Colored Pencil Rolls, Vintage & Quilt Patterns

Palmyra, New York · 214 Sales


Colored Pencil Rolls, Vintage & Quilt Patterns

Palmyra, New York 214 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Liz on Apr 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Seller was very nice, she let me know this item was misplaced and gave me a prompt refund. 🙂

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Betty Alderman Designs: The Who, Why and Oh, What Fun!

My name is Betsy Alderman Lewis. Yes, I know, it’s not Betty Alderman like in my shop name. There’s a reason for that. Betty was my mom. She passed away in 2012 from breast cancer. I miss her every single day.

Mom was the original owner of Betty Alderman Designs, though never on Etsy. She was a renowned quilt pattern designer. Before she died I took over her business so that I could retain all her copyrights and designs. Simple as that. In 2013 I decided to revamp the business and start to design myself. I have loved doing it. However, I also love many other things and I am at the point where I am incorporating those other things that I love into my Etsy shop. Namely:

Design (quilting & embroidery, specifically redwork) and pattern creation
Vintage, especially textiles and sewing-related items

I think those are the three main focuses.

I use my mom's 1990s-era Bernina sewing machine to create and quilt. I feel like she is with me, guiding me, every time I use it, which is often, typically daily. I love the machine and feel her good vibes coming through it and know that I will be successful. She also taught me much about business, especially the quilting business, and introduced me to many of her contemporaries.

In addition to my Bernina, I am the proud owner of a 1949 Singer Featherweight sewing machine that my grandmother used, gave to my aunt, who used it, and on which my cousin sewed, too. My uncle asked if I wanted it when my cousin decided it wasn't for her. I hope to have it polished up and the plug replaced soon and give it a spin.

There is something about using a sewing machine that you know your foremothers have used to create for their families or even for economic benefit. Their fingers have moved cloth beneath the sewing machine foot. They have touched the knobs, the levers, or buttons and their hands have rolled the wheel. The wear of their efforts is apparent. It brings me confidence. I love it all.

I also inherited some of my mother's fabric stash. Some of that fabric has found its way into my creations and will continue to do so over time. All of the fabric from her is unused. Some of it is scraps and some of it is yardage. There are fabrics of hers that I can look at and say, "Oh, yes, that was in THAT quilt," which is folded in the cupboard, hanging on the wall or in the possession of one of my kids. I immediately think of mom, contemplating her design, her layout and her fabric choices. It never fails to bring me a smile and skip in my heart. I can see her standing over her work, pondering...

I’m also a writer who is working on a novel and who has had several articles published. Two have been in American Quilter magazine and one was in Pieces of Time Magazine. I just signed a contract for another article for American Quilter which I expect will be out this year (2016). You see, I love learning about quilts, quilters and quilt history. Even though I love quilt history and old quilts, I also am completely drawn to contemporary quilts and have begun to dabble in improvisational quilting.

On that point, I have a published book of poetry, called SPLITTING THE EARTH: POEMS, that is available on Amazon here: There's also a great review there that was written about it, of which I'm very proud. But anyway, the connection between the poetry is with improvisational quilting. I hope to work on a quilt (or several!), using one of my poems as inspiration for an improvisational quilt, and see where it takes me...

I have had a previous Etsy shop selling only vintage but closed that to focus here and so I could combine all of my loves in one place.

Please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, all under Betty Alderman Designs.

I am very happily married to my best friend, Dave. Together, we raised two awesome children (with lots of bumps along the way) and are now blessed to have their spouses and five grandchildren in our family. Life is truly amazing. Oh yes, we also have a 10-year-old yellow lab named Emma. She is not allowed in my sewing areas. We are in a smoke-free environment.

We live in a small town called Palmyra in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. We are about 30 minutes from the southern shore of Lake Ontario and about 20 minutes north of the Finger Lakes, about 20 minutes east of Rochester, NY and about an hour and a half west of Syracuse and two hours east of Buffalo, about 5 hours from New York City and about 3 hours from Toronto, Canada. It’s a beautiful place to live. Come visit sometime.

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  • Betsy Alderman Lewis

    Owner, Creator

    I'm a vintage textile junky but love anything textile-ish, and that includes fabric! I love old quilts, new quilts and my husband, kids and grandkids. Oh yeah, and my yellow lab, Emma. I have more ideas than days to live. A blessing and a curse.

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Last updated on Mar 18, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

I will happily create fabric items from my shop with fabrics you have chosen from a shop on Etsy. That will require communication with me, links to where the fabric is found and the costs of procuring that particular fabric for you, which may also determine a new purchase price for you to buy an item. I hope this makes sense. If not, please convo me.

Sizing details

I have measured items to the best of my ability. For handmade items, tiny variations may occur due to slight variations in seam sizes, etc.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All items purchased from Betty Alderman Designs come wrapped in white tissue paper, wrapped with a red satin ribbon and with an attached business card. A packing slip is enclosed and where possible, your item is shipped in a bubble mailer, enhancing its protection through the mail system. I want you to feel like you are receiving a gift from me. I hope you feel special. That is my intent. Who doesn't like receiving a gift in the mail?

All items will be packed well.

Wholesale availability

My quilt and embroidery patterns are available for wholesale at (no minimums). Two of my Rollup patterns are also available from Checker Distributors.

Customized Rollups

I am happy to offer customized Rollups in a fabric you chose from a shop on Etsy. Additional charges may apply. Please convo me.