Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments on my Christmas Ornaments block and mini quilt released earlier today. I’m looking forward to seeing how you make up my design in your own fabrics and quilting style.
How does the quilt-along work? Over a 12-week period, 36 fabulously talented designers will be making 12″ blocks that you can make. You can pick and choose which blocks you want to make. Sash them, add borders, baste it, quilt it, and have it ready to give-away or keep for yourself this Christmas. Or you might want to use some of the blocks for a mini quilt, a table runner, bags, whatever you like.
Make new quilting friends, meet our featured designers, take advantage of our Super Deal bargains, and most of all just have some fun!
Featured Designer: Sherri Hisey
What is your quilting style?
My quilting style is traditional quilts, pieced or appliqued with an updated twist. I absolutely LOVE pieced borders and the added punch they can provide to a quilt. Typically I enjoy designing quilts that look complicated but are straightforward to make. I consider my fabric style varied, although my friends would laugh at that. Currently I am loving the soft coloured batiks and civil war reproduction fabrics – and can’t get enough of them!
How did you get started quilting and/or designing?
I started designing projects to satisfy the quilting bug for my wonderful group of students, who are now great friends inside and out of the classroom. The original group (I now have four club classes) have been in the same class for almost 10 years. It began with designing projects that taught a technique or method that they wanted to cover in class and with their creative encouragement it grew into Border Creek Station. All of my club classes still provide much inspiration and opinions on new designs and are always willing to test and help whenever I am in a jam.
Do you have a favourite quilt?
My favourite quilt is usually the newest one I am working on. Currently that is "A Checkered Past" and it is so new there are no photos – but watch for them soon. That being said, I do have some quilts with special meaning or that signify a specific memorable event.
I personally love two colour quilts so "Stars in the Valley" is a favourite and "Autumn Nights" was designed specifically for my friend and mentor Sue Carmichael, owner of Quilter’s Cupboard in Uxbridge, ON who was featured in the BHG Quilt Sampler magazine as a top ten shop in Fall 2010.
Quick and fun questions:
- Favourite colour: What day is it?
- What part of the quilting process do you like the most? Piecing the blocks.
- What part of the quilting process do you dislike the most? Are you ready? Sewing on borders!
- Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, or: ALWAYS chocolate! There is no other flavour.
- Favourite super hero or comic book character: Wolverine, especially when they made the movie with Hugh Jackman – yum!
- Most exciting place you’ve travelled: Definitely St. Lucia
- Favourite quote or mantra: I have two:
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. -Mark Twain
Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt and live like it’s heaven on Earth. -Mark Twain
Block 18 – A Border Creek Christmas
Here’s Sherri’s A Border Creek Christmas block. Don’t let it intimidate you, while it might look complicated, Sherri’s tutorial makes it easy peasy. Head over to Sherri’s web site to download the tutorial.
Share Your Photos
Upload your completed blocks to our Flickr group for a chance to win some adorable buttons from Button Mad – Incomparable Buttons. One winner for each of our quilt-along blocks will be randomly chosen. You have two weeks to complete Sherri’s A Border Creek Christmas block to be eligible to win.
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