The Modern Applique Workbook Blog Tour Day 7!

Today it my pleasure to introduce you to Deb Rowden. Many of you may know her for her fabulous blog, Thrift Store Quilts, but I know her as my friend and editor! In fact, Deb has been my editor 3 times now! She is the perfect editor for me!

Writing a quilt book is a very emotional journey. You put your heart and soul into every pattern and every word hoping others will like it too. That can take a toll on you during the editing process. Deb has talked me off the ledge more than once on every book we've worked on together. She's a great calming influence and helps put me right again when the emotions take over!

In addition to being a great editor, she's also a quilter with a very fun, unique perspective. Her thing is finding quilts that are a little bit off - sometimes called maverick quilts. These quilts are not necessarily made with perfection in mind, but rather function - and they all have a beauty that defies convention! Check it out, I'm sure you'll view these quilts with new eyes after reading about them on Deb's blog!

Flame - another example of my unnatural love of gradations!
Here's another quilt from The Modern Applique Workbook. I called it Flame, for obvious reasons! I love, love, love gradations! Usually I work with gradations of one color, so this was fun collecting gradations of warm colors! From red to yellow, I looked for nine solids that blend from one to the next. Of course I wanted them to be perfect gradations that blend seamlessly, but as I learned from Deb, it's the imperfections that make a quilt perfect. So the fact that not all the steps blend perfectly from one fabric to another doesn't bother me one bit!

You can enter the giveaway contest to win a book on Deb's blog and on each of the other guest blogger on the tour. Good luck!

Feb. 10: Bonnie Hunter
Feb. 11: Amy Smart
Feb. 12: Angela Walters
Feb. 13: Debbie Grifka
Feb. 14: Tammie Schaffer
Feb. 17: Casey York
Feb. 18: Deb Rowden
Feb. 19: Melissa @ Generation Q magazine 
Feb. 20: Shea Henderson
Feb. 21: Diane Harris @ Quiltmaker Magazine

If you would like to purchase an autographed copy, click here to order.


  1. Flame = total awesomeness! I love that! :)

  2. the colors I love to quilt with are lime green and turquoise.


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