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The Villa Rosa Designs Ap and a Bear Hugs Story

Hello Quilty Friends!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week filled with lots of quilting and sunshine! Recently here in NW PA, we finally had some warm temperatures and lots of sunshine. It’s like we went from winter to summer in a matter of days. Everything is turning green and there is an explosion of color — it almost hurts your eyes, but in a good way!

Did you know Villa Rosa Designs has an ap?

Yes, we do!

It is available through your ap store. It’s a free ap and after you download it, you will be able to view all the Rose Cards, listed alphabetically. It even updates when new cards are added each month, so you will always have the most up-to-date list of Rose Cards.

In addition to the complete Rose Card list, you can create your own lists such as What I Own or What I Want or even Fat Quarter Quilts — whatever lists you can think of.

Another useful thing is that when you click on a Rose Card, another screen pops up with the quilt dimensions and its fabric requirements.

It’s not a shopping ap, but it’s fun to be able to search Rose Cards on the go.

For example:

Like when you’re at a quilt show or shop and you can’t remember if you have a specific Card — use the ap to find out.

Or maybe you’re shopping and find the perfect fabrics for a Rose Card project but you forgot the Card at home and you don’t know how much fabric you need — use the ap and look up the Rose Card to see the fabric requirements.

What a great resource to have at your fingertips wherever you go!

Bear Hugs: A Sweet Story

As a quilter, I just love hearing the story behind the quilt, don’t you?

You might remember the Bear Hugs Rose Card as one of the new Rose Cards for this month. Here’s the story behind the quilt.

You can order Bear Hugs HERE

I was invited to a baby shower for my cousin’s daughter — KK’s first baby. Of course I was going to make a baby quilt. I’m sure KK was expecting one, too, as she and her 2 siblings all received baby quilts when they were born.

I asked KK’s mom (my cousin) what the nursery theme was. She sent me a video which showed the crib and unfinished nursery in the background and told me “buffalo plaid, bears, fox, [and] deer.”

Now I had a starting point and it was time to head to my local quilt shop. I was sew lucky because there was a great display of the exact fabrics I was looking for! I grabbed a yard of a black and white buffalo plaid as well as 8 coordinating fat quarters of woodsy bears, deer, checks, and dots in black, white, red, and grey. I didn’t know what design I was doing yet, but I had the fabric — I was halfway there.

The next thing I did was fire up my computer and my Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) software. Interested in learning more about EQ8? Go HERE.

I decided to use some type of a Log Cabin block because of the woodsy theme. I played around with different Log Cabin-type blocks for a while and this block is what I came up with:

Bear Hugs block

It’s a modern take on the old classic Log Cabin block.

This is one of the things I find the most fun about being a quilt designer — starting with a traditional block and re-imagining it. I really love doing that. It’s such a great way to create an entirely new quilt block to build a quilt around.

Happily, I finished the quilt a few days before KK’s baby shower. It was a beautiful baby shower –the theme of the shower matched the baby quilt perfectly, right down to the colors! I couldn’t wait for her to open it.

Surprise! A few days later, KK had baby J — a few weeks early, but he was perfect. And he had a full head of hair, too!

Here are a couple photos of Baby J on his Bear Hugs quilt — his quilt is the original quilt used for the front of the Bear Hugs pattern.

Baby J on his Bear Hugs quilt
You can see the top right corner of the quilt turned down, that’s the label. Do you label your quilts?

VRD Invites You…

Want to share your VRD Rose Card story? We’d love to hear it!

Please email your quilt story and original photo along with the Rose Card pattern you used to make the quilt to tricia@villarosadesigns.com. Stories and accompanying photos will be selected randomly to share on our blog and Facebook. This project will be ongoing. If your story is selected, we’ll send you a little thank you surprise to you in the mail! Can’t wait to hear your quilt stories!

Until next Thursday —

Sew. Laugh. Repeat.

Always,

Tricia @VRD

Rose Cards · Welcome Blog Post

Brand New Day, Brand New Blog

Welcome

Hi there, Quilty Friends!

I’m sew glad you’re here and I want to welcome you to our brand new Villa Rosa Quilts (VRQ) blog. You will find new posts here most Thursdays featuring great tips and tutorials, Villa Rosa Designs news and updates, a bit of silly and a smidge of serious. And quilts — lots and lots of quilts and quilting.

Sew, grab a sweet tea or iced coffee, put your feet up, and let’s get to know each other. It’s all about sewing, laughter, and then — well, repeat. Repeat as often as possible! (wink, wink.)

If you’re new to Villa Rosa Designs and you’d like to know more, you can hop over to our About page HERE. You can also visit our main website HERE.

Interested in carrying our Rose Cards in your quilt shop? You can go HERE for wholesale information.

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Let’s Get to Know Each Other!

I’m excited to be your new Villa Rosa Quilts (VRQ) cruise director. My name is Tricia Maloney — let me tell you a little bit about myself:

This is me!

I’ve been quilting for more than 25 years. I am mostly a self-taught quilter, although over the years I’ve learned sew much from other quilters and designers. I’ve worked in quilt shops, taught classes and workshops, and I’m a member of my local quilt guild, Free Spirit Quilters.

My professional quilting life started in 2010 when my first book was published. I wrote 2 more books in the next 6 years as well as designing quilts and writing articles for many popular US quilt magazines.

I met Pat Fryer, the owner and “Rose Queen” of Villa Rosa Designs at my very first Fall Quilt Market in Houston in 2010, when I was promoting my first book. I was immediately fascinated with her wonderful postcard-sized quilt patterns. After that, every time I attended a Quilt Market, I eagerly found the Villa Rosa Designs booth to catch up with Pat and see the latest batch of Rose Cards.

In 2017, our stars finally aligned and Pat invited me to design quilt patterns for her Rose Cards. I was thrilled! What a fun challenge — designing fun-to-make quilts to fit on the back of a 4×6 card.

Here are my first 2 Rose Card patterns from 2017.

Fast forward 5 years and I currently have over 50 patterns with VRD! And I love being part of the Villa Rosa Designs family of designers.

Then last year in 2021, I had the opportunity to work for Villa Rosa Designs. A dream come true! This is the interesting part of our story — Pat and Villa Rosa Designs are located in lovely California while I live in beautiful northwestern Pennsylvania. It certainly makes things interesting as we are 3 hours apart. Thank goodness for the Internet! LOL!

So here I am — your friendly VRQ blog cruise director!

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May 2022 Rose Cards

I’m pleased to show you our NEW Rose Card patterns for this month.

Did you know Villa Rosa Designs publishes at least 5 new patterns EVERY MONTH??? That’s at least 60 new patterns every year. Currently, we have over 400 patterns available — wow!

Here are our 5 new quilt patterns for May 2022:

You can order these 5 patterns as a group for the low price of $8.95 HERE.

We also have 2 new table runner patterns this month:

To order the table runner patterns, just click on the pattern names below:

GRIDDLE

PRETTY POSIES

Of course, you can always check with your local quilt shops to see if they carry Villa Rosa Rose Cards.

And if they don’t, why don’t you introduce them to the magic of Rose Cards?

Sew. Laugh. Repeat.

Always,

Tricia at VRD

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Daily Quilt Giveaway – Jul 31

We are drawing for one featured quilt each day, that you can pay forward to a service group or someone in need. In our daily posts there will be a link to enter. One entry per person per day. If you win and wish to donate $10 toward shipping, we will include 10 pattern cards–a $20 value!

See our gallery of winners!

0731 kristin coral red

KRISTIN Coral Red 43″x 52″

ENTER TO WIN THIS QUILT HERE.

Here is the second quilt made from my Kaffe and batik KRISTIN blocks. I didn’t do the lattice like our KRISTIN pattern because I wanted to keep the quilt more rectangular.  And I added a border to make it a little bigger than the twenty blocks alone.

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Daily Quilt Giveaway – Jul 30

We are drawing for one featured quilt each day, that you can pay forward to a service group or someone in need. In our daily posts there will be a link to enter. One entry per person per day. If you win and wish to donate $10 toward shipping, we will include 10 pattern cards–a $20 value!

See our gallery of winners!

 

0730 tropicana coral red

TROPICANA Coral Red 44″x 46″

ENTER TO WIN THIS QUILT HERE.

I made these hourglass blocks from 10″ squares.  They paired up Kaffe and Batik, one of my favorite things to do.  It was originally planned for KRISTIN, but after sitting for a while as blocks, I decided to make up 2 smaller quilts.  This first one is a small version of TROPICANA, using 20 blocks,

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Daily Quilt Giveaway – Jul 29

We are drawing for one featured quilt each day, that you can pay forward to a service group or someone in need. In our daily posts there will be a link to enter. One entry per person per day. If you win and wish to donate $10 toward shipping, we will include 10 pattern cards–a $20 value!

See our gallery of winners!

0729 stack n whack ladybugs

Ladybugs 40″x 70″

ENTER TO WIN THIS QUILT HERE.

This is not one of our patterns.  It is the very popular Stack n Whack that came out many years ago.  The top was an unclaimed quilting job.  It’s time for a new home.

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Daily Quilt Giveaway – Jul 28

We are drawing for one featured quilt each day, that you can pay forward to a service group or someone in need. In our daily posts there will be a link to enter. One entry per person per day. If you win and wish to donate $10 toward shipping, we will include 10 pattern cards–a $20 value!

See our gallery of winners!

0728 gilda black and white

GILDA Black and White 40″x 48″

ENTER TO WIN THIS QUILT HERE.

GILDA Quilt Four is made from a pack of black and white charm squares.  I used all white background, in the style of our MELINDA JO pattern.  And I thought it needed a small border to give it some finality.

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Daily Quilt Giveaway – Jul 27

We are drawing for one featured quilt each day, that you can pay forward to a service group or someone in need. In our daily posts there will be a link to enter. One entry per person per day. If you win and wish to donate $10 toward shipping, we will include 10 pattern cards–a $20 value!

See our gallery of winners!

0727 gilda lilac ridge

GILDA Lilac Ridge 36″x 45″

ENTER TO WIN THIS QUILT HERE.

GILDA Quilt Three – I made the blocks with one light rail and one dark rail each.  This allowed for a Rail Fence/Lightning layout.  I also played with shading dark down to light and kept some of the diagonal rows shaded in the different colors–fun effects.

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Daily Quilt Giveaway – Jul 26

We are drawing for one featured quilt each day, that you can pay forward to a service group or someone in need. In our daily posts there will be a link to enter. One entry per person per day. If you win and wish to donate $10 toward shipping, we will include 10 pattern cards–a $20 value!

See our gallery of winners!

0726 gilda figgy pudding

GILDA Figgy Pudding 36″x 45″

ENTER TO WIN THIS QUILT HERE.

GILDA Quilt Two is colored the way the pattern is written–half of the blocks with one color of the rails, half with another.  It has the potential to achieve a basket weave effect, if the horizontals blocks are more one color and the vertical blocks another.

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Daily Quilt Giveaway – Jul 25

We are drawing for one featured quilt each day, that you can pay forward to a service group or someone in need. In our daily posts there will be a link to enter. One entry per person per day. If you win and wish to donate $10 toward shipping, we will include 10 pattern cards–a $20 value!

See our gallery of winners!

0725 gilda santorini

GILDA Santorini 36″x 45″

ENTER TO WIN THIS QUILT HERE.

At the bottom of a scrap bag that I emptied, I found 2 charm packs.  I decided to go with GILDA and see what I could do for variations.  Here I used 4 bright solids for the rail pieces.  It worked great for the diagonal color run, and really punched up the colors in the charm squares.

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Daily Quilt Giveaway – Jul 24

We are drawing for one featured quilt each day, that you can pay forward to a service group or someone in need. In our daily posts there will be a link to enter. One entry per person per day. If you win and wish to donate $10 toward shipping, we will include 10 pattern cards–a $20 value!

See our gallery of winners!

0724 eden rose amy

EDEN ROSE Amy 36″x 47″

ENTER TO WIN THIS QUILT HERE.

Quilt Three is mostly vintage Amy Butler.  I used the remaining 5″x10″ slices of her True Colors that were used in the CHERISH.  And when cleaning out a bag of scraps, I found Midwest Modern scraps to add.  To complete the Hoot trilogy, I cut the leftover piece from MOONDANCE into these last four slices.  It was a Hoot to do these three quilts, and a lot of old fabric and scraps are done.