Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pattern Designer: Sweet Jane + Giveaway

Hello quilting friends! My name is Sue Pfau, and my pattern design company is called “Sweet Jane’s Quilting & Design”. I named it after my daughter Jane. My husband and I adopted Jane from China. Our son, Jack, is from Taiwan.




A little about myself….I am a wife and mother of two kids, 3 and 6 years old. We live in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY. It is very beautiful and scenic! From the age of about 7 or 8 I dabbled in the hand crafts….knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch. I was always wanting to create something with my hands. No one in my family is crafty, so when I wanted to learn to sew, I had no one to teach me. When I was about 32 years old, I went to a local quilting store, and the only class they had available was appliqué. Even though my experience in sewing was limited to sewing on buttons, I caught right on and I loved it! It was a God send, because with my job as a flight attendant we had a lot of down time in hotels and airports and I think having quilting projects with me really saved my sanity. I resigned from American after we got my daughter. I was happy to be home, but so worried about being bored!

I had learned to do machine piecing, and I loved sewing, so I started making things to sell on Etsy. I wanted to make quilts and sell them, but I had a hard time finding simple patterns that I thought were pretty as well. I started making up my own designs and then decided to try to sell my patterns. I started writing out my patterns and selling them, and I found them well received by the quilting community. I began selling my patterns in April of 2010.




I love working with the precut fabrics (although all of my patterns are written for fat quarters as well). They are all color coordinated and you don’t have a lot of left over material when you are done with your quilt top. I have always been very practical, so making patterns to fit the precut fabric has turned out to be my niche. Also because I am a mom of young children, I don’t have a lot of time to make my quilts, so the “quick and easy” patterns are the ones I just love to design. Sometimes I think of myself as a “lazy quilter”. I like to do a nice job, but I don’t want it to be difficult to do a nice job! My patterns are designed to be easy and hopefully low stress!! I try to make my patterns easy to understand and include lots of diagrams. I know there are so many new quilters out there, and I want them to be successful in their efforts to learn how to quilt!




Becoming a quilt pattern designer has been an unexpected path for me, and I am so grateful and happy to be where I am today. I really can not believe I am doing this for a living! Thank you to all the quilters out there who are helping me to grow my business and be successful. Happy sewing!


Thank you so much for visiting us today Sue. In the spirit of our new visitor, we have a giveaway!  There will be two lucky winners of 10 Sweet Jane patterns.

To enter leave a comment on this post telling me which Sweet Jane pattern is your absolute favorite.
Contest closes exactly one week from this post date.

276 comments:

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Stacy Lindblom said...

I can't pick just one favorite....I just found Tumbling Nine Patch and Key to my Heart and I love them both!! I've been wanting to make a quilt from my stash and both of these would be perfect! Thanks so much!

Barbara McD said...

I love the San Francisco Window Boxes pattern! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

Annette said...

I have already purchased many Sweet Jane's patterns, they are wonderful.
Would like to get "Better Together" next. Love the simplicity of it.

Carolyn in Kentucky said...

I love the Cozy Nights quilt pattern. It was a diffiicult decision because I liked so many of the patterns in the line.

Beverly said...

I love the Angel Staircase and Better Together. Love your story too!

Carol Fleharty said...

My favorite is Better Together. It is so fitting as my daughter just adopted two children from Ethiopia, and their family is "Better Together"!

Liz said...

Angels Staircase!! What a sweet story!

MollyP said...

What a great intro! Thanks, Jollies! My fav pattern is probably Market Square. Thanks!

needlenurse said...

Dreaming of Diamonds is my favorite. I think it would be lovely done in 30's fabric. Thank you for the drawing ....very generous!

nancyb said...

So many great patterns that it is hard to choose. But I vote for Criss Cross Applesauce if I have to chose just one.

Mary said...

Lots of pretty patterns! My fav is the Rocky Road. Thanks!

Deb R said...

Love the designs. My favourite is Better Together...the designs looks simple and easy and using precut fabrics is a must these days!!

Diane E W said...

Better Together really caught my eye.

Dress a Girl Connecticut said...

I really like "Better Together"! It is simple and elegant! Love the colors you chose in the example!

PrincessTanya said...

Key To My Heart is my all time favourite. I have made this quilt four times for my four angels that all hold keys to my own heart!

mblittle5 said...

I just love Cris Cross Applesauce pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

Laurie said...

hard to pick just one - really like crisscross applesauce :) thanks for a chance to win - laurie

llsbaskets@comcast.net

Hugh said...

what a great story--it's amazing what paths our lives take :). I have used one of your patterns and loved how it used up every scrap of fabric and the end result was just what I was hoping!
Thanks

Karen

Fran said...

It's so hard to choose just one but Cozy Nights is my favourite. Thanks for a lovely giveaway.

Kate R said...

Wow - what a great story :) I love the Lemonade Lollypops pattern. So simple but effective!

quiltma said...

I love the Grandma Mary's Five Patch

bhafer said...

They are all really great fun patterns but i would go with Dancing Diamonds. Thanks!

Sorcha girl said...

Cozy Nights because it's appropriate for what quilts are used for--snuggling. However, Keys to my heart is clever. My stash includes several jelly rolls so I could sew both!

Trisha said...

I really love Better TOgether but Key to my Heart looks SO cool!

Sally said...

Better Together immediately caught my attention. I have purchase one of her patterns before and love the simplicity.

ann said...

My favorite is "Better Together". I love the colors.

Kathryn said...

I like Lemonade Lollipops best because I like pinwheels. I like that your patterns are made for layer cakes or fat quarters. Very nice feature. Kathie L in Allentown

Quiltsalad said...

Amazing story and even more amazing patterns. Simple is where it's at for lots of quilters these days and while your patterns may be "simple" Sue they are also simply gorgeous and simply delightful to make. I'm doing Rocky Road right now in bright bold Kaffe Fassett reds instead of the white background and it is a blast. Also love your brand new pattern.

Kari said...

Lemonade Lollipop is my favorite. I think it is a versatile pattern that would look great in traditional or modern fabrics.

Sally said...

I love the simplicity of the patterns. Better Together immediately caught my eye. I have previously bought one of her patterns- Angels Staircase- to show off a large scale print. I would love to try more of her patterns.

Stray Stitches said...

My favorite pattern is Market Square :) Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway!

debbie said...

So hard to choose as they are all so lovely but my absolute favorite is Flowers in the Sunshine.

Cheryl in Southeast Georgia said...

When I saw "Janie's Scrap Basket" pattern, I thought of the bright, plastic pinwheels that my cousins and I had every summer when we were very young in the early '50s. What fun and what wonderful memories! I have to make this quilt and use the "happy, summer colors."
Cheryl in southeast Georgia

Robbie said...

I like A Sunday Charmer. Thanks for this great giveaway!

Evelene S said...

I love the name and the quilt-Criss Cross Applesauce. Then Better Together is also a favorite-so many cute ones to choose from.
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Six impossible things before breakfast said...

I love cozy nights.

yorkie mom said...

I like Heaven's Door. Your family is beautiful! gougeonathome@charter.net

Linda V said...

You are sooooo talented! LOVE BETTER TOGETHER! LOVE it!

Connie said...

My favorite pattern is Criss Cross Applesauce, love all the patterns and a great interview.

Marieke said...

I really like Better Together, but others come very close too, it's so hard to pick!

Jennie S said...

Dreaming of Diamonds is one I would just love to make! I picture it done in 30's prints. Just love it. If I don't win it I will have to purchase it.

Kristy Orser said...

My favorite right now is key to my heart. I love working with jelly rolls and I like finished quilts that look like they were complicated but are actually really easy to make haha.

Kristy

Shannon said...

very nice interview. I love the Key to my Heart quilt pattern.

Janelle said...

I've been thinking of doing Rocky Road for awhile, but am also newly liking Better Together!

Mommarock said...

It is really hard to choose a favorite when they are all so delightful..but Market Square seemed to catch my eye a little faster than others.. I will pick that one.. I think.. yes.. I will stick with that.. aaaaaaaaahh

Alina said...

My most favorite and absolutely can't live without is Sweet Jane's Around the Block Quilt Pattern. It's absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for the chance.

Jodi-JoJoMia's Place said...

I like Lemonade Lollipops!

Kimberly R. said...

Between the Lines is my favorite!
Thanks :)

stitch_days said...

It was hard to pick just one but I have singled out your Cozy Nights Quilt Pattern.
Rita E in AZ

Deb said...

I like Better Together - I like anything where the block doesn't jump out at you. Thanks for the giveaway!

Debra said...

I think the Simply Stripey is my favorite, What a great stash buster. I love reading about how people git their start!

Kathy H said...

Beautiful quilt patterns. Lemonade lollipops is my favorite. It was hard to pick just one.

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

Between the Lines is my absolute favorite.

Becky said...

Lemonade Lollipops is my favorite Sweet Jane pattern. Interesting interview. Thanks!

Nita said...

I really love the "Better Together" quilt. So simple against the white background. Reminds me of my grandmother for some reason!

LethargicLass said...

I really like Flowers in the Sunshine... I'm looking for a baby quilt pattern and this could be it :)

Melamoo said...

I,too, was a "late bloomer" when it came to quilter and, with four boys, love quick and easy patterns. Yours are beautiful. Love the story as well. Thanks for sharing with us!

Beth said...

So many great patterns. My favorite is Keys to My Heart. It would be an excellent pattern for a man's quilt, which isn't as easy to find as more feminine quilt patterns.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Maribel said...

Mine is "Market Square"! But I think all of them look great!
Greetings
Maribel
MaribelB(at)web(dot)de

Aggiequilter said...

Too hard to choose - I like them ALL but if I MUST pick - it's Better Together. These are some of the best patterns I've seen for precuts!
Thanks so much for the giveaway! (fingers crossed!)

Annaleena said...

I choose 'Better together'. Thanks for the chance.

Heartsdesire said...

I love all of Sue's Sweet Jane patterns, but I would have to say my most favourite is Grandma Mary's Five Patch.

Melissa said...

I really love the "Flowers in the Garden" pattern! Thanks for offering the chance to win it:)

Calikisses said...

I love the Rocky Road pattern! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Ella said...

My favorite is Criss Cross Applesauce.
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anne said...

I am going to go with Flowers in the Garden. I love them all! Thanks and have a good day.

Susan said...

It's so hard to choose, but I've got to go with Lemonade Lollipops as my favorite.

pianomama said...

Love CrissCross Applesauce!

Tania said...

I like all of the patterns but A Sunday Charmer is probably my favorite.

Linda Crosby said...

Love the cozy nights pattern but would love any number of them...you are very talented...thank you for the chance ...lindacrosby(at)hotmail(dot)com

rawenzel said...

I love Better Together and Simply Strippy!

Quilt n Queen said...

I must say I luv all Sweet Jane patterns. My niece was visiting from Canada last weekend and she was working on 'Heaven's Door'. It was beautiful and I'd say it is a favorite along with Angels Staircase. Thanks for sharing your story and the chance to win some Sweet Jane patterns.

free indeed said...

I like the Better Together pattern best. Such fresh takes on these patterns, simple yet trendy.

Sharon said...

My favorite pattern is flowers in the garden and Lemonade Lollypops!

Sasha said...

My favorite is definitely Dreaming of Diamonds!
I have my fingers crossed.

emmy said...

It is a hard choice just to pick one, but Simply Strippy pattern is wonderful as are all your patterns. I appreciate your information for using different precuts and including multiple sizes.

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