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Featured Seller: CarsonToo

May 4, 2011

by CarsonToo

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Tell us about yourself.
My name is Carson Converse. I’m from a small town in western Massachusetts but I’m currently living in Westchester County, New York. I studied sculpture and art history at Boston University, then, after serving coffee and schlepping furniture, I headed back to school for a masters in interior design from the New England School of Art and Design. I work full time as an interior designer and feel incredibly lucky because I am working on amazing projects with some wonderful and talented people. Even though I love architecture and interior design, I go crazy if I am not creating things with my hands.

Apart from creating, what do you do?
Eat, sleep, try to squeeze in a run. I could use more hours in a day.

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
Maybe At Least We’ll Be Warm, which was my husband’s response when I switched my concentration from a fruitless job search to quilting. Worst case scenario, I would still have something tangible to show for my effort. I’m not afraid to take a risk if it involves doing something that I am passionate about. If you keep going it will eventually work itself out.

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Where does your inspiration come from?
I’m always looking for ideas. I’m particularly drawn to fine art and architecture. Taking a road trip or seeing what other designers are doing is always inspiring. I also look at a lot of antique quilts, especially Amish quilts for ideas. I love tradition, and I often use very common quilt designs which have been made for years. I’ve always liked the cropped close up images better than the entire quilts, so I started playing with the scale and cropping to make them more modern.

What does handmade mean to you?
When something is handmade, the process and the craftsperson’s story becomes very important. For me this adds richness to an object in the same way that the history of an antique can add to its value.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
At the moment, it would be my husband, who was willing to live on a little less to give me time to create. I’m also really grateful to have had some really amazing professors who helped me learn to step back and critique my own work.

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When did you know you were an artist/maker?
There was no aha moment. I was lucky enough to grow up in an environment surrounded by artists and craftspeople, so I was exposed to the creative process my whole life.

How would you describe your creative process?
Inspiration, beating my head against a wall, hopefully success. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I drive myself crazy trying to get just the right outcome. Behind each successful design are several not so good ones. It can be very frustrating, but I know from experience that eventually it will come together. That moment when everything just works out is why I keep doing it.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Alexander Calder. His work is so playful. It would be great to be surrounded by bits and pieces of his kinetic sculptures.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
A table made by my dad. The top is a large chunk of a silver maple root. It’s a beautiful object that also happens to come from a tree that sparks warm memories from my childhood.

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How do you get out of your creative ruts?
I just push through and trust that it will end. It usually also means exhaustion, a glass of wine and the appearance of a tornado going through my studio.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I’d like to settle down a bit, have my own home with a shop. Not that I want to be in the same place in 10 years, but I am really happy with how things are going right now. After a roller coaster couple of years I am trying not to think too far ahead.

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307 comments

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen said 6 years ago

    Lovely story and amazing quilts! Congratulations Carson!

  • 464Handmade

    464Handmade said 6 years ago

    amazing artist!! love her triangles quilts! congrats for the feature!!

  • SillyBuddy

    SillyBuddy said 6 years ago

    Lovely work - congrats!

  • Sunlitsoap

    Sunlitsoap said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts and artistry. Congratulations!

  • CountrySquirrelsRUS

    CountrySquirrelsRUS said 6 years ago

    Such beautiful work, I love quilting! Don't beat your head against the wall too hard! Congratulations on making it to the top of Etsy as a Featured Seller!

  • yellowgrey

    yellowgrey said 6 years ago

    your color combinations are amazing! congrats!!!

  • JewelryByJLy

    JewelryByJLy said 6 years ago

    Supportive husbands rock! Thank you so much for sharing your story, it was a wonderful read. Congratulations featured seller!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    You're creations are definitely an art form. These are beautifully executed! Carson, Your journey is an inspiration to those who are struggling right now in this economy to either keep hunting for a 'job' or put their effort into what they were created to do. Blessings to you! Lisa~ LeafandInk.com

  • Kankou

    Kankou said 6 years ago

    Great textile and graphic creations! Well done for being featured!

  • BingoBox

    BingoBox said 6 years ago

    Love your work & congratulations !

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Love your designs! Very inspiring story! Congrats!

  • angelineduncan

    angelineduncan said 6 years ago

    LOVE the title to the memoir! And your quilts! Congrats on being featured :)

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits said 6 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful! Thanks so very much for sharing your story and best of luck for continued success!

  • NeedlesnPinsStichery

    NeedlesnPinsStichery said 6 years ago

    Love you quilts! Thanks for sharing. :)

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 6 years ago

    I love your triangle quilts. Congrats on being the featured seller!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 6 years ago

    Great pieces!

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye said 6 years ago

    What beautiful work! You are definitely proving that quilts and quilting can be elevated to fine art!

  • leahmarjorie

    leahmarjorie said 6 years ago

    Wonderful to see another quilter featured. What an amazing eye you have for color and form. Gorgeous quilts! Congrats on being the featured seller. :)

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congrats on the FS!!!

  • SecondLifeObjects

    SecondLifeObjects said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Great work , very inspiring!

  • TheZestyDesk

    TheZestyDesk said 6 years ago

    I think the title of your memior is appropriate given that you live in New England. I'm from MA as well (Framingham) so I know how cold it gets. I love how you give a modern geometric look to an old medium of quilting. They are awesome! Congrats and thanks for the article!

  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    I love how bright and cheery and modern your quilts are!

  • EnRouteStudio

    EnRouteStudio said 6 years ago

    I just love carsontoo.... so modern... so lovely... so hard to resist the add-to-cart button

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley said 6 years ago

    Your pillow covers are stunning ! Félicitations on your feature and much success to you and your shop ! Val

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread said 6 years ago

    love the cross crib quilt with the roses on the underside! awesome shop! congrats~

  • SweetBeeQuilts

    SweetBeeQuilts said 6 years ago

    I love how you make your quilts look so simple, but know how much work truely goes into them. Very classy quilts!

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 6 years ago

    Wonderful geometric style and i also enjoy the colour pallets you have created!

  • PuddleKids

    PuddleKids said 6 years ago

    Lovely colors!! congrats on the feature.

  • barkdecor

    barkdecor said 6 years ago

    AHHHMAzing!!!! I would love one of those quilts!!!!

  • MilaKeln

    MilaKeln said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. Beautiful work

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi said 6 years ago

    lovely!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview! Beautiful work! "At least we'll be warm".....I love that! Congrats!

  • wearaddiction

    wearaddiction said 6 years ago

    love the way you choose your color palettes for the quilts.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Wow your work is beautiful, love the very strong geometric designs with primary colours. Your studio looks so clean too - mines never like that he he!

  • ThoseThreeWords

    ThoseThreeWords said 6 years ago

    I love the title of your memoir! Your work is beautiful, congrats on the feature!

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal said 6 years ago

    Congrats on being featured! Your quilts are eye-pooping! Love Calder as well. All the best in your endeavor! Gary

  • Beautifullyelegant

    Beautifullyelegant said 6 years ago

    Great feature! Congrats!

  • backyardbirdsong

    backyardbirdsong said 6 years ago

    Absolutely love the quilts, they are so beautiful. And i love the fact that you rock climb!

  • backyardbirdsong

    backyardbirdsong said 6 years ago

    Absolutely love the quilts, they are so beautiful. And i love the fact that you rock climb!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature.

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 6 years ago

    Amazing shop! Thank you for letting us take a peak into your studio life!. Wishing you all the best.

  • NaturalAmber

    NaturalAmber said 6 years ago

    Amazing shop! Thank you for letting us take a peak into your studio life!. Wishing you all the best.

  • clastok

    clastok said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work! Congrats on the feature!

  • FrickandFrackScraps

    FrickandFrackScraps said 6 years ago

    Very fantastic work! Congratulations!

  • outofline

    outofline said 6 years ago

    Really gorgeous work! Love the clean lines and all of the triangles. Congrats!

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 6 years ago

    beautiful work and wonderful attention to detail. Congratulations on your feature.

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    Love your designs!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being Featured! Your quilts are amazing....my heart skipped a beat when I saw those triangles so straight, balanced...dramatic.

  • raspberrybutterflies

    raspberrybutterflies said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured, beautful work, I love your quilts!

  • steampunkfunk

    steampunkfunk said 6 years ago

    Very cool! I love how you have put a modern flare to your quilts! I think in some quilts you can lose the geometric aesthetics with busy, cluttered patterns and you have really done a great job in show casing a minimalist approach to quilting. Congrats!

  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz said 6 years ago

    Great work! Congratulations! I love all of them but Color Block quilted pillows more..they look more sophisticated abstract and more like NEO-GEO pictures!

  • opheliasapothecary

    opheliasapothecary said 6 years ago

    love love love your shop and you are so inspiring! cracking up with the 'at least we will be warm'....... around here we say, 'we may not have much, but we smell good! ....and have highly moisturized skin!' congrats on featured seller!

  • Thesel

    Thesel said 6 years ago

    Pretty triangles. Love it so much! :)

  • galit

    galit said 6 years ago

    Fantastic work!

  • TheBakersDaughter

    TheBakersDaughter said 6 years ago

    Your quilts are true works of art - congratulations on the recognition!!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 6 years ago

    oh my, thank goodness for the quote on the front page for your story. I wasn't gonna look until I saw your comment about your memoir. excellent quilts! And I would have to agree with your Alexander Calder studio visit, that would be something. My mom quilts and she has taught me. Keep on quilting and congratulations on the featured seller spot!

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 6 years ago

    Being from Kentucky, it was an everyday occurance to have a quilt on our beds whether it was winter or summer. I am glad to see that you have reinvented this art form with a fresh perspective. Thank you for carrying on the tradition!!!

  • ArtistaTree

    ArtistaTree said 6 years ago

    I love your quilt designs. I know the simple ones still take a huge amount of work and yours are really lovely. Congrats!

  • BrisTieDyes

    BrisTieDyes said 6 years ago

    Love, love, love the Bloom crib quilt! Your works will be cherished family heirlooms for many, many generations. My Grandma quilts beautifully, too, and each Christmas we all anxiously wait to see who is the lucky recipient of Grandmas quilt for the year. She I am one of her 35 grandchildren, and I have been lucky enough to get two of them over the years... if all else fails, "at least I'll be warm!" :-) Congrats and God's blessings~ Briar

  • Evesapples

    Evesapples said 6 years ago

    Well done for being featured! Lovely designs.

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 6 years ago

    CARSON!!! How are you? I miss you! I was so surprised to see your picture on the FP! I'm convoing you as soon as I finish reading your article-- CONGRATS!!!!

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 6 years ago

    Congrats! It is nice to see a quilter as featured seller!

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, modern quilts! Great interview...and best of luck!

  • CrankyDogStudio

    CrankyDogStudio said 6 years ago

    Love the geometric designs and colour combinations. Well done!

  • kookubug

    kookubug said 6 years ago

    Amazing works. Congratulations!

  • SoliDeoGloriaSDG

    SoliDeoGloriaSDG said 6 years ago

    such cheerful designs! Well done on being featured.

  • sacredsuds

    sacredsuds said 6 years ago

    WOW!!! What absolutely stunning work! Congratulations!

  • dreamversion

    dreamversion said 6 years ago

    Your work is AMAZING!!!! Bravo!!!!!!!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 6 years ago

    so happy to see someone featured that is a quilter.... love your creations!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    love your modern designs and color combos. so amazing! congrats on the feature!

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Congratulations on the feature!

  • ZavalickDesigns

    ZavalickDesigns said 6 years ago

    You do beautiful work! Congratulations on the feature!

  • jackandjillwedding

    jackandjillwedding said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I love those quilts! At least we'll be warm- love it!

  • DecoFamara

    DecoFamara said 6 years ago

    Great Work. Congratulation

  • TheWindowArtisan

    TheWindowArtisan said 6 years ago

    I can definately relate to the tornado going through the studio. Absolutely love the updated feel on the traditionals..Those pillows are STUNNING, in color and design. Good Luck.@;)

  • SimplyAvonlea

    SimplyAvonlea said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature! I love your Bloom quilt. You do beautiful work!

  • KathyGDesigns

    KathyGDesigns said 6 years ago

    Your handiwork is beautiful!

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 6 years ago

    I've been loving this shop and have added to few of my treasuries> Glad you're now featured seller!

  • CleanJellyBean

    CleanJellyBean said 6 years ago

    I love your quilt designs. I too am drawn to the classic patterns, but love modern. I really like the way you combined the two together. Beautiful!

  • hoosiermamma1

    hoosiermamma1 said 6 years ago

    I'm so happy that you have a husband who supports your efforts. I don't think mine is ready to settle for less yet. I keep working on him though.

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 6 years ago

    Great work and funny article. I always look forward to the boost my dreams get from the featured sellers!

  • joyscottglass

    joyscottglass said 6 years ago

    Your colors and shapes are awe inspiring great work

  • pitterpattertutus

    pitterpattertutus said 6 years ago

    Beautiful stuff! One of my favorite famile posessions is a quilt made by my great grandmother and the light colors and patterns in your work evoke the same feeling of sunshine that quilt does. Keep up the beautiful and unique work!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts, congratulations on the feature!

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 6 years ago

    I love how you quilt textures into your work. Beautiful! Congrats on the feature!

  • BohemianEnigma

    BohemianEnigma said 6 years ago

    i love the pillows!!! congrats~!

  • LoveTheBaby

    LoveTheBaby said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on all your success. Hand-quilting is a dying art form, in my opinion, and as one who has hand-quilted a number of quilts (with one on the frame), I really can appreciate the hard work that goes into your quilts. I'm so happy for you that you have found a niche here on Etsy. You quilts are beautiful. I must say that I was reminded of Amish quilts when I saw yours. Best wishes.

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured!! I love your designs! "I’m not afraid to take a risk if it involves doing something that I am passionate about. If you keep going it will eventually work itself out." - Love that! Thanks for sharing!

  • PeterPaulAndLarry

    PeterPaulAndLarry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    Love your work and quilting in general. I enjoy doing the top stitching. Great interview. Beautiful quilts!

  • folkspirit

    folkspirit said 6 years ago

    I love your work; excellent job. :)

  • DuryeaPlaceDesigns

    DuryeaPlaceDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on being featured!

  • Pinkpjs

    Pinkpjs said 6 years ago

    Great quilts!

  • Sophiehines

    Sophiehines said 6 years ago

    this are some really beautiful work! quilting takes forever- you must put a lot of time and effort into your pieces! congratulations and good luck!

  • Artulia

    Artulia said 6 years ago

    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous designs- love your color combinations!

  • MagpieWorkshop

    MagpieWorkshop said 6 years ago

    Wonderful Geometry.

  • necklush

    necklush said 6 years ago

    Awesome! we love your work!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Lovely work

  • KateStealey

    KateStealey said 6 years ago

    How inspiring these designs are. I greatly appreciate your work and your dedication to keeping your craft current with carefully chosen design. Congratulations on being featured!

  • Qutecraft

    Qutecraft said 6 years ago

    Your designs are wonderful. I can totally identify with the need to create with your hands no matter what. Keep going and success will find you.

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

    Beautiful interview and great designs Congrats on the feature !!

  • elizabethbloomfield

    elizabethbloomfield said 6 years ago

    Really lovely story. You are inspiring.

  • robertacummings

    robertacummings said 6 years ago

    Long time admirer, so pleased you made featured seller! Fabulous quilts! :)

  • sewlola

    sewlola said 6 years ago

    Lovely sewing room! Your work is beautiful! Congratulations!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    Congrats on a great feature! Your work is so wonderful!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  • fluxglass

    fluxglass said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! I LOVE your work!

  • TOUFAM

    TOUFAM said 6 years ago

    I love any art form that uses geometrics. Beautiful artistry. Thank you so much for sharing about your family. I'm sure they are glowngly proud. Congratulations.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 6 years ago

    I love it that you have taken an "old" craft as such and put your own modern spin on it! Really very beautiful! Plus you are making a timeless keepsake and keeping the "old" alive! Great job! I wish you all the best! Follow your dreams!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous items, wonderful interview. I love the pictures of the craft room too! So organised!

  • redhardwick

    redhardwick said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on your feature and much continued success!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    A husband who realises that a happy wife is worth more than gold is well worth hanging on to! Congratulations on being a featured seller & carry on making your fantastic new heirlooms!

  • MarKhed

    MarKhed said 6 years ago

    I LOVE that title memoir! Awesome. Your quilts are SO gorgeous! great work!

  • slumbersoft

    slumbersoft said 6 years ago

    Congrats for being featured. As a quilter myself, I so enjoyed your story and could so relate to much of it. Good luck and keep up the beautiful work.

  • RetroCreations

    RetroCreations said 6 years ago

    Congrats, I loved the feature, and your quilts and pillows are all so beautiful.

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 6 years ago

    love your shop! beautiful work.

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. I love the way you have modernised such a traditional art form. Particularly like your rose triangle bead quilt. Very honest interview too!

  • meowadays

    meowadays said 6 years ago

    lovely quilts!

  • trulyenchanted

    trulyenchanted said 6 years ago

    Wow---what attention to detail! Your items are so gorgeous! Best of luck with your shop...

  • ProseArts

    ProseArts said 6 years ago

    Lovely Quilts and I loved your story, I wish you the best selling year ever!

  • WildWildernessPhotos

    WildWildernessPhotos said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your FS! Lovely quilts:) Nice work!

  • borneoart

    borneoart said 6 years ago

    absolutely beautiful work..

  • NicholeDesigns

    NicholeDesigns said 6 years ago

    Love your work beautiful!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    You had me from the title of your memoir..LOL! What incredibly beautiful work! Hawaii has a rich history of quilt making too, or as they are called in Hawaiian Kiheipili (kee-hay-pee-lee) which translated means to "cover with love". Aloha~Connie

  • SiamSquare

    SiamSquare said 6 years ago

    Inspiring work. Makes me want to go back to quilt making again!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 6 years ago

    I always appreciate people who sew, I could never color in the lines let alone sew! great stuff

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear said 6 years ago

    Congrats Carson. Amazing and beautiful work.

  • BasahanAlit

    BasahanAlit said 6 years ago

    Congratulation for being featured, lovely items!

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    Congrats , they are beautiful .

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs and colors! I agree, if your passionate about something, go for it and it will work out. Thanks for sharing, great feature!!

  • pinklemonadeboutique

    pinklemonadeboutique said 6 years ago

    Quilting is my first and favorite passion, you are so talented, it's so good to see a quilter featured!

  • TammiCreationsArt

    TammiCreationsArt said 6 years ago

    Outstanding quilts!!! You are a true artist!!! :) Congratulations!!!!

  • ElementerriJewelry

    ElementerriJewelry said 6 years ago

    love those funky pillows. Congrats on the article.

  • threedeluxe

    threedeluxe said 6 years ago

    love it

  • joblake

    joblake said 6 years ago

    i'm in love with these gorgeous quilts. congrats on the feature!

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Quilts!

  • bumblenest

    bumblenest said 6 years ago

    i just love love love your equilateral triangle quilts...in all the amazing shades of yellow. ahh...some day:) you have a beautiful shop...congrats.

  • GrinderGraphics

    GrinderGraphics said 6 years ago

    Lovely! Congrats on the feature.

  • sfcitysnippets

    sfcitysnippets said 6 years ago

    What great quilts and what a great story. I love how you describe your creative process: beating your head against a wall and being a bit of a perfectionist. People on the outside don't always realize that for a successful and simple looking piece, there was many a failure and trials to get to that point. That is where the value comes - persistence. Also, after seeing the photo of a nice and neatly organized studio, it is nice to know that it looks like a tornado went thru there sometimes. I tend to have studio envy, because I feel like my space always looks like a tornado went through. Thanks for being inspirational, congrats on the feature, and good luck with the future!

  • mysticrafts

    mysticrafts said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the article. Beautiful work.

  • EmeliaJane

    EmeliaJane said 6 years ago

    Fantastic feature and absolutely stunning work! Congratulations! :)

  • MagpieQuilts

    MagpieQuilts said 6 years ago

    Great story and awesome quilts! I want to be you when I grow up! I love the crisp modern look of your quilts, and yet, I can also see how traditional quilts have inspired you. Congrats on the feature!

  • coconutcrochet

    coconutcrochet said 6 years ago

    Beautiful color combinations! Pretty quilts! Congratulations!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    "at least we'll be warm" -how romantic! gorgeous work, wish you the best! xo

  • thevelvetheart

    thevelvetheart said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • weddingcrashers

    weddingcrashers said 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous quilts... simple and beautiful!

  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. You're quilts are so lovely.

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    lovely work

  • IslaNewYork

    IslaNewYork said 6 years ago

    Hehehe! I love it! The colors in your quilts are STUNNING! Congratulations! :)

  • CarolynDiPerri

    CarolynDiPerri said 6 years ago

    Love your work. Congratulations.

  • masonke

    masonke said 6 years ago

    I think Alexander Calder would like your work!

  • TerryAskeArtQuilts

    TerryAskeArtQuilts said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature article. Love your work!

  • CarlaRaeVintage

    CarlaRaeVintage said 6 years ago

    Very pretty. I love color so I am sold. Congrats, keep up the good work.

  • Petark

    Petark said 6 years ago

    Art takes many forms - some of which I find difficult to relate to, however, not so with your handmade quilts. Also, your love for your craft shines through for all to enjoy! Thank you for your gorgeous gift Carson.

  • AltogetherLeather

    AltogetherLeather said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous quilts - they're fresh and modern yet feel so timeless. Congrats on your feature!

  • zelmarose

    zelmarose said 6 years ago

    I've been a fan of your shop for some time now. Simply timeless. Simply beautiful.

  • junrylgems

    junrylgems said 6 years ago

    Your story is an inspiration, I love your color block quilted pillow..the bold colors are so attractive. Congratulations! God bless.

  • junrylgems

    junrylgems said 6 years ago

    Your story is an inspiration, I love your color block quilted pillow..the bold colors are so attractive. Congratulations! God bless.

  • Marsena

    Marsena said 6 years ago

    amazing workmanship :)

  • Tanith

    Tanith said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts!

  • giftworldz

    giftworldz said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work - so clean and just perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  • AAngels

    AAngels said 6 years ago

    Congrats!!! Beautiful items! Stories like this inspire me to go on!!!

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking said 6 years ago

    Nothing beats a handmade quilt ! I love all your quilts and would love to own one some day. I love your memoir too........ when the going gets tough......... at least you'll be warm ! Continued success to you !

  • annsquiltnstuff

    annsquiltnstuff said 6 years ago

    Congratulations! Love your quilts!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 6 years ago

    MARVELOUS! Love to see a quilter enjoying the limelight on Etsy. Have fun and CONGRATS!

  • NaturesNote

    NaturesNote said 6 years ago

    I really like the contemporary look of your quilts, very nice blend of old craft with new look!

  • Ffotograff

    Ffotograff said 6 years ago

    Congrats!

  • sweetstellas

    sweetstellas said 6 years ago

    Loved reading this!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • CapeCodCreative

    CapeCodCreative said 6 years ago

    You're my hero-du-jour! Your journey is a few steps further along but following a path I aspire to. Thanks for the inspiration, living proof you can have work you love that sustains you too. Beautiful quilts...and I love the title of your memoir...maybe that will be your next endeavor :)

  • congcongdesign

    congcongdesign said 6 years ago

    nice story.good buz for you.

  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 6 years ago

    As a fellow art history student, I know the creative is always lurking inside. It's great to see you have followed your passion. Continue...never stop!

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights said 6 years ago

    Great interview and lovely quilts, very inspiring, great use of color and texture! Congrats on FS!

  • devikasart

    devikasart said 6 years ago

    Taking quilts to another level..thats you! Congrats! -devika

  • JenSanCandles

    JenSanCandles said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! Lovely interview and items!

  • gaelka

    gaelka said 6 years ago

    Oh my my, you are showcased!!!! I admit to be dead mad in love with you and your work. Call me a creepy fan. I look at your store... Every. Single. Day. You are a genius, nothing less. It's pure quilting talent paired to modernism, which, let's be honest, was quiiiiite needed for a long time now. Again, I can't say it enough, how much of a genius you are. One day, I will be able to afford one (or many) of those pieces of art! In the meanwhile I use them in my Treasuries <3 Congrats on the interview and it was a pleasure to get to know the girl behind the stitches better!!

  • MaryMorrisJewelry

    MaryMorrisJewelry said 6 years ago

    Your work is so wonderful! It was very refreshing to hear how happy you are today even though there are only 24 hours in a day. Best wishes.

  • aussiekn

    aussiekn said 6 years ago

    very nice! neat and very good balance of shapes and colours combination.

  • wiwicoco

    wiwicoco said 6 years ago

    Great work , very inspiring! I will show something about my wall decals graphic sticker in my shop wiwicoco.etsy.com!

  • ReinventionbyAngelaB

    ReinventionbyAngelaB said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. Love the color combination's! Thank you for the the encouraging reminder to keep at it.

  • maggiem09

    maggiem09 said 6 years ago

    Love your shop and designs. Beautiful!

  • Joliejye

    Joliejye said 6 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful and can pass through time and will still be trendy. Good job ! :)

  • ZehraDesign

    ZehraDesign said 6 years ago

    colors are great!!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    I can see how your love of architecture has influenced your work. Your minimalist style is very eye-catching but your quilting....WOW. Great work. Congratulations!!

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 6 years ago

    Love your work!!! Congratualtions!!

  • Paukstukai

    Paukstukai said 6 years ago

    Very simplistic but effective design.

  • cottonskin

    cottonskin said 6 years ago

    beautiful story and work! congratualtions!

  • Marumadrid

    Marumadrid said 6 years ago

    To be quilts, this is very modern :)

  • ritarenata

    ritarenata said 6 years ago

    wonderful.

  • RebeccasEmporium

    RebeccasEmporium said 6 years ago

    Such a wonderful story :) I love the look of your studio too, I wish mine could be as organised!

  • SPAZIOVINTAGEITALY

    SPAZIOVINTAGEITALY said 6 years ago

    Good work! :)

  • SPAZIOVINTAGEITALY

    SPAZIOVINTAGEITALY said 6 years ago

    Good work! :)

  • robinleeshaw

    robinleeshaw said 6 years ago

    Loved your story! Was great to see your reference and pic of the use of Amish culture. I had the opportunity to work with them in upstate NY. Just so happens, I completed a design last week with that same inheritance. Your work is beautiful!

  • TheWhimsicalBlossom

    TheWhimsicalBlossom said 6 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous - beautiful colours! Congrats on the feature.

  • uniquelynancy

    uniquelynancy said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. I love seeing other quilter's work.

  • MadrigalEmbroidery

    MadrigalEmbroidery said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work and Congratulations!! cheers, carla

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 6 years ago

    I love fabrics. I made one small quilt years ago. Nice work.

  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    amazing work - fantastic :-)

  • editionbw

    editionbw said 6 years ago

    Beautiful. I love your modern point of view of traditional patterns especially the way that they are quilted, pattern on pattern, nice! Congratulations on the feature... at the end of the day, providing warmth for people is lovely... providing warmth in style, kudos.

  • JudysUniques

    JudysUniques said 6 years ago

    Congratulations from another fabric person. Love your imaginative work. And I've got to get one of those thread racks. There's something about having that rush of color out where you can see it all and be inspired, instead of in a drawer. Thanks for your inspirational ideas. Keep on sewing!

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 6 years ago

    Your Work is Amazing....I love everything. Congrats on your success!!

  • needleyou

    needleyou said 6 years ago

    Lovely story & beautiful work. Congratulations & continued success : )

  • BarkingBirds

    BarkingBirds said 6 years ago

    Amazing quilts! Congrats on the feature! ^____^

  • sanmarnastyle

    sanmarnastyle said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts....really enjoyed reading the interview......love your husbands quote...At least we will bw warm......We're all thankful for supportive husbands http://www.etsy.com/shop/sanmarnastyle?ref=si_shop

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 6 years ago

    I admire your skill and eye for design. Such small pieces to work with to create beauty!

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 6 years ago

    I admire your skill and eye for design. Such small pieces to work with to create beauty!

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 6 years ago

    Your quilts are amazing! Congrats!

  • ARabbitNamedMolecule

    ARabbitNamedMolecule said 6 years ago

    Love that your work feels both modern and traditional at the same time. Congratulations for being featured! Much blessing!

  • EmmaleeShallenberger

    EmmaleeShallenberger said 6 years ago

    I love your story! And, your quilts!

  • Bumbleweedz

    Bumbleweedz said 6 years ago

    Keep on keeping on you're awesome!

  • SisterCreationsVT

    SisterCreationsVT said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts. Wishing you all the best! :)

  • Sweethoots

    Sweethoots said 6 years ago

    This is great! Wonderful!

  • WeddingLab

    WeddingLab said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • birdie37

    birdie37 said 6 years ago

    Congrats Carson, love the colors!

  • IngredientsOfaWoman

    IngredientsOfaWoman said 6 years ago

    Beautiful colors! I love your art and your story, congratulations. Alba Olaya

  • Kawen69

    Kawen69 said 6 years ago

    Love the modern touch, beautiful work.

  • Nance228

    Nance228 said 6 years ago

    Your work is lovely! Congratulations.

  • TrinityStStudio

    TrinityStStudio said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed the feature!

  • EllaBands

    EllaBands said 6 years ago

    I love how you've organized your thread! So pretty!

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek said 6 years ago

    congrats!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    beautiful work...and i sense your sweet sweet spirit. congrats on the feature!

  • alpacakids

    alpacakids said 6 years ago

    I love these quilts- so modern and so traditional at the same time!

  • IrenaSophia

    IrenaSophia said 6 years ago

    love your work :)

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Great modern take on quilts! Love the clean lines.

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Great modern take on quilts! Love the clean lines.

  • mandyjanedesigns

    mandyjanedesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Work!

  • essentialimages

    essentialimages said 6 years ago

    Luscious quilts and great inspiration from fellow MA artist! Boston a wonderful city to study art!

  • greendressgirl

    greendressgirl said 6 years ago

    the color combinations you choose are lovely. i added you as a favorite previously but it was a treat to hear your story!

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 6 years ago

    I've admired your work for some time. It's always a treat to get to know a little of the back story of the artist. Love your eye! ;o)

  • onemorning85

    onemorning85 said 6 years ago

    I envy that your studio. :) I wish you even more luck in your endeavors.

  • Studio76Cosmetics

    Studio76Cosmetics said 6 years ago

    Super congrats on your feature!!

  • ImagineThatCustDesig

    ImagineThatCustDesig said 6 years ago

    Congrats Carson! Love the Rose Triangle Quilt, All of your Quilts are Amazing! What an awesome gift your Dad made for you. Best Wishes, Tammy

  • RoseyFinch

    RoseyFinch said 6 years ago

    Oh, your quilts are so beautiful! Congratulations on your success :)

  • EleganceElizabethLee

    EleganceElizabethLee said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on your feature and your success!

  • FatCatCrafts

    FatCatCrafts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts! Best of luck!

  • PlaidCupcakeDesigns

    PlaidCupcakeDesigns said 6 years ago

    Yay another fellow BU grad! So glad to see you making it big :-)

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous! Congrats on the feature!!

  • DeuxPetitesSouris

    DeuxPetitesSouris said 6 years ago

    i love the ' quiet' nature of your quilts.

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie said 6 years ago

    Your work is very beautiful, modern and clean, how very refreshing.

  • KellysGifts

    KellysGifts said 6 years ago

    Love the work you do!

  • LittleSmilesBoutique

    LittleSmilesBoutique said 6 years ago

    Your quilts are simply beautiful. I would love to make one...sometime!

  • LittleSmilesBoutique

    LittleSmilesBoutique said 6 years ago

    Your quilts are simply beautiful. I would love to make one...sometime!

  • skysetter

    skysetter said 6 years ago

    Your quilt work is quite innovative! You do a great job of depicting movement with your graphics. Not easy to do. Like you, I would like to spend some time in Alexander Calder's studio! I'll join you! Carolyn Weir Skysetter Designs

  • designedbyjane

    designedbyjane said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts ! Love the designs!!! xx

  • MsVeronicas

    MsVeronicas said 6 years ago

    I do like what you chose for your book 'title'. Its amazing who seemingly small events and statements impact us so.

  • Vintagefix

    Vintagefix said 6 years ago

    Wow, I think redyellowandblueink totally took the words out of my mouth! The title of your memoir says alot about you and your relationship with your husband, and made the feature clickable for me as well. I looove how supportive your husband has been for you. A very inspiring feature to read. Keep on quilting!

  • Vintagefix

    Vintagefix said 6 years ago

    Ps. Can I also say that you have the coolest name ever? I mean Carson Converse? Adorable.

  • VintageWoods

    VintageWoods said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful shop you have! Congrats on the feature! You are talented and deserve it!

  • VintageWoods

    VintageWoods said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful shop you have! Congrats on the feature! You are talented and deserve it!

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 6 years ago

    beautiful!!! congratulations....

  • TheStitchinChicken

    TheStitchinChicken said 6 years ago

    Such beautiful quilts! Wonderful article!

  • christinetillman

    christinetillman said 6 years ago

    You've got a great sense of color. High Five.

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 6 years ago

    Great studio

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 6 years ago

    Just lovely!!! xxxx EL Vintage

  • gardenmis

    gardenmis said 6 years ago

    Such an inspiring interview ~ I love your quilts & shop!! Congrats on being the FS =)

  • notApplicable

    notApplicable said 6 years ago

    Lovely work ~ congrats on the feature!

  • Eccolo

    Eccolo said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! I love how play with the scale of your designs. Congrats!

  • MsMaddie

    MsMaddie said 6 years ago

    very cute stuff!

  • Namoo

    Namoo said 6 years ago

    I love your work. Great interview!

  • MaineCoastEngraving

    MaineCoastEngraving said 6 years ago

    Lovely quilts. You are truly an inspiration! I love how you mention that "Behind each successful design are several not so good ones" - I think, as artists, we all feel that and it's the great artists that keep going, through all the frustration and "not so good ones".

  • pignkitty

    pignkitty said 6 years ago

    Love to see the table made by your dad

  • fawnster

    fawnster said 6 years ago

    Your creations are beautiful. I love your motto "at least we will be warm".

  • floridaladyb

    floridaladyb said 6 years ago

    your feature jumped out at me today... i just started quilting last year and just had a baby last month who we named carson. :) congrats on the feature, your work is great.

  • L2Country

    L2Country said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Quilting projects!

  • girlwitharadiomind

    girlwitharadiomind said 6 years ago

    You're brilliant! Your story makes me smile. :) Congratulation!

  • amytopstitching

    amytopstitching said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! congratulations!

  • EggCups

    EggCups said 6 years ago

    I laughed when I read the featured quote 'at least we'll be warm'. Im looking for a job now and feel as though its a waist of time - no job could be more rewarding to me than my crafting. I love the big bold colours in your work!

  • lululiilii

    lululiilii said 6 years ago

    I love that these quilts have such a simple lay out. the use of direct color contrast is a really nice break from quilts loaded with busy prints...

  • DesiCloe

    DesiCloe said 6 years ago

    I really like your colorful and simple design! Congratulation!

  • MadebyLinLin

    MadebyLinLin said 6 years ago

    Adorable quilts. Love the simplicity in your designs its very refreshing! Best of luck to you.

  • RubisArtAndMore

    RubisArtAndMore said 6 years ago

    Enjoyed reading, and seeing samples of your work. Congratulations, keep it up!!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work

  • CelebrateToday

    CelebrateToday said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! I'm a big fan of Calder's work as well. Wishes being sent for much success for you!

  • FishesMakeWishes

    FishesMakeWishes said 6 years ago

    lovely interview! I've always admired quilters as their work is so meticulous, don't really think I have the patience or concentration to make one myself :-)

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan said 6 years ago

    Love your quilts :)

  • Fluturi

    Fluturi said 6 years ago

    Your quilts are fab, I too am a quilter and I can really appreciate the precision which you have used to achieve the fantastic results that you have. I hope your feature helps your sales :)

  • anotherghostquilts

    anotherghostquilts said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature. Lovely quilts.

  • Light76

    Light76 said 6 years ago

    Great story!

  • HappyEarth67

    HappyEarth67 said 6 years ago

    Nice quilts!

  • mandaleighf

    mandaleighf said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! You could warm up to book writing by starting with a how to on quilting (hint hint).

  • LiveLaughSew

    LiveLaughSew said 6 years ago

    SEW Fun! Beautiful work from one semstress to another.

  • kateathena

    kateathena said 6 years ago

    Beautiful quilts! I can't believe the one day I've been on Etsy in months and I see a former neighbor and classmate featured! Congratulations!

  • thegraydeer

    thegraydeer said 6 years ago

    Love the title At Least We’ll Be Warm! It says it all!

  • quilterscabin

    quilterscabin said 6 years ago

    Your quilts are great! I would love to know your marketing strategy... very impressive.

  • oppning

    oppning said 6 years ago

    quilterscabin said: "Your quilts are great! I would love to know your marketing strategy... very impressive." Yeah me too :)

  • deardavy

    deardavy said 6 years ago

    Just looking at your workspace inspires me! I love the pillows : )

  • dstel

    dstel said 6 years ago

    I absolutely love your quilts. Going to start saving up for one right now!

  • AnnaCocoDesigns

    AnnaCocoDesigns said 6 years ago

    congrats..beautiful works..best of luck to you.

  • cheapbikini

    cheapbikini said 6 years ago

    Very nice.I like the colour.Haha.

  • sparklefarm

    sparklefarm said 6 years ago

    >> Very inspiring. I love the sense of geometry, and your color schemes are brave and beautiful. Keep it up! <<

  • TeemiesCountryBlooms

    TeemiesCountryBlooms said 6 years ago

    Carson! What a wonderfully inspiring feature. So glad to meet you via Etsy. I am a needle artisit, also. (items waiting in the wings) Your feature gives me hope that I too can have a successful shoppe out of my passions.

  • artworksbycarol

    artworksbycarol said 6 years ago

    Keep up the great work! Quilts are so cozy and a pionier art ,love it!

  • foundaryvintage

    foundaryvintage said 6 years ago

    "at least we'll be warm.." how sweet. Love your work- and the cards are a genius way to keep people coming back to your shop again and again!

  • foundaryvintage

    foundaryvintage said 6 years ago

    "at least we'll be warm.." how sweet. Love your work- and the cards are a genius way to keep people coming back to your shop again and again!

  • AKingsThings

    AKingsThings said 6 years ago

    wonderful, wonderful

  • hollyhockfortune

    hollyhockfortune said 6 years ago

    beautiful work

  • hollyhockfortune

    hollyhockfortune said 6 years ago

    beautiful work

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Great work.

  • SweetieCafe

    SweetieCafe said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • Beadit1

    Beadit1 said 6 years ago

    Very pretty, I really love the design with the triangles going down the side. Congrats on the feature!

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 6 years ago

    Your bloom quilt is amazing! My husbands family quilts, my hand gets stuck in the needle position. I always find it fascinating to see Steve's mother quilt. You have a great eye, I love that your designs are all your own. Congratulations on your feature!

  • ArtByAimee

    ArtByAimee said 6 years ago

    Great story and great designs! My friends and the featured work on here give me hope that our shop can be just as inspiring to others as you have been to us.

  • lapetiteposy

    lapetiteposy said 6 years ago

    beautiful shop! it all looks so well made !

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 6 years ago

    You have a wonderful style. Love seeing your quilts.

  • SusieFogden

    SusieFogden said 6 years ago

    Lovely work and nice story.

  • Samanthasporcelain

    Samanthasporcelain said 6 years ago

    Congrats on the feature! I love to quilt, just need more hours in the day. Enjoy your time, you do great work. Samantha's

  • ethicBioskin

    ethicBioskin said 6 years ago

    Your work is absolutely beautiful!

  • LYNDABROWN

    LYNDABROWN said 6 years ago

    LOVE YOUR DESIGNS!!!! WONDERFUL INTERVIEW. I WISH WHEN THEY ASK WHAT YOUR FAVORITE POSSESSION IS ETSY COULD SHOW A PICTURE WITH DESIGNER AND FAVORITE. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE TABLE YOUR DAD MADE. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

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