Today’s feature is a fun one!  Staci’s quilts are bright and fun, she blogs at the confused quilter, and seems to be working on something new!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Staci better –

1. When did you begin quilting?

I’ve been sewing since I was tiny.  I could hold a needle and hand stitch before I could hold a pencil and write my name. My mother got me off to a good start! =) The first quilt I ever made was for my teddy bear using my mother’s scraps, I was about 7 years old.  I started really quilting about 14 years ago, but it didn’t become a crazed obsession until about 8 years ago.  It is ridiculous how much time I spend thinking about quilting.  I even dream about it at night!

2. Why do you quilt?
Quilting gives me joy on so many levels.  I love fabric!  The colors, the patterns, the moods, the emotions, the textures — it all speaks to my heart.  I love the creativity involved in quilting and letting my imagination run wild.  I love watching a stack of little colorful bits become a cohesive whole. I love the challenge of it, trying new tools, techniques, color combinations and patterns, and constantly striving to improve on each project.  And, of course, I love the finished quilt!  I love to giving quilts as gifts, sharing that little bit of myself with the recipient.  There is nothing nicer than wrapping up in a handmade hug.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Three little favorite quilting tips: 1. Starch can be your friend, especially when using small pieces or lots of bias edges.  2. Trial blocks are a good thing, and can save you lots of time, frustration and wasted fabric.  3. When things aren’t going right or you feel stressed and frustrated, but the project away for a bit.  Come back with fresh eyes and fresh energy.  Quilting should never feel like a chore!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My Quilt Festival quilt, Wonky Asterisks, was really an exercise in making lemonade from very sour lemons.  I think I made every mistake possible on that particular quilt!  It actually went into the trash, twice. The finished quilt bears little resemblance to the quilt I planned to make, but is so much better, so much more fun than I ever imagined it would be.  Wonky Asterisks is one of my very favorite quilts of all time.
5.  Do you sew other things?
I like to sew children’s clothing, tote bags, and stuffed animals.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m an Army wife and mom to two grown children.  The online quilting community is wonderful, and I enjoy being part of it.  I appreciate the kindness and support that you find all over quilting blogland.
Thank you, Amy, for including me.  I feel quite honored!
Thanks for sharing your quilts with us Staci!  I love your tips and think they definitely apply to all of us quilters!
Have a great weekend everyone – I’m planning to be busy working on my challenge.