1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting in the summer of 1990. It seemed like wherever I went that summer I was being stalked by quilts – beautiful, fun, soft and inviting. Long about July I gave in and bought my first quilting supplies along with the book, ‘Quilts, Quilts, Quilts’ and have never looked back.
2. Why do you quilt?
I do believe I quilt, for I need to quilt. There is nothing that makes me feel better than when I have either fabric or fun embellishments in my hands.
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
I am a confessed silk-a-holic and while visiting Vashon island, just outside Seattle I went to Dova Silks. There they make amazing hand-dyed silk clothing and there’s always a basket of scraps begging to be looked through and purchased. This is where I spent my last bit (ha) of fabric money.
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
If you don’t like a method of construction, or quilting or embellishing don’t give up. There’s so many different ways to create beautiful quilts – just think of how many ways you can stitch up half-square triangles? You just have to find the one you enjoy the most. My own Fast-Piece Applique™ was created from other methods, learned and tweeked and transformed into a method that I love to use and love to teach. For me it was all about the curves!
5. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My latest Fall Quilt Festival entry was truly inspired by photos received, for it was a commission piece – made for a young couple, married this past summer. It was made even more special for me, for it was my first overseas commission and it was to include images of the couple, and the medieval city in Italy where they live.
6. Do you sew other things?
I have been known to dismiss directions provided with patterns, so sewing clothing is something I attempt infrequently, but almost anything else is fair game. Household items, purses, costumes, even a bit of car upholstery … just don’t ask me to ‘fit’ clothing.
7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love quilting and have found some of the best people I have ever known as part of this wild adventure. I love how there are new styles coming in, new ways of seeing this art form transforming it and taking on new shapes. I think it assures us that it will continue.
I am also grateful that I can be a part of this through my published works, workshops and lectures. Traveling and meeting so many quilters is truly fun!
My books include:
And I’m really excited to be teaching at some great get-away quilting retreats in 2011 that include:
Quilting Adventures – March, Kerrville, TX
Out of Hand & Heart – May, San Luis Obispo, CA
Empty Spools – May, Pacific Grove, CA (Asilomar)
Quilters Affair – July, Sisters, OR
Quilting in the Pines – July, Flagstaff, AZ
You can visit Rose for more information about those lectures. Thanks so much for sharing Rose – I love the silks layered in your quilts and all the embellishment is beautiful! Now I need to go pull out my beads!
I hope you all have a great weekend~