Ok ... I'll be the first to admit that Terry kind of frightened me at first ... and after 15 years in the military and raising three boys ... it takes a lot to get me to that point! I had been invited to Owatonna MN by a couple of quilting friends to a sewing event with Terry. I knew who she was but was clueless that this was a test class for one of her books. So I'm sitting at my table in the back of the room, sewing away and trying to make sense of what I'm doing, when Terry comes by. She looks at my project and says 'well that's a setting we haven't thought of yet' ... and all I can think of is YIKES I've messed up Terry Atkinson's pattern! Imagine my surprise when I saw the Rosebud Runner in her book, Confetti in the Corner a few months later. Woo hoo ... I wasn't a total goof ... Terry thought I was clever!! And I've loved her and her patterns ever since.
Terry's another piece of the Minnesota Road Show quartet and if you have a shop near you doing this program, make sure you go. She has tons to teach ... both in that and in her books and her patterns. Terry goes to great lengths to make sure her projects are accurate and easy to understand. My sister Sue uses her Little Red Hen quilt for all of her wedding quilts because it has multiple sizes, uses two colors and goes together in a snap. And it's cute.
If you want to see how creative Terry is, flip back through my blog to the last two Julys. I help her with a shop owners retreat and one of the things we do is change out the table display for dinner each night. They are totally cool ... look at the photos and you'll be inspired to whip something up for your own table!! (Make sure you read my blog this July, too as we host two more sessions ... you'll be shocked and amazed ... no pressure, Terry!!)
Now don't forget to comment on her blog ... you don't want to miss out on the fabulous gift baskets, do you?