Featuring Peg – – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Peg of Ivy Arts is our featured blogger today!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Peg
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting about nine years ago. I was a painter at thetime and went into my local quilt shop to buy thread to sew on abutton. I was dazzled by the colors and designs of the fabric. I reallywanted to play with it. I realize that I am generally impatient (andsometimes sloppy) so I never thought I had the chops to tacklequilting. I started with a few simple strip quilts for babies and it’sbeen love ever since. An addictive, can’t-get-enough kind of love,beginners beware.
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because I’vefound that sewing fulfills my creative side almost more so thanpainting and it’s much easier to manage with the hectic schedule ofyoungsters. Since my kids have been born I haven’t painted at all and Idon’t miss it. Lucky me! I also love the tactile reward of a cozy quilton the bed or couch. I enjoy making quilts for others and sharing thatcoziness.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
There are so many great tricksand short cuts that it’s hard to pick just one. The latest trick Ilearned is pulling the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt whenmachine quilting. That way you can tie both threads and bury the knotin one easy step. When starting to quilt, drop one stitch by hand andpull needle up until the bobbin thread shows on top. Pull the topthread until the bobbin end is visible and pull out. You will now haveboth top and bottom threads pulled to the top. Knot them almost to thefabric and use a needle to bury the knot. It’s a flawless finish.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My inspiration for the QF quilt was a quilt I saw on Flickr. It was oneof the first scrappy quilts that caught my eye and I had to try formyself. I have a hard time throwing away even the smallest scraps offabric so I had lots to work with. I started the blocks and then thatsat in the UFO pile for almost a year. When I took them out again, myscrap collection was very different and I thought the old ones were sougly. The great thing about scrap quilts is that even the ugly ones endup looking great. The scrap quilt is like a trip down memory lane,thinking about where all the fabrics came from. 
5. Do you sew other things?
I’ve sews some bags and household items like placemats andtablerunners. I’ve recently begun to sew some art quilts. It’s sort ofa mix of the painter and quilter in me. I’m really excited about theprocess. I’ve learned a lot of new techniques and am eager to devotemore time to this arena. Don’t we all need more time? :)
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you? 
Many of us dream of making it our job to play with fabric and I’m noexception. I’m co-creator of Sew Fresh Fabrics, an online fabric shopon Etsy with my friend and business partner Becca. We’re looking forward tohaving a brick and mortar store in the coming days when our familyschedules relax somewhat. The online venue is allowing us learn thebusiness while the larger plans get developed. It’s a very excitingprospect and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to make a livingdoing something we love.

Wow Peg!  Keep dreaming and making those plans!  I love your quilts, the colors in your scrap quilt are beautiful!  

 I hope you all have a great weekend ~

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By | 2017-11-17T09:14:40+00:00 February 12th, 2010|Featured Quilter|15 Comments


  1. ivyarts February 12, 2010 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for the feature. I'm honored to be a part of this vibrant and supportive quilting community. Happy Sewing!!

  2. "Lois Grebowski" February 12, 2010 at 7:34 am - Reply

    That's a great tip … Thanks! Btw, I love that top quilt… yummy!

  3. Mandy February 12, 2010 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Thanks for allowing guest bloggers to post here. It is really interesting seeing what different quilts they make and learning a little about them.

  4. Natalia February 12, 2010 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Amy, thanks for featuring Peg, her work is very beautiful and it's so much fun to learn more about quilters. I also like your new linkbar @ the top!

  5. I Love Baby Quilts! February 12, 2010 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I love that top quilt! I hardly ever like those colors, but you made me love them!

  6. Kelly O. February 12, 2010 at 9:12 am - Reply

    she is super talented!

  7. Linda February 12, 2010 at 9:32 am - Reply

    One of the best parts of reading blogs is learning new techniques and getting inspiration. This post totally accomplishes both.
    Thanks so much!

  8. Zonnah February 12, 2010 at 11:03 am - Reply

    What beautiful quilts :)

  9. Goddess in Progress February 12, 2010 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Three cheers for the awesome Peg, who is practically my neighbor! My orders from her shop arrive especially quickly. :-)

    It makes so much sense to me that you were an artist before you took up quilting as a medium. You have such an incredible eye!

    Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

  10. Elaine February 12, 2010 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    Lovely quilts Peg & Amy!

    My fave is the one here above item
    number four!!!

    Thanks for the eye candy:)
    Elaine << who is sew inspired, she
    is actually going to sew something instead of just reading about sewing… :) Elaine

  11. Anonymous February 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    We love the art quilt with the chair! What an incredible image! So cozy and inviting. Thanks, Peg for sharing your talents with all of us! Is that for sale??? Felix wants it for his office! fmpizzi :)

  12. Cindy February 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    There's an unfinished quilt in my closet just calling my name… Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Vicki February 13, 2010 at 10:55 am - Reply

    I so adore Peg's quilt festival quilt. I want to make one someday. I really enjoy seeing your featured quilt festival quilters, Amy!

  14. James February 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm - Reply



  15. Farmgirl Susan February 16, 2010 at 9:59 am - Reply

    What gorgeous quilts – and what a talented artist! I especially love the top one – the colors are so wonderful. I really enjoyed this interview. Makes me want to run off and create a quilt – and I don't even know how to sew! ;)

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