Archive for the ‘Yvonne Malone Studio Patterns’ Category

“Balance” Quilt Pattern Now Available

June 4, 2013

Chakra Quilt

Many of my quilts begin with a big idea that is inspired by something – like a story in the newspaper, a garden in full bloom, a brick sidewalk laid in an interesting pattern, even memories of the wash hanging out on the clothesline when I was little. Balance, my latest quilt pattern, is no exception.  When my close friend Katy completed her studies to become a certified Healing Touch practitioner, her husband commissioned a quilt to celebrate the event. After spending time researching healing touch and learning more about Chakras, I sketched out a number of ideas; Balance is the one my friend chose. While I continue to make this quilt on a commission basis, I also wanted to make the pattern available to other quilters, so here it is!

The color work in the sample pictured above and in the pattern is based on the colors of the Chakra. However, it would look stunning in all one color or with the circles set in a background of black. The circles are pieced from narrow strips of fabric so it is a great way to use up odds and ends in your stash (or the stashes of your quilter friends!).

Detailed directions are provided for both a twin/generous napping size, as well as a wall hanging. To see more details and to order the pattern, visit

Happy sewing!


Jazz Club – A Free Quilt Pattern

May 6, 2013

Jazz Club - Full View

Thank you to the recent Playing With Fabric reader for asking about Jazz Club, a pattern I designed as a free download for Troy Fabrics to highlight Marcia Derse’s Nouveau Chic fabric collection and first mentioned in this post. Just click on the link below to print a free copy of the pattern. Happy sewing!




New News: A New Store, New Pattern, New Kits

November 21, 2011

There seems to be a lot of new going on in my life, right now – new online store, new pattern, new kits, new dog …

Audrey, 8 months old

After much back and forth over the course of the last 18 months, I have finally opened an online store on Big Cartel. During this time, I spent a lot of hours going back & forth – Etsy vs. Big Cartel. In the end, I opted for Big Cartel for several reasons, including it was fairly easy for someone with a severe case of technophobia (like me) to set up; its clean design; and a very responsive customer support staff. Hopefully, this will make it a bit easier to shop although customers can still call (630-810-0585) or e-mail ( me to place an order via credit card or personal check. New items in the store will be announced here and possibly added to the ever expanding sidebar at the right. The store will also have a limited amount of fabric for sale – right now, selected Marcia Derse fabrics are featured.

If you are in a similar boat about where to sell your handmade goods, talk to friends and others who sell online, read forums, and check out the sites themselves. This great blog post by Brigitte compares three of the big online sites, Etsy, Big Cartel, and Storenvy.

In October, I released a new quilt pattern, “Avenue.” This is the first in a series of small quilt patterns that are intended to be portable enough to tuck inside a purse or brief case to work on wherever your busy life takes you. “Avenue” finishes up to about 9″ x 11-1/2″ so it is small enough to work all by hand or you can combine machine piecing with hand quilting. If you have never given machine quilting a try, this is a perfect project for experimenting with that technique as well.

“Avenue” is available as a pattern only or as part of a kit that includes all fabric (for quilt front, back, and rod pocket) and batting – this makes a great gift, too, for other quilters. The kit is available in two colorways – the one above and the one below:

By the way, relative to the Etsy vs. Big Cartel decision, I don’t always take a lot of time to make important decisions. For example, we (my family and I) decided to adopt our 8-month puppy, Audrey, from a shelter in about 2 minutes, even though we had never had a dog before. Surprisingly, she has fit into our household fairly quickly and has been most helpful in unforeseen ways:  My son practiced his presentation for his Spanish class in front of her – it was on the Running of the Bulls in Spain, a topic that got her particularly excited and crazy as puppies sometimes get (I’ve learned). We thought it was a good sign that the presentation brought out so much emotion; in the end, he got an “A” on the project. Audrey was also able to bring quick closure to a dramatic situation in my 11-year old daughter’s life (where most things have a dramatic spin these days)  with a few swipes of her tongue across my daughter’s face. I was slightly jealous of Audrey since I had just spent 10 minutes trying to talk about the situation without much progress. In the future, I will simply call in Audrey and step aside while she works her magic!

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Pattern is Born

April 15, 2011

ABC Squares Pattern

It’s been a crazy, busy spring thus far and I haven’t even turned my attention to the yard yet. My focus these last few weeks has been on producing my first pattern, ABC Squares. I have made and sold this quilt several times and finally decided it was time to make a pattern so that others can enjoy making it as well.  While the novelty fabrics used in this quilt follow an ABC theme, you can incorporate any theme and favorite fabrics.  The dimensions, approximately 52″ x 61″, make it great to use as a wall hanging or small napping quilt.

If you would like to purchase the pattern, please contact me via e-mail,, or by phone at 630-810-0585. Payment can be made via check or credit card ($10 per pattern, plus postage). The pattern is also available in several quilt shops with more being added all the time; if you have a favorite shop, ask them to contact me to order. If you want to make the ABC-themed quilt but don’t have a collection of novelty fabrics – or the time to find a fabric to represent “J,” “Q,” or “Z” (quite a challenge when you start looking) – a kit is available that includes all fabrics for the quilt top, backing, and binding. (The price of the kit is $80 plus postage.)

This is the first of several patterns that will be introduced and announced here in the coming months, so come back for a visit to see what else is happening. I only hope the next few patterns are not quite so much work or else the yard is going to look like a jungle by the end of summer!