After reading your comments yesterday, I realized I have many more bucket list UFO´s then I thought....Double Wedding ring was started years ago, I have no idea where it is or how far I got! It was such fun to read how we all have some of the same bucket list quilts like Dear Jane, Lone star and more; the quilting world´s masterpieces that we all want to aspire to be able to conquer.
The winner of the Strip On book here on this blog was....
"I have a long written list and a few ideas bouncing around in my head--plus I get more ideas every time I visit a quilt shop or read a magazine or blog! So many ideas, so little time! I started accomplishing more by concentrating on a few projects at a time. Thanks for the chance to win!"
Thanks Verna and I hope you like the book, I will be in touch for your snail mail address. You do speak the truth sistah, concentrating on one thing at a time does make things easier....but easier said then done right?
Keep adding comments to the Quiltmaker Magazine blog Quilty Pleasures. We will draw those winners later.
Today's guest blogger is the fantastic Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. Now there is a woman I would go through lots of trouble to be able to hang out with for a while...and while hanging out, praying I would get some of her skills by just being there. I had seen her around Quilt Market for years before actually getting to know her better. That happened on our way home from Market in Pittsburgh one year when we actually were on the same flight to Chicago. Through Carries tricks and stunts, we ended up sitting together on the plane and gabbed the whole way to Chicago. I actually considered just flying to Arizona instead of Minnesota so we could talk some more!
The woman should be on stage doing stand up if it were not for her uber skills as a designer and author. Her introductory blog post about this Anniversary was hilarious. She threw in a bunch of Icelandic words that sometimes made sense....sometimes not! Google Translate must have been working overtime:) Brilliant. Or maybe it's Miss Rosie that has Icelandic as a second language....hmmmm.
But for reasons like this one above, we want her to keep producing mouth gaping, eye bulging, stunning quilts. And now you might understand why I want just a little bit of her skills and patience. I absolutely love her pineapple quilt which you can read more about on her blog. It just might have to go on that bucket list of mine that we talked about yesterday!
Carrie has some great things to give out today so make sure to hop on over to her blog and leave a comment.
The book has nine quilts that all have big blocks...duh! I love making big block quilts. Not only do they go together quicker it seems...you don't have to make as many blocks so it can be deceitful...but they also create such a striking look. This book has a little subtitle too. Many of the quilts have a bit of a Scandinavian flair to them. Terri talked about the Lopapeysa quilt (wool sweater) in her blog post, which I adapted from the Icelandic knitted sweaters with the patterned yokes. But there are more quilts in the book that are very obviously Scandinavian and then others that just have that vibe of Modern meets Traditional with sharp clean lines, which is the epitome of Scandinavian decorating.
Here are a couple of other of my favorites out of this book:
Obviously this photo did not make it into the book but my photgrapher Paula totally captured the "Make it Work" moment that happens multiple times during photo shoots. What she didn't catch was my assistant Yvonne holding the other end of the string to try and make it level and wait for the wind to die down long enough for the quilt to hang straight! Anyway, this is Charm Shuffle. I loved making these blocks because they are kind of like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. And I love jigsaw puzzles.
This is Carnival. I always wanted to make a black, grey and red quilt for my wall in the basement and so this one was kind of made specifically for that. I usually don't do that when I am working on a book. I just go with what I want to do at that moment, not neccesarily if it works in my house or not. But I loved just pulling my fat quarters and get to work. So, do you think it's hanging on that wall in my basement? No, of course not! I'll get to it one day:)
I will try anything to get out of having to make a quilt from the same design or pattern more than once. If I have to make multiple samples, believe me, I will get someone else to do it or do it with not so much joy. However, this particular quilt is the exception. It's called Teen Spirit. I have actually made three of them and am planning a fourth! How about that! It goes together so fast, uses up the fat quarters perfectly and its fun! Plus it appeals to so many people; teens, kids, men and women. And you can have so much fun with different fabrics.
So to win a copy of the book, simply tell me in the comments if you are the type that can make the same pattern over and over again, and if so which pattern it is. Or are you more like me, one and done and moving on:)