Posted by alpinefabrics on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
I am very excited to talk about Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet, designer of Sew Cherry.
I have know Lori for over a year, but became a huge fan of her quilts long before then. If you have seen any of her quilts you would know why. She has an incredible eye for detail and designs jaw dropping applique themed quilts.
Here is Lori in her own words:
I grew up in a small town on a small farm in a quilting and sewing family.
I loved to spend most of my time climbing trees and riding on tractors or herding the sheep. I really just loved being outdoors among the flowers, pastures and farm animals.
Most of my neighbors consisted of my grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins so we are a very close family and I consider myself very lucky.
All of my designs are inspired by all things vintage, my family and my childhood memories.
I come by my creativity honestly as I was surrounded by everything made on our own. We were a very self sufficient bunch. At our home..if we needed it...we grew it or built it.
By profession...my father was a mechanical engineer and a rocket scientist. He also grew very large gardens and took care of our farm. He was always fixing or designing or building something and as a young girl i often played at his desk with graph paper and special rulers for design...I still play with both of these almost every day!
My mother says I was practically born with a needle in my hand and that I was her creative, happy go lucky child. She says that from a very early age she could tell that my whole world revolved around drawing, nature, color and design.
As a baby I would lay on my great grandmothers double wedding ring quilt that she had made for my mother as a wedding gift... and I would just stare at the fabric and pet it.
She also said i refused to wear any hairbands or barrettes unless they were the perfect color match to my clothes...something that she wondered why I was so stubborn about.
The first 4 children in my family were girls of which I am the youngest...however later 4 brothers and 2 more sisters came along!
My mother sewed most of our clothes and she also was inspired to turn us first four girls into a singing group called "The Sisters 4"...and sewed us several matching costumes to wear when we performed.
Most of our other dresses that she sewed for us were matching and because i was the youngest...I had to wear the hand me downs and it seemed like I wore the same dress forever!!!
Both of my grandmothers along with my mother taught me how to sew, embroidery, crochet and quilt when I was very young. It seemed we always had a quilt on the frames in my house of my grandmothers house.
Both of my grandmothers have been an inspiration to much of my work and i feel lucky to still have both of them in my life...one at the age of 96 and one at 98.
I married my childhood sweetheart after graduating high school and we have been married 30 years. we have been blessed with 2 sons and a daughter and also a granddaughter!
I have been designing for 28 years....I established my quilt pattern company called Bee in my Bonnet in 1994....before that I designed Tole Painting books for Provo Craft for 12 years. I am so excited to now be designing fabric...my first love according to my mother!
I love working with Riley Blake and I am so happy to be a part of their design team.
When I am not quilting....I love to decorate my home with my vintage finds...
I still love the outdoors and being in my garden growing vegetables, flowers and old roses.
I enjoy camping and fishing with my family in our old trailer.
I love good music and to read good books..and I pretty much love to craft just about anything that keeps my hands busy! I enjoy being in my studio every day and I never run out of ideas or get tired of creating.
I also love being in kitchen with my family and in the sewing room with my daughter.
I am especially fond of my friends and of our quilting retreats and get-togethers.
This is just one of Lori's amazing quilts called "Apron Club".
I just finished "apron club" myself and here is my favorite apron I made out of her pattern.
So out of a creative mind comes beautiful fabric. Sew Cherry just arrived last week.
Look how well Lori's colors coordinate together in this rolie polie.
We love the reds, blues, browns, butter yellows, sweet greens and yummy pinks. You can see Lori's love for vintage, but her fabric has modern flare.
And if you happen to be going to market, you will be able to see all of Lori's new patterns using Sew Cherry fabric....in just 2 1/2 weeks. Yikes!