I started quilting properly 2 years ago. I say properly because when I was 19 I started to make a hexagon quilt and I knew nothing about it. I didn’t paper piece it, I cut all the fabric hexagons out and then backstitched them together until I had enough to cover a double bed. But I didn’t know what to do with them then so I just used it as unfinished coverlet for years until I gave it to charity. Two years ago I decided I wanted to take lessons and so I made my first sampler quilt.
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt for many reasons. I like to create beautiful things. One of my favourite aphorisms is “God is Beautiful and He loves beauty”. Another reason is I like the idea of being able to take raw materials and make something useful from them – in this case fabric but I have been a spinner, weaver and knitter too. Another reason is that I like handwork. I find it very meditative and calming.
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
My most recent fabric purchase? What was that? Hmmmm. I know, it was a It’s a Hoot” MoMo jellyroll. Which I made the above quilt top from.
My favourite quilting tip is DON’T quilt to a deadline! It takes all the fun out of it.
The inspiration for my Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilt were Andalusian tiles which can be seen many places including Morocco but most notably in the Alhambra Palace in Spain. You can see a pic on this web page courtesy of Wikipedia. My quilt differs in that it doesn’t have the different coloured hexagons and stars in the centre of the tiles but if you look at the quilting on the back of my quilt you can see that I have quilted stars in the centre of each shape. These tiles, and in fact the ones that inspired me, are sometimes seen with just stars in the centre and the shapes are usually then in two colours with the star in one being the colour of the swirling shape of the other.
6. Do you sew other things?
I do sew other things from time to time. I’ve made cushions and some traditional clothes from the Folk Art Wear series of Patterns.
My favourite technique is reverse appliqué. Above is a small quilt that I have made using it. I have a daily blog where I rattle on about sewing, quilting, cooking and life in general and I’d be happy for people to visit and leave me comments. I’d also like to say thanks to you for organizing the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival there were some astounding quilts on display. Very inspirational!
Thanks for sharing your quilts! I love your hand quilting in the last one shown – beautiful!
Have a great weekend everyone. Any exciting plans?