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It's been a few weeks, but I'm happy to report that things are finally starting to slow down after Quilt Market. This season we traveled to Pittsburgh to visit our sewing friends on the East Coast. In the retail world January through April tends to be dead - at least here in the Midwest where it is too cold to go outside! For us however, that is our busiest time - when we design, perfect and write our new patterns for the year. We narrow down the ideas, create samples, create more samples, have a photo shoot for the pattern covers, write and edit the patterns, create more samples and get it all shipped off to market. Phew! It is a hectic time, but so worth it to debut our new designs at Spring Market. [caption id="attachment_5693" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Top Left: Betsy wearing The Betsy Apron, Amy wearing the Urban Tunic and Quick Grommet Crossbody. Top RIght: New Book! Alphabet Applique Quilt and Block & Dress Me Up Monster Doll, a new pattern Bottom Left: New Pattern, Bakery Baskets Bottom Middle: The Urban Tunic made from Pat Sloan Fabrics Bottom Right: New patterns: The All For One Apron in the child's size and the Quilted Cook and Carry[/caption] This year we have 24 new patterns and two books! See, we have been busy! One thing we really focused on this year when designing was function. We really wanted to create patterns with a purpose, so you will see a lot of kitchen and organizational items as well as fun accessories and garments. Not only can you create and use these patterns yourself, but they are also great gift ideas. One reason for all the last minute sample sewing was that we finally got our new Crossroads Denim colors in! We have 5 new, gorgeous colors: Cactus Pink, Pistachio, Wisteria, Ice Blue and Mushroom. Below you can see some of the new colors in action! [caption id="attachment_5694" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Top Left: Quilted Cook and Carry Top Right: Five new Crossroads Colors! Bottom Left: Cutting Edge Jacket made in Pistachio Crossroads, Grab and Go Tote made in Ice Blue Crossroads[/caption] Quilt Market is a really important show for us. It is here that we debut our new lines and get feedback from stores and sewists. We learn what people love about our patterns and what they hope to see in the future. We also get to soak up inspiration from the other vendors and creatives. Of course, although QM is a working trip, we manage to have some fun and hang out with old friends who we only get to see at market. All work and no play, right? [caption id="attachment_5692" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Top left: New Halloween patterns, Pumpkin Trio, Leg's Celebrate, Woody & Sam. Top Right: New casserole pattern Potluck Party Set. Middle Right: Betsy wearing the Urban Tunic made in Ty Pennington fabric. Bottom Right: Amy, Betsy & Cheryl sporting the Easy Silhouette Vest, Crossover Tunic and All in One apron. Bottom Left: Urban Tunic, Cutting Edge Jacket and Easy Silhouette Vest[/caption] On Tuesday we showed one of our new patterns, the Store & Go Zipper Case - which you can enter to win through tomorrow! - and we will continue highlighting our new patterns and books on a weekly basis. If you can't stand the suspense, go check out the full listing of new items on our website. Not all patterns are shipping yet, but they will be soon!