I can’t even begin to express how excited I am that this day has finally arrived!! (This is a long post but please read all the way through. Lots to know about and I don’t want you to miss any of it!! )
When I finally got to spill the beans about my fabric line, Inked, last October at Fall Quilt Market, it was a dream come true. But now that the fabric is nearly out in the world? Unbelievable. As a designer, the thought of people choosing my patterns and colors to use in their work is such an incredible honor.
I thought long and hard about how I wanted to celebrate. I’ve hosted many blog hops and I wanted this one to be super special. Not only because it’s my first fabric line but also because I think the quilting community is a gaggle of some seriously creative and fun people. Both on the designer and the maker side.
I wanted the party celebrating the release of INKED to reflect that – a way to shine a spotlight on all the people that help make the quilt industry tick while at the same time offering a huge thank you to all of you who will be welcoming INKED into your studio and work.
So here’s what we are doing: Over the span of the next 12 days, I’m going to introduce you to 10 quilters. These are some incredibly nifty people. Some I’ve known for a while and some I met not long ago at Quilt Market. I’ll show you their beautiful shining faces, let you get to know them through a few interview questions (I swear I can’t stop interviewing people, it’s like a compulsion) and then point you toward their blog where you can get instructions on how to make the quilt block they contributed for a sampler quilt we’re calling INKED MASH-UP.
All of the blocks are pieced and range from traditional patterns to original ones to the truly free spirited (read the list of participants further down the post and take a guess who the skull block belongs to.) They finish at 12″ square so you can mix and match your favorite blocks to create your own custom quilt. The finished quilt measures about 45″ wide x 60″ high.
Each stop on the hop will give you directions on how to make the block that the designer made for the quilt plus a giveaway for a five piece fat quarter set featuring the fabrics they used. (Only comments left on their blog post will go into the drawing for their giveaways.) THAT’S A WHOLE LOT OF FABRIC FLYING AROUND!!
Mid way through the hop, I’ll bring you back here to introduce you to the wonderful crazy awesome Susan Atwell, who longarm quilted INKED MASH-UP. I’ll tell you her story and there will be a surprise giveaway of more products from your’s truly.
I won’t lie, it’s a long hop. But it’s totally worthwhile in every way and it’s my way of saying thank you to all of you for sharing your creative world with me.
Here is the hop schedule:
March 2 – Susan Brubaker Knapp
March 3 – Teri Lucas
March 4 – Jessica Darling
March 5 – Debbie Grifka
March 6 – Lynn Carson Harris
March 7 – Jen Osborn
March 9 -Flaun Cline
March 10 – Lynn Krawczyk
March 11 – Cheryl Sleboda
March 12 – Maddie Kertay
March 13 – Lynn Krawczyk
** Because it has been requested repeatedly, I have etsy listings in my shop for pre-orders of INKED. Please understand that I do NOT have an exact date of when the fabric will arrive to me. All I know is that the line is scheduled to begin shipping in March. This could mean tomorrow, next week, the end of the month – your guess is as good as mine. You are welcome to purchase a pre-order listing but bear in mind that it will most likely be a few weeks until you receive the fabric.**
So without further ado, let’s start the INKED Block Hop!!!
First up is the fabulous Susan Brubaker Knapp.
Susan is a fiber artist, quilt pattern designer, and teacher. Starting with Series 1400 (summer 2014) she is the host of “Quilting Arts TV,” which airs on more than 400 Public Television stations in the U.S. Quilting started as a hobby, but turned into a passion and a business. Susan teaches nationally and internationally, and have produced numerous patterns, two books, and four workshops on DVD.
And this is the block that she made for INKED MASH-UP:
Directions on how to make the block & the giveaway for the fabrics Susan used are happening on her blog so make sure to visit her!!
Let’s get to know Susan a little bit better, shall we?
Q: What is your style of quilting?
Q: How did you start quilting? Did you learn from a friend or family member? Or did the obsession find you on it’s own?
Q: Why do you enjoy quilting? What keeps you coming back to this art form again and again?
Susan: Have fun, try new techniques, and follow your bliss.
You can visit Susan online at these locations: