Welcome to the first in a series of blog postings introducing the Challenge 1 finalists for McCall’s Quilt Design Star™ 2012! We’ll be following these designers as they begin their first challenge, helping you get to know them even better before voting time rolls around again.
For their first challenge, each finalist must use a traditional block as inspiration for their quilt design. The Professional Category will use the Storm at Sea Block, found in McCall’s FREE Quilt Block Reference.
Tammy Campsall-Morel, a finalist in the Professional category, says she knew right away how she would incorporate the Storm at Sea Block into a new design. Tammy describes herself as a quilt artist, which is easy to see in her entry-round quilt, titled “In His Hands”.
She says: “I have only ‘pieced’ maybe three quilts in total, so this Storm at Sea Block is more than challenging for me. I am more of a quilt artist than a ‘piecer’, but love a challenge.”
Tammy doesn’t quilt alone, however. She wrote to us, describing her adorable assistant: “She has been helping me sandwich my quilts since she was about a year and a half old, loves passing the pins and sometimes even pinning now that she is a big girl. She has her own sewing machine, but keeps telling me she needs one more like mine. Right now I have her sewing a lot of paper so she doesn’t use up all my stash! My granddaughter is the best, and I love having her with me! She says I’m her best friend and she is mine.”
“My friends and family are very supportive of my quilting efforts, and they are happy to see that I have made the challenge. My husband might even be glad to see me out of his hair for a while…except at dinner!” Happy quilting, Tammy, and good luck!
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