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Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Color Mastery Pincushion

I’m humbled and thrilled at the response from quilters and reviewers to Color Mastery.  I’m giving lectures and workshops, producing videos on color, and building relationships with quilters across the globe on my blog, email newsletter, Twitter, and Facebook.

I’m starting to work on my next book, talking to shop owners, industry experts, and fabric companies.  But the opinion that really counts?  Yours.  Quilters.  Real, honest-to-goodness, everyday quilters that make baby, bed, wall, memory, and every other kind of quilt.  I’m here to serve you.  Could you take a moment to help me?

I need to know what you look for and need in a quilting book.  I have my own ideas from my teaching, but I need your opinion.  As a small independent publisher, I must be wise in what I publish so I don’t enter into a subject over-published or compete with the big guys who have large advertising budgets.  Quilting books seem to have exploded lately, and I want to make sure I serve an area that needs it.  It’s what I did with Color Mastery:  saw a need and filled it.

And in gratitude for your time and response, I’m sending you a pincushion pattern immediately after you take the survey.  My way of saying thanks.

Click here to take the survey.  And keep an eye out for some really exciting content upcoming here at Quilts & Creativity.  2010 will be a super-creative year for all of us!

My Picks from Spring Quilt Market 2009

As I walked the aisles of Spring Quilt Market, I saw hundreds of quilts, but only a few really stood out as having an outstanding use of color.  Here are two of my favorites:

Pam Mostek's Picadilly quilt

This quilt is from Pamela Mostek’s Piccadilly fabric line, and it is stunning.  My photography does not do it justice.  The violets, greens, browns, and yellow-orange colors in her fabrics come together to make an outstanding symphony of color.

Mellow Yellow quilt

Remember here when I shared the forecast for new colors?  Here are black and yellow, and put together in an adorable quilt.  The manufacturer had three quilts made from this fabric line, and this was my favorite.

Favorite products?

Pincushions!  Can a girl ever have too many pincushions?   I know I certainly can’t, and I fell in love with these:  Fruit Salad Pincushions from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co.  Oversized strawberries and watermelons, filled with  Sweet Dream cotton stuffing from Quilter ‘s Dream so the pincushion stays in place, instead of falling off of my cutting and sewing tables.  Definitely on my summer To-Do list.

Batting!  Quilter’s Dream is my absolute favorite batting to use, as it makes machine quilting easier and less of a chore to glide the quilt sandwich through the machine.  Not only do they have the awesome new Sweet Dreams 100% cotton stuffing (mentioned above for the pincushions), they also have a new product made from recyclable plastic bottles, and I can’t wait to use it.  It’s called Dream Green, and it’s actually a light green color and feels great.  Again, a must-try for the summer.

Fabric!  Here’s a stunner, but my favorite fabric from this spring’s quilt market actually is a line of neutrals from Maywood Studio called Paisley.  It draped their tables, my buddy Joan Hawley has a new Claire handbag made from it, and they had a Birds and Bees quilt made from it that was beautiful.

I know I’ve got all kinds of project waiting for me in my quilt studio.  It’s been too long away from my sewing machine, my journal, and my fabric.  Excuse me, but I’ve got to get quilting!