by Lisa W. Norton and Lora W. Zmak of Material Girlfriends Patterns
It All Began with Lisa's Inspiration:
"Some quilts just sing to you. I designed this quilt while camping with my husband in a high dessert in Nevada. There were full-blown wind storm that blew dust non-stop for hours. While cocooned in our antique Aristocrat trailer, I drew and designed the Bird Walk quilt. Each block just sang to me! I travel with an encyclopedia of quilt blocks (Yes, I'm a quilt book addict) and pulled every block I could find that had a bird name. After careful selection, I drew from our nation's quilt block history the following blocks: Duck Track, Bird's Nest, Hummingbird, Darting Birds, Duck Foot and Return of the Swallows. I also used flying geese and a couple pinwheels."
"Since I love paper piecing, I also drew a few new paper pieced patterns, a couple of bird houses, a feather and the yellow finch. The finch block was inspired by a design in the quilt block encyclopedia, which I then altered for easier construction. I later showed my sketches to Lora. She was as delighted with them as I was and determined that Marcus' Primo Batiks: RIVER ROCK collection would be the perfect choice."
About the Material Girlfriends...
Twin sisters, Lisa and Lora have been sewing since they were very young. In 1999, Lisa decided to try quilting and with her neighbor, Inger, began a block of the month program at her local quilt shop. Unknowingly, Lora, living 1000 miles away, decided to try quilting and began a block of the month program with her friend, Ingrid. It's a twin thing. The sisters took to quilting like ducks to water. As artists, it wasn't long before the girls were making their own patterns and designs. Fast forward to 2012, the sisters began Material Girlfriends Patterns.