Thursday, March 12, 2015

...with Angela Walters

there is one more post!
(because you have to go back to yesterday's post!)

...with Angela Walters

for a chance to have your own copy of
A Modern Twist
random number generator drawing will take place March 15 
for a signed copy of the book A Modern Twist (US) or ebook (International)
 

...with Angela Walters

I think of Angela as a revolutionary quilter
that really changed how we look at finishing a quilt
 
it's important that we all know about quilting our finished tops
turning them in to quilts
and not just leaving them as tops

and it's important to quilt our tops in a manner that enhances the quilt
it's important to think about
color + contrast + composition
in quilting

thank you, Angela, for adding that concept to

if you can't attend a conference and take one of Angela's classes in person
there are a lot of ways that she makes her ideas available to us

 on a more personal note
I have enjoyed Angela's work - quilting, fabrics, books, lectures
for quite some time now
(how many of you remember this quilt on the cover of Quilters Newsletter Magazine?)
 so it would be an understatement to say that
was a joy to create with Angela's contributions to the book
not only the beautiful quilting
but the beautiful spirit 
that is Angela.
mother, wife, quilter, teacher

thank you so very much....

....with Angela

means the world to me!

 be.do.create.
natalie


remember - you have until March 15 to leave a comment on any or ALL
of these posts!!

02 March - Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

03 March - Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
www.generationqmagazine.com

04 March - Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
www.jaybirdquilts.com

05 March - Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
Martingale
www.blog.shopmartingale.com
 
   06 March - Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
www.rosehughes.blogspot.com

07 March - Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
www.diaryofaquilter.com

08 March - Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
www.carolynfriedlander.com/blog/

09 March - Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/

10 March - Amy Ellis  + CONTRAST
Amy's Creative Side
www.amyscreativeside.com/blog/

11 March - Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Angela Walters/Quilting is my Therapy
www.quiltingismytherapy.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Amy Ellis is here! Amy Ellis is here!

Amy Ellis is here!

thank you, Amy, for being a part of the Book Blog Tour

yes, Amy Ellis is here.

 Amy seems to be a constant in my quilting life
she wrote the very first book I ever reviewed for Martingale/That Patchwork Place
long before we ever met
she participated in some of the compilation books of which I was lucky enough to contribute
and then one day she was the big sister I was calling on
for quilting advice
regardless of how much Amy has going on at any given time in her OWN life
she always seems to be able to graciously still have time for friends

 Amy Ellis is here!

 and

Amy Ellis is here!

 and....

okay, you get my point

but, before I go, I have to tell you a story about the last place I saw Amy
it was at
QuiltCon
I was in the beyond the reef booth, helping someone with a fabric bundle explanation, 
and ringing up another someone, and writing up an order for even yet another someone else

and all of a sudden

I felt a presence
a presence.

and there was Amy Ellis.
peacefully, quietly, standing shoulder to shoulder with me.
she was just

t h e r e.


and that, my friends, is Amy Ellis.

'nuff said.
head on over to Amy's site - there is a whole lot going on!!

be.do.create
natalie.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Meet Latifah Saafir!!! I am proud to say.....a friend.

I am so proud.  Honestly.
It's true.

is on the

Thank you so very much, Latifah.
 I have known Latifah for not so long.
But I can say I KNOW Latifah.
We would see each other at quilt shows, saying hello, asking each other if we were "doing okay".

and then.
I asked if she knew someone
who might want to be my roommate....

and before I knew it, 
we were talking all the night through
and sharing family recipes!! 
(Latifah Saafir, Triangulate)

You might just recognize this quilt, Triangulate, from 
30 Quilts, 30 years, Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons
  
Rocket-88, Latifah Saafir
Enough said.
If you have the chance to meet Latifah, at a show, or representing Janome in your class,
or if she is teaching a class
Say, Hey!
Convergence, Latifah Saafir
You will be greeted with a "you doing okay?" and a great smile.
And maybe.
Just maybe.
you will walk away with much much more than you started with.

because.
that's Latifah.....

be.co.create.
Natalie.
Molehills, Latifah Saafir

head on over to Latifah's blog post
and leave a comment about her post
the book is A Modern Twist
comment to have a chance at owning your very own signed copy
of the book!

be.do.create
natalie
 
 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Carolyn Friedlander + Color

Carolyn Friedlander + Color

A Modern Twist BookBlog Tour
I want to take just a moment to let you know
A Modern Twist
BookBlog Tour today is being hosted by

 Carolyn Friedlander + Color

Robert Kaufman Fabrics
one day, while walking down the aisle at Quilt Market with Carolyn,
I was trying to carefully ask if she had time in her days to post about other folks' works

she was gracious, and quiet, and let me fumble around for quite some time
before she said
"are you asking me if I will be a part of your book blog tour?
 simply stated.
Robert Kaufman Fabrics Doe
 a bit like her studio pic
everything in it's right order
Totem, Doe, Robert Kaufman Fabrics
 not only is Carolyn producing her own patterns
and if you head on over to her site
you will find
this part, along with
is what I find to be the most exciting part of Carolyn's vision about quilting
 which is why I want to say,
simply stated,
thank you! Carolyn.
for taking the time to be a part of the BookBlog Tour
for
please remember, you have until March 15 to leave comments on every blog post
in the series

and each post has information from the quilter and artist
on 
Color + Contrast + Composition

02 March - Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

03 March - Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
www.generationqmagazine.com

04 March - Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
www.jaybirdquilts.com

05 March - Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
Martingale
www.blog.shopmartingale.com
 
   06 March - Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
www.rosehughes.blogspot.com

07 March - Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
www.diaryofaquilter.com

08 March - Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
www.carolynfriedlander.com/blog/

09 March - Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/

10 March - Amy Ellis  + CONTRAST
Amy's Creative Side
www.amyscreativeside.com/blog/

11 March - Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Angela Walters/Quilting is my Therapy
www.quiltingismytherapy.com


be.do.create
natalie.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

OUR Amy Smart

it's Amy!  it's Amy!
(not the woman that was in Robot Chicken)
 THIS
  
crinkle your nose, smiling, happy, fun
sparkle in her eyes,
lovely, thoughtful, grounded
AMY

 see that smile?!?!???
that's OUR Amy Smart!!!

(okay, now that we have THAT straightened out!!)
www.martingale-pub.com
our Amy Smart has been a busy busy quilter
she has a new book of her own
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1940655048/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=7000636871&hvqmt=p&hvbmt=bp&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_7wtt4xy2ty_p
 and she has contributed to

but here's the thing

OUR Amy
 has a way of being gracious
while
writing and contributing to books
creating patterns
 posting tutorials
attending industry events
teaching, traveling
and
sharing

THAT
is the Amy for which I am thankful

I hope you will take a moment to visit
Amy's post about A Modern Twist
she has added some great information of her own

thank you, Amy, for your sparkle
and thanks to all of you
for visiting
and leaving comments on everyone's BookBlog Tour posts
for a chance to have your very own copy of

 be.do.create
natalie

 



Friday, March 6, 2015

Rose Hughes

thank you
Rose
for your lovely post, written from the heart
 as the saying goes
if you are lucky enough to call Rose "friend"
you are lucky enough

you will find stories about Rose in the very first pages of A Modern Twist
and you will find her books noted in the Sources pages on the last pages of A Modern Twist
 because that's where friends are
they're there at the beginning, and they are there at the end
friendship is not a sometimes thing, it is an every page of the book thing

have you seen Rose's work?
I love her - well, I call it - Studio Work
 Poppy Dreamin'

where many of her pieces were in the gallery
(hope you were able to take her class)
 Mules Ears

one of the most lovely things about Rose
is how much of herself she gives

while her Gallery pieces are just incredible
what is also incredible is how much she shares of her techniques
the very tools she uses to create these masterpieces
 
simple things
mean so much
what needle to use for beading
how to fill up the spaces of a piece with quilting and decorative stitches
how do you do that thing that you do with color

I hope you all have a chance to take a class with Rose
but if you can't, I hope you will add a few of her books to your library
here is the most recent release
Rose Hughes
Rose Hughes
writes for Martingale/That Patchwork Place
right now!

thank you Rose, for being there every page of the book
and thank you for being a part of the BookBlog Tour!

remember to visit every stop along the way
you can leave a comment on every post
and each artist is giving their own ideas on the subjects of
color + contrast + composition
  

02 March - Victoria Findlay Wolfe + CONTRAST
Victoria Findlay Wolfe
www.bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

03 March - Teri Lucas + COLOR
Generation Q Magazine
www.generationqmagazine.com

04 March - Julie Herman + COMPOSITION
Jaybird Quilts
www.jaybirdquilts.com

05 March - Jenny Wilding Cardon + COLOR
Martingale
www.blog.shopmartingale.com
 
   06 March - Rose Hughes + COLOR
Rose Hughes
www.rosehughes.blogspot.com

07 March - Amy Smart  + CONTRAST
Amy Smart
www.diaryofaquilter.com

08 March - Carolyn Friedlander + COLOR
Carolyn Friedlander
www.carolynfriedlander.com/blog/

09 March - Latifah Saafir + COMPOSITION
Latifah Saafir Studios
www.latifahsaafirstudios.com/blog/

10 March - Amy Ellis  + CONTRAST
Amy's Creative Side
www.amyscreativeside.com/blog/

11 March - Angela Walters + COMPOSITION
Angela Walters/Quilting is my Therapy
www.quiltingismytherapy.com
 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

It is Martingale's turn!!

you might think it is too late in the day to post
about today's
BookBlog Tour

but I say, no.

this is the type of subject that requires the quiet of the day
as I have been visiting different quilt shows
and lecturing
and teaching
and telling people proudly,
"I wrote a BOOK!!!!!"

I have been also telling everyone

"no one writes a book by themself"
(could that even be correct grammar?)

this may seem counter intuitive
but I truly believe it to be the case
and I am sticking with it.

(there may not be very many pictures in this post, by the way...) 

look at the credits
publisher
editorial director
acquisitions editor
technical editor
copy editor
design director
photographer
production manager
illustrator

elke and don who allowed their home to be used for the photo shoot

then there's the marketing person
the social media person
the person that coordinates and sells to all of the quilt shops
the person that wrote today's blog
(thank you Jenny, who, by the way, is ALSO a book author)

all of these people are
"my publisher"
 
it has a wonderful ring to it
my.
publisher.

 
"who published your book?"
 
 I proudly reply.

that's my story, and I'm sticking with it.
no one writes a book alone.
nope.
 
be.do.create
natalie.