Small Quilt Designers

Where to start? There are so many wonderful quilters, authors and designers out there. Here are a few that I have found and follow; eagerly awaiting the next book, pattern or fabric line.

Kathleen Tracy – Country Lane Quilts
The first small quilt I made using reproduction fabrics was Underground Railroad from her book ‘American Doll Quilts’. This book is really interesting because each chapter represents a period of time in American history.  Chapters start with a bit about the times, then present several quilts representative of the period. She has written a number of books and patterns featuring small and doll quilts with nice illustrations and clear instructions.

Carrie Nelson – Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.
She designs all those fantastic Schnibbles patterns, perfect for using charm packs. I have more than a few these patterns as well as both books on Schnibbles. She is so much fun to read, her books and patterns are full of cool techniques and I love the conversational way she presents information.

Lori Smith – From my heart to your hands Quit Designs by Lori Smith
Her book ‘Fat Quarter Quilting’ is one of the first about small quilts that I purchased and contains something for everyone, from simple piecing to needle turn appliqué. She has written quite a few patterns for small quilts; I find her Quaint Little Quilts series irresistible and have made the small quilt with stars from Quaint Little Quilts #3 several times for different seasons.

Carol Hopkins – Carol Hopkins Designs
After admiring Carol Hopkins designs for several years, I was thrilled when Martingale published a book of her patterns in 2012 ‘Civil War Legacies’. Her designs and colors are so appealing, I have made five small quilts from this book with plans for a few more. And who can resist her pattern ‘Tribute to Judie’?

Mary Etherington and Connie Tesene – Country Threads
The owners of a quilt shop in Iowa which I would love to visit one day, their new book is ‘The Blue and the Gray’ from Martingale and it is a must have for Civil War reproduction fabric fans. The quilts are small and wall size, the blocks are traditional and the color combinations are sensational. It’s so hard to decide which quilt to make first. They have also written two books on creating quilts with charm squares.

Jo Morton – Jo Morton Quilts
If you are a collector of Civil War Reproduction fabrics you probably already know this designer and her work. She designs reproduction fabrics for Andover as well as writes books and patterns. Jo’s Little Women’s Club may be offered through your local quilt store – a great opportunity to sew and share with other quilters.

Kim Diehl
Another wizard designer, a few small quilts and lots of wall size quilts. Her designs feature deep, rich colors and often quite a bit of appliqué. She has a number of books published through Martingale, all with very good instructions for machine and hand appliqué techniques. She also designs fabric for Henry Glass & Co.