Hi there – today’s featured quilter is Penny from Sew Take a Hike, and I love Penny’s quilts! I hope you enjoy the interview and Penny’s quilts —
1. When did you begin quilting?
About 3 years ago
Hmm. Well, actually, I never had a desire to quilt! Before I started, I had several friends who warned me that if I were to start quilting, that I would never want to do any other sort of sewing. This honestly kind of scared me, since I love to sew all sorts of things. I ended up taking the plunge by making a wonky log cabin block I first saw on twiddletails 3 years ago and have not looked back.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
One thing I never thought I would do is hand quilting. However, since I also love to crochet and have a large supply of crochet cottons, I thought I’d try out a little hand quilting with it. This decision was largely influenced by Victoria Gertenbach’s work quilts. I love the look of them, and how the stitching just really makes the quilts.
Anyway, when I started hand quilting, I put all my knots on the back of the quilt, thinking that’s how everyone did it. Then the light came on and I did a google search for “hiding knots when hand quilting”. Learning how to hide knots as I hand quilt has totally rocked my world!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
Actually, my best friend Glynis, who I made it for. I knew I wanted to do a hexagon quilt for her, so I started cutting out hexagons from random fabrics that I liked, or she had given to me, or fabrics that were in my stash that she had said she liked. I layed them all out randomly (random is very much me, not her) and as soon as I realized that if Glynis were making this quilt, she would intentionally place each and every hexagon. So I picked them all up and started over. I ended up cutting out 90 more hexagons so I could create the flowers with a white background.
5. Do you sew other things?
Lots. I just love to sew.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Quilting has become a great adventure for me. I sew on something every day and feel like my day is not complete unless I do!
Penny, thanks so much for sharing about our journey, and your quilts! I hope to see lots more in the near future.