Last year at this time I was preparing to go on vacation to Mexico, leaving the cold Northwest for the sunny tropics of Playa del Carmen. I had never been to Mexico but grew up in California and had always been exposed to the vibrant culture. It instantly got my creative juices flowing; bright, fun images floating in my mind. I absolutely love folk art and have always been drawn to Mexican folk art and embroidery in particular. I wanted this ¡Fiesta! to be a fun, bright, vivid, cheery group that had folk art elements and that just made one smile when they saw it.
Have you seen Shannon Mower of Modern Tradition's revamp of Cascading Garden Quilt using our Nana’s Pantry fabric. We love it! It is so bright and fun.
I had a chance to interview Shannon. I hope you enjoy getting to know her as much as I did.
Last year’s Halloween collection was well received, so we were
determined to do another Halloween group this year! As many of you know
by now, I try to be really versatile in my artwork, so I wanted to do a
collection that was different from last year's. Rest In Pieces has a rustic feel which is a contrast to last year's All Hallows Bash that was bold in color.
Quilt designing and writing are a fundamental part of my responsibilities at Connecting Threads.
It is without a doubt, the most delightful job. One can only wish to
have a job like this! Interestingly enough, it’s a challenge to write
this because it’s like telling someone how to play! You just do it!
I absolutely LOVE bright colors on a black ground and Home Front
has all that and more. OK, so what is your inspiration when you begin
to create in your quilt room? Quilt magazines? Art? Fabrics? Well, I
love color and the wider the range the better. Color is an interesting
thing, not much more is needed when creating a work of art! Color also
affects our moods, frame of mind, and even our general health! Yellow
gives us energy, blue and green are restful and red gets us all fired