Every summer, I make it a point to attend the Lowell Quilt Festival; at last year’s event, I had the opportunity to attend a panel discussion on the direction of our industry, which included both Mary Fons and Marianne Fons, representatives of SAQA and of the Modern Quilt Guild. After the discussion, I had the chance to speak with both Mary and Marianne – and to get an autograph on the Fons and Porter book that’s been a bible for me for many quilts. One of those very brief conversations- and a picture of the quilt top for Lake Shore Magic led to an offer by Mary to publish the pattern in Quilty.
|Meeting Mary Fons at the Lowell Quilt Festival last year.|
I’m usually terrible at keeping secrets, and I’m so glad that it’s finally here!
I had the privilege of attending the exhibit of Joanna Rose’s quilts, Infinite Variety, in New York City in March 2011…the bus trip that I brought down there to attend the exhibit marked the debut of bus trips by The Patchwork Pearl. Like many of us who had the opportunity to see the collection, I was inspired by the variety of styles included in the show, and I was inspired to make my own red and white quilt. I was also intrigued by the variety and depth of styles shown in the exhibition.
Lake Shore Magic was created on a weekend retreat in October 2011 – it really is an easy pattern to play with. I had the pattern in my head, and a bin of every red and white fabric I had in my stash. I tend to be a bit ‘infamous’ for bringing my bins o’fabric with me on retreats…but this quilt top just came (more or less) together. This was one of the early layout attempts….which I was not happy with.
The final quilt which appears in Quilty was quilted by the wonderful Pat Harrison of Ocean Waves Quilting Company in Rhode Island. I was fortunate that when I brought the quilt to Pat, we knew where it was going, so she was able to enhance the top with a fresh, contemporary outlook to the piece.
I can say that LSM is the first pattern I’ve commercially produced, and I’d love to hear from you whether you like it, or modify it to meet your own needs. I can also tell you that I have 3 more in my head… one of my summer projects is to get the next one out of that and into fabric. Stay tuned!
Finally, just a shout out to the folks on the Quilty staff…they are great to work with, and always available to answer questions (there were many) along the way.
Today, LSM is hanging in my home, and I love being able to look at it every day!
Till next week…