It’s Friday again! This week has flown by again, having the kids all home from school for spring break, the house is busy, but I haven’t had to run as many errands! AND the kids have been getting along, in spite of the crummy weather (snow). Thankfully, that means I’ve been working on my own to do list! I’m so glad you all are excited about the next installment of Bloggers’ Quilt Festival – it’s going to be great! Lots of stuff in store – stay tuned!
Today Beth is our Featured Quilter. Beth blogs at Love Laugh Quilt, and she has recently posted the fruition of generous bloggers…you will have to hop over and see what I’m talking about after you read her interview!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began sewing as a young girl. I know I made barbie clothes and enjoyed using bits of fabric my mom had stashed away. When I was a little older I joined 4-H and had a real sewing CLASS! All the girls made outfits and we even went to be judged in another city. THAT was a big day for me! I have always been sewing. Dresses for my little girls, quilts and practical things around the house like simple curtains. Finally a couple of years ago I joined a quilting class and a quilt guild. I’m always learning how I can improve as a quilter!
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt mainly to give to others. I LOVE giving my quilts away to special people and family members. As I sew I think about how much that person means to me and when I hand the quilt over I feel like I’m giving them a big part of ME! I also quilt to be creative. I enjoy the creative process so much!
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
I purchased some Alexander Henry fabric for the back of my most recent quilt. WOW! You can sure tell it’s Quality fabric. I’m becoming a little more discerning when it comes to the fabric I purchase.
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My seams are not always a perfect 1/4″. In fact…I don’t think I’m capable of sewing a perfect seam, so my sewing tip involves trimming! After sewing a block together I always “square it up”…which really means…”squaring down”. This way the quilt seams have a much better opportunity of matching up!! I have a great ruler that is 15″ square and use it ALL the time! I dream of the day when I can sew together a quilt block and it comes out the PERFECT size!…..But I doubt that day will ever come. ;) Wonky blocks are a real blessing to quilters like me!!!
5. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
Inspiration for my quilt festival quilt came from daily life: School, kids, buses, teachers….. I had so much fun putting as much into the quilt as I could! It is a spontaneous quilt that really began with some orphan blocks! Orphans and leftover blocks are often inspiration enough for me!
6. Do you sew other things?
I do a lot of practical sewing…hemming, making potholders, bags, pillows…you name it!
Thank you for sharing Beth! Your festival quilt is adorable – I love your bus and schoolhouse!
Have a great weekend –