1. When did you begin quilting?
I jumped intosewing not too long ago. I never had any interest in sewing or learninghow to sew until all of a sudden I decided I wanted to make myself afew market bags. My mom gave me a little lesson on the sewing machineback in 2008 (the end of 2007? I can’t remember!) and it’s been nonstop since then! At that time I also fell in love with fabric andstarted collecting pieces of my favorites. I think Flickr was what gotme started on quilting. In looking up my favorite fabrics, I startedseeing beautiful modern quilts made out of those fabrics. The firstquilt I started was a cathedral window quilt (still unfinished! Ishould have picked something easier!) I finished my first real quiltin October 2008 — a baby zig zag in fall colors. And after that, I washooked!
2. Why do you quilt?
I don’t think I could pinpoint the exact reason I like quilting somuch. There are so many parts of it that I enjoy. I love fabrics, ofcourse, and I love looking at a pile of fabrics and seeing thepotential quilts they could turn into. I also enjoy the freedom I havein quilting – I don’t often follow patterns, and I really like thefeeling that I’m free to cut and recombine the fabrics any way I wantto. It makes me feel creative, which is typically not how I woulddescribe myself.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
A quilting tip… let’s see… I think one important thing inquilting is making yourself enough space for some sort of design wallor design floor. I spend a lot of time changing up the order of blocks,or the entire layout of a quilt, and it’s really helpful to be able tostand back and see it as a whole – either on the wall, or on your floor- before sewing it together. I also almost always take a few photos ofmy final layout (or what I think is my final layout!). When I look atthe photo on the computer, I see things that I don’t see when I justglance at the quilt. This helps me make sure the layout is balanced,and that there aren’t any areas with too many blocks of the same color.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
The quilt(s) I entered into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival this yearare quilts I made for Jenean Morrison to show the two colorways of hernew line, California Dreamin’. I picked them because they were actuallyat Quilt Market at the time, so I thought it was only appropriate. Itwas fun, but also a bit nerve-wracking, to make something for adesigner that would actually be seen by other people!
5. Do you sew other things?
I mainly sew quilts, but from time to time I’ve been known to make a few simple bags, pillows, pillowcases (tutorial posted here) and when Spring comes, I always feel the need to sew up afew simple skirts or dresses for my wardrobe. I always return to quiltsthough – they’re definitely my favorite!
Amy again! Ashley – thank you so much for sharing your quilts with us! I always love seeing how you use different fabrics, and how you put them together – thanks for the inspiration!