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Featured Designer: Rochelle Martin
How did you get into quilting?
I tried it as a hobby first. My memories of quilting are good as I grew up in a Mennonite community where quilting is done by most of the women in the church. After the children were in school I had more time and I started making quilts for our family. My first quilt was for our son – a red/white/blue pieced and appliquéd quilt in the color story he liked best. The blocks were large and the design was from a library book and called Chinese Coins.
How/when/why did you transition from a quilter to a designer?
From the first I wanted better designs than I could find in books from the library. I’m also an artist so after I discovered the art of appliqué I drew my own templates. I then started making quilt tops for a woolen mill in another town. They wanted original designs so I designed quilts for them to make for the store. They filled them with wool batting and tied the comforters and sold them at the store shop. Years later I worked at our local quilt shop as a clerk, made displays and taught classes. I started making original patterns for the store using their fabric. When the patterns sold very well I started my company, Cottage Quilt Designs in December 2005.
Which quilt is your favourite? Did you design it? Why is it your favourite?
I developed an appliquéd pattern called Gallery of Birds some years ago for the hand appliqué class I teach at the local quilt store. The students did one block each month. My husband and I watch birds so this one is probably why its my favorite.
What size of quilt do you prefer to make/design? (e.g. table runners, lap quilts, bed quilts, etc.) I usually make throw size since I can hang it easily to get photos for pattern fronts. I also have made a lot of table runners for our home and the business.
What colour do you use most often in your quilts? I try to use all color schemes. Blue is my favourite color but I try not to use it even though I head towards blues in fabric stores.
Favourite one-sentence tip for a new quilter: Use a consistent seam allowance so that the patches will all fit together.
Block Party #8 – Harvest Turnabout
Here’s Rochelle’s block, Harvest Turnabout. I adore the gorgeous fabrics that she used. Head over to Rochelle’s blog to download the block tutorial.
Rochelle is giving away two patterns on her blog too. Head over to her blog for the info and to enter her give-away.
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