Hello everyone. I’ve been away from my blog for quite sometime now; spending most of the past few months working on some magazine assignments for Creative Machine Embroidery and Quilter’s Newsletter. I’m the type of person that loves the deadlines and structure surrounding magazine assignments so I’ve been working happily. I’ve found that editors are delightful people, easy to work with and a pleasure to deal with – just be sure and do what they ask of you and deliver the “goods” on time! Special thanks to both Ellen March of CME and Mary Kate Karr-Petras of Quilter’s Newsletter.
Awhile back I was checking my Facebook feed and this quilt caught my eye – how could it not!
I just adore the colours and the randomness of this beautiful quilt. It’s maker, Tracey Gonzales of Sew Shabby Designs chose to make this quilt from a pattern designed by Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane. Tracey put a different spin on Jennifer’s original pattern, making it her own. Two very talented women!
Like me, Tracey learned a love of hand sewing and quilting in Home Ec classes in junior and senior high school. She grew up and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with her husband, three children and her beloved Chihuahua’s. Tracey designs handbags and quilt patterns; it’s lovely to have made her acquaintance.
As you all know, I’m very interested in how fellow quilters “label” their works of art. Tracey ordinarily does label her quilts…in this instance, however, she wrote her first name in the stipple quilting! An ingenious way of showing “authorship”.
Travelling to Jennifer Mathis’ online home is a guarantee of a visual feast. Jennifer uses colour to express herself creatively in a unique and beautiful way. She is a stay at home Mom, designer, blogger and modern sewist whose talents are on display at Ellison Lane. This is a photo of one of her favourite quilts.
My goal for the future is to write more words. We will see how the future unfolds.
Thanks everyone – I love talking to you all.