Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hand Maker Blog Tour

I'm always happy to help a friend out, especially when that friend is as warm, generous, and gracious as Natalie Barnes of Beyond the Reef patterns. So when Natalie reached out to ask if I would participate in a special program to help celebrate the launch of her fabric line for Windham Fabrics, Hand Maker, at Spring Quilt Market earlier this year, I was thrilled to say yes.

Natalie had a great idea for her booth: she asked nine different quilt makers to each make a mini quilt that represents them -- their style, technique, and aesthetic -- that measures 30” x 30” when finished. A seemingly easy task, but we all know that the fewer and looser the rules of the game are, the more difficult it can be to focus on one idea.

I quickly decided to go through my mental rolodex and pull from a mini quilt idea that I'd long been wanting to realize, but never had the opportunity to do so. I reached all the way back to a blog post I had bookmarked in 2011, from the Purl Bee blog. Purl had been running a 'Mini Quilt of the Month' series, and I fell in love with their March 2011 entry, the Masking Tape Quilt. Though the quilt is made up of traditional Churn Dash blocks, I've always appreciated the secondary shapes and patterns that emerge from the repeating pattern as well as the eclectic fabric mix. I felt it was a great way to mash together a vintage-inspired idea with modern, 'of the moment' fabrics. Some simple quilt math helped me to resize the blocks to 10" finished each, and I got to work.

Here's an image of all 9 quilts that were created for Natalie's booth:

And here's a photo of the quilts in their natural habitat (Spring 2016 Quilt Market):

 Many thanks to Natalie for inviting me to take part in this fun, collaborative project ... as well as to get me back here to the blog to take part in the tour.


Want to get your hands on a fat quarter bundle of Hand Maker fabric, courtesy of Natalie Barnes and Windham Fabrics? (See, I told you she was generous!) I'm excited to be able to give away a bundle to a randomly selected Quilt Dad reader. Simply leave a comment on this post and let me know your favorite quilt project that combined traditional and modern elements; either that you've made yourself or that you've admired from afar. Share your links for others to see!

I'll select and post my winner's name by Friday, December 16th,

For more chances to win, and to hear the story behind each of these 9 special quilts, be sure to visit the other makers' blogs.


Saturday 03 December 

    Natalie Barnes
    Ann Shaw

Sunday 04 December

    Angela Walters

Monday 05 December

    Amy Ellis

Tuesday 06 December

    Julie Herman

Wednesday 07 December
    John Q. Adams

Thursday 08 December 

    Latifah Saafir

Friday 09 December

    Rose Hughes

Saturday 10 December

    Jenny Pedigo

Sunday 11 December
    Cheri Leffler
    Scott Hansen