Friday, March 27, 2009

Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

Yesterday I afternoon I traveled to Scrap Apple Quilts in St. George, Utah to attend a dinner and trunk show. The dinner was spectacular and was prepared by Shirley, the owner of Scrap Apple. Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. drove from Arizona (enduring the terrible traffic nightmare that currently exists from Hoover Dam through Las Vegas) to spend a few days in St. George teaching classes. I had originally planned to attend the trunk show and take two days of classes from Carrie and was really disappointed when the dates changed and I wasn't able to atttend the classes (I'm doing tables for a luncheon for 250 women Saturday and will be decorating Friday). I was thrilled, though to get to attend her trunk show and lecture.

Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. fame on the left and me on the right!

Carrie is a terrific speaker and so incredibly knowledgeable; it was fascinating to listen to her lecture on scrap quilts! Of course I was taking pictures and taking notes, trying to absorb everything I could! Every quilt was amazing, and every quilt illustrated a point in her discussion on scrap quilts!

Near the beginning of her presentation Carrie told us, "Scrap quilts are more of a reflection of who you are and what you like than any other quilt." I loved this quote...it really got me thinking about the scrap quilts I've made and what I love about them.



Carrie spoke about contrast, value, scale and pattern and asked us to question ourselves concerning what we like in scrap quilts. She also spoke on choosing background fabrics for quilts; her quilts were the perfect visual aids to explain each concept we discussed.



I could have sat and listened for hours and hours...and kept thinking how lucky those ladies were who were going to be in the classes this weekend!

Carrie shared delightful anecdotes about the naming of several of her quilts, and she also shared favorite tools and quilt resources with us.

The two quilts below are made from the same pattern and illustrate beautifully how a background fabric and fabric choice can completely change the look and feel of a quilt.

Carrie also brought many of her Schnibbles quilts along...below, "Hot Cross" is on the left made from Patisserie (I have to get this pattern), and "Good Fortune" (this one is already on my table to make) made from Legacy is on the right. I also got to see the original "State Fair" quilt...every quilt was gorgeous!

Carrie had some fun giveaways for participants, including books, patterns, kits, and project bags...we all received her Schnibbles "Tuffets" pincushion pattern. Of course I bought one of her books and she very kindly signed it for me. If you don't already read her blog, you can find it here. Her blog is as delightful as she is...she shares wonderful recipes, quilting tips, and her inspiration and process for designing her quilts.
When I left last evening I was motivated to sew every Miss Rosie's pattern I own...I also left with an appreciation for scrap quilts and a desire to make some more scrap quilts! Thank you Carrie for a delightful and informative presentation!

28 comments:

Sinta said...

Thank you for sharing the trunk show that you were able to attend! I love Carrie's work and it was fun to hear about the evening you had with her!

Stina said...

What a day ... must have been a really inspiring event!
Her quilts is just wonderful ..:o)

Darlene said...

I know exactly how you felt sitting there listening to her. Carrie and I have been friends for approx 10 years and always delight and listening to her speak about quilts and such! I'm sorry you didn't get to take her class - I'm sure she'll be there again.

Mary Ann said...

Sherri, the dinner and lecture sounded really great! Carrie's scrap quilts are so beautiful! She's a very talented quilter!
Thanks for sharing!

maria said...

The quilts are incredible. Did she make all of them herself? I started making a small scrap quilt wall hanging the other day.
I'll show it soon.
Now off to look at carrie's blog.

rachel griffith said...

oh how fun!!!
i really like the scrap quilt quote. it SO makes sense.

Nedra said...

You lucky girl. I love Carrie Nelson's stuff. I was in Salt Lake or I would have loved to attend also.

Vicki said...

Sherri, glad you had fun in St. George and could squeeze it in. This makes me love you even more...choosing your assignment over a wonderful weekend of quilting classes! You are #1 in my book.

Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens said...

What a fun evening, I love her work, thanks for sharing the trunk show with us.

Carrie P. said...

That looks like a fun time. I like that quote too. I have seen her patterns but don't have any myself but all those quilts are great. Thanks for sharing.

Kaaren said...

More eye candy and inspiration. I'm beginning to think that I'm really a scrap quilt kinda gal because those are what seem to draw my eye...not to mention applique.

Thanks so much for sharing. Utah seems to be the quilting hotbed, huh?

Kritta22 said...

You are sooooo lucky!

Purple and Paisley said...

aaack! every single one of those quilts is my favorite! i love, love, love the pics! thank you for sharing!

Candace said...

Sherri - how lucky are you! I love Carrie's patterns and she is such a nice person! Thank you for sharing this with us!
Cheers!

Seth, Sarah and the kids said...

What a lucky girl you are!! I would love to meet Miss Rosie! :) It sounds like a fantastic day for you!! Have a great weekend!

Chookyblue...... said...

what fabulous quilts thanks for sharing...........

Joy said...

Wow Sherri, what a fabulous day you had!! Well worth battling the awful traffic. Those quilts are just jaw droppingly fantastic!!!Hugs,
Joy :o)

Carol said...

WOWSER! How very fun! Carrie's booth was always one of my very favorites when I went to Market. Her quilts just take my breath away.
Thanks for sharing all those wonderful pictures.

Mary said...

I'm from AZ and have had the chance to see a similar trunk show of Carrie's. That was the moment where I decided I would put my heart and soul into traditional scrappy quilts ... and my money into those fabrics and none other. Thanks for the pictures.

Simone de Klerk said...

Wonderful quilts! How inspiring, even for us with 'only' getting to see the pictures.

Shasta said...

These are beautiful quilts. I am happy you got a chance to participate. Thanks for taking good notes and inviting us along with your gorgeous photos.

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Millie said...

What a lovely trunk show with so many gorgeous quilts. Thanks for sharing. You must be so inspired after seeing all the quilts and the new fabrics in the quilt store.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Hope the Friday/Saturday thing went well. That is huge. Probably for the YW conference thing Saturday?

I love schnibbles. Carrie Nelson is very talented. The quilts are lovely. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Sherri sounds like you had an awesome time, and all those lovely quilts....

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Sherri, that had to be a great day. I have several of her books and love them. Thanks for all the pictures and I love your pinwheels below. I just bought Nanette's purse pattern, gotta get to it.
Keep Stitchen'
Bonnie

Violet said...

Thanks for sharing!
I loved it all!

Melanie Bennett said...

Carrie, do you still have the pattern and directions to your quilt , small quilted Around the town...I love it..Thanks Melanie