Blog Tour: Quilt Remix by Emily Cier

You’ve got your Deadheads, your Phishheads … what do you call people who follow blog tours? I guess in this case I’ll call them Cierheads, because CarolinaPatchworksheads (for Emily Cier’s popular quilt pattern company) is too cumbersome. Remixheads (for her brand new book Quilt Remix) might also work, what do you think?

Anyway, it’s the last stop for the Quilt Remix blog tour. I imagine that Dead/Phishheads celebrate with clearance sales on vegan burritos, bootleg tapes, and hackey sacks, and smoking one last something of something. So what’s the equivalent for Cierheads? Passing around some fat quarters? Lots of hugs, with wistful hopes to meet again next year? You tell me. I have one copy of the book to give away, so leave a comment which provides some glimpse into the Cierhead subculture.

Since you are a Cierhead till the end, I don’t need to tell you about the awesomeness that is Carolina Patchworks, or that Emily’s debut book for C&T, Quilt Remix, is all about bridging traditional and modern. The patterns are all quirky, supersized, or otherwise modernized versions of traditional patterns, and each is shown made up in both modern and traditional fabrics (the work that had to go into that — oy!). But, in case you’re just joining us, I’ve listed the tour stops at the end of the interview, so you can follow along and learn all about this unique book. Only then can you call yourself an honest-to-goodness Cierhead.

Here’s my interview with Emily …

{ The zoomed-in Ohio Star quilt from Quilt Remix }

Quilt Remix crosses the divide between traditional and modern in two ways: first, with the patterns themselves, which are all modern twists on traditional patterns, and by the fact that show the quilts made up in two ways, one with more traditional fabrics and one with more contemporary fabrics. I’ve been thinking a lot about what, if anything, distinguishes contemporary/modern fabrics from traditional fabrics. What do you think? Do you see a strict dividing line, or a lot of crossover?

Emily Cier: I think there are fabrics firmly in each camp but with a lot of crossover in the middle. Paisley, flowers, stripes, etc can easily fall into either category depending on how they are drawn. Color plays a significant role as well. For example, browns and tans – to me – have always leaned towards the traditional side, but when paired with the right colors in the right designs they can make absolutely stunning contemporary prints.

I also think it’s genius that you made the quilts up in both types of fabrics. Did you go into this project with that idea in mind, or did it evolve with the book? Was it more to show the quilts in very different colorways, or to appeal to the widest range of quilters possible?

EC: It was actually a request from C&T. It shows the versatility of the patterns and just how different the same quilt pattern can look depending on the fabrics used. Now I want to make all of the patterns using just solids or just scraps. The possibilities are endless. And I really want to make ‘Pinwheel’ into a Christmas quilt with the pinwheels as peppermint candies.

{ Emily’s “deconstructed,” simplified version of the traditional Lone Star pattern, from Quilt Remix }

Looking through not only your book but also the Carolina Patchwork range of patterns, I see that you make up a lot of your quilts from single fabric collections. Why is that? I imagine it’s a challenge to bring patterns together with just the right collection (or do the collections inspire the quilts?) … can you tell us about that?

EC: I design a quilt first — keeping the fabric colors, designs, etc out of the equation. Once I’m set on the design, I look at the fabrics currently available and try to match them up. I usually go with one single collection (sometimes with solids mixed in) because I know the colors will be a spot-on match. For example, a green in print A will be the same green as in print B. No clashing greens allowed! Clashing greens seriously bug me.

It can be a challenge to get the colors and scale to work right but I do like the cohesive look a single fabric collection gives to a quilt so I look at many, many collections to find just the right fit.

{ Just one of Carolina Patchworks‘ many pixel quilts }

I freaking LOVE your pixel quilts! I want to make a lot of pixel quilts this year … I love Boo Davisbook as well (oh hey, she’s also from Seattle!) Pixels and patchwork … such a natural union, and one with a lot of crossover appeal in its own right.

EC: I’m somewhat addicted to pixel-based quilts. I made the first one in 2007 at the urging of my husband. I thought he was completely insane at first but I apparently liked them enough that over three years later I’m still making them! There is going to be a new collection with a new theme coming out for Market this spring. I’m so excited for them!

Thanks so much, Emily!

Follow the tour:

  1. Sew Katie Did
  2. Pink Chalk Studio
  3. Jay Bird Quilts
  4. Allie’s In Stitches
  5. p.s. i quilt
  6. House of A La Mode
  7. Connecting Threads Blog
  8. WhipStitch
  9. True Up (you are here)

P.S., The comments will close and the winner of the copy of Quilt Remix (courtesy C&T) will be drawn next Wednesday, January 26, 2011.

82 Comments

  1. Sally Howard says:

    I love the designs. It will be fun to follow her guidelines, but I’m inspired to try some ideas of my own.

  2. Sheila says:

    This book is definitely on my wishlist. I’d love to try out some of her “remixes!”

  3. Melissa says:

    I’m a huge fan of Emily’s patterns, and I’d be thrilled to win a copy of her book.

  4. Hilary says:

    The more I see of Emily’s book, the more I’d like to try some of the patterns. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  5. Holly says:

    wow! First time hearing about this book and now REALLY want to peak inside.

  6. Karen says:

    I love Emily’s pixel quilts too. I love her fresh designs. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  7. Mary P says:

    I’m thinking a Cierhead (or something like that) would do some sort of mini quilt swap.

  8. Colleen says:

    A Cierhead has a hopeless addiction to collecting pieces of beautiful fabric and dreaming up new ways to use them. This book would certainly provide inspiration. As a traditional quilter flirting with working with “modern” approaches and fabrics , Quilt Remix would be a great tool to have in my studio.

  9. Jill B says:

    Thanks for the great post! It’s very evident that you really respect this designer.

  10. Sarah says:

    I want this book soooooooo badly! I love everything about it!
    I cannot wait to make the projects inside!!

  11. Patty says:

    This book looks interesting. I love the cover quilt.

  12. Sylvia says:

    So cool, thanks for the opportunity to win!

  13. wendy says:

    the more I see glimpses into this book the more I fall in love – especially those pixel quilts. her husband had the right idea – brilliant.

  14. Leslie Schmidt says:

    I am always so stunned by how different a quilt looks with different fabrics, and I guess I need that help. I have trouble visualizing the look of a quilt except how it is shown in a pattern. Thanks for the help, Emily!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Oh, no! I think I just added something else to the Wanted files. This book looks like a must-have.

  16. Vanessa says:

    I love the pixel quilt!! And I would really love to win the book too!

  17. jamie says:

    oh i’m totally a cierhead. i’ve been a commenting fool this week, with high hopes. as for my devotion, i used to stalk her (not entirely true) at our local quilt shop until she moved literally to the other side of the country. i love her pixel quilts, especially the classic nintendo-inspired ones.

  18. Wendy says:

    I really enjoyed this blog tour seeing different pics from the book. Definitely on my wish list!

  19. Paula says:

    This book is on my wish list too – I love Emily’s Trip Around the World! Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. Margaret says:

    Oh no, is this the end of the your? I want more!

  21. Hannele says:

    Thank you for the giveaway – it would be wonderful to win a copy of the book :)

  22. SewLindaAnn says:

    I loved that “you are here” at the end of the post. Funny! Pixels, my head is spinning. I cannot believe I haven’t thought of that as much as I’m on the computer! Brilliant!

  23. Sarah says:

    I’ve been contemplating pixel quilts. Emily’s are so inspiring!

  24. DogsMom says:

    I am a newbie but love learning new techniques and ideas.

  25. Amy says:

    I love this fresh take on quilts, enter me please!

  26. Colleen says:

    Love the review. Thanks for a chance to win!

  27. Kathie L says:

    Love the book and have loved reading the interviews by Emily. I’d love to be a winner. Kathie L in Allentown

  28. Sandra Davidson says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book it looks and sounds really interesting

  29. Sandra Rocca says:

    I could not say which quilt looks the best-they are all WONDERFUL! I would be so happy to be a winner! thanks for the chance!

  30. Marie Deatherage says:

    I think I have finally found what I’m looking for! I learned about quilting from my granny first, then my mom. They were fairly traditional quilters, which is how I started out quilting. But I’m also drawn to modern quilts and have been dabbling in them. Now I think there’s a way to bridge the gap! That’s very exciting for me. Can’t wait to take a closer look!

  31. Megan says:

    This book is so high on my wish list it’s ridiculous! Every single thing I’ve seen from its pages is so inspiring. Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy!