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Hi and welcome. I'm Erin Burke Harris and I love to sew.

I also like a strong margarita, the color green, cooking from scratch, peonies, bikes with baskets, good books, bubbly wine, beets and brussels sprouts. A three-mile run in autumn weather is my idea of exercise and, given the choice, I will most likely pick a fruit crisp over chocolate any day. I sew on Bernina sewing machines and take my photos on a Canon 60D, using a variety of lenses.

I live in Kentucky with my husband and best friend, Fatty (Yes, I call him that. No, he is not fat.), who keeps me laughing, cooks on Sundays, likes to ride bikes, and is a great shopper. He also understands why fabric purchases are necessities. He is a wonderful father and I'm blessed to share my life with him. Our two girls, Jane and Kate, are funny, creative and bright. It's really fun to watch them grow up. We also have a dog, Hazel, and a cat, Scout - both are girls. Yes, Fatty is outnumbered.

My sewing path started when I was in 7th grade and my mom encouraged (although she says forced) me to take home ec. I had always been a crafty kid making whatever was the thing of the moment (friendship pins, plastic canvas embroidery, latch hook rugs, friendship bracelets - you name it), but when I figured out the sewing machine, it was a whole new level of craft. And while I didn't sew constantly through high school and college, instead dabbling in fine arts and learning to knit, I always came back to the sewing machine. Although I sew garments and accessories as well as knit and crochet, my true passion is quilting. I especially enjoy exploring different combinations of print, pattern and color. I find modern quilting to be a wonderful vehicle to view these in the context of a traditional craft.

I started my blog, House on Hill Road, where I share the projects I'm working on as well as bits of my day-to-day, in the summer of 2006. Over the years, I have posted various sewing tutorials on the blog. Additionally, I have found a community of makers, made wonderful friends and been given fantastic opportunities to share my work in magazines and books. Some of my patterns have been published in Stitch Magazine, Quilts Baby!, Pretty Little Patchwork, and A is for Aprons. I also wrote my own book. Crazy, right?

My book, QuiltEssential, is a fantastic resource for quilters of all levels. Essentially, it is a quick-reference directory of quilting. In it, I cover how to choose a color palette for your quilt, information about different types of fabrics, how to calculate yardage for your patterns, history of different quilting methods, various piecing techniques and setting styles, plus a whole lot more. I also interviewed and profile a great group of today's quilters about their work to inspire you even further. I'm very pleased with how it came together and hope you enjoy it, too.

To keep up to date on what I'm doing, please visit the blog. I look forward to seeing you there.