This is my funniest story about Paul Anderson. It was near the end of shop hop, and we were all tired and a bit punchy. The theme was movies, and ours was Harry Potter. We each had a little plastic wand to go with the theme. My coworker, Chris, decided to put hers up her nose. (This wouldn’t surprise you if you knew her.) A few minutes later Paul came to the front of the store and picked up a wand that was sitting there. We said, “Be careful, Chris had one of those up her nose.” Paul licked the end and said, “Not this one!”
I hope Paul will forgive me for that story! Paul is the designer of row 2 of the In My Neighborhood Row-of-the-Month, Pinwheels in the Garden. You’re going to love this row! It’s so cute, with big, colorful flowers and easy to sew pinwheels.
Here is more information about Paul in his own words:
From my days as a young elementary school child, I was fascinated with repeating patterns and geometrical shapes. Graph paper and colored pencils were my favorite things during “free-time” when I was a 4th grader. Math was always my strongest subject and I loved Geometry. This was the unlikely foundation for a future quilter.
I also remember sitting on the back side of my mother’s Singer she received as a wedding gift in 1959 watching fabric move under the needle. It was my job to pull the pins after they safely cleared the presser foot. (Yes, she sewed over her pins, and so do I.)
The summer before I started college, I taught myself to use that Singer (of which I am now the proud owner). The next year, I sewed my first quilt, which I still have and use, and a love of quilting was born.
Fast-forward many years, and my quilting skills were tested and grown. While living in upstate New York for a few years, I took a beginning quilting class through the local community education. It was in this class that I learned the mathematical “secrets” to designing my own patterns. I continued to learn through books and the irrepressible Eleanor Burns and her Quilt In a Day series on PBS.
My wife and I owned and operated a quilt shop for a number of years. It was during this period that I wrote and published my first pattern. I taught a variety of classes at the store and learned to quilt on a long-arm machine. The shop has long since closed, but the love of quilting remains.
A few years after the shop closed, I worked with the designers of Riley Blake Designs to design quilts featuring their fabrics. At the height of my designing with RBD, I was creating over 15 quilts per year.
Now, I share my quilting with friends and neighbors, mostly by quilting their pieced tops for them and by selling my patterns on Etsy. Fortunately, my four children are starting to get the “quilting bug” and I love working with them on their individual quilting projects.
Download the pdf instructions for Row 2, Pinwheels in the Garden.
Here is my version of Row 2. I used traditional needle-turn appliqué for mine.