Meet Cheryl Lynch!
Good morning there, my friends.
I am so happy to be back to the blogging. It has been a long summer and an even longer autumn here at the Blue Nickel. We emptied and sold my Dad’s house and now our house is sold and we are moving soon. More on that later….
I started the year hoping to have lots of virtual guests here on the blog, and with the Pandemic you would think that would have been EASIER not Harder. But for me, it just hasn’t been. Someday I will write a post about this year’s ‘screen silence‘ …. Maybe…..
For now though I am trying to get this baby started up again. I really love having guest stars stopping by the Blue Nickel and sharing what they are up to creatively in the world of quilting and other fiber arts. I hope you do too!
I met Cheryl via a Facebook Group of other Creative Industry Teachers and Designers, and invited her to join us for this visit back in May or April of this year. She was telling me that she had a new line of fabric coming out this year called Mosaic Masterpiece
with Hoffman Fabrics.
At the time of the interview, it was still due to come out. NOW it is out in the stores. It came out last month, so hurry up and get some before it is gone….. safely of course…..
Cheryl sent me some scraps of the line and I had some fun with just some basic quilt blocks. (I added some of my Ocean Park
and Tie One On
lines to a couple of blocks – thought they went well together.)
I was really just messing around with the fabric – it was a fun bit of play.
But let’s get on to the Creator of this line — Here’s Cheryl’s interview from this Spring.
How did you get started quilting?
I started taking quilting classes at the local quilt shop when my youngest child started school..
What are your favorite elements of this craft?
That’s a hard question because there are so many aspects that I enjoy. Designing unique quilts with a unique technique gives me great pleasure. And then I love sharing it with other quilters.
You have a new line of fabric! Tell us all about it. How did this come about?
It’s called Mosaic Masterpiece. It’s a digital print inspired by my mosaic quilts. I’m working with Hoffman. I was first intrigued by mosaics on a trip to Israel. My mission was to be able to reproduce the stone mosaics with fabrics. I cut batiks into 3/8” squares and place them on a sticky stabilizer to create mini mosaic quilts. Lots of people love the process of trimming the squares to color a pattern. But it truly limited the size of them. I make large ones, but they are laborious. Chatting with a friend of mine who has been in the industry, the idea came up to create the mosaic fabric, that could be used for applique or piecing.
If you could have two new pets of any species what would you choose?
Sheep and llamas were animals that I’ve wanted. To be able to spin the fleece was a dream of mine, that is, before I discovered Quilting.
How are you dealing with CoVid 19 and all of its ramifications?
I have been working in three major projects that started before the shelter in place. My mini mosaic book using words, Alphabetically Speaking. That was self- published a few weeks ago. I finished one of my major mosaic quilts – a dock scene . And working on patterns for Mosaic Masterpiece. That has kept me pretty busy, but then learning to add to that learning how to do virtual workshops and lectures has really consumed my day. Haha.
What is your favorite Movie and why?
I’m not a big movie watcher. I guess I’m a home body. I enjoy detective series, especially British ones.
What is your least favorite color? Why do you dislike it?
My least favorite color is red. Maybe because I’m a redhead. I never wore it because it clashed with my hair. I also think it screams for attention.
If you could spend a week with any one famous quilter who would you choose and what would you do that week?
I would choose Freddy Moran. I love her bold use of color along with black and white. She definitely does not have an aversion to red. Maybe I could learn from her.
Describe your ideal creative space.
I would love a clean, minimalist work space. Lots of open areas with big, empty design walls with the sound and the smell of either an ocean or lake.
Favorite wildlife creatures and why?
I love watching the fox in my neighborhood. That bushy tail gives me the giggles.
Describe your favorite place for a walk.
My favorite place is a state park not far from my home. There’s a 5 mile multipurpose path. I love seeing the coming of spring with the sound of the peepers, woodpeckers and the coming of the green.
What is your favorite vintage quilt pattern?
I love the drunkards path and all of the modern ways it’s been reinterpreted.
Anything else you want to add?
I have had different chapters in my Quilting life. I started designing in Jewish quilt patterns, thus my name of Oy Vey Quilt Designs. That led to creating Jewish textile art, like the Torah covers. That led to my work with silk dupioni. The quilt with the large flowers and storm at sea are two of them. Them I designed Curvalicious, starting with silk, that simply creates curved looking quilts using raw edge applique. The mosaics came after that. I do have a very robust Etsy shop where I sell lots of mini mosaic quilt patterns and Curvalicious.
I have travelled to teach, but I don’t know where that’s going right now.
Thanks again to Cheryl for her quick little interview with us at the Blue Nickel.
And We have a Giveaway!! WOOHOO!
Go ahead and comment here about this post or whatever the heck you want. This Sunday, November 15th, I will randomly pick a winner and that winner gets to pick a kit ($30 value) from Cheryl’s Etsy shop and she will ship direct. USA shipping only please on this one.
Places you can find Cheryl!
That’s it for now, peeps…..
Take it easy out there, okay?
Keep Sewing, Keep Happy, Keep Safe,
Great fabric. I have always been fascinated by mosaics. Saw some great ones in Greece, Italy, Spain… Can’t wait to be able to travel again.
Your new line of fabric is beautiful
So beautiful. I love your work and your creativity. That’s the thing about quilting, you never know what passionate things you can create and begin to love. Thank you for sharing Scott!!
Mosaic fabric, a great idea! I can see lots of options.
Thank you for creating your new fabulous fabric line Cheryl. Your colors are awesome! Love your mini mosaics too!
Glad you’re back, Scott! Thanks for sharing Cheryl’s story!
I love the texture of mosaics, and the fabrics are lovely. Cheryl’s patterns look intriguing.
I love this fabric and have been waiting for it to get into stores. This is just brilliant. I made a mosaic quilt and Iso appreciate the work that went into creating this line. Just fabulous. Thank you for sharing it.
Looking forward to working with Cheryl’s fabric line.
these fabrics are so refreshingly different. What a great idea! I love Cheryl’s mosaics
Gorgeous fabrics! I can see them in some of the Italian floor quilt designs!
I have bought some of Cheryl’s fabric and it is gorgeous!
I love Cheryl’s new line of fabric. I have been privileged to take a few classes with Cheryl and make her Sofia pattern. Wonderful woman.
Cheryl’s creativity in fabric design is amazing! There is so much you can do with the alphabet too!
I was fortunate to take a live class with Cheryl. She is a great teacher.
I would love to take a class with Cheryl. Her work is so beautiful. Congratulations Cheryl on your new fabric line.
Margaret (Peggy) Melachrinos
I have made one of Cheryl’s mini mosaics and really enjoyed the process although I can see a real advantage to using her fabric!
Beautiful line of fabric. Love the curvy ruler she has in her product line
I love Cheryl’s mosaics and am happy to see her line of fabric. It will work nicely with her patterns!
If you get a chance, take one of Cheryl’s workshops. She is a great teacher with fun techniques. Buying some of her mosaic fabrics soon!
love Cheryl’s fabric line, really appreciate it after making several of her mosaic designs. Good to read the interview!
Love Cheryl’s mini mosaics!!
Cheryl knocked it out of the ballpark with her mosaic fabrics. I took her Curvalicious class a few years ago. I’ve been quilting 30 years and it was THE BEST CLASS ever! She is organized, fun, paced instructions property and a real cheerleader. Thank you Scott for highlighting a great artist!
I just love her mini mosaics. I am working on my fifth one. My daughter just started the French street scene. Even my granddaughters have made a mini.
As quilters, we are used to taking a perfectly good piece of fabric, cutting it up and then sewing it back together to make an amazing piece of fabric. Cheryl takes this cutting to a whole new level! LOVE her mini mosaics!
I have made two of Cheryl’s mosaics and am working on a big one. I thought it would be tedious but for some reason, it is actually relaxing.
Scott, so glad you’re doing ok and back sharing with us. Having emptied three houses in three years for elderly relatives as they moved on, I know how difficult it is. Take care. Best wishes for a smooth move to your new home and the wonderful opportunities awaiting you and your family.
I am in the process of working a mini mosaic and loving it. Have been a Cheryl Lynch fan for a while now.
So glad to see this new fabric and to ” meet” Cheryl; I have missed being able to enjoy in person “show & tells” at my local guild. You fill a large need; please keep blogging. Thanks for the chance to win !
I love Cheryl’s fabric line and can’t wait to make something with it.
I am a Cheryl Lynch fan and enjoy following her different Quilty life chapters!
Love, love these fabrics & Cheryl (who is my birthday buddy)!
Love your new line
I have made a few of Cheryl’s mosaic kits, but I’m really loving her New mosaic fabrics. I just saw a sampler block quilt on line with mosaic fabrics and it was so lovely. This is such inspirational fabric. Going to be fun!!!