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The Buddy System, with Angela Walters

Angela Walters, Empty Bobbin Sewing, Modern Quilt Pattern, Modern Long free motion quilting, longarm

My first year of teaching (nine years ago! Wow!), I was fortunate enough to work for an amazing administrator. My teaching friends and I still refer to those years as our “Camelot.” One of the things that principal said has stuck in my mind for years. He said, “One of the strongest indicators of job satisfaction is if you can say ‘I have at least one really good and true friend at work.'”

Well, I am no longer teaching and that principal has moved onto a role as a superintendent. Nevertheless, that thought still hangs in the back of my mind. And in the sewing industry where we largely work as individuals, it would be easy to say I couldn’t apply his statement. But! I can!

Angela Walters quilts my quilts, yes. (The first quilt she ever did for me was back in 2003, which seems like forever ago.) But, she is also one of my best friends. Having a friend who ‘gets’ what I do is so awesome. Having that same friend also understand what on earth it is like to do this gig at home with kids running around is even better. The photo above was taken when I was still living in San Diego and I got to hear her speak at Sew Modern in L.A. Between her book coming out soon and her busy speaking/teaching schedule, she is reaping the rewards of years of hard work.

I could go on for quite some time about how much we value the friendship that we have, but that’s not why I am here today! I’m here to tell you about this little nugget:

Angela’s first quilt design for Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio! It is a quilt (in three sizes) called Bleachers. The story of how the name came about is one for another day. For the majority of the pattern writing and testing phase, she and I referred to it as “The Man Quilt.” When you see the full pattern, you’ll see why we did that!

She approached me last fall with the idea and we both love how the final pattern came out. It is her design and my instruction writing. Angela and I have been so patient about waiting to share this fun venture with you. It’s so rewarding to work with someone you respect and admire. I cannot wait to show you the finished pattern and all of the images from the photo shoot. The patterns arrived this week and are headed out to stores tomorrow. I will get to show you all four of my new patterns next week!

In the meantime, here are a few sneak peeks of Bleachers…

A lap size sample made by Carla, one of the stellar pattern testers:

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A pink baby size quilt made by Mary Anne, another prize winning tester:

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Oh, I cannot wait to share this pattern with you. It has so many things we love including fast piecing and negative space. It even has nifty scaled blocks so each quilt size gives you the same design look!

So… I’ve told you that the quilt was nicknamed “The Man Quilt” for a while. Every single tester said, “My husband really likes this one!” Do you have a man (or boy!) in your life who is in need of a quilt? If so, stick around! We’ve got something we think will work for you!

4 Responses to The Buddy System, with Angela Walters

  1. Mary Anne April 12, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Yay for Shea and Angela! The dynamic duo!!!

  2. Pearlie's Girl April 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    Congrats to the Dynamic Duo!

  3. Paula April 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    What a wonderful pairing. You are both so wildly talented and I feel lucky to know you both!!

  4. Kelly April 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    when i saw that picture of y’all (but before i read about it), i thought, “that looks like sew modern – but it can’t be!” then i read what you said it was when she came to LA, and it made me sad, because i believe she came right after i moved away, and i SO wanted to hear her speak!

    anyways, the sneak peaks of the pattern looks great! y’all make a great team. :)

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