Today’s featured quilter is Cindy, from Live a Colorful Life! Cindy is a sweet friend that sent me a pincushion during the last festival, and I was so excited when one of you nominated her. I hope you enjoy getting to know Cindy better~
1. When did you begin quilting?
I’ve been sewing for years, which included making a lot of clothes (even jeans and a sport coat) when we lived in western Kansas right after we got married, had little money, and few places to shop for clothing that we could afford. I began quilting over fifteen years ago, after going through may other creative phases. Quilting is the one that has “stuck.” I could safely say it is no longer a “phase.”
2. Why do you quilt?
I come from a heritage rich in quilting and quilting circles in our church and my family. Both of my grandmothers were quilters. I’m not really sure why it took such a long time to realize that embracing this part of my heritage was something that was a really important thing for me to do. Beyond that, just looking at and touching all the gorgeous fabric is something that never fails to inspire me and also can calm my spirit on a rough day.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I’ve been working really hard lately to break “out of the box,” to be open to trying new things. So that would be my tip: don’t be afraid to try something different, a new technique, a new color–something outside of your comfort zone. You might be surprised at how well you like it.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
Our son, Aaron, went to optometry school in Forest Grove, Oregon, so I always knew I wanted to make him a quilt for graduation. And then I found the eye chart fabric and the “hollow cube” block, which is kind of an optical illusion, and things just fell into place after that.
5. Do you sew other things?
Lately I have been obsessed with selvage edges–the fun names of the fabric lines and the color registration dots, so I started an etsy shop specializing in items made from selvages. So far I have just stocked pincushions but I have a lot of other ideas (and I’m always glad to take donations!).
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m so grateful for the quilters who take time to photograph their quilts and document the process. I guess that’s not really anything about “me,” but I’m so appreciative of the quilting/bloggy friendships I have made. Many thanks to all you creative and inspiring quilters out there!
Thanks so much for sharing Cindy! I love your quilts and your selvage creations, my pincushion is still my favorite. I need to find the baggie of selvages I set aside for you!
Have a great weekend all~