14 little ways to meet quiltmakers from the past (+ giveaway!)

Re-create a little piece of history with Sheryl Johnson, owner of Temecula Quilt Co. and author of Quirky Little Quilts!

Returning to Temecula

Sheryl is back with her interpretations of authentic quilts from yesteryear in Returning to Temecula. Her all-new patterns for 14 little quilts capture the make-do spirit of quilters from the past.

From Returning to Temecula

From beginner-friendly blocks and scrap-friendly samplers to beautiful appliqué and crazy piecing, these personality-packed patterns invite you to play with classic blocks:

Lovely Ladders quilt
Lovely Ladders

Unexpected block pairings:

Building Blocks quilt
Building Blocks

And distinctive color blends:

Kenny's Courthouse quilt
Kenny’s Courthouse

We asked Sheryl a few questions about her latest book, her love of antiques, and whether or not she’ll host a sew-along for Returning to Temecula (we want one!). Read her answers below.

Stitch This!: You recently wrapped up a fun quilt-along for your first book, Quirky Little Quilts. What inspired you to write Returning to Temecula?

Sheryl: There always seems to be just one more little vintage quilt that I want to reproduce. Returning to Temecula is full of quilts that I just couldn’t resist making. I’m so excited for readers to come back to Temecula for more of the special quilts that have become my hallmark.

ST!: You often gather inspiration from antique quilts—what’s your designing process like once you fall in love with a vintage quilt?

Sheryl: I love the search! My stash is not that large, but I love to dig through it trying to find the perfect fabrics to re-create a new project. If the quilt is simple, I just dig right in and start making blocks. I have tried to slow down and take notes as I go, but sometimes, I feel like that ruins the creative process.

Citrus Circles quilt
Citrus Circles

ST!: What’s the most important part of the designing process for you, and what’s the most fun?

Sheryl: I think the most important part of the process is getting the pattern right and making it simple enough so that others can make it without frustration. No one wants to be irritated when they are making a quilt! I enjoy all aspects of the process, but I think my favorite part is the machine piecing.

ST!: What’s your #1 tip for beginning quilters?

Sheryl: Don’t be intimidated by little pieces. They really are simple and the results are so darn cute! All the quilts in Returning to Temecula are written to give you room to square up your blocks, and they all go together simply. Just give it a try!

Patchwork Plates quilt
Patchwork Plates

Fingers crossed: will there be a sew-along for Returning to Temecula?

Sheryl: I am working on a fun Scavenger Hunt Sew-Along. Follow the clues and make a completely new quilt using components from Returning to Temecula. My Scavenger Hunt Sew-Along will begin on my blog in January 2020, so be sure to get your copy of Returning to Temecula—maybe add it to your Christmas wish list!

Returning to Temecula Sew-Along sneak peek
Sneak peek at January’s sew-along

Returning to TemeculaThank you for sharing more about your new book, Sheryl!

We have a copy of Returning to Temecula to give away today! To enter our random drawing, tell us in the comments:

Antique quilts: own some, want to own some, or want to remake some?

We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to return to Temecula today, you can purchase Returning to Temecula at our website and we’ll send you a link to download the eBook version for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Mary, who says:

“I have the quilt made for my mother when she was born in 1939. It’s so funny that the top was made in 1939, but it wasn’t quilted until she got married in 1957.”

We’ll email you about your prize, Mary—congratulations!


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