QUILT TALK Blog Hop Day 7 – PINK – with Ebony Love

Happy Friday! We’re heading into the weekend with a PINK bucket, hosted by the original Pink Lady of quilting, Ebony Love. Hop to LoveBug Studios to find the pattern.

PINK Bucket

I met Ebony in person last year at Houston Quilt Market when I was pulled in to help in her booth after a scheduling snafu. She is one of the kindest and coolest people I met last year… Market can be a high stress game, and a messy schedule can make one, shall we say, a bit unladylike. But not Ebony.. she handled it with the aplomb and grace of the Dowager Countess of Grantham.


It’s no mistake that I’m name dropping Downton Abbey here. Last year Ebony designed a mystery quilt to go with the Downton Abbey fabrics released by Andover, and she has another one coming for the new line in 2015.

Ebony is the queen of die cutting, and heavily promotes the EDeN (Equivalent Die Notation) System for adding die cutting info to patterns. If you find precision cutting a chore, you should check out how Ebony does die cutting.

OK, I’ve gushed on her plenty, and it’s all well deserved! Please stop by her blog and get your PINK on!

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QUILT TALK Blog Hop Day 6 – HEXIES – with Cath Hall

Day 6 of the Quilt Talk tour takes us to Cath Hall of Wombat Quilts for a slightly different bucket: HEXIES. Yes, not really a color bucket, but with the trend to hexies still growing, we thought it would be a fun addition to the tour. And look at that hexagonal bee fabric!


Cath is a new Portland friend. She heads up the charity quilting program at the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and is part of the dynamic board. She’s also an Aussie, born in Britain, and transplanted to the US. One sentence out of her mouth and I knew we’d be pals – you can take the girls out of England, but you’ll never get the England (or Australia) out of the girls!

In addition to being a whiz with hexies, Cath is a master at paper-piecing. Her blog is a torrent of beautiful projects, lots of them made on paper, with a no-nonsense breakdown of the adventures it takes to make her quilts. And is she ever productive! She also runs the occasional test on patterns for me (we’ll have one to show you after it debuts for quilt market… the pattern is mine but the fabric is still secret – and I hate that I can’t just blab it all as soon as it’s made!)

Cath is firmly in the PINK camp, and keeps telling me that she’ll get me converted at some point. I still think it needs ORANGE added to it to make it look better, but I don’t hold it against her! She’s too much fun to hang out with!

Please hop to her blog to see all her beautiful quilts, and pick up the HEXIES pattern!

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QUILT TALK Blog Hop Day 5 – WHITE – with Molli Sparkles

(Hi tour readers! A quick word…. the folks participating in this tour are busy and human, just like you and me, and so occasionally their posts don’t get put up in the wee hours while you are sleeping. Please be patient and kind about it… the posts will appear at some point, and if they don’t, I’ll make sure I post the pattern at the end so you don’t miss out. ~Thank you!)

It’s day 5 of the Quilt Talk book tour, and we’re heading across the water (and equator) to hang out with Molli Sparkles! Molli is an American ex-pat, living Down Under, and making lovely, modern quilts. Molli is in a totally different space and time dimension, so hang tight if his post isn’t up this morning!

White Bucket

Molli and I became comrades-in-arms over We Are $ew Worth It - and Molli took it and ran hard with this legendary post about making a stunner of a WHITE quilt, and doing a bunch of detailed math to show its true value. I can’t thank Molli enough for carrying the torch for this work. I chose WHITE for him as it’s the closest color to SPARKLE that I could come up with, as well as being a nod to the WHITE quilt and its story.

I also wanted to include Molli (and next week, Sarah Fielke) as they both reach the Aussie quilting peeps that have been so kind to me. For both of their giveaways, I will be mailing a hard copy, real paper-and-ink book to the winners in Australia. I know that our quilting sisters and brothers outside the US often get to win electronic books, but I’m more than chuffed to have you along for the tour, and want to make sure you get to hold a book. I can vouch for how fun it is to have one in your hands!

Please hop over to Molli to see what hi-jinx he’s up to!

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QUILT TALK Blog Hop Day 4 – TEAL – with Flaun Cline

Day four is here, and we’re playing with TEAL! Head over to Flaun Cline’s I Plead Quilty blog for the pattern!

TEAL Bucket

‘Twas a fateful day when I met Flaun… Quilt Market, Spring 2013, here in Portland, OR (but before I moved here). I had been traipsing the market floor, in search of perfect fabrics for the book’s projects. It was lunchtime, and so I headed out into the eating area of the convention center, dodgy catered salad in hand, looking for a place to sit. There was an open seat next to Flaun and her mom, LuWana, and they looked like kind, friendly people. I asked if I could sit with them, and we ended up gabbing away as quilty people do. We parted having exchanged emails and FB contact info, and actually managed to follow up on that!

Fast forward a few more weeks. I woke up a few days in a row, with the nagging idea that I needed to ask Flaun if she wanted to make a project for the gallery section of the book. I have a pretty decent Spidey-sense, so I tend to listen to it. I called her and asked (and got an enthusiastic ‘hell yes!”), sent her the alphabet patterns, and a week later the quilt was underway. I’ll let her show it to you – it knocked my socks off, and is so much prettier than it photographs… there’s a ton of sparkle in it.

And there it was – the beginning of a treasured friendship. Not only do Flaun and I have fun FaceTime gab sessions, but LuWana and I have forged a lovely friendship too, over great food (the woman is an amazing cook) and theatre outings. All because I asked if a seat was taken! Sometime you just have to ask!


Quilting really does bring great people into your life.

Flaun recently joined the BadAss Quilters Society, and is ramping up her teaching schedule at Spool in Chattanooga, TN. You need to take a class from her – she’s an eloquent, encouraging, and patient teacher – and I know this because she taught me to do EPP hexies over FaceTime!

Please hop over to her blog, and read about her Quilt Talk quilt.

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QUILT TALK Blog Hop Day 3 – RED – with Kim Niedzwiecki

Day three is here and the color is RED!

RED Bucket

Kim Niedzwiecki of My Go-Go Life is hosting the RED bucket pattern for you today. And check out the project she made from the RED word – I love that she took it and made it her own!

I met Kim at Quilt Market a year or so back, when I was getting to know Alex and the Aurifil team. She’s a breath of fresh air – a whirlwind of positive energy and “yes, you can!” attitude. I’ve seen her at the end of a long Sample Spree evening after an equally long day at Market, and she is still wearing both pretty heels and a beaming smile. It’s so lovely to be around people who bring such bright energy with them. You should check out the quilts on her blog too – full of the same colorful cheer!

She and I have bonded over being fond of words… when I first headed out to market with my sassy buttons, she proudly wore them and has been one of my champions ever since. (Kim… I have some new ones coming… and maybe another one that’s thread related just for you!) I’m so honored to have her take a hop on the blog tour – and it’s always fun for me to find fellow word nerds to hang out with!

I also adore the honesty with which Kim writes: she boldly talks about all the stuff that doesn’t always turn out the way it was planned – a refreshing peek behind the studio and life curtains. So I’m going to take a page out of her book and tell you about my great fail of the last weekend… I was making soup for a friend who was visiting to sew for the day, and as I was grinding salt into it the top came off the salt grinder and half the bottle of salt went into the soup. Yep, we ate out lunch instead… and I’ll make another pot of soup tomorrow with NO salt, in the hopes that combining them will make it right!

And before I jump off, a word about social media… there are days I curse the rabbit holes that social media tempts me to disappear down, but without it, I wouldn’t be friends with half the people you’re meeting on this blog tour. It has given me a chance to have deeper connections with people like Kim once the fast-paced fuss of Market dissolves. Color me grateful for the technology that has brought me a world wide community of the coolest people.

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Quilt Talking with Pat Sloan!

Fun stuff coming tomorrow! The lovely Pat Sloan, podcaster extraordinaire of the quilting industry, reached out to me to talk about quilts, and we’re going to do that tomorrow (Monday Oct 6) afternoon!


We’ll be talking about Quilt Talk, and you’ll get to hear some of the stories behind how and why I design quilts. Pat, in addition to hosting APQ Radio, is also a designer, so I’m looking forward to hearing how she does it too.

You can listen to it live at http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/magazines-more/quilting-podcast 4pm eastern, 3pm Central, 2pm mountain, 1pm Pacific. I’m the 3rd segment, starting around the half hour.

You can also pick it up later at the same link, or through iTunes (search American Patchwork & Quilting).

Come and have a listen!

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Sam Hunter Oct 2014



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QUILT TALK Blog Hop Day 2 – BROWN – with Carrie Bloomston

Day 2 is here and the color is BROWN!

BROWN Bucket

I was worried about handing BROWN to a friend as the color of their hop, but then I remembered that the fabulously talented Carrie Bloomston of SUCH Designs is helping out, and I knew all would be well.

In addition to designing patterns and fabrics, and authoring her new book, The Little Spark – 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity, Carrie is also an abstract painter – so who better than a painter to tell us how to appreciate BROWN? I remember the magic of combining all sorts of colors to make myriad brown tones in my first painting class – it really was a wonder. Learning how to manipulate color is one of the keys to the kingdom of art!

When I was working on the patterns for Quilt Talk, I began to play with some words for those of us who follow paths that are not always so popular. What emerged was “She just ignored the people who said it couldn’t be done.” As I’ve changed my life from full time IT management geek to full time creative geek, I’ve had a lot of encouragement, but a lot of pushback too. I had to ignore the people who said that I couldn’t or shouldn’t make a radical life change, realizing that often when people tell you that YOU can’t, what they are really saying is that THEY can’t.


As the words crystallized, I knew I had to fnd some special fabrics for them. I reached out to Carrie to use her very first fabric line, Collage, and she and Windham Fabrics squeaked out the needed yardage from the precious pre-release stash. (And this quilt will work with other border prints, too.)

Why this fabric? Well, when I first met Carrie we started gabbing, and soon found out that we both had graduated from art programs that, while they taught us a lot about art, pickled our brains a bit. Carrie put it best when she said it took a while to get back to being the artist she was before school. I’ve felt the same way… after so much critique (helpful and otherwise) my head was in a swirl. Making this quilt for us both was a way to celebrate our return to what we know is right for our own artistic careers. And I know she would join me in telling you to follow your own path, and just ignore the people who would tell you it can’t be done!

Please head over to Carrie’s blog to comment for a chance to win a Quilt Talk book, and to download the BROWN bucket pattern.

Check out Carrie’s new book too – it releases this month! I can’t wait to play with it!


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