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WELCOME! Lorraine Torrence Designs offers patterns, fabric, books, ideas and more to help, teach, and inspire you in your quilting making and creative Garment making. Join me here for learning, fabric lust, and love of everything fiber!

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A goal that has been  rattling around in my head for quite a few years has at last become a reality!  I have finally filmed three video tutorials, all of  which, are up and ready to watch on my Lorraine's Lessons/Video Tutorials page. They are Design Essentials: A Short Primer, Making and Using Your Own Bias and Straight of Grain Tapes in Quilts and Garments, and Pattern Fitting Fundamentals.   To watch any of these videos, simply click on the ENTER word at the right-hand header above and then hover over "Lorraine's Lessons" in the horizontal menu at the top.  Then click on Video Tutorials and you'll be on the right page.  OR... just click HERE!



During this difficult time of isolation and social distancing, we are offering my Design classes virtually as Zoom classes! My 7 month Design I class, focusing on Design Principles and Elements, will be offered by Blue Bar Quilts in Madison, WI. The good news is that you can join the class from anywhere you live in the country!  We will meet once a month for seven months beginning Saturday, September 19 at 10:30 AM for about 1 1/2 - 2 hours (This is still an experiment and we'll see how this time frame works!)  Subsequent classes will be on Oct. 17, Nov. 21, Dec. 12, 2020, Jan. 16, Feb 20, and March 20, 2021.  For more information or to register, click here:
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Third Reprinting of Design Essentials!

The third reprint of Design Essentials is freshly back from the printer in Hong Kong and ready to be your trusty companion when it comes to  design principles and elements.  There are also 5 chapters of design approaches to inspire you and keep you learning something new. 

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Design Essentials

Pattern SALE!!

To make the most of sheltering at home, we are offering a 25% discount on all garment and quilt patterns! Click here to browse our patterns and give your creativity a jump start!  This sale has been extended until Covid 19 is under control!  Stay Creative and Stay optimistic!  Click here to start shopping!

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My Sewing With Nancy videos, Fashion Sewing: Plain to Fabulous from the two Shows, which aired in January of 2017, are still available in the Wisconsin Public Television website. You will also find a DVD of the two Fashion Sewing: Plain to Fabulous shows on this website for the Spring reduced price of $10!