Sometimes it’s not just a specific quilt that inspires a quilt along, but an entire book! Today we are featuring Sarah Minshall’s Love Beads quilt, a pattern from Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr’s book, Modern Quilt Workshop. The love of the book inspired the Modern Quilt Along which started all the way back in 2005!
Sarah answered a few questions for us.
What do you like most about a quilt along?
This was actually the only time that I’ve actually participated in a quilt-along (for the book the Modern Quilt Workshop by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle) and I was a pretty lousy participant at that. This quilt ended up taking me three years to finish! But I love that they help get the inspiration ball rolling when you might be stuck in a rut. There’s nothing better than a positive, helpful community to get you motivated to try something new!
What do you think makes this quilt modern?
I initially just loved the pattern and thought that I should use small prints on a solid background so that the pattern would really stand out. In fact, when I started this quilt, there wasn’t a whole lot of “modern” fabrics yet to choose from, and a few of the fabrics even came from my own Granny’s fabric collection.
Tell us more about yourself as a quilter.
I’m a sporadic quilter these days. I do so much other sewing now that I really only work on a few quilts a year. Only last year did I start machine quilting my quilts–I’ve been a hand quilter for so long that it really was a hard jump for me to make. However, I still really love the process of finishing quilts by hand–it does take a long time to do, but the end result is like nothing else to me.