Erin Sampson and Pellon (the Modern Quilt Perspectives blog tour)…

(Today’s stop on the blog tour is over at Pellon, who generously supplied all of the batting for the book. But more importantly, Erin works with Pellon and she is just awesome. Go read her unbelievably kind post about the book right over here…)

Way back at the same Quilt Market when the process of this book began during a conversation with Kelly Biscopink, I met Erin Sampson. I was still trying to figure out just what batting was and generally felt completely confused by the endless varieties of stuff that went into making quilts and all that. Pretty much what I had figured out at that point was that one sews thing together, does it pretty carefully, and tries to not make things that suck.

thomas-knauer-sews-pellonNow, I bring Erin into this context because she works with Pellon and she is freakin’ awesome, and I am going to tell you why. She quickly said something along the lines of, “Well, try some of these things and see what you like” and then we quickly got back to talking about making cool stuff. Right then and there I knew I totally dug her. And then I find that she went to Colby, and as I went to Kenyon, there is that whole liberal arts colleges where we just learn stuff because learning stuff is, well, fun, and whiz bam, off we went…

Now here is the crappy part; one of my favorite things about going to Market now is getting to hang out a bit with Erin, but since she has recently had an insanely adorable wee girl, and Market is not the most conducive places for babies, especially if one is actually working at Market, she is not going to be there, and that makes me sad. Now, I am going to try to find a way to bring Erin with me in some way, but still that just won’t be the same. My current favorite idea is that since I am considering a book party at the loft I am renting (it gives me space to actually pre-build my booth in the two days before Market since I am flying in from the UK), I may just have to have her as a Skype guest. But, as usual, I digress…

(I should totally do a book party, right? My place is just begging for it…)

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Suffice it to say Erin is one of the people I love in this business, one of the people I met in a professional context but am now incredibly glad to know. For any of you who read this blog regularly you know that I think a lot of crappy stuff happens around here in the quilt business, but Erin is seriously one of the White Hats, and I am so glad to know her. I love following pics of her two children (one four-legged), and I secretly harbor fantasies of Babbit and her E falling madly in love…

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So thank you so much Erin for being part of the Modern Quilt Perspectives blog tour, and of course thank you to Pellon for all of your support. All of the quilts in Modern Quilt Perspectives have the Pellon Magic in the Middle action going on. And if you know me at all you know I live with bolts of both Wonder Under and Fusible Fleece (I love using that as the batting for Babbit’s playmat quilts and the like). I am so grateful to Pellon for the material support for the book, and for their support for a whole lot of my projects. But more than anything I am simply glad to have met Erin and to get to call her a friend…

Thank you so much, Erin, and see you in Pittsburgh, even if it is only virtually… I love the heck out of you!!! And fingers crossed that I get to work with Pellon, and all that goodness, for years and years to come…

-t

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One Response to Erin Sampson and Pellon (the Modern Quilt Perspectives blog tour)…

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    Karin Jordan says:

    And here I thought I was Erin’s biggest fan. I also met her because of Pellon, and I am lamenting the sad reality that she won’t be in Pittsburgh. She said I needed your book, so her book review pushed me right over the edge and I’ll now be stalking delivery people for that and Quilting with a Modern Slant. Rachel May was my quilting neighbor at the latest MQG retreat. It is truly nice to discover the ‘White Hats’, as you say. :) I would be happy to share my tissue box with you in the Pellon booth in Pittsburgh while we pester Erin from afar!

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