|Wanderlust Quilts by Mandy Leins goes South of the Border just outside Portland, Oregon|
|Tessellation, from Wanderlust Quilts|
Courtesy of Stash Books. Photo by Nissa Brehmer.
Rather than go to Rome, I decided to go South of the Border with Pepitas, a favorite little Mexican restaurant just outside Portland, Oregon. The place is like an oasis, full of tchotchkes, neon lights, margaritas and delicious food. It would be a wonderful inspiration for a Tessellation quilt.
If only I could sew like Mandy! She's an absolute whiz, a Bernina Ambassador, Craftsy instructor, and award winning quiltmaker and long-arm quilter. She recently quilted one of the Double Wedding Ring quilts by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, displayed last week at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
|Mandy Leins, author of Wanderlust Quilts|
I knew Mandy was the real deal way before that. We got to know each other through social media, and one day I received a message from her. She'd found a quilt in an antique shop in Tennessee, and thought about me even though we'd never met. The quilt eventually appeared in my New York Beauty book, so I was very grateful!
(I haven't forgotten about the giveaway...keep reading)
|Mandy found the quilt, and I found a new friend.|
We met at QuiltCon last year., where her "Egg & Dart" quilt was one of my favorites in the whole show, and to my eye there was something very different about it-- in a good way! So, how do I really feel about Wanderlust Quilts? In my Amazon review, I said,
"The first time I saw one of Mandy's quilts, I felt like I was seeing the future. Such a talented, technically proficient and thoughtful artist she is, and her work is elegant. I knew the book would be great, but it turned out much better than I'd imagined. It is brimming with new ideas, and the inspiration is crystal clear. Congratulations, Mandy, and also to the staff of C&T/Stash for their outstanding behind-the-scenes work. The photography and design are simply gorgeous. I can't wait to see what Mandy will do next. May there be many more books, and loads of success!"
Of course, I was thrilled to be part of the blog hop, and now I'm thrilled to offer a giveaway! One copy of Wanderlust Quilts is now up for grabs. All you need to do is leave a comment -- just one comment! A random winner will be selected on Monday, November 9th, and you'll be able to find it here at Wonkyworld.
Thank you for reading along. Please leave a comment to enter the drawing-- only one comment per person. Winner will be announced here on Monday, November 9th.