Welcome to the New York Beauties & Flying Geese blog tour kickoff! My name is Carl Hentsch, and I'd like to tell you a little bit about my quilting journey. My
interest in crafting started at a very young age. I began my first craft project at the age of
six. My first niece was about to be born, and with my mother’s help, I created a quilt for her. Now, this was not a patchwork quilt but was
hand embroidered. I carefully selected
pages from many of my coloring books. My
mother then transferred the images to a piece of fabric, which I embroidered with a running stitch. I
used different colored threads and filled in each area with color. My mother heat set the color, and we completed it with a backing and binding. My niece
used that blanket until it was tattered and torn, and even then she still carried
it in her pillowcase.
As my niece
grew, so did my craft and design sense.
By the time she was walking, I was designing dresses for her (I must have
been about twelve at that time). Needless to say, my interests also grew. I remember one year sitting around while my aunt visited from Chicago. She was
knitting Christmas bells, and I was totally enthralled. I asked her to show me, and I learned to knit
at an early age.
years went by, I graduated from high school and university and joined the Air
Force. It was during my time in the Air
Force, probably around 1990, that one of
my friends was knitting booties and I remembered, “Hey, I can do that too.” So, I immediately drove to the nearest yarn
shop, bought a book, yarn, and needles and proceeded to knit a cabled
sweater. Unbelievably, the sweater was
completed, AND WEARABLE! So, I continued
to knit and knit and knit!
You must be
thinking to yourself, “So, when did he actually start quilting?” To answer that, we'll have to fast forward
to the mid to late 90s. I discovered
HGTV and Alex Anderson. Oh, what was that she was doing, cutting up fabric and
sewing it back together and making a quilt?
Oh, wait, now there was PBS and Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day. I watched many shows, thinking to myself, “I wish
I could do that.” Well, I bought some
magazines and continued to watch the programs. Then, one day, there was
Eleanor’s son on the show, and he was quilting!
Wow, guys can do it too!
After that, I
knew I had to try. So I proceeded to my
nearest Hancock Fabric store and bought a pattern, fabric, and all the
necessary rotary cutting tools. I
proceeded to measure, cut, sew, and then quilt my handiwork. After seeing that mess, I am amazed that I tried
again. I tried one or two more projects
with little to no success. But I wasn’t going
to give up! By this time Alex Anderson had a few male quilters on her
program. “By gosh, if they can do it, so
My next attempt
was a Block of the Month. I figured, if
I took my time, I may be able to make this work. By this time two quilt shops had opened near
my small town in Florida. I bought the
fabric, and wouldn’t you know, after twelve months, I had my first completed
quilt! I took it to a local quilter, and
I still have that quilt today.
The rest, as they say, is history! I am now the author of two quilting books, Amish-Inspired Quilts for Today's Home and my latest, New York Beauties & Flying Geese. This book combines a few of my favorite things— foundation piecing, curved piecing, New York Beauty blocks, and Flying Geese. I wanted to create quilts that had standard building blocks— pieced arcs, plain arcs, and fans—that could be mixed and matched in a variety of ways.
For my blog tour, many of the contributors, plus some quilting friends, agreed to join in and help me celebrate the book's release! Follow along to learn more about the making of the book, see some original projects, and read candid reviews. The full schedule is below.
Mon. May 1:
C&T Publishing | http://www.ctpub.com/blog/
Tues. May 2:
Scott Hansen http://bluenickelstudios.com/blog/
Wed. May 3:
Sandy Whitelaw: https://upstairshobbyroom.blogspot.ca/
Thurs. May 4:
Teresa Silva: http://quiltingismybliss.com
Fri. May 5:
Angie Wilson: http://www.gnomeangel.com/
Mon. May 8:
Generation Q Magazine: http://generationqmagazine.com/
Tues. May 9:
Pink Door Fabrics: Instagram @pinkdoorfabrics
Web. May 10:
Melissa Shields: http://www.quiltingroomwithmel.com/
Thurs. May 11:
Sara Lawson: http://sewsweetness.com/blog
Fri. May 12:
Carl Hentsch (me): http://3dogdesignco.blogspot.com/
Oh, and did I mention there's a giveaway? You can enter to win a copy of New York Beauties & Flying Geese right here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. (Hard copy for US winners, ebook for international winners).
Hope you stick around for the whole tour!
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