Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quilts, Inspired, Lovely and Well Made...

We recently sent a query to our FaceBook friends and asked if they had some bright creative quilts to share in a future article.
Wow did we receive some great emails. You are a talented bunch of Quilters. Some of you teach classes, others teach through tutorials on your blogs. It is a delight to see such passion for color, design, and great technique.

So let's start with Camelia Elliot. She decided to recover her Sofa, with quilted cushions.

Camelia Elliot
Dear Mary Jo’s Cloth Store,
I have a quilt to share and it fits into your criteria “bright, fun, creative”.   I have attached a few photos. Here is my story behind this design: We were in the market for new living room furniture and I hated the thought of giving up my comfortable couch with a cozy hide-a-bed that we use when we have a house full of company. After all, they don’t make things like they used to and the sofa has a good, sturdy frame.  I called Francine's Upholstery to get a quote on reupholstering my couch.  She mentioned her classes at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia and I decided to take a class.  We were visiting about the project and I expressed my interest in using two fabrics.  At that point, I had the bright idea that I could have a quilted couch!  The end result was stunning.  Quilt shop owners from miles around went crazy over my first quilted cushion.  I decided to share my concept with others.  When I went to my machine quilter’s house to pick up the quilt, she commented, “This looks really good on my bed.” She was right.  I made the decision to add instructions for a bed quilt to the book. To see a slideshow of photos when this couch was being created, you may visit my website www.cameliaelliott.com, scroll down to the bottom of the “order patterns page” and go to “click here”. I’m in the process of designing a pattern for a bed quilt as well as the quilted couch.

Thanks Camelia, looks like you may have stumbled upon a new business. Fantastic!

Jennifer Mathis/ Ellis Lane Quilts
Our next Story comes from a very talented and prolific Quilter. Jennifer Mathis. She has a Blog called Ellison Lane Quilts. She also has an interesting retreat she hosts called, Sew South: A Modern Sewing Retreat., This Retreat looks super fun and is right in Charlotte, N.C.. Only 20 minutes from Mary Jo's Cloth Store.
Jennifer shares many quilt tutorials on her Blog, It would be a great idea to take a moment and click around on her site. You will be inspired. She features some really great quilts and makes it easy to create them yourself. She also has a Pinterest Page. Thanks so much for sharing Miss Jennifer, we appreciate your talent!
To all of you who sent us emails, thanks so very much for your inspired submissions. We will feature more later in the week. If you would like to be considered, email us today at kdb@maryjos.com.

By the way, if you haven't checked out Pinterest, it is not just another thing to learn, it makes it easy for you to keep track of the things that inspire you. Mary Jo's Cloth Store has a Pinterest Page, have you followed us yet? There is no time like the present!
This is Quilting weather and we have lots of fabric in the colors that you love and prices no one else can beat. Log onto maryjos.com for the best selection. We can have the fabric in your hands in just a few days. DO IT. Click and order today!


JudyCinNC said...

I signed up for email alerts when your blog had new posts. I am very sorry to hear that you are choosing to use FaceBook for your questions and inquiries. As for myself and several of my immediate quilting friends we will not use Facebook as a two-way communication medium. Please continue to utilize your blog for us. Thanks from Judy C

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Thanks so much for featuring me! Makes my day!

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