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The best quilt news, picked just for you!
No. 001. March 2016. By Michelle Bartholomew
Get to know an awesome quilter

NICOLE CALVER

This month we are featuring Nicole from Snips Snippets. You've probably seen her gorgeous work featured in Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. She was also the Sewvivor winner in 2014!

Hi there! I'd love for you to introduce yourself.
I'm Nicole, SAHM to two wonderful(ly exhausting!) little boys. When I'm not stepping on Lego's or building quilt forts you will find me in my sewing room working away on no less than five projects at once ;)

Describe your quilty style in 3 words or less.
Eclectic. I'm all over the map!

What is the most interesting thing about you?
Besides the sixth and seventh toe on my left foot? Kidding! Maybe my humour? My kids think I'm pretty funny ;)

What Kona color best describes you?
Well according to the Kona Personality test, Lagoon: "Calm, cool and creative. You love the quiet moments with just you and a humming sewing machine. You enjoy the process of making things possibly more so, than the finished project."

Um... nailed it! There's no hobby I love more than sitting at my machine, my quiet time to enjoy. (Although my hubby has recently installed a tv in my sewing room and somewhat frequently my quiet time has been replaced with Netflix, it happens!). And as for loving making things more than the finished project, yes! The creative process of a project has always been my favourite. I love pulling fabrics for a project, and planning new projects, and sketching out new ideas!

I'm also quite partial to blues, so it looks like Lagoon best describes me! But I'll never turn down a good grey ;)

What's your quilting secret weapon?
I find i use the Robert Kaufman Quilt Calculator app quite a bit. Quilt math is my weakness, so if I can get someone else to tell me the number of binding strips i need to cut without me having to do the math, I'll take it!

I've started using EQ7 but find myself going back to a simple graph pad more often than not for quilt planning. I'm old school that way i guess. EQ7 is a tough nut to crack but eventually it will be a good weapon in my arsenal!

But my biggest quilty secret weapon, Aurifil #2975 Brass. That colour makes anything (almost) look great! Points don't match up, quilt it in brass, no one will notice! Used two different shades of white for your background, quilt it in brass, no one will notice! Sliced off your fingertip with your rotary cutter, sew it up in brass, no one will notice! (okay that last one might be a stretch!) But brass has become my trademark Aurifil colour, it just goes with soooo much!

 
Continue reading....
What's your favorite fabric right now?

Post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #mbquilts and I'll send one lucky reader a fat quarter of that fabric!
Did you attend Quiltcon this year? I couldn't make it, but I have been living vicariously through all of the instagram posts and blog recaps.

Have you always wanted to try your hand at writing a quilt pattern? Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is currently running a pattern writing blog series! It takes you step-by-step through the entire process! 

Easter is this month! I really want to have more handmade stuff around the house for every holiday. I love all of these cute Easter sewing projects

I love finding quilt inspiration from non-quilty places. This trend piece on arrows or this one on layered looks for your home could inspire several awesome quilts! 

It's amazing how different 50 versions of a log cabin quilt can be! I wish I could see Luke Haynes' exhibit in person!

Do you follow the 52 Quilters Instagram account? Each week a different quilter takes over and gives you a glimpse of their quilting life. It's a great way to discover new quilters! And you might recognize someone on there soon (*wink wink*).

Because I'm hardly at my computer anymore, I've been looking for a way to keep quilting & blogging projects organized on my phone. I discovered this great app called Trello that has really been helping. I can add photos, checklists, and notes! If it would help to see my set up, let me know and I'll blog about it!

Need a fun quilting break? Check out the T-Rex Tuesdays videos. You're welcome.
QUILT CRUSH

Amy Friend from During Quiet Time is the genius behind this gorgeous quilt called Possibilities.  

I think it would be just as at home on a gallery wall as it would on a bed. The fresh colors mixed with the mini log cabin fabric centers strike a great balance. I love the idea of log cabins on point!
Theme: Spring
"Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat."
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
Image sources, clockwise from top left:
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Here is a little behind the scenes look at (our spotlight quilter) Nicole's workspace. I love the natural light she gets in her room. And I could just sit and stare at those gorgeous fabric piles all day. See more of her work on Instagram
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with love and stitches,
Michelle

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