About Dawn

Dawn

Welcome! I’m Dawn White: quiltmaker and teacher, sewing enthusiast, Scrabble nut, and the face behind First Light Designs, a small quilt and home sewing pattern business.

I live in Portland, Oregon with my husband Charlie and our calico cat Princess Cordelia (Coco for short).

I hope you’ll visit often to see what I’m working on and dreaming about.

Click here to email me with questions about my patterns and projects.

17 Responses to About Dawn

  1. Anne says:

    Dawn your quilts are breathtaking! I am not sure which one I like best, but the back of your “Town” quilt is absolut special!! so is the back of “Rambling Rose”!
    What a super web site! Thank you!
    Anne

  2. barbie says:

    everything looks really good. my favorite is rambling rose. congratulations!
    your site is very professional. good job!

  3. Nancy Goldman says:

    Welcome to the blog world, Dawn! As usual your sewn objects are beautifully done….congrats!

  4. Billie says:

    Dawn….You are truly awesome!! Your designs are beautiful. I sure do miss our sewing times.

  5. Shirley Weissenfluh says:

    I don’t quilt, but you are a fantastic stepdaughter and have a great knowledge of the quilting world!!! I do enjoy reading your blog!! Hugs, Shirl

  6. Martha S says:

    HI Dawn,
    Just found your blog and its wonderful!!! Hooray for you!!! Makes me think about wanting to do one – soon!! I’ll be starting an Etsy store selling vintage collectables and vintage textile items, so I’ll keep you posted once its LIVE 🙂
    Hope all is well – miss visiting with you and Vickie. Best wishes and BIG hugs,
    Martha

  7. Nubs says:

    From your twin sister, who is the happy beneficiary of many of your wonderful designs, you must know – YOU ARE THE BEST!

  8. Cecile Mitchell says:

    Your designs are gorgeous. You are so talented.

  9. lyn tackabury says:

    i am looking for a quilt pattern of a quilt that was at the biggest outdoor quilt show in the world it is blue and white with a lot of curving flying geese with a great big medallion star in the middle of the quilt

    • Dawn says:

      Lyn, the pattern you are looking for is “Glacier Star” by Judy Niemeyer. Pam Nichols of Powell Butte, Oregon made a version that was displayed at the 2013 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. If you click on this link, https://firstlightdesigns.com/?p=3712, it will take you to my blog post where Pam’s beautiful quilt is pictured. If you google “glacier star judy niemeyer,” you will see several examples of her design and also see links to quilt shops that carry her patterns.

  10. Jackie Davis says:

    Do you have a pattern for the “Billie Bag”

    Thank you

    Jackie Davis{ U.K]

    • Dawn says:

      Hi, Jackie. No, there is no pattern for the Billie Bag. The designer of the tote, Billie Mahorney, never wanted to write a pattern. After teaching her design for the first time, I can understand! It would take many pages and lots of illustrations and photos to accurately convey the steps involved. I’m sorry to disappoint you. Best wishes. — Dawn (firstlightdesigns.com)

  11. Gail Bury says:

    Hi Dawn
    I saw your Reach for the Stars pattern on Pinterest and am very taken with it. How do I go about ordering a pattern? It’s quite beautiful – as is all of your work!

    Thanks!

    • Dawn says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Gail! Directions for Reach for the Stars appeared in seven consecutive issues of Quilters Newsletter Magazine, starting with the Oct/Nov 2013 issue and ending with the Oct/Nov 2014 issue. The magazine is no longer being published. I’ve been suggesting to others who have written that they might contact their local quilt guilds to see if any members have complete sets of QN magazine they are willing to loan or sell. One quilter I know was able to find the issues at her local library and copied the pages she needed (about 50 pages total from seven issues). Good luck!!

  12. Sue Bergstrom says:

    My goodness!!! You have been so busy and productive since I last saw you!! All your designs are wonderful and so well described! I am thrilled to be back in the area and to reconnect!! I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished. Now I know who to call when I need quilting or sewing advice. Well done, Dawn!

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