Guest Designer- Tammy from Tamarinis

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This month I’m excited to introduce Tammy Silver of Tamarinis.  I’ve known her for a couple of years – bumping into her every once in awhile. 

She is a wonderful quilt designer and is now teaming up with Island Batik as a fabric designer.

This year in fact, I have been able to sew with her new line coming out in the fall– blog hop coming with that as well! You can check out her info on Island Batik here.

Her fun spirit of quilting shows in her patterns…and if you have an opportunity to meet her in person, she is a delight! She is so friendly and light-hearted.

Here’s a bit more about her:

Hi, I’m Tammy.  I’ve been quilting since 1991. I’ve also taught at a variety of quilt shops as well as online, and design and self-publish my own quilt patterns under the label Tamarinis.

I’m no different than most quilters – I enjoy working with almost any fabric.  But I must confess – my favorites (the one that will make me drool, and blow a carefully constructed budget) are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another of my guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in my work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. I am a Georgia native and currently live in Acworth with my husband, children (when they come to visit!), one grumpy dog, and my favorite fat cats.

Under the label Tamarinis, my designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quilt It…Today, Sew It…Today, Stitch and Create and Decorate. I also work with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines, including Northcott and Fabri-Quilt.

About the project for the quilt group: Peaks & Valleys Pattern

You are getting first look at Peaks and Valleys. I do hope you’ll enjoy it. It is a charming little crib quilt that using the popular chevron motif in simple rows that stitch together quickly and easily.
No seams to match, and a variety of chevron sizes give it fun movement. And if you like a lot of color and pattern, this is a great project for that!
* Fun tip – try a color gradation, as I did in the sample picture, grouping colors in a rainbow inspired format.
The pictured quilt is done in my Elementz line from Island Batik.


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~ Enjoy her interview ~

How did you get your start in sewing?

I grew up with sewers and creators. Both of my grandmothers sewed, and my mother sewed as well. But quilting – well I owe that to my sister-in-law, who asked me to take a quilting class with her. I didn’t make the greatest quilt ever in that class, but I definitely caught the bug! I spent several years after that taking every type of quilting class I could find. Over time, as my confidence and understanding of quilting grew, I started creating my own designs. And now I design for my label, Tamarinis, and also design fabric for Island Batik. Sewing and quilting are definitely in my blood, and absolutely feed my soul. I count myself lucky any day I can spend stitching fabric together!

What inspires you?

Inspiration comes from so many things around me, from family and friends, to life events, and to shapes and colors I find around me.
Something as simple as the swirl of cream in coffee can send my mind reeling toward new designs!

Do you have a favorite notion?

Well, my iron and I are on intimate terms. I really couldn’t create much without him – old Reliable. I would love to say it will be a long term relationship, but….I tend to go through irons (but I’m not telling him that!).
I also love my chalko marker. I’ve been developing new patterns using my guided improv technique, and it makes things super easy- and quick to correct any mistakes.

What’s coming up for you that we can check out~

Oh my gosh- so many things! Creative Spaces Blog Hop launches July 9 and runs through August 19th.
17 different designers will be sharing peeks into their sewing spaces, their favorite tools and notions, and organizing tips for all things stitch related. And of course there will be giveaways!
And I’ll be hosting a blog hop beginning October 22nd to celebrate the launch of my latest fabric line, Globetrotter, with Island Batik.
Coming up in January – well, it’s a mystery for now, but check back with me in the fall for more details!

Quirky or fun fact about yourself?

I have a real fondness for frogs. Yep, I’m talking the ribbit ribbit, hopping, jumping, pond diving frogs.

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