Welcome to the latest stop of the Modern Mix blog tour!
When Jessica contacted me to quilt for her book, I didn’t know what the book was about. Up to that point, I hadn’t really quilted a lot of quilts made with solid fabrics. But with input from Jessica, I quickly found out that I really loved it!
One of my favorite quilts in the book was the Pebble Road quilt, I love the way that the different size circles breaks up the negative space on the quilt, without being too distracting.
I also had the pleasure of asking Jessica some questions about the book.
Me: What part of the book writing process was your favorite? Your least favorite?
Jessica: My favorite part was the sewing. For example the Twin String Quilts took quite a bit of time to piece, but I really enjoyed just getting to sit at my machine and put something together. Most quilters will understand the satisfaction of that. I can remember one early summer evening with the window open, a nice breeze blowing in, and my machine humming, and I was thinking to myself “oh yeah, this is why I love this so much”.
And, of course, getting to see the whole thing put together with the design and photos for the first time was amazing.
My least favorite part was the checking, and re-checking, and re-checking my calculations. But it had to be done…
Me: Do you find that using solid fabrics make designing a quilt pattern easier or harder.
Jessica: Definitely easier, at least when combined with prints. You can always come up with the exact right color and shade of a solid to use, which isn’t always the case with prints. So I feel like it’s easier to be sure you’ll get the outcome you had planned. And solids simplify and often modernize a design. They add a clean look you can’t get any other way.
Me: What piece of advice would you give someone who is wanting to write a book?
Jessica: Go for it, but definitely take your time. It’s such a big commitment, that you have to make sure it’s the right time in your life for it and it’s not something to be rushed into. Planning ahead and doing lots of the work early will save you a ton of stress later. When I write my next book I will absolutely do more of the sewing and writing before I even submit a proposal!
One of my lucky readers will win a copy of Modern Mix, just leave a comment telling me if you like sewing with solids or not.
Be sure to check out the next stops on the blog tour:
10/12/2011-Stitch Magazine Blog
10/14/2011-Gen Q Magazine
10/16/2011-Confessions of a Craft Addict
10/17/2011-Amy’s Creative Side
10/18/2011-Pink Chalk Studio
10/19/2011-Connecting Threads Blog
10/20/2011-Keepsake Quilting blog