Guest Blogger Marlene from Sipiweske Quilt Designs

Hello everyone!  I’m thrilled to introduce my PDF patterns to all of you . . . it has been great fun working with the Anita at Connecting Threads to get these patterns loaded up and out to you.

Just a little background information about Sipiweske Quilt Designs:  I started designing patterns back in 2003 and attended a couple of quilt markets in the beginning, but lately it seems that the good old career and family commitments have needed to come before my quilting career.  So I am super excited to be able to bring patterns to you through this wonderful world of technology.

Like my featured pattern “Prairie Pine Burrs”, my first designs were all paper-pieced and then I moved more towards the traditional and appliqué patterns as you will see over on my blog and also on the Connecting Threads site where I now have eight patterns listed – Prairie Pine Burrs just went up on Wednesday!

This design came about because I had started to get a very large collection of jelly rolls – you know how that goes, right?  All those beautiful prints and colors all rolled up into gorgeous little wheels of inspiration needed to be unrolled and transformed into heirloom quilts.  Quite often it is the fabrics that dictate what I see in my head for a design and for Prairie Pine Burrs I fell in love with the green and the background fabric and the jelly roll just made it all come together.

If you do not have jelly rolls kicking around, then yardage or fat quarters will also work by cutting strips 2 1/2” wide by whatever length you have and start piecing your blocks.  This diagram shows in more detail how the blocks go together and I think this would look amazing done in scrappy prints that you pull from your scrap drawer.

I actually made two quilts from the one jelly roll – the one that is on the front of the pattern cover with nine pieced blocks and all of the wonderful appliqué, embroidery and yo-yos.

And then the second one with thirteen blocks and no appliqué.  This second one I made as a house-warming gift for a co-worker who had just purchased her first home.  Some beautiful machine quilting designs work great on the background fabric and borders and make the design pop.

This is definitely a quilt that is a keeper in my stash and a pattern that I will make again in one version or another – it goes together fairly quickly and it’s your option as to whether to go ahead with the more elaborate finishing or the unembellished version.

Thank you to everyone at Connecting Threads for the opportunity to post about my designs!

And to say thank you to everyone who stops by for a visit and leaves a comment, I will make a draw on July 7th for a 3-pack of Sipiweske patterns – so be sure and say hello before you click away!

Have a great summer everyone.
– Marlene


  1. What Comes Next? - June 29, 2012

    So nice to see your patterns here Marlene – I love Prairie Pine Burrs so it looks like I just might have to do some paper piecing – I do have a jelly roll or two lying about…

  2. Linda - June 29, 2012

    Welcome! This is a beautiful pattern and I look forward to checking out your other patterns!

  3. jenny - June 29, 2012

    beautiful work marlene! ive followed your blog for many months now! thanks for a chance at your patterns.

  4. cathy victor - June 29, 2012

    gorgeous patterns!!! I happen to have a jelly roll or 2 or 12 lying around too.

  5. Carol - June 29, 2012

    I like your pattern. I want to learn how to do paper piecing and get all the crip points!

  6. Alene - June 29, 2012

    Most STUNNING quilt that I have ever seen ~ and I’ve seen MANY in my 70 years of life. Thank you for letting us quilters of the world view your work!

  7. Nicole Dixon - June 29, 2012

    Absolutely beautiful.

  8. Sandy A in St. Louis - June 29, 2012

    Love this pattern! I’ll have to check out all your others later (when I’m not on lunch break at work.) :)
    Thanks for the information on your patterns.

  9. Pauline - June 29, 2012

    Wow! Beautiful!

  10. traci - June 29, 2012

    Love the patterns and jelly rolls.

  11. Donna Sykes - June 29, 2012

    Such a beautiful pattern! I would love to try it in a scrapy version. I love the yoyos and applique. I will have to check out your blog.

  12. Cindy Radtke - June 29, 2012

    WOW this is gorgeous! Would love to win a pack of your patterns. Will have to pop over and check out your blog. A gal can never have too many patterns and fabric to pull from.

  13. Lisa F - June 29, 2012

    I love the patterns. I want them all.

  14. Mary - June 29, 2012

    I really like your designs. They are so different and classy looking. I hope I can win a pattern. Thank you

  15. Lorri - June 29, 2012

    Oh WOW such beautiful patterns. Thank you for your insperation.

  16. sandie @crazy'boutquilts - June 29, 2012

    Gorgeous pattern! I had no idea CT had a blog!~ thanks for the link! :-)

  17. Marj - June 29, 2012

    This is the first time I have visited this blog. Thanks for Talking about it on your blog. I love your patterns and will be back to purchase some of them. The Prairie Pine Burrs is my favorite.

  18. Dolores - June 29, 2012

    That is a beautiful pattern. I like both versions. Happy Canada Day.

  19. Heather Mentzer - June 29, 2012

    I love how you could use scraps or precuts! What a lovely quilt and it’s amazing both versions. Thanks for the introduction, I plan to check out all your patterns!

  20. sherry - June 29, 2012

    Nice to see you back blogging Marlene. I love your enthusiasm and work. Thank you for the opportunity to win your patterns.

  21. Susan - June 30, 2012

    I really like your prairie pine burr pattern. You are a very talented designer!

  22. Kathryn Lea MacKie - June 30, 2012

    I absolutely love this pattern, I think it will be on my to do list for sure.

  23. LisaT - June 30, 2012

    Nice pattern, looks a bit challenging. Love your Spring has Sprung pattern too! Thanks.

  24. LindaV - June 30, 2012

    This is a wonderful quilt – great use of a jellyroll. Stunning!

  25. Marnie P - July 2, 2012

    Love the quilts and perfect timing fot my jelly rolls that are waiting to be created.

  26. Amanda Best - July 3, 2012

    Your pattern is beautiful! I love how the internet has made so many possibilities open up for us quilters! Glad your patterns are here!

  27. Joan Trautwein - July 3, 2012

    I’m really happy to see your quilts and will definitely be looking forward to seeing more. I do like what I see a lot.

  28. Kathleen Barton - July 4, 2012

    I love your designs! So creative and so much variety–some traditional, some whimsy. Prairie Pine Burrs is beautiful. I just downloaded Loonie Blooms and look forward to making my own. Thank you!
    Whiskey is so cute–it looks like she’ll keep you on your toes.

  29. Gloria Dickens - July 5, 2012

    These are so sensitive and unique…you have reframed the way I look at the feminine qualities I can find in quilting

  30. Barbara - July 5, 2012

    What a wonderful ptern. Looking forward to many more from you.

  31. Cindy - July 5, 2012

    Is there some place one can purchase your patterns? I would love to have the one shown here! I have no way to print things after they are downloaded. So if there are foundation patterns involved, I am out of luck.

  32. Ryo - July 25, 2012

    OY .ouch ..Reminds me of the saying:Definition of Insanity doing the same thing but eitxcpeng different results.We are all very guilty of repetitive patterns. There is comfort in having a routine but if that routine doesn’t stimulate growth and allow you to achieve your goals, it becomes an excuse to not succeed!OY .observe yourself! What a great way to take the ouch out of stepping outside of our comfort zone!Thanks Karen