Nancy Mahoney and I have been friends a long time. She is a brilliant designer, an author, fabric designer and super knowledgeable about quilting. If you need to figure out HOW to do something, Nancy can show you! I invited Nancy to be my featured guest all this year at my Radio show. Each month we pick a single topic and dive deep into it, I loved our chat on Pressing!
Picking ONE favorite out of the hundreds of quilts I've made is like picking a favorite grandchild. Each quilt is special. However, Pat asked me to pick just ONE quilt, so after mulling it over … which one should I pick ... I chose this quilt named Dot to Dot as my favorite for several reasons.
To start, I love creating quilts with circles, rings, and dots! I've made several different versions of this quilt and it looks equally fantastic in any fabric/color combination. I like that the layout in this version is a visual puzzle, but you can rotate the blocks to create a completely different look. And, I love teaching how to make this quilt (my next Dot to Dot class is at the Bluegrass Quilt Festival, Sept. 25-27 in Shepherdsville, KY).
I have asked a group of my very talented friends to share with me their 'current' favorite quilt in my 'Featured Friend' series of articles! As soon as I saw Carolyn's quilts I was intrigued and needed to see more. She put a lot of thought into her quilts and her fabric designs and I find that very inspirational. Carolyn's new book is a wonderful deep dive into how she works and has great tips for you, it is my current favorite read.. (See it HERE)
(credits to Alexis Wharem of Greenprint Photography).
The truth is that I do not really have a favorite quilt, because all of my quilts are special to me for different reasons. I chose this particular quilt--Stripes (link here)--because it was one of the patterns that I created with the launch of my first fabric line, Architextures. It had always been a dream to design fabric, and so the first time sewing with it was a completely surreal experience! It was beyond crazy to see my name on a selvage and to see my drawings on the fabric that I was running under the needle.
With all of my projects, I am curious to explore something, and with this particular quilt, it was a special interest in color that got me thinking. I was interested in creating a two-way color gradation, and so I spent quite a bit of time organizing my fabrics and colors so that they would be changing in a certain way. After getting the fabrics all stacked up and ready to go, I worked through the pile, anxiously awaiting the next color to pop up. I was eager to get all of the blocks completed and see if the design worked out as a whole the way that I'd envisioned it in my mind.
When I think about this project, that's what I think of--working with my fabric for the first time and being crazy curious about how my crazy color scheme would play out in real life.
I am SO happy to have my dear friend Ann Weber featured today! Ann and I have known each other since she took my workshop, sliced her finger and we enjoyed getting to know each other in the emergency room.. yes.. we are blood sisters! Ann is an incredible designer, I adore all her projects, her sense of color and her outlook on life. Ann is has a beautiful spirit and I'm so thrilled to call her a good friend all these year. Now she designs with her Sister Joanne Rowicki as the Gingham Girls and you see their quilts in many magazines, their patterns and books!
I‘m so happy to have been asked by my good friend Pat to share with you a little bit about myself along with my favorite quilt.
Like many quilter’s, I started sewing as a child. I loved making clothes for my dolls. I could spend hours creating all kinds of fashions for my dolls from scraps my mother and aunt would give me. As a teen I began to make clothes for myself. Sometimes they fit and sometimes they didn’t. Later after getting married, I began to sew for the home. Shortly before my daughter was born, I made my first quilt. A simple six block quilt that I hand tied. That was it, I was hooked!
Over the years I have purchased lots of patterns, shelves of books and of course tons of fabric! After many years of what I like to call the “learning years” I used my patterns and books to guide and teach me. Slowly, I began to break out and create my own designs. I have designed quilts since 2003 for McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts, Quiltmaker, American Patchwork & Quilting and Red Rooster Fabrics. I have also, published patterns with Pat Sloan & Co.
In 2006, my sister Joanne and I started our own company, Gingham Girls and began publishing our own quilting patterns. Over the past eight years, we have published 36 patterns and two books. To see our complete line of books and patterns visit our website at ginghamgirls.biz
Over the years, I have made many quilts, so selecting my favorite quilt to share with you has been harder than I thought it would be. I love each one of them! After much thought, it came down to my love of baskets and flowers and Sunny Days has both, making it my favorite quilt!
I had a lot of fun designing and making Sunny Days. I started with the baskets using four rounded edge wedge sections that were place on top of the basket base, creating the scallop edged basket. Then to give the basket handle added interest and texture, I tucked rick rack on the top side of the handle. I love rick rack!
Next, I added a trio of some sweet flowers to the basket. Originally, I planned to add flowers to all the baskets, but changed my mind after viewing it on the design wall. I liked the way the empty baskets gave a place for your eyes to rest and appreciate the basket itself. To complete the quilt top, I set the baskets blocks using a simple spaced sashing and had it quilted with an all over feather pattern.
Hope you enjoyed hearing about my favorite quilt! Ann Weber Gingham Girls
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