I am SO happy to have my dear friend Ann Weber featured today! Ann and I have known each other since she took my workshop, sliced her finger and we enjoyed getting to know each other in the emergency room.. yes.. we are blood sisters! Ann is an incredible designer, I adore all her projects, her sense of color and her outlook on life. Ann is has a beautiful spirit and I'm so thrilled to call her a good friend all these year. Now she designs with her Sister Joanne Rowicki as the Gingham Girls and you see their quilts in many magazines, their patterns and books!
Listen to my chat with Ann on 10/31/11 HERE
I‘m so happy to have been asked by my good friend Pat to share with you a little bit about myself along with my favorite quilt.
Like many quilter’s, I started sewing as a child. I loved making clothes for my dolls. I could spend hours creating all kinds of fashions for my dolls from scraps my mother and aunt would give me. As a teen I began to make clothes for myself. Sometimes they fit and sometimes they didn’t. Later after getting married, I began to sew for the home. Shortly before my daughter was born, I made my first quilt. A simple six block quilt that I hand tied. That was it, I was hooked!
Over the years I have purchased lots of patterns, shelves of books and of course tons of fabric! After many years of what I like to call the “learning years” I used my patterns and books to guide and teach me. Slowly, I began to break out and create my own designs. I have designed quilts since 2003 for McCall’s Quilting, McCall’s Quick Quilts, Quiltmaker, American Patchwork & Quilting and Red Rooster Fabrics. I have also, published patterns with Pat Sloan & Co.
In 2006, my sister Joanne and I started our own company, Gingham Girls and began publishing our own quilting patterns. Over the past eight years, we have published 36 patterns and two books. To see our complete line of books and patterns visit our website at ginghamgirls.biz
Over the years, I have made many quilts, so selecting my favorite quilt to share with you has been harder than I thought it would be. I love each one of them! After much thought, it came down to my love of baskets and flowers and Sunny Days has both, making it my favorite quilt!
I had a lot of fun designing and making Sunny Days. I started with the baskets using four rounded edge wedge sections that were place on top of the basket base, creating the scallop edged basket. Then to give the basket handle added interest and texture, I tucked rick rack on the top side of the handle. I love rick rack!
Next, I added a trio of some sweet flowers to the basket. Originally, I planned to add flowers to all the baskets, but changed my mind after viewing it on the design wall. I liked the way the empty baskets gave a place for your eyes to rest and appreciate the basket itself. To complete the quilt top, I set the baskets blocks using a simple spaced sashing and had it quilted with an all over feather pattern.
Hope you enjoyed hearing about my favorite quilt!
Buy Sunny Days HERE
Visit Ann and her Sister Joanne Rowicki who design as the Gingham Girls
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