Welcome back guest blogger, author, quilting teacher, and quilt and fabric designer Michele Scott of The Pieceful Quilter! Michele‘s lap quilt pattern, Deep Blue Sea, is featured in the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts. Read on and don’t miss the fabric and book giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.
Editor’s Note: Michele has just a few remaining quilt kits available for her Deep Blue Sea lap quilt. Check them out here!
When I get asked to write a blog for McCall’s, I always get so excited! Don’t judge – I lead a very boring life. The smallest things bring me joy. The reason why I’m so jazzed to do this is because it makes me be insightful about things that I may not normally be because of the craziness of life. They tell me I can write about my quilt, Deep Blue Sea, which is being featured in this month’s McCall’s Quick Quilts. But what is there to say? It’s a very easy design…easy to make. What makes it crazy beautiful are the fabrics from my collection from Northcott, Calypso. Designed under the mentorship of my amazing art director, Deborah Edwards, these fabrics will make any design look great!
So no, I don’t want to write about the quilt.
So what to write about? I get a few weeks to do this, so I take that time to pause and reflect.
I have many gigs this spring. Doing lots of shows and guild workshops and lectures, so I’ve been knee deep into the whole biz the past couple of months. Thinking back over this time, you know what’s front and center at all times? My husband, Tom. (Affectionately know as Sweetie to many.)
Everyone calm down. This won’t be your typical, “My husband is great…blah, blah, blah.”. Okay, maybe it is, but I think it’s more of a story of someone who shares everything about the one he loves.
Let me give you some background. Twenty five years ago, Tom and I taught across the hall from one another and dated. It didn’t work out and we married our first spouses. Fourteen years later, we both were divorced and tried the whole dating thing again. Once again, it didn’t work out – I guess we just weren’t ready. Four years from that (do you have the whole math down?), we met up with mutual friends and a month after that, I was moved into his house and we were engaged. Timing was finally right for the both of us.
When I first married Tom, he knew nothing about quilting. This Grateful Dead and football and golf-loving hippie was one of “those” who would call a quilt, a “blanket”. Can you imagine? The horror! I had to teach him….and fast!
Over the past six years, he has not only been by my side while I’ve run The Pieceful Quilter, he has taken an interest in every facet of the business. He cuts kits, provides advice for fabric designing (this man has an amazing eye for color and symmetry), and Sherpas all of my stuff around. He never complains as I send him out for lunch or tell him to set up tables so that the guild women don’t have to do it. He quietly packs and unpacks the car….over and over and over. He tells me his job is to make sure the “talent” gets to their final destination. And on top of all of that….he’s pretty damned good looking.
It’s so funny to watch him in a workshop explaining the difference between a Topstitch 90/14 needle and a 100/16 to a student in one of my workshops. Or discuss the various fusibles and how to use them while at a lecture. This burly 6’3” guy has embraced the techniques and the people in the quilting industry. Coming to my gigs brings him such joy! And of course, the women adore him. Who wouldn’t? I fall deeper and deeper in love with him as I watch him interact with such kindness and respect.
I knew when we reconnected that last time, I was ready and I found the ultimate love of my life. What I didn’t know is what a tremendously valuable employee I had acquired as well. Who works rather cheap, I may add.
Thanks so much, Michele. Michele is giving away a copy of her book, Bobbin Quiltin’ and Fusin’ Fun (AQS, 2011), plus 4 packages of 13 fat quarters each from her Calypso collection for Northcott! Leave a comment below before midnight May 22, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Five names will be drawn on May 23 and notified by email with subject line beginning YOU WON. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
If you’d like to make your own version of Michele’s Deep Blue Sea lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the June/July 2016 issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts, you can order print and digital magazines in our online shop. The Deep Blue Sea quilt pattern is also available separately as an instant digital download. And Michele has a few remaining kits available for the quilt; get details here.