When I received an invite to be on Jane Sassaman's blog tour I about fainted...
I am a HUGE fan girl ... i said yes .... then immediately scurried off to unearth my Pile of Janely goodness that is waiting to be a quilt..
A quilt that is now in her BOOK!
Here is my pile of fabric to make this quilt
Mine wlll be in a blue colorway
who knew when I collect this fabric that I'd NEED blue for the living room?
I am so excited about Jane's book. All the other bloggers are sharing the insides of the book... I wanted us to get to know Jane a bit better (Acutally I want to know her better.. like be her next door neighbor and get all her scraps!). The links to the other blogs are at the end.
What is your favorite quilt thing to do? Why?
Of course, I love the whole process of making quilts. But it is always exciting when a new phase begins... beginning to design, beginning of the "glorious mess", beginning to stitch, beginning to baste, beginning to quilt. I love the constant confrontation and making creative decisions throughout the entire process.
What does your work area look like . what is your favorite part of it. what would you change?
Currently, I have the best working environment that I've ever had. My studio is in a separate building on our property, just down the hill from the house. It has two nice sized rooms, one of which used to be a 2 1/2 car garage.
One room is for office work, printing, pattern storage, shipping and partial library.
The other bigger room has a 4 X 8 work table, long work wall, two sewing stations, ironing station, floor to ceiling fabric shelves and more library. I can always use more storage, but that will come in time.
What is the last piece of fabric you bought?
It's awful (awfully wonderful), but I have fabric coming out my ears, especially my FreeSpirit fabrics. So when I buy fabric it is usually solids for making my applique quilts. The last fabrics I bought were some beautiful hand dyed wools from Wooly Lady (woolylady.com) and scrumptious suede like cottons from Cherrywood (cherrywoodfabrics.com).
(Photo is more of my pile of Jane fabric to do my Jane quilt!)
What was the best piece of advice you ever got, who was it from?
One of the most instrumental books in my life is Dawns and Dusks (by Diana MacKown), which is a long conversation with artist Louise Nevelson. Here was a kindred soul who felt as deeply about making art as I did. She taught me that you can't do everything, you have to make choices and accept them. For me that means 8 hours a day, seven days a week in the studio, when I am home. I miss out on other things, but that's fine. I'm happiest in the studio.
What was the most interesting trip you have ever taken? Why?
Most of my travel is for teaching. One of the best trips I've made was a teaching cruise through the Baltics. It was a pilgrimage for me. I am a huge fan of Scandinavian design, both contemporary and folk art.
I was able to visit the historic home of Finnish designer and architect, Eliel Saarinen, Svenskt Tenn the Stolholm store that still produces Josef Frank's fabrics, a Gudren Sjoden boutique (also in Stockholm) , plus several Marimekko and other contemporary design stores. Floating through the Swedish Archipelago past all the idilic summer houses was like being in a fairytale. I was in HEAVEN!
Would you like to win a copy of Jane's book?
Leave me a comment telling me
"What Flower would you like Jane to put in her next Fabric line?"
Winner Picked Sunday night July 22 after dinner.. so watch your email!
And Visit Jane's blog for incredible inspiration http://sassaman.blogspot.com.au/