It’s Friday again!  Today’s featured quilter is Andi, as in Patch Andi!  I hope you enjoy Andi’s quilts —

1. When did you begin quilting?
When I was 8 years old, my grandmotherwas hand-stitching a grandmother’s flower garden hexagon quilt. It wasthe only quilt she ever made. Whenever I visited her during that year, I gotbusy making hexagons and sewing them together. (I wish I knew what became of thosecreations).

A few years later, my mum taught me to usea sewing machine.  It wasn’t until I was in my latetwenties that I put the 2 concepts together and started machine piecing quilttops. I was never interested in the actual quilting process and always sentthem off for long-arm machine quilting.
Until ….. that original quilt of mygrandmothers needed to be re-quilted . (The original quilting had beenout-sourced and was done very badly). My wonderful teacher Judy Newman atAmitie convinced me to hand quilt it myself and I became hooked. Thank youJudy!!!!

2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because I love:

  • colour
  • being creative
  • fabric
  • design
  • connecting with other crafters
  • fabric (I KNOW I said it twice)
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Don’t worry too much aboutperfectly meeting corners or exact measurements. Enjoy the process, have funwith it and treasure your creations. Remember …. ‘wonky’ is ‘in’.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival Quilt?
My quilt festival quilt is superscrappy which I love. That’s one of the great things about patchwork ….Making use of every little bit of fabric scrap to make new and wonderfulcreations.
The design is VERY loosely based on aquilt by Kaffe Fassett called ‘Nona’ from the Passionate Patchworkbook.
5. Do you sew other things?
I also love to sew bags, notebookcovers, cushions/pillows, pencil rolls and other smaller items that can be usedas gifts. I really love giving handmade!!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
This year, I left my ‘day job’and have started a business creating memory quilts by commission. So far it hasbeen a wonderful new journey with a slow trickle of business that I hope willgrow to become a gently flowing stream. That way, I can still focus on being amum to 2 delicious red-heads (Jake is 6 and Ella is 4), and a wife to my Dan.He puts up with SO much!!!!

Congratulations Andi, and much success in your business!

Have a great weekend everyone~
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