Local quilter teaches, shares globally
While pregnant with her first child 11 years ago, River Falls resident Amanda Nyberg got the idea to start quilting.
"We were remodeling and had some friends helping us -- he was a cabinet maker and she was a quilter," said Nyberg.
With the help and guidance of her friend, Nyberg finished what would become the first of over 200 quilts she has made.
With encouragement from her family including her husband Kevin, Nyberg took to the web and started a blog: www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com in November 2006.
"I wanted to share about what I make," she said. "At first I was a shy about it, but eventually, I found my groove."
"It became part of my routine and then it took off."
With the success of the blog came the suggestion of a book. "What started as a hobby now has turned into something else," she said.
According to Nyberg, "Blogging was a big piece -- a stepping stone."
Through blogging Nyberg has been able to reach a global audience.
"I was contacted about doing a book by a couple of different people. I had a few attempts -- the first one was rejected, and the second just wasn't coming together. But people kept asking," said Nyberg.
In the end, Nyberg decided to team up with fellow quilting blogger, Cheryl Arkison of Calgary, Canada.
Her book titled "Sunday Morning Quilts," talks about using scraps and using all your fabric.
Nyberg's quilts are on display in the River Falls Library's lower level until Sunday, March 18.
She will be holding a book signing, as well as a talk about quilts at the library at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22.
See more in this week's print edition of the Journal.