Designer Kris Holderness takes us back to basics with her beautiful designs

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One of the most important aspects of Cut Loose Press patterns is that they are created with the beginning to intermediate quilter in mind. Realizing that many beginning quilters may only have the basic tools, some of our designers have created patterns that are perfect for those folks!
One of those designers is Kris Holderness. Her Cut Loose Press patterns focus on the fabrics used in the blocks for a beautiful end result that any quilter can make, likely with just the tools they already have. Kris says her designs are almost always inspired by the fabrics she chooses. "I put together 3 to 5 fabrics that coordinate and then decide what geometric pattern will best showcase the color and texture. I love geometric designs and how you can get wonderful secondary patterns when you put two or more of them together," Kris says.
The colors helping create the design is perfectly illustrated in Kris's patterns "Stained Glass Table Runner" and the matching "Stained Glass Placemats". These patterns utilize simple shapes and basic techniques, but when the carefully chosen colors are paired with the black sashing, the final result is stunning. 

Stained Glass Table Runner, CLPKHL002

Stained Glass Placemats, CLPKHL004

Some of Kris's more recent designs for Cut Loose Press are a collection of table runners with a seasonal theme. These runners also use the colors and fabrics to help create the look of the pieces, while still only needing basic tools and rulers to create them.

Seasonal Runner - Winter, CLPKHL005

Seasonal Runner - Spring, CLPKHL006

Seasonal Runner - Summer, CLPKHL008

Cut Loose Press also has an applique pattern available, designed by Kris. The pattern is called "Aloha Hawaii", and is the perfect size for a wall hanging quilt.

Aloha Hawaii, CLPKHL007

A great piece of advice Kris offers to quilters (especially beginners), is not to cut all your fabric up when starting a project. "You may get one block done and decide you don't like the fabric combination or worse yet you made a mistake. Make 1 or 2 blocks first then if you are satisfied with the results go ahead and cut up the rest." This is especially good advice when trying a new technique for the first time.

Kris says if she had to choose a favorite block it would probably be stars blocks. She also mentioned she is working on a new kind of star block, so keep an eye on Cut Loose Press to see what comes next! Above all, have fun with your Cut Loose Press projects, and try something that you haven't made before. 

Kris Holderness's patterns are available at independent quilt stores and online retailers around the world. Which one would you like to make?



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