The Two-Legged Half

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.

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I asked Carrie to share some of her secrets with us. You can also follow Carrie’s activities on her blog.

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Carrie and Rosie

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.

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Not Exactly

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.

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Three Barns

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.

About Carolyn

I'm the Content Director for Quiltmaker magazine. I'm married with three grown sons and one adorable grandson.I've been quilting for over 30 years. I'm an avid quilter, but I also enjoy photography, scrapbooking, knitting, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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  2. Louise Murphy says:

    My favorites include most of the ones that Carrie has already mentioned , although I would add hers to the list..I enjoy her patterns any day of the week. Love Blackbird Designs new one with recipes to boot..

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  4. Brenda says:

    I have all of the basic references (and more). But my real fondness is for books that are not considered quilting books. For example, “Tilings and Patterns” by Branko Grunbaum and G.C. Shephard. This is a 700 page math book, but if you skip over the calculus and other formulas and just look at the illustrations, you’ll have more inspiration that you can use in a lifetime! I don’t own this one; it’s out of print, but used copies are still $40-50 and up. Another favorite (also mathematics) is “Symmetry in Chaos: A Search for Pattern in Mathematics, Art and Nature,” by Michael Field and Martin Golubitsky. Much easier to understand, but still has those formulas to skip over. The pictures are gorgeous!!!

    I got interested in Symmetry beyond the simple mirror image through working with Ruth McDowell. Her first (?) book has quilts that are made usinig the 17 different symmetries defined by crystallographers. She has since moved in the direction of making landscape/pictorial/quilts, and her use of fabrics is amazing! Her books on piecing and on design are great references — one point she makes about designing your quilts in her piecing books is that you should try not to have two seams meet so that you have to be concerned about matching. She really focuses on designing your own quilts, but she does have patterns that illustrate her points. For example, she will include three different patterns of the same subject (e.g., a flower), one very simple, one moderately challenging, and one very challenging. You choose and design according to your abilities and the look that you want. I’m a real Ruth fan, so, I have to own every Ruth book that comes out!!

    I’m a book-aholic. I think I have more quilting books that the Lincoln public library! I’m moving away from “pattern” books to theory and inspiration books (e.g., Joen Wolfram’s books on color).

    Enough!! I could go on forever on the subject of books!

    Thanks for your patience if you got through this comment .

  5. Jean says:

    My favorite book right now is Beautiful Bargello, as I am slowly working on one! Thanks for the chance to win…I have been a quiltmaker subscriber for years, and love everything in this magazine, so I know the new one will be great too!

  6. Lisa England says:

    My favorites are any and all books by Margaret Miller. So creative!

  7. Deb G. says:

    I have several designers I love … Jinny Beyer, Carol Doak, Judy Martin, Heather Mulder Peterson, Terry Atkinson … the list is endless! I think the book I use the most is Happy Endings by Mimi Dietrich.

  8. Kristi says:

    My latest book purchase was Scrap Basket Surprises so that is my current favorite quilt book. Using up some of my stash is on my “bucket list!”

  9. Melody says:

    I love so many of the same designers as Carrie. I am also loving Kansas Trouble books and Tilda books.

  10. Karen McMahon says:

    I love my Littles Quilts books and my Thimbleberries. Those are the ones that inspired me to start quilting.

  11. Louise Murphy says:

    I love Scrap Basket Surprises and also the new Schnibbles Times Two by Miss Rosie. With Schnibbles Times Two I love that I am getting each pattern in two sizes and also Carrie’s little “anecdotes” and tidbits of wisdom.

  12. Kathy Hogard says:

    My favorite quilt books are any by Gwen Marston, Carrie Nelson (Miss Rosie), Blackbird Designs and Maggie Bonanomi. I’m currently making “Short Story” from “Schnibbles times two” by Carrie. I think another reason, that I really like these books, is that the authors are some of the neatest women I’ve ever met!

  13. Leslie Schmidt says:

    My favorite book in the category of “I wish I had the nerve to use those colors” is “Color Shuffle” by Karla Alexander. “Electric Fence” and “Plaid Passion” just knock my socks off!

  14. My favorite book is “Scrap Basket Surprises” in Use Up the Stash category.

  15. Mary says:

    My favorite quilting storybook is The Quiltmaker’s Gift. It has a wonderful story and the illustrations are beautiful. As far as pattern books, I have so many favorites I just can’t pick one!

  16. Kathi B says:

    By far and away, Pieced Borders, the Complete Resource by Judy Martin and Marsha McCloskey is my favorite. It’s the only place I’m sure I can find just what mattress measurements are, and it’s packed with border ideas. And they made the spine orange so it’s easy to find on my bookshelf!

  17. Avon Bingham says:

    That is a really difficult question. It depends on what I am working on or looking to do. Right now I am favoring leaders and enders as I want to get more done. At the same time I am loving William Morris in Applique – I am sure it will be something else next month as I am interested in starting a Baltimore Album quilt and finishing a My Sally Collins Minature.

  18. Linda P. says:

    I love Kim Dielhl’s books and ALL the Blackbird books. Oh, this is soooo hard – I love all of Anka’s Treasures also! Schnibbles Times Two is my newest love, however, I have most of the patterns all ready. Enjoyed the interview with Carrie, and just got my issue of Small Quilts!

  19. Suzie Hockett says:

    My Favorite book at the moment would be Leaders and Enders by Bonnie Hunter.

  20. Carol says:

    Lots of favourites – both of Gwen Marston”s and Freddy Moran’s, Judy Hopkin’s books, Marsha McCloskey’s, Kim Diehl’s, Kaffe Fassett’s, Bonnie Hunter’s, and also Carrie’s books. There are others, but those are a good start.

  21. Mary Kastner says:

    I love my new Scrap Book Surprises book. It’s not noon here (in California). Hope I made the deadline!

  22. Maria says:

    I love all the Anka’s Treasures books by Heather Mulder Peterson. The most recent ones use lots of pre-cuts, so you can have a fabulous quilt in a short amount of time!

  23. Nancy E says:

    Enjoyed your interview with Carrie! My favorite book right now is Farmer’s Wife Sampler, but I haven’t gotten Carrie’s new books yet.

  24. Chris says:

    This will sound like I’m sucking up, but I love all of Miss Rosies quilts especially for color combo inspiration.

  25. Amy Roth says:

    Love anything by Nancy Halvorsen and I find them hard to resist! In the “next on my list to buy” category is Pat Speth’s soon to be released book on borders. She presented at our guild and her knack with charm squares is inspiring!

  26. Judy says:

    I really enjoy the schnibble patterns. And I look forward to the Schnibbles Times Two because I love how they go together and the ease of getting them done.

  27. Sue says:

    Favorite? I have to pick a favorite? Well….all of Kathy Tracy’s books, and all of Little Quilts’ books, and Bits & Pieces.

  28. Susan Bailey says:

    My favorite book right now has to be Schnibbles Times Two. I’ve made a large and small quilt from the book. Carrie’s measurements etc. for the quilts just make them come out perfectly.

  29. Cynthia says:

    My most favorite book? Right now, anything by Miss Rosie’s Quilt company and by Blackbird Designs. :-)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Windy Meadow

  30. bingobonnie says:

    I’d have to say my most favorite recent book is by Judy Laquidara of called “Weekend Quilts” where she breaks down assignment into one hour steps… Brilliant!

    Congrats in being included in the Little Quilts special magazine – can’t wait to find it at the store.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

  31. Louise says:

    I like all three Kathleen Tracy doll quilt books and any books on using fabrics from your stash.

  32. Cathy says:

    If you look on my bookshelf, you would know that my favorite books are by Sally Collins. They are the most used of the many wonderful books in my collection. And I do love books.

  33. Carol Sc says:

    Just like fabric, I’ve rarely met a book I didn’t like! Right now, my favorite is Bonnie Hunter’s Leaders and Enders. Like Carrie Nelson, she makes scrappy quilts — and I love all of Carrie’s books, too!

  34. KatieQ says:

    My new favorite book is Snibbles times two. I bought it while on vacation last week and savored every page as we drove around Cape Cod. I haven’t made a quilt from it yet, but I have continued to paw it now that I am home. I also love Quick and easy Scrap Quilts, edited by Patricia Wilens as a “go to” for inspiration. After 14 years, Nancy Smith and Linda Mulligan’s, P.S I Love You Two! still has a place in my heart. Of course I love anything by Harriet Hargrave. Terry Atkinson’s quilts always make me smile because the directions are clear and easy to follow.

  35. Deb says:

    My latest favorite is a book my daughter gave me by Pam & Nicky Lintott titled Layer Cake, Jelly Roll, and Charm Quilts. I’ve had a wonderful time going through it deciding just which pattern to do next, and I think it may be “Jitterbug” which I fell in love with on the front cover!

  36. Helen says:

    My favorite notion is a seam ripper too and I use it a lot. I learned a handy trick for removing seams in my second beginner quilt class (don’t ask) from Sandy Bonsib. One of my favorite books is her Folk Art Quilts–it’s full of charming quilts.

  37. Dee Johnson says:

    Love the Piece of Cake Girls, love anything Jinny Beyer – tough question – can a girl have to many books?????

  38. Sandy says:

    My favorite is always the latest book I bought. It takes forever to get it on the shelf because I spend hours and days looking at it and babying it. My current favorite book is Schnibbles Times Two!

  39. Miriam says:

    My favourite book… newest book…..for Mother’s Day my DD gave me Quilts 1700 – 2010 Hidden Histories, Untold Stories.
    A book full of inspiration!!

  40. Penny says:

    My favourite book at the moment is “501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks” by Judy Hopkins. I am enlarging a lap quilt to queen size but am distracted with analizing blocks. Next favourite will be “Spice of Life Quilts” when it arrives!

  41. Andee in aZ says:

    My current favorite book is Schnibbles Times Two!

  42. annie says:

    I love Infinite Feathers Quilting Designs by Anita Shakleford

  43. The newest book that I am loving is “Machine Applique”, by Sue Nickels. I do a lot of hand sewing and want to learn how to use my machine more for art quilting.


  44. Audrey says:

    Any book by Carol Doak is a must.

  45. Sandi S says:

    I love your patterns and I will look for the new magazine. I always enjoy my e-mails and really like the ones from Rosie. Sandi

  46. Annette says:

    Remembering Adelia by Kathleen Tracy and Little Bits of Whimsy by Kathleen R. Brooks are my favorites right now. But, like you, its too hard to stop there…Kim Diehl, Lori Smith, Kim Brackett and on and on…

  47. Judy A Gifford says:

    oh wow, how do you pick just one…………………. I guess I can’t……… paperpieced, mini’s, traditional, king size, wallhanging , long arm, short arm, I love them all!!

  48. Betty says:

    Oh! I have so many! I love the Linda Jenkins and Becky Goldsmith books of Piece O’Cake Designs and Kim Diehl books and as I look over my books, I’m seeing lots of piecework and applique patterns. I’m a pushover for miniature quilts and wallhangings, too.

  49. duff says:

    Best book in the “I’m feelin’ funky and need a creativity infusion” category:
    Freddy & Gwen Collaborate Again: Freewheeling Twists on Traditional Quilt Designs
    I just sit in amazement at some of the color combos these ladies use! I’m still loving traditional blocks so this book allows me to, well, color outside the lines a little when I need a boost!!

  50. Norma says:

    I agree! I love harriet hargrave’s books! so informational and loads of pictures!

  51. Sandy Allen says:

    Best can’t live without it/inspiration book is Quilting makes the quilt by Lee Cleland. Even though it is for long arm quilting, I have found it a great resource for hand quilting, too!

  52. Barbara says:

    I like to transpose whatever book I’m currently “into” into a quilt design based on the subject. Currently I’m reading a monograph about the “Scotch-Irish” so the design so far is greens, blues, Irish Chain, and thistles.

  53. Ruth B says:

    Best book of the day: Old Rogaland Rosemaling by Trudy Sondrol Wasson – a dear friend who passed away at Christmastime. I just bought her book on ebay and it arrived in the mail today! I hope to use her rosemaling designs for applique.

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  55. Nathalie says:

    The “let me be me” quilt book catagory goes to: Gwen Marston’s Liberated quilting I & II! The first gave me permission to explore my skills and ideas about quilting and the second just confirms it!

  56. One of my favorite books is Best of Black Mountain Quilts. I also have several projects planned from 40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts. I’m searching the bookstores and grocery stores hoping to purchase a copy of Quiltmaker Small Quilts.

  57. Lisa says:

    Carrie is such a crack up! I have her new book and it is awesome!
    Great interview! ☺

  58. Newest Favorite book~ Schnibbles Times Two~ I love all the quilts in it! :-) Great interview!

  59. Sarah Stevens says:

    My favorite book … depends on what I am currently working on. For instance, I just took a class with Marsha McCloskey on Feathered Stars, so this week it is one of her books. Joen Wolfrom is a great go-to when I want to figure out the best arrangement for color. Karen Combs is a master at illusions. Guess I’m all ready for some small and precise piecing – bring on the Quiltmaker’s Small Quilt magazine! Sarah

  60. Jocelyn says:

    40 Fabulous Quick Cut Quilts would probably be my first choice, with Scrap Baskets Surprise running a very close second. Thanks for sharing Carrie with us. I love her quilts too. You see I am a Schnibbler :-)

  61. Karen says:

    Favorite Quilts From Anka’s Treasures by Heather Mulder Peterson. Can’t wait for the Quiltmaker’s Small Quilts magazine!

  62. SewLindaAnn says:

    Category: Book with the most food stains on the pages “William Morris in Applique”

  63. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    Really good interview! Favorite book in “Books I Haven’t Bought Yet But Am Going to This Week” is, like Sherri, the Schnibbles Times Two book. I need ideas for the pre-cuts I have been collecting!

  64. Bonnie says:

    twin peaks is the book I am into right now, I also have just made a quilt from the watercolor quilts book.

  65. Sherri says:

    Loved this interview with Carrie! I love all the books mentioned…and also love my new Schnibbles Times Two book…it’s great to have a book with each project in two sizes!

  66. Nancy says:

    Best book I am using right now-Civil War Love Letters by Rosemary Youngs. Am on chapter 4 and loving it…

  67. I think that the Scrap Basket Surprises book is my favorite right now, too!! Great patterns in there!!

  68. Sequana says:

    Best Book to Have Next to me while I Machine Quilt: A Fine Line by Melody Crust and Heather Waldron Tewell.

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