Vanilla House Designs started in 1994 introducing twelve patterns at International Quilt Market in Charlotte, North Carolina. The patterns were successful, thus launching the beginning of our journey. Designs first started with soft sculpture critters, bears being our favorite. In 2002, we switched our emphasis to designing home dec and fashion accessory themes. At this writing, we are getting ready to publish our 115th pattern under our label. We also have published four booklets along with magazine projects, catalog patterns, and project sheets for other companies, a total of 350 published projects (many patterns having more than one project). Yes, a great journey, one we hope continues many years! Our current mission statement includes a new emphasis of designing patterns that appeal to newer and younger sewers. We try to make our projects simple but creative, utilizing trendy fabric options that entice a younger generation into the wonderful world of the sewing arts.

Our Patterns. One of the techniques we use to help younger sewers is paper template free patterns. If a pattern piece has a square or rectangle measurement, the LENGTH and the WIDTH are given. Measure and cut the length by the width. For this technique, we suggest rotary cutting materials. Though it is possible to make the patterns without rotary cutting materials, a grid mat, clear ruler, and rotary cutter is preferred. Note that rotary cutting tools are valuable additions to any modern sewer’s inventory of supplies, so we suggest you purchase a basic inventory which should include a 24″ by 36″ grid mat, a 6″ by 24″ clear ruler, and the 28mm rotary cutter. And for the few paper templates that are supplied — we suggest converting the template into fabric (from scrap fabric). No pins are needed – it’s fabulous!

Many of you have suggested other great techniques and offered helpful tips. Thanks to all of you that have helped us along this creative journey,

Cheers, Barbara Brunson, Designer and Owner.

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