

  15. Sally says:

    I am so thrilled for you Pat. Congrats what a great adventure for you…

  16. Wendy says:

    Pat – congratulations on becoming part of the Moda family. What took them soooooooo long? You are awesome and I can’t wait to see what comes out of this new relationship. Keep up the inspiring work!!

  17. TheaM says:

    Pat Sloan and Moda – a perfect combo!
    …be still my heart!!!

  18. YAY !!!! CONGRATULATIONS Pat !!!!!

  19. well i, for one, am tickled pink!!!
    i love moda & i love pat sloan.
    it’s a win win in my book!!!

    <3

  20. Helma says:

    Congratulations Pat!!!! Also Moda of cource. WOW!!! I’am looking forward to see all your products and patterns. Bye Bye. Love from Helma, The Netherlands.

  21. Shirley says:

    Nifty! It will be neat to watch for your products.

    I was intrigued by the funky monkey designs. I made my adult daughter a sock monkey a year ago as I have enjoyed seeing the monkeys around as well as the various fabrics.

  22. Jo Anne says:

    Congratulations, Pat. It is indeed, very exciting news. Looking forward to your first line with Moda.

  23. Congrats, Pat! Can’t wait to see your collection!

  24. Kim C says:

    That’s just wonderful Pat and hats off to Moda as well. Can’t wait to see what is up that creative sleeve! Will it be yellow? ;0)

  25. Evelene S says:

    Congratulations Pat and Moda!

  26. crafter1953 says:

    That is great news good luck and I hope you can keep your other jobs also.

  27. Claudia says:

    Congrats Pat ! You do wear many hats. I so enjoy your radio shows. I listen to them when I am home and then I get all inspired to go SEW !
    I will be looking forward to seeing your new fabric line.

  28. jeans says:

    Congrats, Can’t wait to see what ou come up with. Moda only has the best so I’m sure it will be wonderful.

  29. Awesome news!!!! I’ve followed Pat for years. Sweet!!

  30. I’m so excited for you!! Oh, and hey, if you need anyone to lighten your load of a quilt or two, I’ll help you out. Anything for a friend 😉

  31. VickiT says:

    Oh how exciting and fun for everyone. Congrautlations Pat and to Moda for getting her to join the rest of the gang there.

  32. Vivian says:

    Congrats to Pat and looking forward to the reveal of her new line!

    And adding another thing not mentioned on her “To Do” list is that she currently co-hosting a charity quilt drive through November with Victoria Findlay Wolf of Bumble Beans, Inc. to benefit the BASICS organization. Anyone that wants to contribute a quilt can link up here: http://bumblebeansbasics.com/

  33. Lissa,
    I love your analogy…birthing a baby. Funny. I featured your post at Craft Gossip here, http://quilting.craftgossip.com/?p=12099.

    So glad you let us all know. I’m a huge fan of Pat’s, I wish I had just half her energy.

    Warmly,
    Scarlett Burroughs
    Quilting Editor, Craft Gossip

  34. Cee Dee says:

    It all sounds like a pile of fun!!! . Watch how fast that time will fly, Good Luck Pat, Enjoy every minute. I know the finish product will be awsome.

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