Cheryl and I haven’t met in person, but it was a serious joy to chat quilting with her. She is one smart cookie and her designs are fun and fresh. I find that she has a modern feel to her designs but they also are very patchwork based…..perfect for someone looking to explore that area a little bit but without a lot of fuss and background space.
Every year she hosts a quilt along on her blog and she is currently looking forward to her book being out in early February of 2018.
About Cheryl- I am an engineer by day writing patent applications for a textile company and a quilter by night. I currently live in South Carolina with my husband, two elementary aged children, cat, and crazy Labrador. I enjoy all aspects of quilting, especially designing quilt patterns and quilt math.
Enjoy her interview and trunk show:
About the project for the quilt group:
My quilt project I am sharing is Layered Addition, a lap size quilt pattern that uses quarter log cabin blocks to create a layered plus sign design. I love the classic plus sign design with its universal appeal and have a book coming out soon called Modern Plus Sign Quilts co-written with Paige Alexander (published by Stash Publications in February 2018, available for pre-order through Amazon).
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“Finished size 62 ½”” x 70 ½””
Fabric A (red) ⅜ yard
Fabric B (green) ½ yard
Fabric C (pink) ⅝ yard
Fabric D (yellow) ½ yard
Fabric E (blue) ½ yard
Background fabric (white) 2 ⅝ yards
Binding fabric ⅝ yd
Backing fabric 4 yds
Batting 71″ x 79″
How did you get your start in sewing?
I have always been crafty trying my hand at cake decorating, cooking, crocheting but always had a love for quilts (though there were no quilters in my family). I decided to make my daughter a quilt for her “big girl” toddler bed so I went to Joann’s and bought a cutting mat, rotary cutting, and ruler and armed with my mother’s old 1980’a slant shank Singer and hours of visiting blogs and watching YouTube videos, I made my first quilt. I have been hooked ever since.
What inspires you?
I get inspiration everywhere, from nature to tile floors. My designs tend to have a strong geometric component to them.
Do you have a favorite notion?
I like to oversize my blocks and then trim to size, I find that I get the most accurate blocks that way so I love my Bloc-Loc HST and Flying Geese rulers to make trimming as quick and accurate as possible.
Quirky Fun little thing about yourself:
By day I work as an engineer and patent agent for a private textile and chemical company. I enjoy seeing all of the new inventions being developed and I like that even if I am not sewing quilts during the day, I am still working with and learning about textiles.
What’s coming up for you that we can check out~
My book coming out soon (see above answer). That has been such a great experience working with Paige Alexander and the Stash Publication team.
Where can you find her?
Thanks to Cheryl for joining me for a quick chat.
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