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Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting – Round Up

Just before I married my Sweetie, who was working in a rectory at the time with a couple of Priests and a Seminarian, we were around the kitchen table in between things and were having a conversation about something, and the Pastor said to us while shaking his head at my exuberant & joy filled reaction to something, “you are two of the simplest people I know.” There were moments along the way where I had that same reaction as the book went from concept to finished product. As you can imagine this involves people with skill I do not possess, who more often than not remain behind the scenes doing their work.

Work done well is artistry.

And so I’d like to introduce a few of them to you, and share a little bit of the person. And so without further
April Mostek Cover/Book Design:
Quilt, or other art that stopped you in your tracks and demanded your
It’s so hard to choose when I get to see so many beautiful works on a daily basis. I was able to see and appreciate some work that I had been completely unfamiliar with in a new book from Amanda Hass, “Creative Cosplay.” The creativity from concepting, to execution, to photography was just so inspiring.
Favorite craft. It varies. Top two are probably painting, and crochet.
Best meal ever. Anything I don’t have to cook (I despise cooking, but am generally easy to please when it comes to food)!

Katharine van Amburg Editor:
Quilt, or other art that stopped you in your tracks and demanded your attention.I recently moved to the Netherlands, so I have to say that the latest piece of art that demanded my attention was seen on a trip to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. I expected to spend the most time in front of the bright sunflowers or almond blossoms, but I found myself really drawn to a painting of a boat by the shore because the cool color scheme and moodiness felt so familiar. It wasn’t until I read the name (Beach at Scheveningen in Stormy Weather) that I realized this was the seaside near my new home in The Hague! On gray days, this part of the North Sea looks almost the same today as it did in Van Gogh’s painting.
Favorite craft. Embroidery. I like how each tiny stitch might seem inconsequential at first, but it makes up part of the whole picture. It helps me remember that any task in life can be done if you approach it one small step at a time.Garment design/sewing is a close second, but I’m not very good at it! I love the idea of being able to make something that’s a perfect fit—both physically and aesthetically. I’ve always been a thrifter, and now I’m trying to shop more and more at thrift stores to minimize my support of the fast fashion industry. My goal is to be able to tailor all of the wonderful garments I find!
Best meal ever. I’m a pizza connoisseur, but I’m also not very picky, so I love all kinds: Neapolitan, NY style, Chicago deep dish, and, of course, California style (it’s a thing, I promise). Pizza was one of the first meals I learned how to make as a kid, thanks to lessons from my grandparents. Their style of pizza with simple, fresh ingredients and homemade sauce is still probably my #1 comfort food to make.

Lynn Ford C&T Digital Marketing & PR Manager:
A quilt that stopped me in my tracks was Jungle Abstractions: The Lion by Violet Craft at QuiltCon in Pasadena (2016). (photo attached).
Favorite craft: Painting. Although I am excited to try my hand (pun intended) at embroidery.
Best meal ever: Sushi!

Helen Frost C&T Technical Editor:
Quilt, or other art that stopped you in your tracks and demanded your attention.
Making quilts satisfies all my creative urges – using color, exploring pattern, playing with fabric, producing things that are both decorative and useful. To be more specific, Lone Star quilts. I can never predict the final effect and so I am always excited to see what my choices of color and print have produced!
Favorite craft. Making pincushions! I make themed pincushions for the students in my classes which led to me teaching how to make pincushions. I’ve designed lots of patchwork ones but my favorites are animals: owls, mice, even hedgehogs.
Best meal ever. Fish tacos on the pier at Ocean Beach, San Diego, with my husband and our four kids when they were young.

Roxane Cerda C&T Acquisitions:
Quilt, or other art that stopped you in your tracks and demanded your
This is like being asked to pick your favorite cousin! I’ve seen so much amazing art that it is really hard to choose, but I can share a piece that really stopped me and made me think, it’s still not, 2019, by Chawne Kimber,
Favorite craft. This one is really tough too, because I love doing so many things. However, I think sewing currently tops the list.
Best meal ever. Another tough one and it’s also hard to answer, but my most memorable meal would be our wrap dinner from QuiltCon 2020. Great food and a surreal experience all rolled together. 

To say I appreciate their work is something of an understatement. And the work of those listed below, I appreciate their participation in helping me launch this book in a really tough moment. I will be drawing winners Friday morning. My Sweetie and I are going to a home inspection today. Yep. We closed on NY, and are in contract here. We saw a property on Saturday and Monday evening our realtor told us we got the house. Now begins the closing process.

7/28 Melissa Thompson Maher Generation Q Magazine
7/29 Susan Emory
7/30 Jenny K Lyon
7/31 Teri Lucas
8/1 Paula Reid
8/3 Teresa Coates
8/4 Scott Hansen
8/5 Linda Pearl

I want to thank everyone who has stopped by and commented, and purchased the book. Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting is available through your local quilt shop, Poppy Quilt N Sew or me.

Happy Stitching,


2 thoughts on “Color, Thread & Free-Motion Quilting – Round Up”

    1. Thanks Allison. One chapter has ended this week. And the next begins this week too. It’ll be a little bit yet before we’re in the new house but it’ll be worth it.

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