Let me tell you about my Cabins of Carolina quilt…
Last fall, I was so pleased to be able to host my buddy Denise Schober as a guest on “Love of Quilting”. Together, we created and presented “Cabins of Carolina”, a bright, cheery quilt featuring fabrics from the Mayfair collection by Paint Brush Studios.
This quilt has some history: I’ve worked in the sewing industry for about 15 years now. My very first year I was asked to go to Houston International Quilt Festival to assist in the classrooms sponsored by the sewing machine brand I previously worked for. I got to sit in on a “Let Me Surprise You” class by the hilarious and talented Charlotte Angotti. To say I was inspired is an understatement! I dreamed for a decade about being able to host my own Mystery Quilt Retreat. Once Decorative Stitch opened up ( my Quilting store in Shelby Township, Michigan), I had my venue and decided it was time. I teamed up with Denise and we created the original version of Cabins of Carolina which was a GORGEOUS holiday inspired quilt.
At our Mystery Quilt retreats, we precut all of the fabrics and everyone shows up to a surprise. Nobody attending knows anything about the quilt when they arrive on the first day. Together, we open a pizza box with all of the pre cut fabrics and start to create. One block on the first day, another block on the second and at lunch time on day two – the Big Reveal. It is so much fun listening to the ladies wondering what the quilt will be and watching the fabrics come to life as they sew! It truly is one of the most gratifying classes I teach.
Creating a second version of this project for the show with Denise made the experience all the more special! For me, sewing, quilting and teaching really is a way to connect and share love with my friends and family. Being on set with Denise and sharing our “Love of Sewing” with all of you brought that quilt, Cabins of Carolina, and my early aspirations as a teacher, full circle.
Here’s the good news, you can join in on the fun, too! We have kits for Cabins of Carolina available on our new web store at www.decorativestitch.com! You can purchase the kit for $99.00 plus tax & shipping. As an exciting bonus, if you haven’t already purchased the May/June issue of Love of Quilting for the pattern, don’t stress because you will receive a copy signed by both Denise Schober and myself!
Happy Quilting and I hope you enjoy your Cabins of Carolina!