As of this moment I would say Becky, at Strawberry Patches, has influenced me, because she has taught me so much about my machine, and how to use...after all, it IS the machine that does all the work! Deb Karasik, because for some unknown reason, in her workshop, I (think) understood the color wheel. Heather Thomas, her incredible book on color (thank you Suzanne for carrying it in your shop). Joen Wolfrom, her blog, books. Judy Niemeyer for beautiful points, and teachers who know how to teach. Kaffe Fassett, books and fabric...how beautiful. Laura Gunn, no books, but beautiful fabric. Nancy Rink...color, patterns, GREAT local classes. My sister MJ...a gifted artist, who always said to me, Patty, anyone can do it, you just need to be taught.
You're wonderfully talented - recently demonstrated with the award winning paper piecing quilt. I've admired your commitment to sewing for infants and your digitizing skills. Sewing is such a wonderful way to explore color and attain skills!
Since I've really only picked up quilting again in the last few years, I feel like I'm still trying to figure out what I like. One of my favorite quilt blogs is Crazy Mom Quilts. AmandaJean has some wonderful quilting tutorials listed on her blog. Currently my go to books are Modern Basics by Amy Ellis and Simplify by Camille Roskelley. I love both of Camille's recent fabric lines - Bliss and Ruby. And of course show and tell at our guild meetings has influenced me and given me plenty of inspiration. Thanks for sharing your talent ladies! :)
I agree Christy! Modern bloggers are so generous and so many fabrics - so little time! Thanks for sharing all your projects! You're awesome!
I think the opportunity to learn so much from teachers at Strawberry Patches; Annette, Becky, Betty Crume, and Linda Ford, and so many more. Inspiration has come from Piece O Cake Designs, Erin Russek, Bunny Hill Designs, Lynn Douglass and recently the modern quilt movement to explore another area of quilting. Books, fabrics, designers, classes, blogs & quilt a longs,and many sewists in my life have all contributed to my joy of sewing for family, friends, and charities. Mastering my sewing machine, embroidery unit, software, points, and quilt projects have all pushed me to improve. I have really enjoyed the journey, and now teaching a couple classes has encouraged me to give back to those who have taught me so much!
Awe, thanks Pam. I think we have definitely pushed each other to improve, grow, and bust out of the box! I know that my quilting has improved, because of the projects you have given me!
Lots of people ... Lavonne Scheutz, who taught beginning sewing and pillowcase classes that I took at Strawberry Patches, and who was very encouraging. My friend Elaine, who took beginning quilting with me and has become an award-winning quilter (she moved to Oregon a few years ago, darn her). Amanda at Strawberry Patches, who remembered my name(!), made me feel welcome, and took my crazy questions in stride. Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs, whose patterns are very well written and non-intimidating. My family, who don't understand my fabric/sewing addiction but eventually learned that quilt shop gift certificates make me VERY happy. Last but definitely not least, my BMQG peeps, who have been an awesome source of help and inspiration.
To be honest, I can't really name one author, designer, book, pattern, or person, at least, not in a way that I could narrow it down. I will say, I started my first quilt 9 years ago (and it still isn't finished!), made quilts for my two nieces, and honestly was about to put away my sewing machine for good. When a friend from high school was about to have a baby shower, I went into Strawberry Patches to see if I could make something for her baby girl. The bright, beautiful fabrics that I found in there (that had evolved so much since I'd been in one year earlier) actually did inspire me to quilt and sew in a way that appealed to me. From that point on I checked out blogs like Crazy Mom Quilts, Oh, Fransson!, Heather Bailey, and several others. For the past two years, though, Flickr and various bloggers have given me incredible inspiration that drives me to make new creations like I never imagined. There is no turning back now!
I just wanted to share that you ladies have me in tears as I read over your comments. I am so humbled to have my store mentioned in your comments. It has been my life long quest to perpetuate quilting and sewing and reading your comments makes me so happy. Thank you!
Suzanne, just in case you didn't already know it, you and your shop are a vital part of our local quilting community! You have been so generous in so many ways. Where would we be as quilters and as a Modern Quilt Guild, without you and your shop? So there you have it...you have to stick around FOREVER! xoxo
As funny as this may sound, coming from me, my first inspiration came from Eleanor Burns. It was her Courthouse Steps in a Day pattern that prompted me to start quilting. Of course, it didn't get made in a day, and I've never quilted that quilt top. However, I'm grateful for the inspiration. I cut it all out with scissors, and I used my dressmaking accordion board to lay it out on. From there, I'd credit Alex Anderson and her Simply Quilts shows. I have countless episodes recorded! As I moved into doing art quilts, my dear friend and fabulous fiber artist, Linda Teddlie Minton, shared, encouraged, and inspired me to grow in my own creativity and push myself beyond what I thought were my limitations. As I got more into modern fabrics (before the MQG), it would be finding a treasure trove of Amy Butler fabrics at Strawberry Patches. I bought a bit of every piece, and that quilt is still one of my favorites! While in my 'romantic floral' phase, Robyn Pandolph fabrics invaded every nook and cranny! I made myself a comfort quilt out of her fabrics, just before going in for back surgery. I'm absolutely certain that recovery was made more pleasant, because of that quilt! My most recent and current obsession is with Kaffe Fassett fabrics. I've been hording them, and I finally just cut into them to make a quilt for myself. It was a challenge, but the resulting quilt is absolutely delicious, if I say so myself! Last, but not least, my grandmother. The quilts that she hand pieced and hand quilted, are treasures. A tenderness washes over me when I look at the quilt she made me. I hope to share that feeling in the quilts I make for my family and friends.
Ruby McKim- her 101 Quilt Blocks was the first book I purchased, and taught me a lot about design. Lerlene Neveril's "Hidden Block Quilts" really unleased my design muse.