Hi there! I’m trying to get back to my usual schedule – it’s been a sleepy week around here! Today’s featured quilter is Nicole – Nicole is a recent quilt addict. I hope you enjoy getting to know Nicole better!
1. When did you begin quilting?
My quilting obsession began one year ago. My Godmother, and Mother quilt and they got me hooked. One quilt show is all it took for me to fall head over heals in love with quilting. I love the fact that you can take a piece of fabric and create anything your heart desires!
2. Why do you quilt?
Hmmm….Do I have to pick only one reason? I love every single part of quilting from picking out (and petting) fabrics to choosing or creating a design to putting the last stitch on the binding and breathing out a huge sense of accomplishment and finally the photo shoot. I also find it quite stimulating and relaxing at the same time (if that makes any sense).
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I have a great embroidery tip. I may be the last person on Earth to find out about this but before a very nice lady showed me how to easily separate my floss I would not embroider anything. The pulling and twisting and knotting was so bad I never wanted to deal with it. Now I love redwork! So here is my tip. Hold (with your thumb and pointer) about 12 inches of embroidery floss in your right hand 1/2 inch from the top. with you left pointer tap the top of the floss a couple of times to separate it. Then with your left thumb and pointer pull out just one strand at a time. It is so easy and quick.
I gave my Mom a home made book/binder filled with free patterns that I had been collecting from the internet for a few months. I picked out easy but interesting patterns that would be great for children’s charity quilts. My mom loves to make charity quilts to donate to The Whole in the Wall Gang Camp through our quilt guild North Parish Quilters. She picked out the kite quilt pattern but had never paper pieced before. I offered to sew the kites and she pieced, quilted, and binded the rest. I like to tease her by saying that I made the important kites and she just added the little tails.
5. Do you sew other things?
I sew anything I find interesting or charitable. I have made dresses for my daughter and her doll, dog toys, Lovies for preemies in the hospital, rice bags for stray cats being spayed, starfish for baby’s in the NICU, and even a bag to hold my quilting projects made out of a dog food bag.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love the quilting community and all of the generous individuals who have created such a wonderful woven family both in my home town and out in cyber space. Being only 30 I am one of the youngest quitters in my guild but everyone has accepted me with open arms. I learn from them and they learn from me. We are all equal.
Thank you again Amy for offering me a chance to connect with the quilting world. Your blog is a great inspiration to me!
Thanks for sharing Nicole! I love that you and your mom are sewing together – great fun, and life-long memories!
Have a great weekend everyone –