I was pretty excited to get Emily Cier’s new book, Quilt Remix, in the mail. I’ve drooled over her Carolina Patchwork patterns and knew this book would not disappoint. It just so happens that a few weeks ago I was able to meet her when she popped in to join the Seattle Modern Quilting Guild. As a newbie to Seattle, she will be a welcome addition to the Guild.
The first thing I noticed about a few of the quilts, such as the Ohio Star above, is that Emily has a talent for mixing fabric collections in her quilt designs. A definite skill I admire.
For those less confident with combining fabric, or limited in their fabric stash, she demonstrates how fabric collections can shine with the addition of solids. A great example is this Irish Chain, my personal favorite quilt design in the book.
Emily’s also got you covered when it comes to that coveted ‘layered cake’ collection you just don’t know what to do with. Several of the quilts in this book utilize them.
I love how each quilt is showcased twice to demonstrate how the pattern would look with a reversal of the prints and solids or by using different fabrics altogether. I also appreciated that the book includes designs for every skill level.
I think her fabric choices and designs speak to a modern quilter as well as a more traditional quilter looking for a less traditional quilt design.
I appreciate how some projects are clearly diagramed from crib to queen size.
The diagrams also make for easy fabric placement… just substitute your lights, mediums and darks.
All designs are old favorites with a twist on the settings- Log cabin, nine-patch, Irish chain, flying geese, pinwheel and more… All organized from beginner to advance.
I particularly enjoyed the Dresden Plate…
the Trip Around the World… (I love that Emily does one in solids!)
and how she reworks Trip Around the World with sweet, wee Japanese prints.
You’ll certainly be inspired by the quilting as well!
I thought it would be fun to get into the personality behind these designs, so I asked Emily a few questions.
Me: You recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, has this transition influenced your quilt designs in any new directions?
Emily: Ooh, good question. A lot of what I’m working on right now was designed in Raleigh. I have been playing with colors quite a bit and have noticed a drastic change there. Our home looks out onto Puget Sound and many of the colors that I’ve been putting into quilts could be colorpicked right out of the view — mellow and light color groupings (the grey sky, clouds, mountains, islands, water) with little splashes of color (passing boats, birds, cargo ships, bright blue skies, vegetation). Clean and calm. I have a feeling the quilt designs will go in that direction too.
Me: Do you have a favorite part of the quilt making process?
Emily: It’s a toss up between designing the layout and picking a color palette and sewing the last stitch of the binding and your project is complete. I enjoy the sewing and quilting parts as well. Basting is the most despised part of the process.
Me: Can you explain a bit about the evolution of your quiltmaking aesthetic?
Emily: I’ve never really been able to define my aesthetic — whether it be now with quilts, as a painter, graphic designer or art student in college. I basically draw what I like and if it turns into a quilt (painting, design, etc) that I love, then great! If not, it’s at least a cool drawing and I had fun sketching.
Every project starts out with simple shapes (and no color), merging them all together into a completed design. After the design is finalized, I match it up with the fabrics that are currently available — whether they be prints or solids.
Me: What’s next for Carolina Patchworks?
Emily: LOTS of fun stuff. Most of it is top secret at the moment though. I can say that I will have new patterns for Spring Market. The rest you’ll just have to wait and see.
Me: Can you tell me a bit about your relationship with your quilter Cathy and how you two come together in deciding the quilting design?
Emily: Cathy Kirk (http://www.quiltingcowgirl.com) is a local-before-we-moved-to-WA long arm quilter in Cary, NC. I got her name from a local quilt shop ages ago and she worked on a couple quilts for me then. When it came time to do the quilts for the book, I knew I wouldn’t have the time to do the quilting myself due to deadlines so I asked Cathy if she was interested. I showed her the drawings of the quilts and had picked out some long-arm designs that I liked. She quickly learned what I liked and was able to suggest other options as well. Her work is absolutely impeccable.
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January 11 (Tuesday) — Kathy Mack — pinkchalkstudio.com
January 12 (Wednesday) — Julie Herman — jaybirdquilts.com
January 13 (Thursday) — Ally Aller — alliesinstitches.blogspot.com
January 14 (Friday) — Rachel Griffith — psiquilt.com
January 15 (Saturday) — Heather Bostic — alamodefabric.blogspot.com
January 16 (Sunday) — Connecting Threads — connectingthreads.com
January 17 (Monday) — Deborah Moebes — whipstitchfabrics.com/blog
January 18 (Tuesday) — Cherri House — Cherryhousequilts.com
January 19 (Wednesday) — Kim Kight — trueup.net