In the first of our Meet the designer series, we chat to Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs about her inspiration, design process and her new book Just One Charm Pack Quilts.

We are so fortunate to be working with another incredible line up of designers for the 2022 Quilter’s Planner and we wanted to tell you more about them!

First up is friend of the planner, Cheryl Brickey who has designed BOM quilts for us in the past and we are excited to say she is back, with a brand new BOM quilt for 2022.

We caught up with Cheryl to find out more about her design process, the inspiration behind this gorgeous quilt and a little bit more about her.

Who taught you to quilt and how long have you been making quilts?

I learned quilting mostly from blogs, books, and YouTube videos.  Later, I was able to take classes from some amazing quilters and designers to increase my skills.  I started quilting when my youngest was moving from the crib to a toddler bed about 10 years ago when she needed a quilt for her new bed.  I had always wanted to try quilting and this gave me the reason to try it out and then I was hooked 🙂

Tell us a little big about your design process.  How do you set about designing a quilt?  What comes first, the fabric or the design, or does it depend?

Usually I start with the design of the quilt first, figuring out the geometric shapes and where contrast between elements needs to be.  Then I add in prints and colors.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration everywhere, from nature to architecture, to vintage quilts and textiles.

How would you describe your quilting style?

I would describe myself as more modern classic, I love reinterpreting traditional blocks and giving them a more modern twist.

Do you have a designated sewing space? Can you see out of the window when you quilt? What can you see?

I am very lucky to have a sewing room in my house.  I took over the guest room and I can see our backyard and trees out the window.  The room gets very nice light in the afternoon.

What are you working on at the moment?  What can we hope to see from you next?

My second book, Just One Charm Pack Quilts, just published through Stash / C&T Publications.  A little about the book:  Charm packs are so cute and such a great way of getting a little bit of each fabric from a designer’s new collection.  I would impulse buy them each time I was shopping for fabric. But when it came time to use the charm packs, one charm pack never seemed like enough fabric to make a full quilt.  Most charm pack patterns required 2 or 3 packs, sometimes matching packs.  So my stack charm packs slowly grew and grew.  I wanted my charm packs to go into quilts so I wrote Just One Charm Pack Quilts.  The book contains 18 patterns that are the Hamburger Helper for charm packs by adding in an additional fabric and background fabric to stretch the charm pack into a full quilt. The quilt patterns are very beginner friendly and are perfect for babies, kids, small adult lap quilts, wall hangings, table toppers, and more.  Each pattern is sewn in two different colorways for more inspiration.

Thank you so much Cheryl for designing another beautiful quilt, we can’t wait to share more details about the BOM soon!

You can find out more about Cheryl on her website and follow her on Instagram @meadowmistdesigns.