Always entertaining, always fun and a great designer to boot. One of the featured quilts in Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts special issue was designed by Carrie Nelson, the designer behind Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. Beth is actually a smaller version of her quilt Elizabeth and was made by Judy Adams.
I asked Carrie to share some of her secrets with us. You can also follow Carrie’s activities on her blog.
Hello Quiltmaker Chicas!
I’m Carrie, the two-legged member of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. I know you’d rather hear from Rosie but I type better than she does so you’re stuck with me.
Like a lot of quilters, I started quilting after learning how to sew clothing. It’s so much easier! The quilt pieces and blocks are the size they are, and if they don’t fit each other, you can just make one smaller! That doesn’t work very well when you’re making something that actually has to fit a specific body. And if I wore some of the fabrics that I’ve put in a quilt, I think I would become a permanent fixture in a Fashion Faux Pas Hall of Shame.
In her quest to find out all of my deepest, darkest secrets, Carolyn has asked me to fess up about several things so here goes…
What is my biggest quilting disaster? It isn’t a question of whether I’ve had one, it’s which one would be considered the biggest. I’ve basted a quilt to the carpet… unintentionally, of course. I’ve been so busy sewing along that I’ve stitched, trimmed and pressed 100 “connector corners” on a rectangle going the wrong direction. I’ve sewn a pieced border on backwards. Three times. Same quilt. Same border. After the third time, it stayed that way. It was destiny.
My first quilt and my last quilt… I don’t have a picture of my latest quilt yet but here is a picture of my first quilt, it’s titled “Not Exactly”. In that, it isn’t exactly Amish even though it was inspired by the Amish quilts that were all the rage when I first started quilting.
And just so you know, this is the quilt I basted to the carpet.
This is Three Barns, which is the most recent quilt that’s been published. And since I’m sure you’re wondering… the answer is 600. As in, 600 half-triangle squares are in the quilt.
What is my favorite notion? A seam ripper. I admit it, I couldn’t live without it. It isn’t sexy or trendy or exciting, but it’s reliable, versatile, and I’ve never made a quilt without using one. A lot. It’s a lifesaver.
My favorite tool or gadget is the Fit to be Geese Ruler by Open Gate Quilts. It is far and away my favorite way to make flying geese.
My top 3 “can’t live without them” quilt books? Three? Just three? That is so not possible so I’m going to bend the rules/request here a little and give you at least three books in a couple of different “I just made this up” categories.
In the Reference/Knowledge Category ~ any book by Sally Collins, any book by Harriet Hargrave, any book by Linda Jenkins and Becky Goldsmith, the Piece O’Cake ladies, and any book by Jinny Beyer. If you want to know how to do something and do it right, a book by one of these ladies is the first place I go to find out.
In the “Eye Candy” Category ~ every book by Barb and Alma, Blackbird Designs, every book by Kim Diehl, every book by Kaffe Fasset, every book by Jo Morton and every one of the Material Obsession books by Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty.
In the “I just need to have this book” Category ~ Scrap Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett is one of my most recent couldn’t-live-without-it books. It’s terrific, and so are the quilts!
And that’s all the news there is right now… except that I finally got a block made and I’m going to be in Quiltmaker’s 2nd 100 Block Issue! And I’m sure there will be more after Spring Market next month. It is next month, isn’t it?
Next week? Are you sure about that?
Yikes! I’ve gotta go! Take care and have fun with the Small Quilts issue!
Leave a comment letting us know what your favorite book is in your own “made-up” category. We’ll pick a winner on Friday, May 14th for a copy of Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts.