Posts Tagged: Quilters

Quilters and Quilts ~ Barn Quilts with Christina Turner

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In this final week of our Quilters and Quilts Series, celebrating the release of The Quilted Heart novellas, we’ve taken a turn and headed to Canada for a look at Barn Quilts with my reader-friend, Christina Turner.

“Barn quilts are painted quilt squares-usually fashioned on boards and then mounted on a barn or other building. While cloth quilts are usually made up of a series of squares of the same pattern placed together, a barn quilt is almost always a single square.” Suzi Parron, author of Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement  (more…)

Quilters and Quilts ~ Week 10, Juanita Nobles

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Reader-Friend Juanita Nobles is my guest in Week 10 of the Quilters and Quilts Blog Series celebrating the release of The Quilted Heart Omnibus.

MONA: How long have you been a quilter?

JUANITA: I’ve been quilting for 30 years. I started in 1983. I have done all types—paper piecing, applique, piecework, but I usually stick to pretty simple designs.

Lighthouse Quilt

Lighthouse Quilt

MONA: Who influenced you to start quilting?

JUANITA: Both my grandmothers quilted, but in those days they just put fabric together because they needed warm covers for the bed. When I started making quilts, it was to make pretty designs with colorful, coordinating pieces. My children were growing up and I wanted to make quilts for them and for their babies which I knew would be coming in a few years, so I taught myself to quilt. I did attend one simple class, but mostly I bought books and fabric and taught myself.

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Quilters and Quilts ~ Week 9, Jasmine Augustine

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The Quilted Heart Omnibus series of post Civil War novellas released last Tuesday. Reader-friend, Jasmine Augustine, is celebrating with us . . . sharing her Quilters and Quilts story.

Jasmine is dedicating this interview to her Great Grandma, Ellen Derrick (1918-2012).

MONA: How long have you been quilting?

JASMINE: I made my first doll quilt when I was about 12 but didn’t make my first full-sized quilt until 2008, so I have been quilting on and off for either 13 years or 5 years depending on how you look at it.

MONA: Who influenced you to quilt?

JASMINE: Definitely my Grandma and Great-Grandma on my Mother’s side. They have a tradition of making beautiful quilts for their children to great-great-grandchildren. Someday I hope to be a little tea-light next to their large pillar candles. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts, Week 8 ~ Karen Powell

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Karen Powell is my guest today. Not only is Karen a reader-friend quilter, she is also the Assistant Manager at Crossroads Books and Coffee in Phoenix, Arizona. Last summer, for a book signing event for Prairie Song at Crossroads, Karen decorated the book table with period pieces including a beautiful quilt made by her grandmother. Our chat about quilting prompted me to invite Karen to participate in this Quilters and Quilts Series.
MONA: How old were you when you started quilting?

KAREN: I started sewing when I was ten, made first quilt when I was 20. 

MONA: Who influenced you to become a quilter?

KAREN: My grandmother taught me many things, among them was the ability to sew.

MONA: What was your first quilting project?

KAREN: A simple block pattern with yarn ties at the corners.

Karen Powel quilt circles in squares

MONA: How many quilts have you made?

KAREN: Nine.

MONA: Do you have a favorite pattern?

KAREN: Double Wedding Ring.

Karen Powell Green Wedding Ring

MONA: What is your favorite part of the quilting process?

KAREN: Pinning and stitching…makes for a nice time of prayer for the recipient of the quilt.

MONA: A double blessing. What do you do with most of the quilts you make?

 KAREN: Gifts, especially for weddings and babies.

Karen Powell Baby Quilt

MONA: Have you learned any life lessons from quilting?

KAREN: When we persevere in things and bring them to completion, others can be encouraged by our efforts. Also, I have learned to balance work and rest (for me quilting is a nice way to rest).

MONA: Good lessons. What bit of advice would you give someone who wants to start quilting?

KAREN: Give yourself grace and have fun.

Karen Powell Gl Pink circles

MONA: Good counsel, Karen. Thanks so much for sharing your quilting story.

Have you ever made a quilt for a wedding gift or baby gift? Or received a quilt as a wedding or baby gift? What pattern?

Book Signing Event for The Quilted Heart Omnibus

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WHERE: Crossroads Books & Coffee

WHEN: Saturday, January 25, 2014; 10 a.m. to noon

GIVEAWAY: While supplies last, receive a FREE sampler quilt kit when you come to celebrate the release of THE QUILTED HEART novellas.

Quilters and Quilts – Week 7 – Diana Montgomery

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Diana Montgomery

 

Here we are in Week 7 of our Quilters and Quilts Series.

Today’s guest is my reader-friend, Diana Montgomery.

 

 

MONA: Who influenced you to become a quilter?

DIANA: I have always loved quilts. I don’t know of anyone in my family who actually sewed.  I just have always admired quilts when visiting Shipshewana, Indiana, and seeing the beautiful Amish Quilts.  I don’t think I will ever get to do fancy ones, but then again who knows, maybe someday.

MONA: What is your favorite part of the quilting process? (more…)

Quilters and Quilts, Week 6 – Amy Campbell

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Quilting is a form of storytelling. I love that about quilters and quilts. Storytelling in the design, but also in the process of quilting. And I’m excited to introduce you to my reader-friend, Amy Campbell, and share her story in this sixth week of the Quilters and Quilts Series.

MONA: Who inspired your love of quilts and quilting?

AMY: I love quilts because of my grandma, Molly Conner. She was a lifetime quilter. When I was little, she would show me her old trunk full of quilts she and her mother had made over the years. She would tell me stories about the quilts, which led to more stories about her, Granddaddy, her parents, grandparents, and her 14 brothers and sisters. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #5 – Kathleen Belongia

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I’m excited to welcome Kathleen Belongia, another quilting reader-friend, to my blog today to give us another peek at quilters and quilts! And I’m seeing stars! (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #4 – Susan French

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A very sick baby boy. A mother’s desperate prayer. A church quilting circle.

Reader-Friend, Susan French, is my guest in Week 4 of my Quilters and Quilts Series. I chose Christmas week to share Susan’s compelling story about the gift of a quilt stitched with love and drenched in prayer. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #3 – Linda Smith

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Week 3 of our Quilters and Quilts Series has me hosting my sister-friend, Linda Smith. Woohoo!
My Sis Linda Quilting by Machine

My Sis Linda Quilting by Machine

When I first entertained the idea to center a women’s retreat series of talks around the concept of quilting, I called my Sis Linda. You see, I don’t quilt. Linda is our family’s designated quilting expert. I may not be a quilter, but I am a writer who is fascinated with metaphors and imagery. 
As I planned to talk to women’s groups about the transformed heart based upon Psalm 19:14, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Psalm 51:10, Proverbs 4:23, and Romans 12:2, the image of quilting the front, batting, and backing came to mind. The Quilted Heart has become my most popular women’s retreat topic and in January I’ll have a book of three novellas by the same name, inspired by the truths I share when speaking to women’s groups.
It’s been fun talking to Linda about her history with quilting and looking at some of the quilts she’s made for the family. (more…)

Quilters and Quilts #2 – Kristine Morgan

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Thank you all for a great response to the new Quilters and Quilts Monday Blog Series.  

Week Two features my reader-friend, Kristine Morgan, also a member of the Book Launch Team for The Quilted Heart novellas.

MONA: Kristine, who influenced you to become a quilter?

KRISTINE: My mom and my sister both quilt. My mom made these two quilts, one for each of my daughters when they were born.

Kris Morgan Mom quilt 2 cropped

Kris Morgan Mom quilt 1 cropped

I started to quilt to have something to do while we sat together. (more…)

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