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A Tale of Two Quilters

Aug 31, 2012

by Linzee McCray

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The Internet and a love of scraps brought bloggers Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison together. Those same two things enabled and inspired them to co-write the book Sunday Morning Quilts; over the many months it took to complete the volume, they met face-to-face only once, and not until the book was well underway.

“It never felt funny to be in different locations,” says Amanda Jean. “That’s just how our relationship was.”

The women first “met” when they read one another’s blogs, left comments, and wrote emails — Amanda Jean blogs at Crazy Mom Quilts in Wisconsin, Cheryl at Dining Room Empire in Calgary, Alberta. In the process they shared thoughts on parenting young children and balancing family obligations with the yen to create.

“Eventually we decided to ‘take our relationship to the next level’ and talk on the phone” says Cheryl wryly. “It was a little nerve-wracking, but from the very first moment it felt comfortable. I laid across my bed like I was a teenager.”

Through their communiqués, they uncovered a mutual obsession with scrap quilting. Both women dislike wasting the inevitable bits and bobs that result from cutting and piecing a quilt.

Zachary Nyberg

Cheryl Arkison (left) and Amanda Jean Nyberg

“I love the frugal nature of quilting, of using it all,” says Amanda Jean. “It goes to the heart of traditional quilting, women making something beautiful and functional out of what they have. Being frugal is in my nature, and it’s also a creative challenge.”

Cheryl, who spent years in corporate and nonprofit positions working on climate change issues, says her interest in sustainability dovetails with her love of using scraps. “I couldn’t throw little pieces away because I couldn’t justify the waste,” she says. “Amanda Jean inspired me to think about more ways to use them.”

About six months after that first conversation, they started talking about working on a book together. The resulting volume, Sunday Morning Quilts, features patterns for cozy, modern scrap quilts. But the heart of the book lies in its subtitle: “Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics.” They offer multiple ideas for dealing with the inevitable snippets of fabric that result from quilt and sewing projects. Their organizational suggestions make it possible to actually use scraps, rather than being overwhelmed by a jumble of ragged strips.

“There’s so much potential in scraps,” says Amanda Jean. “We’re really passionate about getting people excited about them, rather than dreading them. You buy fabric because you love it, you pay $10 for a yard for it, and you should use it all.”

Cheryl Arkison

Using it all also makes a quilt personal. Cheryl notes it’s a point of pride that it’s impossible to take one of their patterns, walk into a fabric shop, and say “I want to make a quilt exactly like this.”

“The use of scraps and our slab technique means that no two quilts will be alike,” says Cheryl. “It’s about going forward and tackling your scraps so they’ll be your quilt, your way.”

In putting the book together, Cheryl and Amanda Jean each made some quilts their own way. “But it’s not like we retreated into our own bubbles,” says Cheryl. “There were some quilts each of us was passionate about, but on others there was lots of back and forthing.” Skype, email, and the occasional phone call provided the means to collaborate. When the projects and quilt samples were complete, the women finally met.

“We thought we’d get together to dot the i’s and cross the t’s on the manuscript,” says Cheryl. “We had a very intense week at Amanda Jean’s house.”

Though they’ve only met face-to-face one time since — at International Quilt Market last May where they pitched their book to shop owners — the relationship is still going strong.

“It’s a risk taking on a huge project that your heart and soul goes into,” says Amanda Jean. “It was easier to collaborate than I’d expected, and that was a fabulous surprise.”

“It worked well and we’re still friends, probably better friends now,” says Cheryl. “Every time we talk about quilts we get off on a tangent about kids or family or something and then ‘Oh, yeah, we need to talk about the book.’ It’s hard working with other people — sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. We worked.”

Amanda Jean and Cheryl are available to teach classes and share their quilts as a trunk show. For more information, visit Crazy Mom Quilts or Cheryl’s website. To download a short tutorial from Sunday Morning Quilts on how to knit a fabric mat, click here.

 

 

For more modern scrap projects, check out Sunday Morning Quilts: Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics available from Amazon or an independent bookstore near you.

 

 

 

 

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3 Featured Comments

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 4 years ago Featured

    I admire quilters so much. They put so much work, effort, and love into each quilt. I also can relate to 'using every scrap', That's the way I feel about every bead.

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 4 years ago Featured

    I love quilts! I love how each scrap can tell a different story. Quilts are such a personal and treasured item when made for a person. If someone were to make me a quilt or if I made one myself, I would treasure it for life!

  • MinaMinette

    Jan Penn from MinaMinette said 4 years ago Featured

    I made a quilt out of scrap fabrics several years ago. Many of the fabrics I had had for years. It's a very amateur job, as I tend to make it up as I go, but I love that I can remember when I first used each fabric and on what. I have a small collection of vintage quilts that I bought online. When I buy one, I know I am saving a piece of history, even though I don't know whose. Quilts speak to me on many levels, and I have great admiration for all quilters, present and past.

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  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    What a great story and beautiful quilt work! I would love to take a class and learn from them :)

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 4 years ago

    Lovely article :)

  • silviaberrios1

    Silvia Berrios from DesignsbySilvia said 4 years ago

    Your quilts are gorgeous!!! Congratulations on the post, it reads like a great quilt book. I make beautiful appliqued pillows, so I know first hand, the time, energy, and effort you put into making each one of them.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    How beautiful article !

  • Mikono

    Ling Abson from Mikono said 4 years ago

    Love this story! I would love to make a quilt for my daughter using fabrics from her old clothes that I cannot bear to give away. Have never done any sewing in my life but that's a goal I would love to achieve one day! ;)

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    Mary Robertson from MaggiesInn said 4 years ago

    A great story..... I so love quilts!

  • sermengtk

    STK from hollandvstk said 4 years ago

    Saw this book at a quilt shop recently and it definitely caught my eye! Thanks for the back story and now I am even more motivated to buy it!

  • creativelywestern

    Camille Ladner from CamiesWesternLine said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Thank you for bringing such a great story.

  • cscape

    Christina Grafe from cscape said 4 years ago

    Fun! I forwarded your stories and blogs to a friend who is a quilter.

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 4 years ago

    Frugality as a creative focus... imagine what other areas of our culture could be like if we "used every bit" to create useful and beautiful things that last a long time. Wonderful post, Linzee, and beautiful quilts.

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox said 4 years ago Featured

    I admire quilters so much. They put so much work, effort, and love into each quilt. I also can relate to 'using every scrap', That's the way I feel about every bead.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • thebibliophile

    thebibliophile from thebibliophile said 4 years ago

    My Mum is a quilter and I'm in awe of them all as a result, I can't never wrap my head around the geometry of a design let alone the application of colours and patterns! Bravo to all those who quilt!

  • btaylorquilts

    Briana Taylor from btaylorquilts said 4 years ago

    I have your book!! LOVE!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago

    I love the concept of this book and the idea to get back to quilting's frugal, practical origins while still creating one-of-a-kind treasures.

  • DressyDollsCompany

    Leila from DressyDollsCompany said 4 years ago

    I love scraps too! I'll be looking for your book.

  • wheatleypaperworks

    M Wheatley from wheatleypaperworks said 4 years ago

    My mom-in-law is an accomplished quilter having raised two sons on the proceeds of her art. My home is adorned with her gorgeous handiwork. If you've ever doubted that quilting is an art form go to a textiles museum, (they exist! I've been!) and drink in the culture. You can't get much more grass roots then quilting...Great post.

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 4 years ago

    Great Story! I admire you both for creating such beautiful pieces using materials that other people would have thrown away.

  • WinsomeGreen

    Christa from WinsomeGreen said 4 years ago

    Oh my gosh... I have such a love affair with quilts. Thanks for sharing this friendship & quilting tale. :)

  • ArigigiArt

    Gina from ArigigiArt said 4 years ago

    I love quilts! Great story and great work! Congratulations!

  • picklehead

    Karina Pryor from picklehead said 4 years ago

    Great story! As a fabric addict myself I can definitely understand the need to use up all the beautiful scraps :) it feels so wrong throwing them away! I never pictured myself as a quilter until I made one for my son 2 years ago and I just couldn't stop! I look forward to checking out your book and congratulations to you both! :)

  • amberjake

    Amber Rohrer from FiveDogVintage said 4 years ago

    i have recently been researching quilts because i am wanting to make one. great story! great work!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Great article, Linzee! Looks like a wonderful book.

  • ArigigiArt

    Gina from ArigigiArt said 4 years ago

    forgot to say that have prepared fabric and old blanket( I use old blanket for base) only what I need is time maybe I have to shut down my PC :))

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 4 years ago

    Great info. I'm a beginning quilter, so I'm putting this on my book list.

  • andrewkonkle

    Andrew Konkle from Theteepeeguy said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work ladies. I aspire to be able to quilt in your league. One thing we all should get from this article is you can use it all. Every last little bit.

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful idea to meet across cities and work on a book together. And, yes I agree if you already bought the yard of fabric, then by all means use it all! A surprise block in a quilt is always so special.

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 4 years ago

    What beautiful quilts. I love all the colors! :)

  • nadene

    Even Howard from nadene said 4 years ago

    very inspiring! i love the finished works and how they came about~

  • JAQSFabrics

    Q from JAQSFabrics said 4 years ago

    Awesome story and beautiful quilts :). Thank you so much for sharing.

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 4 years ago

    How inspiring!

  • ChristineShmistine

    Christine from FineArtWithaTwist said 4 years ago

    pretty quilts, but that little girl steals the show... how precious!

  • chuchucrafts

    chuchucrafts from ChuChuLondon said 4 years ago

    One of my first attempts at quilting was down to Amanda's blog...thank you Amanda and many many congratulations on your book!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    Coming soon, a quilted dress!

  • muffintopdesigns

    cy and d from TheLovelySmith said 4 years ago

    i am so envious of quilters... and especially these two for using up every single scrap! kudos to you both for your long distance collaboration and for your beautiful designs! xoxo

  • montanagirl

    Carmen from MontanaGirl said 4 years ago

    Great story! If I ever learn to sew it will so I can make quilts.

  • thenakedbird

    Brooke Griffin from GideonAndBrisby said 4 years ago

    oh this is so great! i've always wanted to make a quilt from special scraps of fabric but it will have to be a long term goal. quilting is such and art. how special that you two formed a friendship over it!

  • tripathismriti

    Smriti from DesiFabrics said 4 years ago

    Wow!!! So pretty. I love all items in BlueElephantStitch shop... xoxo Such a nice story.

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article! Really enjoyed it! :)

  • NickyBeeShop

    NickyBeeShop from NickyBeeShop said 4 years ago

    Amazing and inspiring story ! Congratulations to you both :-)

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry from jammerjewelry said 4 years ago

    wonderful article thanks for sharing.

  • slacey152

    Stacy from HappiestCrafts said 4 years ago

    Just makes me want to go wrap up in a quilt! What a nice story, way to go ladies!!

  • artwink

    Paula from artwinkjewelry said 4 years ago

    Great story, reminds me of Mason Dixon knitters. These lovely ladies make beautiful quilts from lots of little scraps. True quilting, I just love that concept!

  • JulieMeyer

    Julie Meyer from JulieMeyer said 4 years ago

    This makes me want to stitch up some things from my always growing scrap bins. Lovely!

  • GleanTada

    Whitney Tewahade from GleanTada said 4 years ago

    That is a wonderful article. As a quilt shop owner I will definintely check their book out and as a long time quilter I will devour it! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 4 years ago Featured

    I love quilts! I love how each scrap can tell a different story. Quilts are such a personal and treasured item when made for a person. If someone were to make me a quilt or if I made one myself, I would treasure it for life!

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 4 years ago

    Great story by the way, I love how they bonded by doing quilts.

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 4 years ago

    Great story, Inspires me to go through my Scrap baskets and see what beauty I can sew up

  • dollydollyfashions

    PB from dollydollyfashions said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article! My very first quilt was a lap quilt made from fabric scraps- from my daughter's clothes and bedroom curtains (which were changed to blinds when she was a teen). I still have that quilt :) I learned to quilt from a book... now I want another book!

  • PaleMoonDarkNight

    Rachel Bradley from PaleMoonDarkNight said 4 years ago

    I love quilting and that looks like a great book! Thanks for sharing :)

  • mrskg

    mrskg said 4 years ago

    What a great article! I will definitely look for the book as I have TONS of scraps and am always interested in new ways to use them in my quilts. Thank you!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 4 years ago

    thanks for sharing the story of how you two met. what a great story.

  • HazelnutDesigns

    Cristin Wilson from PearTreeStitching said 4 years ago

    Love these two girls (as they're cyber-acquaintances of mine too :-) and the book is on my Amazon list! Crazy Mom Quilts is one of the reasons I started to love quilting too... and I do keep all my scraps ;-) but need to use even the smallest pieces - almost time for a confetti quilt!

  • CozyMoments

    Michelle from CozyMomentsLLC said 4 years ago

    Your quilts are lovely and I enjoyed reading your story, congrats! :-)

  • Untimed

    Molly Tomecek from Untimed said 4 years ago

    You go girls! What a great story! And what amazing quilts. Match made in heaven :)

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 4 years ago

    Great article! I have the book and I love it!! I have tons of scraps to use!!!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from bedouin said 4 years ago

    Great reading and so inspiring. I too adore fabric !!!

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop said 4 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • MinaMinette

    Jan Penn from MinaMinette said 4 years ago Featured

    I made a quilt out of scrap fabrics several years ago. Many of the fabrics I had had for years. It's a very amateur job, as I tend to make it up as I go, but I love that I can remember when I first used each fabric and on what. I have a small collection of vintage quilts that I bought online. When I buy one, I know I am saving a piece of history, even though I don't know whose. Quilts speak to me on many levels, and I have great admiration for all quilters, present and past.

  • alwaysursblankets

    christina kowalis from alwaysursblankets said 4 years ago

    amazing story congrats! and i love ur quilts

  • TNHeritage

    Tennessee Craft Company from TNCraftCompany said 4 years ago

    I can't wait to get my copy of this book? I have read Crazy Mom Quilts blog and I just love being able to use all those leftover pieces that I just can't throw out. I love making quilts so I am glad to see this article! Congrats!

  • SewRaggedyAnn

    Ann Sprague said 4 years ago

    I would love to know how they came up with the title for their book :)

  • padmasari

    Padmasari from PadmasariJewelry said 4 years ago

    wonderful story. thank you for sharing.

  • finefettle1

    Fine Fettle from Finefettleshop said 4 years ago

    what a great book. I still have my grans patchwork quilt, I love it, more so as my gran made it, years and years ago.

  • KatieClairesCottage

    Karen from KatieClairesCottage said 4 years ago

    Thank you for this article! I've been wanting this book for a while :) It is heart-warming to think that these two creative women met over their blogs and ended up with this gorgeous collaboration project - lovely!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    beautifully heart-warming :)

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    I admire quilters!! Great story !

  • ponderosaquilter

    ponderosaquilter from ponderosaquilter said 4 years ago

    Scrappy quilts are the best. I love using up every last bit, but I do draw the line at one inch square.

  • kimberleeannkreation

    Kim Brooks from kimberleeannJewelry said 4 years ago

    Quilting is my passion and I love how these two women, living miles apart, took their passions and created what appears to be an awesome book! Will be adding that book title to my Christmas list!

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    I hate throwing scraps away, but often find myself at a loss in using them all-thanks for the great post, and it was so fun to read about your friendship!!

  • GabbysQuiltSupplies

    Ruth Schleich from GabbysQuiltsNSupply said 4 years ago

    I too hate throwing scraps away, but trying to keep them organized and use them can sometimes be a challenge. I am definitely going to look into this book so I can start using some of them. Thank you for the great post :)

  • TakeYourCanvasBags

    Sam Steampunk from TakeYourCanvasBags said 4 years ago

    I saw this book at the Festival of Quilts (Birmingham, UK) a couple of weeks ago and wish I'd bought it now! Definitely adding to my Amazon WishList. Thanks for the great article Linzee :D

  • collectiblesatoz

    collectiblesatoz from collectiblesatoz said 4 years ago

    Great story.........and so me. Not a quilter but cannot throw away any kind of scrap. I think it is awful to waste anything! Best of luck with your book.

  • LoveButtons

    Julia K Walton from FireHorseVintageHQ said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your book - that is going on my wishlist straight away. I love using up scraps of fabric in my projects :)

  • TheSteelFork

    Kate Gatski from ShopGatski said 4 years ago

    beautiful story! congratulations on your book project- it sounds like a collaboration that was meant to be! thanks for sharing

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade said 4 years ago

    Oh, my goodness! What a super lovely story! Thanks so much for sharing! Nothing better than a handmade quilt to wrap yourself up in! All the best with your book!

  • sewkindness

    Nancy from sewkindness said 4 years ago

    Enjoyed reading your story, and congrats to you . . . I am a quilter, and I can honestly say, nothing like it. . . There is nothing like a quilt, a quilt is not only warmth to your body, but spreads love to you soul!

  • BirdiesCozyNest

    Becky from BirdiesCozyNest said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful way to begin a friendship. I hope your book is just the start of growing amazing businesses and blooming/booming creativity!

  • SPAULEY

    Susan Pauley from SPAULEY said 4 years ago

    My friend, Jenean, a quilter, gives me her scraps of fabric and thread. I card and spin them when I make yarn.

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry said 4 years ago

    Such amazing work - beautiful!

  • sewandpray

    Nadine from SewAndPray said 4 years ago

    I found crazy mom quilts a while ago, love seeing what she does. I started quilting 15 years ago, but don't sell them. They take so long to make, especially hand quilting, that a very rich person would have to find me! :) Wonderful inspiration in the pictures!

  • babyjives

    Jahje Ives from BabyJivesCo said 4 years ago

    I love that they took all those bits that we fabric folks stuff intod rawers and made beautiful quilts from them. Many of my mobiles have components that were derived from the bits between the patterns because I also can't stand to waste any of that beautiful fabric.

  • AliceAndFlorence

    Wendy Melling from AliceAndFlorence said 4 years ago

    I am going to be in the process soon of relocating all of my fabric, I have several boxes full of scraps that I want to sort out. So this article has given me inspiration! Good luck on any future collaborations!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 4 years ago

    Great article and beautiful quilts!

  • HuellaHuella

    Fabiola Friedman from HuellaHuella said 4 years ago

    Beautiful in every way! :)

  • thebutterflyquilter

    Patricia Caldwell from thebutterflyquilter said 4 years ago

    Great article and beautiful quilts!

  • kellydesigns

    Kelly Hendershot from kellydesigns said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story! Thank you!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Fantastic article! Congrats!

  • Fashionitsa

    Maria from Fashionitsa said 4 years ago

    Beautiful and refreshing quilts. Great job!

  • SuzisPillowStudio

    Suzi from ThePillowStudioShop said 4 years ago

    I love her the back stories of how people got to where they are... this is a great one. I will be looking for the book as I have LOTS of scrap pieces of fabric and no idea what to do with them- until now!

  • LilBeeDesigns

    Lillian Bolster from LilBeeDesigns said 4 years ago

    What a great story! I love that they met through their seperate blogs and then became friends. The internet can be a bit isolating. I love the idea using up the scraps and left over bit, to use what you have to create something beautiful and usefull.

  • sunkissedsisters

    Graebelle Campbell from SunKissedSisters said 4 years ago

    We collect vintage quilts and are always amazed at the wonderful craftsmanship that goes into them. The stories they could probably tell. This was a wonderful post to read. Congratulations ladies!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    I have and use several quilts my grandmothers made. There is nothing more comfortable, winter or summer than to sleep covered with a quilt!!

  • kikiparis

    Dominique Adeli from KidzCreationz said 4 years ago

    Never knew why quilts cost so much until I tried making one! They are worth $$$$$$$$$$$$ for the labor alone plus the materials. Thx for such an interesting article.

  • nebosoapco

    Tiffany T. from NeboSoapCo said 4 years ago

    Great article! I adore quilters. Because of them I have several quilts for colder months I can snuggle up in.

  • CoreandMantle

    Alayna from CoreandMantle said 4 years ago

    I completely agree with the comment above, about not understanding why quilts were so expensive until I witnessed my mom making one when I was younger...ridiculous amounts of time & love go into their production. I will definitely attempt to make one in the future when my sewing skills have improved. Lovely, thanks for sharing!

  • HandiworkinGirls

    HandiworkinGirls from HandiworkinGirls said 4 years ago

    These are such lovely quilts! We also save all our scraps for scrap quilts - even denim. I *know* we're going to have to read Sunday Morning Quilts. Thanks for sharing!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 4 years ago

    I've always wanted to learn how to quilt. It's a talent that I admire and your quilts are just wonderful! ♥♥♥

  • TheFabricVineyard

    Lesley from TheFabricVineyard said 4 years ago

    Great story. I love to read what other quilters are doing.

  • EmSewCrazy

    Emily from EmSewCrazy said 4 years ago

    Sounds interesting! Their tips for organizing fabric sound like a must read. I am inspired to get to work on my scrap wedding ring quilt I have planned.

  • brezomayo

    Heather from Brezomayo said 4 years ago

    gorgeous quilts!

  • chefgirl

    chefgirl said 4 years ago

    A wonderful profile on this book. Cheryl will be taking part in my library's book festival later this month, and I can't wait to meet her and see her quilts. It'll be a great chance to learn some new tricks and tips.

  • elleestpetite

    Donna Thai from PetiteCuisine said 4 years ago

    I love quilts. And I like the idea that no scraps get left behind.

  • tomsgrossmami

    Tom's Grossmami from tomsgrossmami said 4 years ago

    Great story. Lovely quilts. Well done.

  • ElChocolatin

    Elena Petryanina from ElChocolatin said 4 years ago

    very cozy and wonderful creations!

  • Whimbrella

    Robin from Whimbrella said 4 years ago

    It's a lovely story with nice photos, but I'm curious about the connection to etsy. We have literally hundreds of quilters right here at etsy. Many are world class and world reknown. Just in Team Quiltsy, we have etsy sellers who have published books and teach on the worldwide quilt "circuit", many who are published quilt designers and more than you would think who have their work regularly featured at the world's top quilting festivals. It would be awesome to see more stories featuring our hard working etsy quilters.

  • ginnyg1

    Ginny G said 4 years ago

    What a surprise to see your note on the fabulous quilting book! The story continues with C&T Publishing. They are a wonderful group of people who had my daughter pose for the book. She is the cover girl! They were so kind, caring, and funny. My daughter had never been to a photo shoot before. The quilts were so beautiful it was easy for her to be surrounded by them! So many quilt ideas in this book I would definitely recommend it - even if I wasn't biased. :D

  • Darling54

    Christine from Jovindale said 4 years ago

    This sounds like a wonderful adventure for these two ladies. Quilting is magical! I have two quilts that I treasure, one my grandmother made me full of pansies, with blocks that she embrodiered and another that I got on my wedding day from all the women in my family, aunts, sisters, mother, grandmother, cousins-in-law everyone made a block, then my great aunt and aunt did the quilting on it. The theme was hearts and the creativity that went into it is amazing. It has become a tradition in my family that when a woman gets married all the other ladies in the family put together the wedding quilt. I recently sent my block to my aunt for my cousins wedding, her theme is bunnies. My aunt has scraps that she saves up in a theme colour (mine was blue and gold, Meg's is green, pink and purple) and we all build our blocks. I find there is a sense of connection with my family when we are all working on these quilts, even though we all live far apart. We call each other up or send messages asking what the other's blocks look like. It is so special to make and then to recieve one of these treasures!

  • SwankyTexasVintage

    susan nichols from SwankyTexasVintage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring read about following your passion! Thanks!

  • annbmay

    Ann Baldwin May from annbmayartquilts said 4 years ago

    I also use small pieces of fabric to make my art quilts. I have just recently decided to avoid using the word, scraps. Although I realize that it is used lovingly throughout the quilting world, there is still that other connotation that others have. When my aunt couldn't think of the word scraps, she substituted rags for the word. Just my latest thoughts.

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