Hi All! So happy to be back with another installment of
Quilter's Bucket List. This time, we're featuring Casey York. I particularly
wanted to interview Casey because I'm in awe of her appliqué skills and
appealing patterns. It's enough to
convert a non-appliquér into a believer!
Casey, thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy
schedule to chat! I know you've got many projects in the works, so tell us,
What are you
working on now?
The most exciting quilting news is that I’m designing
a fabric line for
Marcus Fabrics! It’s scheduled for release in early
spring 2017, and is inspired by some of my favorite places on Earth. The
process has taken me longer and been more challenging than I anticipated, but in
a really good way. With the support of the wonderful folks at Marcus, I feel
like I have grown as an artist, and I’m so excited to share the results with
the quilting community! (If you’re curious, you can sneak a peek at some
my inspiration board on Pinterest!
Photo credit Anne
On a small business level, for the last six months
I’ve been participating in a
St. Louis business incubator for creative
professionals, which includes taking business classes and working part-time in
a retail space. Getting ready for the grand opening a couple months ago and coming up
with new products to test in the shop have both been incredible
experiences. I’d love to branch out into creating more non-DIY consumer
products, and this program has given me lots of opportunities to brainstorm and
test out new ideas. In the same vein, I’m preparing to launch a Kickstarter
campaign later this summer to help support this new venture. I’m reading a
A Crowdfunder's Strategy Guide, on running a successful crowdfunding campaign—there’s a lot to learn and
take into account!
projects sound amazing! Can't wait to see the fabric line pop up next year!
Do you have a favorite quilt you've made?
easy—whichever one I’m currently designing! I tend to spend so much time in my
head (or on my computer, where I do the bulk of my designing) that when I
finally have a chance to sit down and sew, I get to fall in love again with the
process of quilting. And then while I’m enjoying the process of stitching, I
fall in love with my next big idea for a quilt to design. I feel fortunate that
the process is cyclical for me and that I enjoy all of the phases in the cycle
so much (aside, perhaps, from basting).
That said, I
have a particular soft spot for a few quilts that I’ve made and continue to
use. One is the first pieced quilt that I made, which was based on Ashley
Rectangle Squared tutorial from her blog, Film in the Fridge.
from my stash of Joel Dewberry fabrics (confession—I might have acquired most
of this stash in order to make this quilt…) Another is the
Ripples quilt from Modern Appliqué Illusions, which I
started on as soon as I had signed the contract for that book. Finally, I
Corona de Flores, the Broderie Perse quilt from The Appliqué Book—I
adored the fabric I was using and my quilter, Ann McNew, did an amazing job
with the quilting.
I love this quilt
(and also have a small crush on Mr. Dewberry, as I like to call him!).
Do you have a favorite quilt you own (not
made by you?)
I still have
the baby quilt I grew up with, which I treasure (and which is appliqué,
incidentally). But the most meaningful quilt that I have was given to me by my
husband’s grandmother, for whom it was made by her grandmother, Josephine, in
the 1800s. It’s hand-quilted and hand-pieced from shirting cottons and it needs a bit
of TLC, but it’s a gift I’m truly honored to have received.
What's on your Quilter's Bucket List?
There are so
many things! If I had to pick one, I’d have to go with a
Dear Jane quilt. (I
even have the pattern book, so maybe one day I’ll actually get around to making
one!) I love the way the use of color can unify disparate fabrics in that
Anything non-quilt related on your bucket
I’m sure I don’t have room here to list them all! But
travel has always been high on the list for me—there are so many places around
the world that I would love to see, as well as places that I desperately want
to visit again.
And just for fun, here's some lightning
round questions about how you quilt:
Barefoot or shoes?
Quiet or music/movie/tv/podcast?
Music (but no
movies/tv/podcasts—I can’t follow dialogue and sew at the same time).
Salty or sweet?
Self taught or schooled?
Planned or scrappy?
Perfect or done?
You can find Casey's book Modern Appliqué
here and The Appliqué Book here.
Heather Kojan is a quilt teacher, lecturer, and author living in Baltimore, MD. She's the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and a contributing author to Classic Modern Quilts. You can read more about her quilting life on her blog www.heatherkojan.com.
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