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Designer Interview: Cheryl Brickey

By Cheryl Brickey


Designer Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs brings her day-job skills home at night, creating modern quilts that still have a connection to traditions of the past. Read her interview to get to know her better. Cheryl has also designed a fabulous baby quilt project. Rock and Roll is just the right size for wrapping up a little one. You can find her pattern here.


Please tell us about your business. How did you choose your business name? 

Meadow Mist Designs focuses on creating beautifully designed and written quilt patterns for beginner through more advanced quilters in a modern traditional to modern style.  My business name comes from where I live.


Through my blog and Facebook Group, I run a popular yearly mystery quilt.  This year’s mystery quilt is called the Mosaic Mystery and will start in July.  You can find out all of the information about the mystery quilt here.



On your website it says — engineer by day, quilter by night — what’s that about? 

I am a chemical engineer who now writes patent applications for a living.  I have two young children so most of my sewing time is after they go to bed, later in the night.


Where are you from? What is your community like? 

I grew up in New Jersey and now live in Greenville, South Carolina.  My area is full of quilters and local quilt guilds and I enjoy meeting with other quilters (both online and in person).


How did you get your start in the quilting and sewing industry? 

I started sewing when my youngest was moving from a crib to a bed and needed a quilt.  I found that designing and figuring out the quilt math was one of my favorite aspects of quilting and so I launched my pattern company, Meadow Mist Designs, to be able to share my designs with others.


What has been the most rewarding part of your business?

The most rewarding part of my business has been meeting so many inspiring people and seeing how others interpret my designs and make them their own.


Have your quilting and sewing tastes changed over time? 

I got into quilting after seeing the modern quilt movement on the internet so I have always been drawn to the brighter and more geometric designs.  Lately, I have been sewing with more solids and I am enjoying how they allow the design to really pop.



What are some ways you merge traditional and modern quilting? 

I really like to take traditional quilt blocks and update them using different fabrics, layouts, or making them into a more minimalist composition. My book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts (co-authored with Paige Alexander, Stash Publications, 2018) was all about taking the classic plus sign block and creating new, modern patterns with it.


Can you tell us about your monthly finish program?

I just started a new ‘linky party’ where quilters can link up their posts (blog and Instagram) of their favorite finishes for the month.  It is a great way of sharing and celebrating everyone’s recent finishes. You can find the posts here.



Of all of your workshops and lectures you teach, which is your favorite? 

My favorite workshop is Subtracting for Minimalism, where I teach a technique where you create a full quilt design and then selectively eliminate parts for a minimalist composition.


How far do you travel to teach?

I will travel anywhere to teach.


What is your ‘go to’ craft when you want to do something different? 

Any craft with my kids.  Right now, they are into clay and cookie decorating and I enjoy learning and creating with them.


Besides OLFA, what are your go-to quilting tools?

In addition to OLFA, I am always using my Bernina sewing machine, Aurifil thread, and EQ8 to design and create my quilts.


Can you give us a quick tip? 

If you are unhappy with your quilting, do not rush to rip it out.  Wait a day and then look at it from a few feet away.  Often, the “mistakes” that we see while quilting (looking at the quilt from a few inches away) do not look like mistakes from a reasonable distance.


What have you dreamed of doing but haven’t yet?

I would love to try making pottery on a potter’s wheel.




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