Patchwork and Applique Patterns
for Quilters, Stitchers & Crafters
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nearly twenty years, Sandy Harris has been designing patterns for
quiltmaking, mostly applique but a few patchwork patterns, too.
Before that, she was a child care provider, an early childhood
educator, a curriculum writer, and even had a short-term job
illustrating a book for the forest service. Most of her patterns
reflect her love of children, animals and nature.
says that she would probrably live and work outdoors 24/7 if she
could. But she lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest of the
US and that just isn't practical. "We don't get a whole
lot of rain, really," she says, "only 40 inches annually which is
similar to many other geographic regions." But unlike those other
areas, the rain in her part of Oregon usually takes its own sweet time
coming down. "It could rain all week here and the grand
total might be as much as a scant 1/4 inch, the same measurement
that quilters are abundantly familiar with."
is so common in the Pacific Northwest that it's euphemistically called
"liquid sunshine" because sometimes it seems like it's the only
way residents will get any sunshine. "One night as I was trying
to think of a business name for my pattern design adventure, the rain
decided to come down fast enough that I could hear it pelting the
roof. I wondered what those big, fat raindrops would be called in
terms of liquid sunshine and thought, "sundrops...they'd be called
<>As you've probably guessed
by now, Sandy liked the word so much that she used it in her business
name, Sundrop Designs. And it seems that she's had a lot of fun
incorporating the raindrop shape into many of her designs. Later,
she learned that there's a wildflower native to the Rocky Mountains
named sundrop, as well as a soda pop in the southern states named
SunDrop, and quite a few little league teams with SunDrop in their
names somewhere. "But I still meet a lot of people who, like me,
had never heard of sundrops.">
has been sewing and drawing since she started school. Other
hobbies include reading, writing, gardening, crocheting, knitting and
watercolor painting. She currently lives in her childhood home in
the country with two dogs, three cats and a goat who is quite upset
that she can't live in the house with everyone else. "She has
barged in a few times," Sandy admits. "She heads straight for the
kitchen looking for over-ripe bananas. She won't touch green or
yellow bananas, only the brown ones that I save for banana bread.
I haven't made banana bread since I got the goat!">
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