Meet guest blogger, quilt and fabric designer Michele Scott of The Pieceful Quilter! Read on and don’t miss the fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page.
When McCall’s Quilting asked me to be a guest blogger, of course I said yes. It was actually a “Heck, yeah!” I would do anything for these broads. I’ve been working with this publication for about 15 years now, and I have had nothing but wonderful experiences. They are the most caring, considerate and personable ladies in the industry! I’d do their laundry if they asked. (Well, maybe not that….)
So I say yes, and then comes the question, “WHAT do I write about?” I really don’t have anything important to say…no words of wisdom to impart to my fellow quilt addicts. They suggested possibly writing about the experience of designing the fabric, Dino Pals, for Northcott. Or perhaps about the making of the quilt Dinosaur Parade for the April/May issue of McCall’s Quick Quilts with my amazingly handsome husband. (Yes, ladies and gents, he cut and ironed as I sewed. I chose husband #2 carefully, and it’s really paying off, I have to say!)
As I was thinking about what I would write about the designing, I begin reminiscing about exactly what was going on in my life at the time. I remember doing the majority of the work as we drove to Michigan for a speaking engagement. I remember us laughing and listening to The Grateful Dead on our 10-hour journey. I treasure every minute of my time with Tom, but this was a highlight. Then I thought about the quilt and the making of it. It was when my mother just suffered a brain bleed and then 2 subsequent strokes. It was such a sad time. We weren’t sure how she was going to pull through. I remember teaching all day (I’m a 4th grade teacher in “real life”), then to the Rehab center for visiting hours and then home by 9 to work on the quilt. Thankfully, she’s recovering beautifully, but when I look at that quilt, it takes me back to that painful time and how grateful I am that she has rallied like a boss.
The more I thought about this, the more it made me realize that every quilt tells a story, doesn’t it? It may not be what one would think either. When I look at my next collection coming out with Northcott, Whoo Loves You, I don’t think about owls or how amazing my Art Director Deborah Edwards is by editing my work to the point of complete and total awesomeness. I think of the Finger Lakes. I was tight on my deadline (shocker…this another reason for Deborah’s greatness…her patience with the terminally late designer known as me!) and leaving for a weeklong trip with our dear friends. I was working half the night and up at 6am, making the changes furiously before leaving on our adventure. Hitting the send button at 10am was literally the start of my vacation.
So as you’re working on that latest project, take a look around your world. Treasure the good times, or hope for better. And that quilt will now be your personal moment in time.
Thanks so much, Michele.
We are giving away 3 prize packages of 9 flannel fat quarters each from Michele’s Dino Pals collection for Northcott ! Leave a comment below before midnight March 22, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Three names will be drawn on March 23 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
We have our winners! Congratulations to Sue Guday of Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; Mary Ann Wolf of New Ulm, Minnesota, and Lori Morton of Mansfield, Ohio.