Meet Lori Lott: Quilter, Pattern Designer

100_1073  I love hearing success stories of people who find a passion and turn it into a business. I have known Lori Lott for years, but recently had the opportunity of collaborating with her while working on my book, QQQ3. She is a talented stylist and assisted our photographer with room settings. This positive working relationship lead us (Diana McClun and myself) to seek her help again with our book signing party. Lori is extremely organized and brought our vision into fruition. I couldn’t resist asking Lori to consider being the “day of” person for our recent wedding. Fortunately for all of us, she agreed and everything ran smoothly with her behind-the-scenes guidance.

Lori is a also an avid quilter and teaches classes at local quilt shops. Her line of patterns attracted Clothworks Fabrics to her work. Please let me take this opportunity to introduce you to Lori and share some of her work with you. 

Lori started sewing at age 9 while in 4-H. This gave her a foundation for sewing. During this time she was encouraged to model her garments. Walking in front of judges was nerve racking for a 10-year ld girl, says Lori, but it gave her the confidence to keep sewing and hone her skills in clothing construction. She later earned a degree in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). She initially worked in the fashion industry and later moved in to Visual Merchandising.

Lori came to quilting through a friend in 2000. Creating her own designs is what inspired her to continue learning about quilting. Although she says it wasn’t an overnight process, she felt she was truly hooked after working with her local community of quilters and being exposed to their amazing work.

Lori was recently approached by Clothworks and her Heartstrings pattern will be featured in one of their new “All My Heart” fabric line by Iron Orchid designs. Click here to view the fabric collection.

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When I asked Lori what style of quilt she enjoys making, she told me that her favorite quilts to make are those with traditional piecing using contemporary fabrics. She loves machine piecing and the symmetry that goes into each block that then translates into a finished quilt top. Lori feels that piecing is like solving a puzzle using fabric. “In the end it all has to fit together like a beautiful mosaic. There is gratification in the end result. There is also a Zen quality about piecing. It causes me to focus with my two favorite things:  fabric and my sewing machine.”

Lori’s pattern company is called Uptown Girl Quilts and her patterns are sold on her website. Here are just a few of her designs. Click here to view her full line of patterns. She says she gets her inspiration from many different avenues. Color and shape are the two biggest factors for her. Color dictates emotion for her while she is designing a new quilt. shape and form are the next elements that drive her designs. Here are just a few.

"Sadie Hawkins" by Lori Lott, 70" x 70".
“Sadie Hawkins” by Lori Lott, 70″ x 70″.

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Sweet Lola patiently waiting for her morning walk.
Sweet Lola patiently waiting for her morning walk.

Lori says: “I routinely walk my dachshund Lola every morning after we have coffee and toast. It is the highlight of my day (and Lola’s too!). I love clothes and fashion and wish I was a Design apprentice for a haute couture house in Paris like Yves St. Laurent or Givenchy. If I wasn’t a quilt designer I would be an architect, a professional golfer, or fragrance designer. The three love’s of my life are Robert, Andrew and Brian, my family.”

Giveaway-Gold

 

Lori is offering one of her new patterns to a lucky reader. Simply tell us what you would do if not making quilts – astronaut, doctor, scientist?  Submit comments by end of day August 14th. The winner will be announced on August 19th.

As always, thanks for stopping in. Hope you are all enjoying a restful summer. Until next time . . .

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20 thoughts on “Meet Lori Lott: Quilter, Pattern Designer

  1. I always say that in my second life I would love to be a photographer. Although since I have become a grandmother, working with young children has become a new passion. But quilting still would be part of my life, the hum of my sewing machine makes me happy. Thank you.

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  2. If I did not quilt I would probably run a dog kennel, or working with service dogs. Either seems so rewarding. The dogs give so much to your existence and add joy to every day.

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  3. I would be what I already am; a homemaker and mother and wife. I love creating a beautiful environment for my family. Quiltmaking is part of that for me.

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  4. I love the patterns Lori made, beautiful! I would love to be a librarian or writer (both combined) if I didn’t quilt but I would definitely still quilt so my professional life would probably suffer! Thanks for the giveaway!

    tdkcarpenoctem@hotmail.com

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  5. I don’t know what I would do without sewing and quilting. I am a retired accountant and do a little accounting for my son’s business. But even though I spend a lot of time with his family and work my real love has always been sewing and crafts. Quilting just fit in perfect. Love Lori’s designs.

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  6. I had the best j0b in the world for 43 years I was a teacher of Home Economics and can think of no other job I would want but I now consider my self a learner or quilting.

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  7. Loved reading about Lori and how she got here. If not retired, I would love to be a travel coordinator. I could meet great people, and visit wonderful quilting shops as a bonus.

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  8. I love Mary’s response above, but I love teaching. Now retired, I taught for over thirty years, starting in the Home Economics discipline, which lends itself to everything about life. During my career, I also taught elementary school-all subjects to 4th through 6th grade, and even 7th grade math and boy’s PE! I really enjoy witnessing the “light bulb” go on when a child “gets it,” no matter what the subject, the joy of learning new things is the fabric of life!

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  9. Inspiring story. Love the patterns. If not a quilter, I would love to be a quilt shop owner, I so love to be around other quilters and talk quilting.

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