am drawn to the bold colors and clean, simple lines of her quilts.
In this book, Cherri takes you on a tour of her hometown of Houston,Texas.
This not just any tour of Houston,
but a tour as seen through the eyes of a quilter!
Many of her favorite sites from around town
(like the park, shops, or buildings)
are the inspiration for the quilts in her book.
City Circle is based upon the Houston road system,
which consists of a series of loops that encompass the city.
City Center represents Cherri's interpretation
of how downtown Houston would
look from a helicopter.
All of the quilts in the book are done exclusively in solids
but they are based upon traditional piecing.
Cherri takes you on a eye catching journey
of different color palettes
and she shows you that "simple isn't boring".
I had the opportunity to sit with Cherri
and she shared the following insights with me.
Can you tell us how your first got started quilting?
I made my first quilt with my mom when I was 12 years old. She had cut templates out of cardboard and we cut around the fabric using them. My mom was an amazing seamstress, and the fabric for the quilt was leftovers from years of sewing.
How would you describe your quilting style?
Contemporary, minimalist, in terms of fabric and ornamentation. Traditional as far as actual quilt patterns used, like bow-ties, log cabins, and my favorite "the nine patch".
What came first: the name of the quilt, the quilt pattern, or the color choice?
It really varies from quilt to quilt, with City News (one of my quilt patterns) I was wanting to make a black/white/red quilt, then the old joke"-what is black & white, and read all over" came to mind, an the quilt developed from there. It's quite a long, mental process before the physical work ever begins.
I noticed that you machine quilted several of your quilts in the book. For those of us that are machine quilters, can you give us some tips?
Probably my best tip would be, before beginning each quilt to make a quilt sandwich with the fabric/batting/thread that you will be using and do a practice run before starting your actual quilt. This way you work out any thread/tension issues prior to starting on the real deal.
Quilt with YLI silk thread! Much to many folks surprise it seems, I quilt with it all the time. It's strong, it sinks well into the fabric and its a dream to work with. Be sure and use a smaller needle (#60 or 70) if you are using silk thread.
I absolutely love your City Lot quilt. What is your favorite quilt from the book and why?
City Lot is my favorite too! Why? I love the colors. I love the uniformed grid of it, and I love that there is a secondary pattern that you can only see from a distance, Aside from all of that, who would imagine something of beauty could be inspired by a parking lot?
Can you tell us what is on the horizon for you?
I'm thinking about another book, working on lots of new patterns using a variety of fabrics- not just solids. I'd like to design a line of fabric somewhere down the road. More cake parties-always more cake parties!
Thank you Cherri for sharing your insights with us!
my Patched With Love Quilt is going to a new home.
Blogland is such a great way to meet and connect with so
I met Bree through Blogland and I quickly decided that my
quilt needed to go toward her cause.
(I am a RN, so this one really spoke to me.)
Today I am going to have a guest blogger.
Here she is and I will let her explain more about what she is doing:
Hi guys! My name is Bree McElroy, and you can typically find me over at Quilt For The Kids. Quilt for the Kids is a division of The Josiah Foundation, and we have one primary purpose-to create handmade quilts for the children of All Children's Hopsital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Quilt For The Kids is in it's first year, and I hope very much to continue expanding our goals in the years to come. For now, we've promised All Children's Hospital of St. Petersburg a total of 52 quilts by the end of year 2010. We're working hard toward this goal with the assistance and support of friends and family. Stefanie was sweet enough to give me the opportunity to spread the word!
I've been sewing for as long as I can remember- my grandmother taught me. Quilting has just come within the last year or so and I've developed a true passion for it.
I soon ran out of places to put all of my quilts, so I turned my sights toward something more-quilting with a cause. In stepped the Josiah Foundation. The Josiah Foundation is headed up by Dan Atchison, a friend who lost his young son to cancer of the brain stem in 2005. Josiah was an incredible kid and a patient at ALL Children's Hospital throughout his treatment.
Josiah lived his life with compassion and love, and this is what the Josiah Foundation is modeling themselves after. We exist to ease the suffering and advance the well being of children everywhere. I'm not a doctor or a chemist- I'm a quilter. So I'm doing what I know how to do- I'm quilting for the children of All Children's Hopsital. We want to provide a little comfort- a piece of handmade love for these kids.