Hi there! I’m excited to feature Amy today from Diary of a Quilter. We’ve been blog buddies for a while now – I always like seeing what she’s been up too! I hope you enjoy getting to know Amya bit better —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I first began quilting when I was about 12 – my mom taught me how to hand piece. I never actually completed anything except a little quilt for my sister’s doll, but it got me me started. The second time I began quilting was after I had my first baby and I was a new SAHM. I needed a creative outlet big time and I started taking some beginning quilting classes. Even though I thought I kind of knew what I was doing, taking those classes taught be so much and gave me a wonderful foundation.
2. Why do you quilt?
It’s my sanity and still my creative outlet. Now with four busy kids, life keeps me on my toes, but quilting is the thing I do that STAYS finished. I’ve eliminated a lot of excess ‘stuff’ from my life, but I know that in order to feed my own soul, I need to do something that I love, and quilting is it!
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I have two:
First, if you can, take a class. Even though I’ve now made a few dozen quilts, I still learn something new every time. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to hang out with other quilters.
Second, don’t let stressing about perfection take all the fun out of quilting. Just go for it! Honestly, no one but you will see your mistakes. They’ll just see the whole creation and they’ll be in awe. :)
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
The inspiration for my Quilt Festival quilt was the original vintage curtains that hung in my mother-in-law’s bedroom when she was a little girl in bath Maine. Looking at them, I was so struck by how popular the colors are right now. I knew we could make a wonderful quilt to match the curtains and hang them in my own little girl’s room. I have to say, my sweet mother-in-law was so excited when she saw it all together.
5. Do you sew other things?
Sometimes. I really enjoy creating with my sewing machine. In the past few years I’ve started making bags, which I love, as well as baby gifts like embellished burp cloths and nursing covers. I would REALLY love to get more confident with making clothes. I’m so inspired by all the gorgeous clothes people are making at home these days.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
My life is chaotic. Sometimes I think people wonder how I find time to sew. Well, it often means that my house is never perfectly clean, my husband always has shirts that need ironing, I don’t watch a lot of TV, read as much as I used to, or cook many fancy gourmet meals. Other times, when we’ve got a lot going on, or say, the third Hunger Games book is released, I don’t sew as much.
But even when I do get my sewing groove going, it’s rarely for long stretches of time. I once heard of a woman who only allowed herself to sew for 30 minutes a day – that was her down time – and in just that little bit of time each day, she made oodles of quilts over the years. I think I’ve taken that example for my mantra. I carve out a small amount of time, enjoy it when I’ve got it and don’t feel any guilt for doing it. I think the basic key, is just finding a system that works for you and not worrying about how other people do it.
Thanks for sharing Amy! Our lives and approach are so similar! I rarely sew for hours at a time, but always have something in process that I can work on when I have a few minutes to myself.
I hope you have a great weekend~