So, are you going to play along with us? Thelma, Lisa and I are going to make this wonderful Spools quilt from Camille Roskelley's new pattern "Spools". Don't you think every one of us needs to have a version of this quilt hanging in our sewing rooms? It will be like a Flag of Sisterhood. We Quilt and We Are Awesome.
In honor of Camille's spectacular pattern, which is going to take the quilting world by storm (if you don't have yours yet, you better order it!), Lisa and Thelma and I are all using Camille's upcoming fabric collection "Marmalade" which she designed with her fabulous mother Bonnie (of Cotton Way). I won't tell you how we three girls scored the Marmalade fabric before its release, but let's just say, it is sometimes helpful to know people who are "connected". Even though we three are sewing with Marmalade, as Camille did, you all KNOW that whatever fabric you choose to make your versions is going to be dynamite! I cannot wait to see what you do!
I would like to share just a bit about the two wonderful women with whom I am doing this sew along. I started blogging in 2007, after "lurking" for some time and making the occasional comment on a number of quilting blogs. Lisa of Stashmaster and I shared a common aesthetic and love of similar fabrics and quilting styles. She was so kind to me whenever I commented on one of her posts and a chatty dialog soon ensued. In no time, she became my blogging BFF, and with her encouragement, I started my own blog. We actually met in person in 2008 when we agreed to sign up to take a couple of classes from our favorite designer, Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company. We had a fantastic time, became acquainted with our rock star quilting guru, and the rest is history. In 2009, a lovely woman named Thelma began to comment on my blog, and had a lot of questions about maybe starting her own quilting blog. She and I developed a dialog as well, and Thelma's blog Cupcakes 'n' Daisies has become an amazing hit in the quilting blog world. In 2010, Thelma and Lisa and I were able to get together to take more classes from our favorite designer, Carrie Nelson, and have remained fast friends ever since. I tell you with all sincerity, my life has been immeasurably enriched by my friendship with Lisa and Thelma.
So, this sew along not only honors Camille Roskelley for her outstanding pattern and fabric, but celebrates the friendship three quilters have forged through blogging!
So, all you Girlfriends out there in blog land, how about sewing along with us and making this easy, fun, Spools quilt? No rules, no deadlines, let's just sew together and have fun.
As you can see from the pattern picture, each Spools block is made up of three strips of fabric from the same color family. I have decided to break my construction into parts, and the assembly of these strip units is my first step. I am going to post weekly, on Fridays most likely, on my progress. This is going to be a fast easy quilt and I am hoping to get mine done by the end of this summer. Lisa and Thelma have already posted on their progress, and I am inspired to get going and catch up with them!
We really hope you will join us and send up pictures of your progress. You can pick Lisa, Thelma or me to send your progress pics to and we will post them on our blogs. Thelma's got a Pinterest board for posting pictures of your finished quilts. There will even be prizes as we sew along. Come on, join us on this fun journey to celebrate our common friendships based on quilting! Let's SEW girls!