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No. 003. May 2016. By Michelle Bartholomew
Get to know an awesome quilter


This month we are featuring Emily Dennis from Quilty Love. One of my quilting friends recommended I check out her Instagram account and I immediately fell in love with her quilts. I wish they were all living at my house! Emily is also a photographer, which is very apparent when you look at her work. If you are looking for inspiration on how to best display quilts for photos, look no further.

Hi there! I'd love for you to introduce yourself.
I’m Emily. The quilter behind Quilty Love. I’ve been quilting for a few years now and like all the hobbies before it, it has turned into a full fledged obsession. I’m a work at home momma to 3 kids who are in school full time, so basically I’m a stay at home mom without any kids to stay home with ;) I’m a photographer during our beautiful summer months. My husband and I live in Michigan’s beautiful upper peninsula. We live in a tiny town so we take every opportunity to travel away from here when we can. We are currently working on getting our kids to all 50 states.

Describe your quilty style in 3 words or less.
Fresh, Modern, Bright

What is the most interesting thing about you?
I have a tendency to turn my hobbies into jobs. I still haven’t decided if that’s a blessing or a curse.   Another interesting tidbit… I have 13 siblings! That’s not something you hear everyday ;)

What Kona color best describes you?
That’s a tough one! Maybe something like Ice Frappe - Something a little calmer and quieter. Although at times I’m neither of those

What's your quilting secret weapon?
My quilting secret weapon has got to be my 1/4 inch quilting foot for my machine. I’d be lost without it. It makes getting the right seam allowance such a breeze and allows me to do some crazy fast chain piecing.

Question of the month: What pattern is on the top of your to-make list?
I’m anxious to start another hand sewing project such as the Smitten quilt or an epic La Passacaglia quilt.

What is your latest and greatest quilting achievement?
Lately I’ve been getting patterns featured in quilt magazines. That’s been a super fun quilt goal I’ve been able to check off the list.

Thank you so much! To see more of Emily's amazing work, check her out at:
Website | Instagram 
What pattern is on the top of your to-make list?

I'd love to see what you want to make! Tweet me @MichelleBartho or post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #mbquilts.
May is for Makers! I love this idea of supporting one indie pattern designer each week for the month of May. It's a great way to show some love to all the great designers in our community.

There's a great discussion going on over at Quilting Jetgirl about an article called Stay on the Bus. For me, it really hit home that even if you haven't figured out your personal style or niche in the quilting community, it is important to continue the journey. Your breakthrough could be just around the corner.

I'm definitely entering Stash Fabrics Design Star contest. 192 Fat Quarters?! Yes please. You can enter too... just let me win okay ;-)

I think it's time I bought myself a quilty shirt. Which one should I choose? Should I declare my empire; keep my crafting options open; go with a cute quilt design; or be honest with the gold standard of quilt shirts?

These cross-stitch tattoos look amazing! Plus they are also great inspiration for a pixelated quilt! 

I have yet to make a sampler quilt, but the new Summer Sampler 2016 looks like a really fun option!

Searching for some color inspiration? Check out my Color Love Pinterest board for a look at some color combinations that I'm loving right now.

I still cannot get enough of mini quilts! They are such quick, adorable projects! The Minis Blog Tour is a project where 30 quilters use the same fabric to make their own mini quilts. My design is being revealed today! 

The Modern Quilt Guild recently posted a list of instructors and lecturers for QuiltCon East. I'm just going to go ahead and send them all of my money now. It looks amazing! Are you making plans to go? I am!

I loved this post on creating content we crave. I recently took the time to write what I believe in to ensure the content I'm creating speaks to who I am really am. It's not easy and it's a little scary!

Just for fun... I loved this project where a photographer took photos of people after one, two, and three glasses of wine. I wonder what would happen if I took pictures of quilt blocks after the same test. Haha!

I stumbled upon a gorgeous series of quilts by Arianna Caggiano while looking through QuiltCon recaps. Each piece in the collection shares a color scheme and bold graphic motifs, but are each amazing pieces on their own.

This one in particular caught my eye. I love the skinny white stripes and the asymmetry of the mint triangle corner. It reminds me of the moon rising over the mountains. 
Theme: In Bloom
"There are always flowers for those who want to see them."
-Henri Matisse
Image sources, clockwise from top left:
one | two | three | four | five | six
I love getting little glimpses of where people create. This is Emily Dennis' kitchen quilting area. If my kitchen looked half as cute as this, I'd quilt there too!
Thanks for reading to the end! You are a true champion!

I have a question for you dear readers:
I designed this monthly newsletter to be pretty content heavy. My hope was that it could be enjoyed over several readings or on a leisurely Saturday morning. But I know that emails also get pushed to the bottom of the list and not revisited amidst the hustle and bustle. So would you rather see this newsletter in two parts rather than one? It would be the same awesome content just given in smaller doses. I have so much fun putting this together and hope you enjoy it too :-)

I'd love to hear your thoughts, just hit Reply to this email! 

with love and stitches,

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