Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Trunk Show with Amanda Jean Nyberg

Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of meeting Amanda Jean Nyberg, blogger at Crazy Mom Quilts and co-author of Sunday Morning Quilts.

It was a small and intimate venue at  Mill House Quilts in Waunakee, WI that consisted of a trunk show and book signing.
Let me just say, if you have not purchased this book yet, I strongly advise you to ASAP! This book is filled with wonderful projects and terrific information on scrap quilting. I only needed to see the quilt on the cover to know this book was for me. Getting to see the quilts first hand and to hear the stories behind their creation was so inspiring.

Here is the cover quilt, called Candy Coated. Amanda Jean showed us the original quilt she made of this design and told us that she just wasn't happy with it. So within five days, she was able to recreate it with the new color scheme that you see on the cover of the book. I just love the combination of red, pink and gray scraps.

The quilt below, called The Original Ticker Tape, was made by sewing raw-edged scraps onto a white cotton whole cloth. I loved it in the book, as well as in person.

The next quilt is called Up, Up and Away and is made from what is left over when joining and trimming binding strips. I just kept thinking that you'd have to bind an awful lot of quilts to complete this one. But, what a great end design. I just might reconsider keeping my binding scraps in order to make one of my own.

Checkerboard is made up of of simple 2-1/2" squares. I love the combination of solid white and pretty much any scrap you can imagine. Anything works in this pattern. Pictured on top of the quilt are the scrap bins that are also in the book.

The next couple of quilts are Amanda Jean's versions of the patterns that Cheryl Arkison, her co-author designed.

Sunday Morning Quilts gives namesake to the book. This low volume quilt design is so calming and Amanda Jean created a beautiful rendition of her own.

The quilt named Grass is quite different in the book from Amanda Jean's version below, but when I saw this quilt, I gasped. It was so beautiful. My favorite part was the red and white polka dot fabric that adorned each corner.

I wish I would have photographed more of the quilts that she had shared, including Gumdrop, Splash, High Five and Scrapper's Delight. All of them were so amazing.

Amanda Jean was very personable and relatable. Seeing her work and hearing her stories was so inspiring.

I tend to work with coordinating fabrics because I have an eye for like and complementary colors and patterns. Scrap quilting is completely different. I imagine how liberating it must be to sew random pieces together to create a one of a kind quilt.

I will continue to work through my stash and create scraps so that I can create some of my own unique quilts. In the meantime, I will cross my fingers that Amanda Jean will start book number two.

{Opinions expressed in this blog post are that of Freshly Handmade. I am not affiliated with Stash Books or C&T Publishing.}

1 comment:

  1. thanks for such a great review of the book, Stacy! It was great to meet you last week. Thanks for coming to the trunk show. You all were such a great audience! Glad to hear that you were inspired!