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Critter Pattern Works offers 88 realistic animal-themed patterns for quilts.  Our patterns have been especially for cotton fabrics, but now working in felted wool applique, our designs even more realistic.


 Critter Pattern Works is Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2019!

Here are just a few of our animal-themed applique patterns. 

CLICK ON the menu at left to go see more info and details of what we have to offer or click on the photos below.

    A new Flock Of Sheep Pattern Sheep Faces Bag Pattern  

Doodle Quilt 1 and 2

  A New Flock of Sheep Sheep Faces Bag




Birds in Wool Cat Faces in Wool  Woolly Fish   


Woolly Alphabet   Dragonflies in Wool Sheep Wannabees  



Dragonflies (in Cotton) Pattern

Cotton Dragonflies Pattern


Designer Seashells


  Seahorses PatternSeahorses Pattern


 Noah's Ark Pattern 



Small Dogs Pattern 


  Our Cats Pattern 

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Critter Pattern Works started in 1988 when a quilt shop owner, Barbara Spitler, saw my quilts at a Main Line Quilters meeting.  She asked me to teach in her shop and then helped me to publish my first patterns in 1989. 

My Background:

I am Debora Konchinsky, the owner and designer for Critter Pattern Works. I graduated with a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Fabric Design from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1966.  In 25 years my style and interests have changed from basic cotton appliques where the animals are one color, to working with wool and felting wool fibers into my appliques to make my critters look 3-D.  Some of them even have ears and tails and wings that dangle off my quilts.

My Mission:

I have always specialized in realistic animal-themed patterns of machine appliqué.  These patterns can be used to make finished projects ranging from a hot pad to full sized bed quilt to clothing.  I want to help you think more creatively.  During those four years, I spent in college, I learned that creative thinking starts with one question: "What if...?  Before you can be creative, you need to learn the basics of applique.  I figured that videos are the easiest way to learn, and I made step by step free vidoes for you...seriously, I wore all the hats: the writer, producer, camerawoman, editor and the star for the videos. 

Watch over my shoulder to learn how I sew appliques in both raw edge and satin stitching and create some special effects.  Click here to watch How-to Applique videos.

When I started designing patterns back in 1989, people wanted to do machine appliqué because it was fast. Sure, you can make up my patterns by hand applique if you prefer, just add a seam allowance. Now with the punch needle embroidery, beading, and FELTING techniques, people find that they can use our appliques in front of the TV or riding in a car because it doesn’t require a lot of equipment. It is relaxing to do, and fun to see the design develop in a few evenings. You won’t create designs as fast as with machine appliqué, but the process is a pleasant change of pace, and the amount of detail you can achieve is amazing.  Look at the detail photos of the  Woolly Sheep quilt pattern page to see the kind of transformation that can be made by using different materials and techniques but the same designs.  My first and second felted applique quilts have both won blue ribbons at national quilt shows.

With my easy to follow instructions, beginning sewers to advanced quilters are encouraged to use individuality and experimentation and learn new skills for expression.  Included in every pattern is a little art lesson. For more information on being creative, click here. I give suggestions for choosing colors, fabrics, and types of prints to help you get started. 

In every machine applique pattern, I tell you how to set up the sewing machine and how to do all the special effects that were used in the quilts pictured. I assume that you know how to sew, but maybe have never made a quilt before.

You can make your project as complicated or as easy as you want by limiting (or duplicating) the number of designs you choose to use. Learn the techniques, so when you are ready to put 20 critters together, you will know what you are doing.

The CritterNews comes out monthly, more or less.  I tell you about the quilt shows where Paul, my DH and I will be vending, new patterns coming out, tips, contests and sales. We also discuss what is on our minds...Check out the CritterNews archives button on the left of this page. 

 Recently I was talking with Maria Cannon who wrote this piece explaining why it is so important to have a hobby as we get older.   My hobby, quilting, became my business.  Without it I'd be stark raving crazy.  Quilting is my anchor in life and it gives me purpose.

Aging Done Right: How Hobbies Help Keep You Happy and Healthy as You Age

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There are a lot of benefits to getting older but, for many aging adults, freedom ranks right at the top of the list. After a lifetime of working, raising a family, and paying bills, retirement means you’re free to spend your extra time and money pursuing the things that make you happy. That’s why we are seeing so many seniors traveling, spending time with their grandkids, and giving back to their community.

Still, the “golden years” are not always as bright as they’re made out to be. In addition to more free time, more financial independence, and an empty nest, seniors can experience boredom, the onset of physical ailments, and loneliness. Worse, if physical or emotional pain becomes an everyday occurrence, it can translate into more serious conditions like depression and anxiety or lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms like the abuse of alcohol or pain medication.


Of course, if you are struggling with mental health issues, health concerns, or substance abuse/addiction, your first course of action should always be to seek professional help. Counseling, physical therapy, and clinical treatment performed by qualified doctors and therapists can help assess and treat the problem utilizing a variety of approaches, from medication to behavioral therapy.  Furthermore, these professionals can assist a senior and his or her family develop a plan of action to help improve overall quality of life.


But wouldn’t it be nice if you could prevent these issues all together? Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that getting older won’t be accompanied by some of mental and physical struggles. However, research does suggest that people who actively engage in hobbies are happier, healthier, and may even live longer.


The health benefits of hobbies are well-documented. Less stress, improved self-esteem, and better sleep are just a few of the many positive impacts of staying mentally, physically, and socially engaged as you age. Of course, each of these factors are also known ways to combat depression and anxiety. Additionally, people who rely on hobbies to help them deal with physical and emotional stressors are less likely to use alcohol or other drugs to do the same.


And when it comes to picking a hobby, just about anything that gets your body moving, engages your brain, or keeps you social will provide the benefits we’ve discussed. One common choice for seniors is physical exercise in the form of yoga, tennis, or even long-distance running. The benefits of this type of hobby are two- or even three-fold, as it keeps you physically, mentally, and socially active.


Another potential pastime is creative expression. Art classes at the local museum, knitting gifts for family and friends, or learning a new skill like photography are all soothing and cathartic. So much so that, for the person suffering from one of the previously-mentioned illnesses, art therapy may even be a treatment option.


If it’s isolation you’re struggling with, it’s imperative your hobby provide you with the opportunity for social interaction. It can be as simple as visiting friends and family (near or far) or volunteering at a local school a few days a week. Or you could get a pet. A dog or cat is an excellent companion and a natural stress reliever. Simply spending time with a pet releases oxytocin in your brain, which makes you happier.


While talking about the struggles associated with aging is not easy, it’s necessary. Like with any challenge, the more you know, the more capable you are of making the right decisions to improve your situation. In this case, the more we discuss the issues seniors are facing as they age, the better able we are to determine what steps should be taken to prevent, lessen, or treat them.


I started blogging!  This is a place where I can give more detailed info about what I am working

on.  Maybe it will help get people excited about applique and actually get addicted to being creative. click here:


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