I asked a friend to pick a number between 1 & 68 (one comment on another post) to choose the winner of Christa’s book. Commenter #56 – Sarah J, congratulations! you are the winner of a copy of Machine Quilting with Style. I’ll email you shortly and we’ll work out the details.
The other night I was chatting with a friend about our personal tastes in fabric. We have some similar tastes and some different tastes. I’m totally in love with solids as they are, for this machine quilter, a blank canvas to stitch up something and let the thread do the work for me. I do have a personal preference at the moment, Michael Miller, because I love the hand (feel) of them. I will always love Kona. If I had a shop, I’d have them both in stock. Kona for the wide range of color and Cotton Couture for the hand of the fabric.
I’d also carry the entire SewBatik line of Batiks. Just because I love them and I love Diane and Bruce. They have such generous hearts. I’d carry everything Jinny Beyer, including the stuff to do good handwork. Following that up I’d carry everything Paula Nadelstern, because Paula. With both Jinny and Paula the combinations are limitless. The desire would be to have deconstructed blocks featuring these fabrics to show the possibilities and the simplicity. While both Paula’s and Jinny’s quilts look complicated, they are simply patchwork. And then I saw Sarah Vedeler’s first fabric line Transformation and I’m smitten! And after seeing an amazing Dear Jane quilt made by Christine Yi, that Bill Volkening posted, I think this would be my beginner class. This goes to the fact that I know quilters are smart, intelligent people and simply need to know that they can accomplish something that looks very complicated.
Of course I’d carry all of my friends books. That’s important, not simply because they’re my friends but because they have something to offer quilters from patchwork to quilting. Magazine wise…I’d have to have Generation Q – because well, Generation Q! I’d carry EQ, Kaleidoscope Creator, and other software. I love all of these thing as they add to the over all experience of the quilting experience for quilters. Graph paper, coloring books, color pencils, etc would be available for quilters to use to have a moment of creativity or figure out the design of their quilt or how to approach a quilt block piecing or color wise.
I’d want to have enough space for a classroom for at least 20 students. And yes I’d have BERNINA machines in there (if at all possible). Ideally the space would be available to the local guilds to come in for their charity work. There’s nothing quite like the hum of quilters spending time and stitching together. I’d find a fab teacher for kids because We Sew 2 projects are just awesome and passing on the skill and love of sewing and quilting is just the thing.
I do love quilterly dreams.