I’m introduced to designers in many ways—Quilt Market, other designers and also from our friends at the different fabric manufacturers that we work with. I’d like to thank Lissa Alexander, Marketing Director for Moda Fabrics for introducing me to Julie Herman. Julie is a young designer who also makes projects for the Moda Bake Shop. She’s fun and full of energy and ideas. You can find her pattern for Cornflower Fields in our March/April ’10 issue. Read about Julie and leave us a comment for a chance to win one of the 3 prizes Moda Fabrics has provided: a Jelly Roll, Honey Bun or Charm Pack from the Nature’s Notebook collection by April Cornell, the same collection used in Cornflower Fields. I’ll randomly draw 3 names next Tuesday, February 2nd around noon.
If you asked me 10 years ago what my creative “thing” would be in 10 years… quilting would have been the last thing I said! I’ve always been artistic, but the quilting bug didn’t bite me until 8 years ago. Prior to quilting, I painted, sculpted with clay, worked with beads, did graphic design and even a bit of needlepoint. My mother has been sewing since well before I was born and so I naturally had no interest in doing the same thing as her! Well eventually the quilting bug bit me and I’ve never looked back. I always thought I was the first quilter in my family. Recently I learned that I’m not upon the discovery of three quilts made in the 1930’s by my great great grandmother.
My style of quilting is all over the map. I’ve made traditional to modern… detailed appliqué with hand quilting to simple and fast, no fuss. Cornflower Fields is the largest quilt I’ve made. At 96″x 96″ it may seem challenging but large pieces enable it to come together very quickly. I normally start a design without color in mind but I worked backwards with this piece. My goal was to come up with a bold design that would have a floating on-point appearance set within a standard grid. All three borders were attached at one time using the same technique I show on my blog for mitering multiple borders. Mitering borders is much easier than most people think and gives a great finish to many quilts!
Unlike many quilters I love the math involved in quilting. I find joy in calculating how big pieces should be cut and how much yardage will be needed for a project. This skill comes in handy when working at a quilt shop, attending a show, or getting a phone call from quilter friends while they are in the middle of a project. Yes this has happened! My background in design has also helped me tremendously. I attended Drexel University for design and had the pleasure of taking many great classes including one silkscreen class where I made a quilt as one of my projects out of custom fabric.
Blogging has been one of the best additions to my quilting life. It has enabled me to share my work and meet a ton of new people. In 2009 I was lucky to be able to design for the Moda Bake Shop, attend my first quilt market, as well as work and shop at 4 other shows. I’ve got a lot planned for 2010 and I hope you’ll join along on my blog, where I post “WIPs”work-in-progresses, finished pieces, my weekly stash report, as well as all kinds of things!