Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company Blogs for HG

Hello… wait. What am I supposed to call you? The Hip Hop Henrys? The Henry Hotties?

Hey, I like that one!

So let me introduce myself. My name is Carrie and I’m one of the new girls in the Henry Glass neighborhood. I work for the Divine Miss R. Now that Rosie has her name on the selvage of some fabric, she’s decided that she deserves a more appropriate title.

Speaking of titles, I’m an informal kind of girl so please call me “Carrie”. And just so you know, I won’t hold it against you if you call me “Rosie”. Everybody does.

The folks at Chez Glass have asked me to come by and introduce Fresh Palette, the first fabric collection from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. and Henry Glass. The finished fabric has finally arrived and oh my, it sure is pretty.
I have to confess that I don’t know which part of the fabric arriving on my doorstep was the most exciting. Seeing the finished fabric or just getting the box itself! It isn’t every day that I get a big box from South Korea ~ even the FedEx man thought it was exciting. Then again, maybe he was just humoring me… that kind of thing happens a lot around here.

But I’m here to talk about Fresh Palette, right? It came about from a piece of vintage fabric, a very large scale floral print in tan, rose and a creamy beige sort of shade. Well, that’s how the print on the fabric got started. This all started with an idea for the kind of quilt I felt like making, a quilt that I couldn’t find the fabric for. Don’t get me wrong, I could find all sorts of beautiful fabric but nothing that was “just right” for my imaginary quilt. I felt a little like Goldilocks.
So I did a little bit of “reverse engineering” and tried to picture what the fabric in my imaginary quilt would look like. The color came first, then the prints. And that’s how Fresh Palette came about. I didn’t have a specific quilt design in mind but I wanted something simple. This went to the quilter this morning.
As for the name, that was the hardest part! I wish I had a story for it but it comes down to this – these are the words I kept using to describe the color scheme and the “feel” I wanted the fabric to have. But I’m getting better at this naming thing, the next collection is going to be called “Nine Dots”. It has a story. And you’ll have to wait a little while to hear it.

See you next time. For More information about Carrie Nelson and her designs check out her website at