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The best quilt news, picked just for you!
No. 004. June 2016. By Michelle Bartholomew
Get to know an awesome quilter

SEASON EVANS

Bottom left photo by Mikael Kennedy
This month I am excited to feature one of my favorite quilters, Season Evans. I discovered her work via a display at Dry Goods Design and was instantly intrigued. Her minimal and structured style really appeals to me. I love how it seems simple at first glance, but is actually very complex and interesting. The balance of color, texture, and graphic elements in her quilts is really amazing. 

Hi there! I'd love for you to introduce yourself.
My name is Season Evans and I am a self-taught quilter. I was born in Southeastern Pennsylvania but now I live in Seattle, WA with my husband and two daughters.

Describe your quilty style in 3 words or less.
Minimal

What is the most interesting thing about you?
I would have to say quilting. I do not come from a family of makers and quilting is a medium that I arrived at later in life. I went to graduate school for writing and then I decided to tell stories through quilts instead.

What Kona color best describes you?
Kona bone. I have used it in almost all of my quilts and I don't see myself moving on from it anytime soon.

What's your quilting secret weapon?

My favorite tools are graph paper and a mechanical pencil. I'm not sure they could be considered secret weapons because I am sure I could get more designs finished (and finish them much faster) if I used Illustrator. But I have always drafted with graph paper and pencil and enjoy the slowness and the connection to the design with that process.

Question of the month: What's your favorite quilting shape or motif?
I don't think I have a favorite quilting shape but I am drawn to traditional patterns. Growing up in Southeastern PA meant that I was exposed to Mennonite and Amish communities and their quilts. I love the simplicity of those quilts and they will always be a source of inspiration for me.

What is your latest and greatest quilting achievement?
I was recently part of a show, called Black & White, Twelve Quilts, in New York City. The show was organized by my friend Lindsay Stead and, as the title suggests, there were twelve of us involved. The only parameters we had were to use black and white fabric and the size. It was a great experience to work with such talented artists and it was even more amazing to see all of the quilts hanging together.

Thank you so much! To see more of Season's amazing work, check her out at:
Website | Instagram | Twitter
What's your favorite quilting shape or motif?

Personally, I can't get enough flying geese. I'd love to know your favorite! Tweet me @MichelleBartho or post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #mbquilts
The Quiltcon lecture and workshop catalog was just released! Hooray! This will be my first quilting event ever. Any tips for this newbie?

There are so many quilts to be made, some for new babies, for picnics, and maybe even one for me. It's nice to have a few free quilt patterns on hand for when inspiration strikes. I'm currently considering making a Diamond Weave quiltRetro Plaid quilt, and another Genny & Ruth quilt.

I'm always on the lookout for ways to make my photos unique. I love this tip to use tiles as a photo backdrop! I'm already planning my next trip to the hardware store!

This article on why excessive consumption limits creativity really hit home for me. I need to make sure my inflow isn't taking stopping my outflow.

Whether you are still trying to perfect your binding or want to try a new technique, this roundup of my favorite binding tutorials has something for everyone.

The Star Light, Star Dark Quilt-along over at Quilty Habit looks like a super fun summer project. I can't get enough of star quilts! Or if you're up for a bit of mystery, the Meadow Mystery Quilt-along over at Meadow Mist Designs also sounds exciting!

Season Evans' interview inspired me to create this inspiration board of my favorite vintage Amish and Mennonite quilts. I love how the designs still feel fresh and modern.

What's the smallest quilt you've ever made? Make Modern Magazine is having a mini mini quilt challenge over on Instagram. Check out the hashtag to see all of the amazing teeny tiny creations. 

Lately, I've found myself in a bit of a creative slump. Here are 20 things to try when you feel stuck. It's amazing how just a few small changes in your day can spark new ideas.

I'm still a little upset I wasn't asked to dance in this video, but my day in the spotlight will come ;-) This song is my new sewing jam. What do you like to listen to while sewing?
QUILT CRUSH

This gorgeous quilt by Sarah Schraw is called Lawn Diamonds and was the winning entry in Cotton + Steel's lawn quilt competition. 

I am obsessed with the retro vibe of the quilt in this color scheme, but I love that it can look totally different in other fabric. I can't wait to make one for myself (or Sarah, you can just send this one to me)! 
Theme: Picnic
"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
-Robert Brault
Image sources, clockwise from top left:
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As a photographer, I always love to see pull back photos from photo shoots, like this one of Season Evans. It tells such a good story that is often (literally) cropped out in the end. Photo by Carly Gaebe.
Thanks to everyone who responded to my questions in the last newsletter. I'm so glad to hear you enjoy reading this. I love creating it each month!

Did I miss an awesome blog article, tutorial, or event in the news? Please share it!

Want to say hi or ask me a question? I'd love to meet you!


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with love and stitches,
Michelle

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