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Meet Cross Track Pattern Tester: Susan of @paintermom63

Meet Cross Track Pattern Tester: Susan of @paintermom63

I am so excited to introduce you to all of my amazing quilters that tested Cross Track. This meant the world to me to see these quilts come to life as this was my very first pattern to write. Thanks to Quilter's Candy Quilt Pattern Writing Course. It is so incredible to see something I designed come to life and how each one has a totally different feel. I have enjoyed getting to know each one of these talented testers and would love for you to get to know them as well. Even better get to see the amazing quilts they created.

Susan of @paintermom63 pattern tested a Throw size of Cross Track. It turned out amazing. I love the blues ombre to the purples. Check out Susan on Instagram here.

Where do you live? My name is Susan Eiseman Levitin. I love in Worcester, MA.

How long have you been quilting? I began quilting last spring. I have been a fiber artist for decades, working in a variety of disciplines. I have been a knitting pattern tester for many years and I enjoy the process very much.

Why do you pattern test? I like getting an early view of a pattern and the chance to give back to the community by helping the designer improve the pattern. So, having enjoyed that process, I thought I would like to test quilt patterns. I see it as a way to get a behind-the-scenes view of this new community that I have joined.

What do you love about Cross Track? What I loved about the pattern is the same thing that challenged me: I had never made a pattern set on point before. Since I am a new quilter, I am always looking to stretch myself and build new skills.

What was your inspiration or colors used for Cross Track? For the Cross Track pattern, I chose a beloved floral batik in blues and purples with a parchment background that I had had in my stash for years. I built the rest of the color choices from that. I pulled a solid purple and a royal blue solid from the batik. I purchased a pale parchment batik for the background, because I felt that a white-white would be too stark. I added a turquoise batik for the fourth color.

What is one quilting goal you have? I have a long list of new skills I want to build, including trapunto, curved piecing, and free motion stitching.


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