We are a family run multifaceted company located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We exhibit at quilt shows and Debora gives lectures and workshops on the east coast of the US. We also do mail order to anywhere in the world. You can use our secure shopping cart to order online, or to prepare an order you wish to print out and fax or snail mail to us.
I am the designer and founder of Critter Pattern Works. My name is Debora Konchinsky. I graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fabric Design from Philadelphia College of Art (now called University of the Arts), Philadelphia, PA, with an award for Outstanding Achievement. In 1977, I started quilting by taking a class in Overland Park KS. I began teaching quilting in 1978, in Dublin OH. That same year, I began to specialize in machine appliqué animal designs while I was a docent at the Columbus Ohio Zoo. It wasn't until I moved back to my home state of Pennsylvania in 1987, that I became aware that my style of quilting was so different. In 1989, I published my first pattern, with the help of Barbara Spittler, the owner of Grandmother's Patches, a now defunct quilt shop in Eagle PA, and as they say, the rest is history...
In the years, that followed I published 80 something patterns. In 2010 I exhibited my first Felted Applique pattern, Crazy Sheep. That quilt won many blue ribbons and the next Felted Applique pattern, Sheep Wannabees, did too. The focus of Critter Pattern Works is shifting to wool because the resulting appliques are more realistic than cotton machne appliques.
My husband, Paul Konchinsky, is CPW's Marketing Mavin. He graduated Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, Philadelphia, PA (now called Philadelphia University) in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing and Management. He is the perfect compliment for my artistic skills. He takes care of the production and inventorying of all the patterns I create. He also lends his expertise in marketing our products. In his spare time, he arranges for all the flights, rental cars, and hotels involved in the shows they participate in every year. Paul has more than 20 years' experience in the restaurant industry. He is the one preparing meals when we are home and he is a really good cook. One ignorant woman at a show commented that Paul was a "kept man". Really!