Counting down to Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, (Are you ready!?) I’m featuring quilters from last fall all week long! I hope you enjoy getting to know Sandra better ::
1.When did you begin quilting?
I started in 1998, lured in by my sister Donna and mother Georgia who were already quilters. I was an avid cross stitcher at the time and started with a needleturn applique project (handwork) and the rest is history. I was immediately hooked and quickly started creating my own designs and teaching classes. I especially enjoy hand applique and hand quilting.
2.Why do you quilt?
Because I love it! I delight in making lots of different types of quilts: art quilts in wild colors, funky log cabins, redrock landscapes. My current focus is reproducing antique quilts in my collection. I really enjoy getting to know quilters of the past by recreating their quilts. I generally work competitively through challenges. They keep me motivated, focused and working to deadlines.
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
Speaking of challenges–I acquired reproduction fabrics for my Alliance for American Quilts 2011 Challenge Quilt based on a charming c. 1845 heart themed crib quilt from Virginia. I hope everyone votes for it this spring (hint, hint).
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Something I just figured out this week–you can remove penciled quilting lines with scotch tape. Place the tape over the line and scratch with fingernail, pull up tape and the line comes away with the tape.
5. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival Quilt?
My festival entry was made for the QuiltArt Journal Quilt Project and exhibited at the Houston International Quilt Festival. I was inspired by my sister Donna’s paper pieced pattern and my love of bright fabrics and a desire to use a bit of my black, white and pink collection. The page sized quilt is a mix and match sampler: there are 6 pairs of blocks with the same pieces but each twin looks different based on color placement. See if you can find the match for each block
6. Do you sew other things?
I’ve made a few fabric postcards and trading cards but mostly I just make miniature and small quilts. I’ve always done hand work: crochet, embroidery, cross stitch, etc. but it’s hard to do anything else once you get hooked on quilting.
7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a certified quilt appraiser, one of less than 100 in the United States and I’m an avid collector of antique quilts. And my exciting news: I have a reproduction cheddar star quilt which will be featured in the Star Quilt Book from the American Quilt Study Group and Kansas City Star Books coming out in April 2011.
Thanks for sharing Sandra! I love your tip and your quilts!