1. When did you begin quilting?
I’ve been quiting since May 2009 – so not a year yet! I was lookingfor a pattern for a beanbag doorstop since my wee sister-in-law wasjamming her conservatory door open with one of her husband’s trainers(a sneaker if you’re not a Brit!). I stumbled upon Tall Grass PrairieStudio and Oh, Frannson! and had never seen quilts like them! I had 2close friends about to give birth and decided to make them pram quiltswhich were made (the black and red “Yummy Mummy” was officially myfirst quilt), happily received and THEN I found the Old Red Barn Coquilt-along. I haven’t stopped cutting fabric since!
2. Why do you quilt?
I’m not sure. I’ve always loved making things out of other things.Creating in general has always been my “thing” whether it was drawing,gardening or baking. I think piecing fabric can be quite zen-like whenyou get in the zone but you could say that for a lot of hobbies. Idon’t ever analyse my joys – I just do it coz I love it. Cosy throwsand family heirlooms are just a lovely side effect!
3. What is your favourite quilting tip?
If you are tired? Stop. Nothing good EVER comes from sleepy sewing -this would be the voice of experience talking! And I mean fed-up sewinghere, too!
4. What was your inspiration behind your Quilt Festival quilt?
The Weller zig-zag was largely inspired by YOU, Amy, since youtaught me how to make it! And it is green since that is my favouritecolour and it was my first quilt for ME! It’s still a favourite andalthough I could do it better now? I rather like it’s imperfections.
5. Do you sew other things?
I’ve been sewing since childhood when my beloved Wee Granny let meuse her auld Singer – I have very happy memories of making sock bunniesfor my wee brother and doctoring teenage clothes – but through myadulthood I’ve only sewn for necessity. Curtains and hemming andnothing else. It is safe to say my machine has had more use in the last10 months than in the last 10 years put together. Maybe the last 15! Idid make a couple aprons last year and have been eyeing up a fewclothing patterns – it’s fun having unique homemade clothes!!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Er. I am Scottish and sometimes my dialect shows in my typing. Iwork, I love my family more than anything and am a rock chick. Andthank you Mum and Daddy for buying me my wee Janome when I was 16 – youwere right. It IS a better gift than a motorbike and look what it’smaking 20 years later!
And to whoever nominated me? Thanks – but I think you’re nut. Have you SEEN the talent about?!?!?
Thanks for sharing Lynz! I hope you all have a great weekend :)
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