Counting down to Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, I’m featuring quilters from last fall all week long! I hope you enjoy getting to know Tina better ::
1. When did you begin quilting?
My first quilt was finished in 1997, as a result of a guild challenge. I thought it appropriate to feature that quilt, “You Are What You Eat,” as my submission to my first Blogger’s Quilt Festival back in Spring, 2010.
Thanks to my guild, I took my first quilting workshop with Velda Newman shortly thereafter. Those of you familiar with Velda’s work know that she’s famous for giant fruits and flowers, all hand-appliquéd, mostly hand-dyed or painted, and always hand-quilted, all in the most exactingly perfect stitches. Obviously I was out of my element in more ways than one! The good thing that arose from this experience was that I realized not only that I knew very little about quilting, but also that I knew next-to-nothing about art principles such as proportion, unity, repetition, composition, and color theory. Admitting my deficiency got me to take art classes locally, mostly in the tricky medium of watercolor, returning to quilting once I felt more confident about design.
2. Why do you quilt?
Apart from the satisfaction of creation (and often, it seems a long way to the light at the end of the tunnel!), I quilt because it makes me feel connected to a larger, and always wonderful, community. Although I don’t attend many guild meetings anymore, I’m a member of a smaller group, dubbed “The Brownie Troop,” and also a critique group organized by Visions Art Museum. (Yes, San Diego has its own, dedicated Quilt Museum/Gallery!) Then there’s the blogosphere, where I’ve met great friends; and the larger world of the Internet. For a gal with no brothers or sisters, nephews, nieces, or kids, community is essential to my happiness and sanity. And what better group of people than quilters?
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
Yay! I can answer this one definitively: three days ago I bought about five yards of coordinating Amy Butler prints to make a very large bag in which I can tote my quilts. Normally, you see, I don’t buy fabrics very often. I have a huge “legacy” stash, accumulated over the years as friends have downsized and sold off their stashes for a dollar a yard or so. I’m determined to whittle down my own, now humongous stash, before I buy more. Unfortunately, that leaves me out of the loop for today’s very fresh and vibrant prints. I probably will break my vows eventually.
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Well, I could say something like, “don’t over press a block’s seam allowances” … but today we all do such a variety of quilts: ones that feature more surface design; pieced quilts; “art” quilts (whatever that means); fused quilts; appliqué … So instead, I’ll say, Join a small group, guild, or even an online group. Unless you’re the hermit type, you’ll blossom from just being around others who are excited about quilting!
5. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My small group (The Brownie Troop) came up with a neat idea for a block swap: a black and white Log Cabin with a grey center block and one strip in any color. As I wanted a king-sized quilt for my bed, soon I was swapping blocks with friends and members of other quilting groups. I tell the story here, in my post for the most recent Blogger’s Quilt Festival:
I think one of the reasons for the post’s popularity is that I was able to show the other Brownies’ quilts and wearables that resulted from the challenge. The post ended up being a mini-gallery show featuring my very talented and imaginative friends.
6. Do you sew other things?
Yes, I like to sew other things: I’ve made lots of clothing, which I display over at Pattern Review.com; also purses, vests, and even a fake-fur hat!
7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Well, my favorite quilting tool is a lint roller, having two wonderful teenage kitties (they’re 3 years old now!) who also love quilts. And, Amy, I’m so grateful that you’ve combined two of my favorite addictions: quilt shows and blogs! Speaking of blogs, please come and visit mine, Artelicious.
Thank you for sharing Tina – your swap block quilt is fantastic! What a fantastic treasure trove of memories!