January 24, 2011

Australian Designer / Rebecca Johnson ~~ Sponsored Giveaway~~!!

 And the winner is!!!  Comment # 23!!!  Chosen by Random.org!!

Marcia W. said...I've read chasingcottons blog for a while now. Rebecca's patterns are so unique, especially sand castles. My current pattern favorites are Curlique Crush and Diamond Bouquet. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

 Congratulations Marcia!!  I will send you an email and please reply back with which 2 patterns you would like to receive from Rebecca!  

Thank you to everyone who chose to take part in Rebecca's interview and giveaway!  I hope you made your way over to her site and found a pattern that you just had to order! :)

Australia has some fabulous designers and this morning I have a treat for you!!  I would love to introduce you to pattern designer, Rebecca Johnson of Chasing Cottons!  Rebecca has graciously agreed to do an interview here on my blog and sponsor a giveaway for my readers! 

I first found Rebecca's pattern designs while blog surfing one night!  Her Curlicue Crush pattern caught my eye and I fell in love with it!!  This is one quilt I want to make in the near future!  As I read through her blog that evening I knew I wanted to introduce my readers to her awesome patterns because I know you will love them as much as I do!

Throughout her interview you will see photos of her patterns that are available in her shop!

So, without further adieu, I give you Rebecca Johnson of Chasing Cottons!

When did  you begin Quilting?

2 1/2 years ago my girlfriend and I had free tickets to a craft show.  We were excited to go along as I had always enjoyed making things but had NO IDEA what was available. How modern, funky and yet vintage, handmade craft had become. It was there that my love affair for fabric began. Fabric, is like scrapbooking paper...only So So much better!! That day, I took home a few bundles of fabric, a couple quilt patterns, rotary cutter, mat and my first sewing machine.. I started sewing that night, and nearly every day since! Even though the patterns weren't exactly what I was after, they were enough to get me started. I had no idea how to make a quilt. That very first pattern I even changed the design..and I have been designing my own quilts ever since.
 Why do you Quilt?

Makes me happy.
10 months ago I gave birth to my baby no.3. Seconds after he was born, nurses and doctors couldn't get him to breathe properly. X-rays quickly followed and revealed that his lungs hadn't developed properly. After an indescribable 39 hours...he passed away.
It has been a daily, hourly, moment by moment struggle, dealing with the sudden loss of my little boy Chase. After a couple months, I found myself madly sewing, thinking up new pattern designs... Quilting has given me something fun and exciting to think about. Keeps my mind active, has helped me heal and cope with my empty heart and home.
6 months ago I started selling my patterns Sand Castles, Diamond Bouquet, Star Jewels, Rolling Meadows, Curlicue Crush, latest Eden's Garden. At that time I also started a blog, born out of my obsession with fabric, and my love for my little boy Chase. So it started.... Chasing Cottons.
 What is your favourite Quilting Tip?

Don't be nervous to try something new, and find your local quilt shop and sign up for a Sampler Quilt class. A few months after I started quilting, I took a sampler class. It consisted of 20 different quilt blocks, each block taught a few different techniques. So, by the time you had finished the 20 blocks... you had many many different ways to work with fabric. It gave me the fundamentals for so many different types of quilting. Although these techniques may not be the new 'modern' way style... you can incorporate these basics into so many new and different designs.
 What is your design process??
I find a lot of inspiration everywhere. When it comes to designing a new quilt, the fabric is my main source of inspiration. However, my quilt patterns can easily suit any fabric...but that's just where I start. I also find a lot of inspiration from many amazing blogs, flickr, magazines etc. I doodle my designs on grid paper to see if I can get them to work in block forms so they will be easily put together. I pretty much work out the whole quilt before I begin cutting. Then the best part...cutting, sewing, quilting!!
Do you sew other things?

Sometimes. I LOVE quilts, and they are my passion, but over the last 6 months I have gained so much inspiration from other blogs.  I have ventured on into a few quick projects. A dress for my daughter, a couple gathered clutches and currently I'm just setting up a new house and sewing room. So in 2011 I have a few tutorials coming soon. Covers for sewing machines, ironing boards, pillows, kitchen knick knacks, fabric wall art... plus a few new quilt patterns buzzing around in my head.
 Anything else you would like us to know about you??

In the real world, I'm just a stay at home mum with three kids, Tanner 6, Indianna 3 1/2, and Chase, and a husband who is the most wonderful person in the whole world.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog... its been fun to visit!! 
Thank you so much Rebecca for coming for this lovely visit today! 

If you have never had the pleasure of a visit over at  Chasing Cottons you must get on over there and see what Rebecca has been up to! But don't go just because of this giveaway!  Visit with her because you want to meet perhaps a new friend...someone you can spend time with each week and be inspired by... and by doing so you will be supporting one of the newest designers out there creating patterns for us to quilt with!

The giveaway:  2 of Rebecca's patterns ~~ Winner's choice!
So...What do you have to do to sign up for the 2 patterns that Rebecca is allowing me to giveaway here on my blog?...

It is simple...Just leave a comment here on this post!

The giveaway will run for 1 week..... On January 24th at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, I will post the winner!!

If you post the giveaway on your own personal blog and someone signs up and tells me you sent them, you will gain an extra entry for each person who comes from your blog!


Quilter in the Gap said...

How inspiring is she?! I will def be checking her website/blog out. She made me want to head right down to my sewing room. Thank you for sharing her with us.

karenfae said...

I would love a chance to win some new patterns. I will over right now and check her out!

Mommarock said...

Wow I checked out some of her patterns, and ooooh they are fantastic! I would love to win!

free indeed said...

I've seen that curlicue crush quilt before and soooo want to know how to make it! I would love to win a pattern of that!
freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

Charlene S said...

It was fun to meet Rebecca thru your blog.

Angela D. said...

I've loved her patterns from the first time I saw them. I follow her blog too.

Emillie Rose said...

I love her quilts! Thanks so much for featuring her - I would love to win a couple of her patterns.

jennifer said...

How inspiring and thanks for the chance.

Barbara said...

Star Jewles and Diamond Bouquet are utterly exquisite

Thanks for the interview !

Butterfly said...

love the interview and her quilts are wonderful.


tisme said...

She sounds like a great person, and her quilts are gorgeous!

Wendy said...

The quilts are gorgeous. What an awesome giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win some of her patterns.

Jenn said...

Thank you for introducing me to yet another brilliant designer. I'm inspired by her story and her strength, and her work is stunning. Thank you!!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

This is a wonderful giveaway! I need a project to go with my passion for thread!

MJ said...

Rebecca you are a true inspiration! My heart goes out to you. You have great passion and love in your work and it shows. You do beautiful work!
Thank You!

Kathy H said...

Rebecca's quilts are very inspiring. I love all the bright colors she uses.

AStarrA said...

Sad but has created some wonderful things...

Wendy B said...

How inspiring.....will have to go and have a look at her blog....didn't know about it before....thanks for the heads up!
sugary hugs
Wendy :O)

joycem said...

Loved her patterns, especially Sand Castles and Star Jewels.

Peaceful Piecer said...

Love these...thanks for a chance to win!

Jessica said...

I've been reading Rebecca's blog for a while now, and I LOVE her patterns, especially Curlicue Crush and Sand Castles. Would LOVE to win!

Cynthia Stockdon said...

Beautiful quilts and an inspiring story. Thank you for sharing it.

Marcia W. said...

I've read chasingcottons blog for a while now. Rebecca's patterns are so unique, especially sand castles. My current pattern favorites are Curlique Crush and Diamond Bouquet. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

Nicki Lee said...

What a beautiful and creative lady - thank you for introducing Rebcca to all of us.

Sandy said...

I am a follower of her blog and would love to win her patterns. Thanks!