oh I love a good giveaway! It's fun to win them and it's fun to host them. I happen to be in possession of an extra copy of Cherri House's lovely new book "City Quilts". And I want to give it to one of you!
If you haven't seen or heard about this book climb out from under your rock and embrace the fabulous world of quilts made entirely of solids. That's right...no prints. We love them, but when you see Cherri's quilts you'll want to buy every single solid fabric you can get your hands on!
Cherri, oh so sweetly, answered a few questions for me a la interview style so that you can all get to know her (and her family!) a bit better. Take the time to read it...she's got some wisdom! And enjoy some pictures of the quilt patterns available in this book along the way.
You do amazing work with solids obviously, is there one brand that you prefer over another or is anything of good quality something you use? I really want to know if you own all 221 Kona solids!
I do own all 221 Kona Solids...I have a fat quarter of each. Since I only used Robert Kaufman solids in my book, I needed every color available, to provide to C&T for color references. The day the box arrived with 221 fat quarters, was a really sweet day!
The only other solids I have used, and have confidence in, are Moda's Bella Solids. They are great to work with, and the quality is excellent.
Your inspiration for this book was cityscapes. What are the other main inspirations for you? Do you find yourself seeing inspiration all around you?
The biggest reason why my inspiration was cityscapes, is that is where I work, it’s where I go every weekday. I’d love to live by the sea or the mountains and soak up the inspiration there. Inspiration is truly everywhere – the challenge isn’t to find it, but be aware of it, capture it, and translate it into whatever you love!
Solids are an underused part of the quilting world in my opinion. But there is no denying that there are delicious prints all around us and the selection is growing constantly. Other than your daughter (because that answer is too easy!) are you drawn to any particular designer or fabric line?
I love Kaffe Fassett fabric – the saturated colors, pattern, everything. There isn’t necessarily another designer that I’m drawn to, but I do love fabric with text, organic patterns, Moda has a scissor fabric that I absolutely love. Pretty eclectic I guess!
Often finding that exact right shade of fabric can be elusive and frustrating. Since you have worked with so many different colors, are there any solid colors by particular manufacturers that you can point us to as completely necessary to any quilter's stash? That perfect shade of green or the not too bright red?
I’m most familiar with RK Kona Cotton Solids, and I definitely have my go to colors, my favorite being Chinese Red! My best recommendation to avoid frustration would be to first get a fabric color card, and a standard color wheel. I know several places sell RK’s, I’m not sure about Moda’s color cards, and you can purchase a color wheel at an art store. If you are building a stash of solids I strongly recommend (as your finances allow) using your color wheel as a guide, start for example with RED, YELLOW, AND BLUE. Purchase in ½ yard increments 5 reds, 5 yellows, and 5 blues. On your next shopping trip, work your way around the color wheel, until you have a full range of colors. In working with the various shades, tones, and hues you will discover your favorites, your ‘can’t live without colors’.
I'm so intrigued by the obvious talent in your family. Are there any plans for collaboration between your fabric designing daughter Lizzy and yourself? She seems to specialize in whimsical prints like Castle Peeps, but I think that many of your quilt designs could be the perfect showcase for her prints.
I do create quilts using Lizzy’s fabric; generally it is done through her fabric manufacturer. I am interested in designing fabric, and I plan to pursue that in the upcoming year. Currently Lizzy and I have no plans to do fabric together. In regards to Lizzy’s fabric designing, my only interest is to support her, to be a sounding board if she needs me, give the occasional yay or nay if she asks for my opinion.
One final question. Do you have any advice for quilters new to the world of solid fabrics? Any pitfalls that you should avoid when working with solids?
Printed fabrics can do much of the work, as far as making a quilt have visual excitement, depth of color, etc. They also can hide a world of sins, so to speak…less than stellar piecing, or quilting can be easily masked with a busy print. Not so with solids! Mistakes and a lack of precision are all too visible when there is nothing to distract the eye. Don’t avoid solids because of these realities; just beware of them before getting started.
Thanks so much Cherri for all of your advice and information!
She's so sweet. You should all check out her site Cherry House Quilts and if you are twitterer (is that what they call people?! LOL) you can follow her here http://twitter.com/cherryhouse
Okay. So how do you get a chance to win this lovely book of Cherri's? Let's break it down.
1. Tell me what your favorite Kona solid color is! Lots of sites have them available like Pink Chalk Fabrics and Sew Fresh Fabrics and Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. And I'm sure they wouldn't mind if you picked some up too...but that would just be for yourself ;) (I'm not getting anything for recommending them...just ones I came up with off the top of my head)
2. Become a follower or tell me that you are a follower. (It's so nice to see that number grow and it matters to some people out there LOL.)
3. Blog about this giveaway on your blog and come back and tell me.
4. Add me to your blogroll in your side bar or tell me that I'm already there. (Woohoo!)
5. Don't worry, I'm not going to make you compliment my daughter this time...but it would be great to hear what you are excited about in Cherri's book. Anything will do. I'm sure that Cherri would love to know!
Okay...sounds like a plan. I think that I'll keep this giveaway open until Sunday night September 19th (my time!) so you have plenty of time to find that perfect Kona color. LOL. Good luck!