Have you noticed Quiltmaker’s Patch Pals series of pictorial animal designs? QM Graphic Designer Denise Starck went to work on the first designs early in 2010 and hasn’t stopped yet.
The idea was to create simple pictures using only squares and half-square triangles, with just a sprinkling of quarter-square triangles when necessary.
That first pattern was assigned to me for writing. I always enjoy a good play on words, so I named him Beary Patch. From there the quilts and the names just got better and better.
At some point we realized that if we kept all the critters the same size, the centers and borders would be interchangeable. So keep in mind that you can always use a different Patch Pals border if one doesn’t tickle your fancy.
Of all the clever names we’ve chosen for the Patch Pals, Ruff Patch is by far my favorite name. And the color scheme of this piece is so inviting!
I’m very allergic to cats but even I could live with this kitty we named Purr Patch.
This is where Denise breaks the cuteness meter. Could Pokey Patch be any more fun?
Then because it was winter here in the U.S., we turned our thoughts to animals that suggested cold, and Polar Patch was born. And how ’bout that baby penguin?!
As 2012 began, Denise turned to a less-familiar character, the hedgehog. We named him Prickly Patch. I love how the border furthers the idea of “prickly.”
We include spring-like quilts in every March/April issue, so Bunny Patch was a good choice for that time of year.
Which brings us to the current issue, May/June ’12, and the most recent Patch Pal. Because he’s a snacker, we called him Banana Patch. Isn’t that green background yummy?
Patch Pals make perfect kid quilts! Limited quantities of Patch Pals kits are available.
Most of the issues with Patch Pals patterns remain available. More Patch Pals are planned, and they’re just as cute as they can be!