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.


  1. Shirley says:

    Love love this book and some of the quilts I have seen so far. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Dan R says:

    can’t wait to see this book!

  3. Barbara says:

    I am 58 years old and I am here to tell you that Emily Cier RULEZ … she embodies a unique creative spirit so lacking in the fabric industry sponsored clones.

  4. Donna says:

    Looks like a great book! I’ll be watching for it!

  5. Melissa says:

    Love this book! Would adore a copy! Thanks for the preview :)

  6. ~Michelle~ says:

    Definitely have this book (and Boo Davis’s book) on my wish list!

  7. DianeY says:

    I’m sure the Cierhead subculture is full of people who, when they are not quilting, are at their computers searching for more fabric or reading quilting blogs. And the only smoke is from their sewing machine running full speed ahead!
    Can’t wait to see the book=-love the peppermint candy idea she has!

  8. corina c says:

    A great book! I am keeping my fingers crossed!

  9. Amber says:

    oohh – new pixel quilts? I love her pixel quilts – they are beyond cool! WOuld love to wine the book – thanks for hosting a stop!

  10. Barb Colvin says:

    I love Emily’s designs. The more I see about this book, the more I want a copy :)

  11. Pippa says:

    Love these book blog tours. Each stop is different and interesting. This book looks great, so I’m crossing my fingers that I win it. Cheers!

  12. I love your review on the book – you made me giggle! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a wonderful book!

  13. Jocelyn says:

    This book looks absolutely awesome!

  14. patricia says:

    Remixheads all join together via Flickr group and swap pixelated quilt blocks in peace, harmony and creativity.

  15. mjb says:

    This book looks like it has so many great patterns!

  16. jessica says:

    Great book – and an awesome book tour! i have really enjoyed “getting to know” Emily Cier!

  17. Jane says:

    Love this remix review and the pixalated quilts Emily has done are fantastic. Thanks for hosting this interview with all the others and a chance to win this awesome book. Jane

  18. Jenny says:

    most excited about this book!

  19. Billie K says:

    I enjoyed the review and I guess I can be a whatever head…grin.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Bronwyn says:

    I have loved the blog book tour of this book – really interesting designs and designer!!

  21. Jen says:

    If I don’t win this book I’m going to buy it for sure! (But I do hope I win it!)

  22. Kerri H. says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I am new to quilting and love Emily’s designs especially the Pinwheel. I also love that the quilts are shown in different fabrics. It makes for great inspiration!!

  23. VickiT says:

    Oh wow! That’s an amazing quilt you’ve shown us. That’s the first pixel based quilt I’ve seen so far in the blog tour. LOVE IT! I just love what I have seen and read about this book. It’s definitely a must have book.

  24. euphoria says:

    I soooooo need to get this into my library!!

  25. Sharon T. says:

    Thanks for the great interview!

  26. Catherine says:

    Love your interview! I’ve wanted to try one of her patterns for a long time. This is the inspiration!

  27. janie ! says:

    i love this book ! can’t wait to flip through it !! i just got Boo Davis’ book in the mail yesterday ! What fun !!

  28. Great questions for Emily!

  29. Julie in WA says:

    This has been quite the blog tour! Love the book. Thanks for a great interview!

  30. Mary Ann says:

    I bought several of the Carolina Quiltworks patterns before I met Emily online. Such fun to sew and now the book!

  31. Marilyn W says:

    Would LOVE to have this book.


  32. Suzi says:

    Love these designs! Looks like a great book! Thanks for offering the giveaway…hope I win ;->

  33. Melisa says:

    Just added this to my wishlist! Thanks for the review!

  34. Love the pixel quilt, I have been playing with the hexagon die and thinking of mosaic ideas.


  35. Pamela V says:

    Would love to win this book…

  36. Marcia W. says:

    I’ve followed each stop on the blog tour for Emily’s book. The remix of traditional with modern is wonderful. I like your highlighting the concept of pixels in your interview. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway. I would enjoy winning this book and making some of these quilts.

  37. Aniza says:

    I really enjoy the blog tour and the interviews have been awesome.

  38. Beth T. says:

    By now I am totally in love with this book and in awe of this quilter. I began quilting in the trad style, in the tradition of my grandmother. Lately I’ve been wanting to branch out in a more modern way. I think this book would be a great guide and a jumping off point. I’ll bet that some of the “Cierheads” have taken a similar quilting path.

  39. MelodyJ says:

    I love twists on old favorites. It looks like this is what the book embodies.


  40. Gill says:

    This looks such a great book! I love Emily’s interpretation of traditional blocks

  41. ariane says:

    I love the Ohio star quilt!

  42. Linda Erickson says:

    This Cierhead says I just LOVE winning things…. this looks like a very cool book that I would be glad to have!

  43. Ellen Ban says:

    Santa forgot to bring me this book! Have been a big fan of Carolina Patchworks/Emily for awhile and have really enjoyed the Remix blog tour.

  44. Krystina says:

    Great review! I hope I win this one!

  45. Ann says:

    Yup I am a groupie cause this book look awesome and I want to win it!

  46. elsa says:

    this book looks wonderful! thanks for the chance to win it!

  47. Mitzi says:

    Remixheads savor the last little scraps of fabric and definitely love getting together to admire each other’s work.

  48. Gretchen says:

    I don’t even quilt – YET – but I’m mad about fabric and design, and this book will undoubtedly offer new insights and inspiration. Crossing my fingers. . .

  49. roccagal says:

    Love the blog and the book! I would like to add this to my library!