Hi all! Today’s featured quilter is Kyndra. Kyndra blogs at The Brown Needle and – I hope you enjoy getting to know her and her quilts —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting in February 2011, so just a little bit over a year ago. It all started when I was browsing the internet, looking for DIY ideas to spruce up my home décor. I came across a modern quilt and I thought, “Hey, I think I could do that!” So I drug my artist hubby to the fabric store to help me pick out my first project, and that is where my quilting addiction was born!
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because it has zero calories. Ok, the truth is that before I began quilting, I used my creativity in the kitchen, and over time, I reaped the “rewards” from so much baking. When I made my first quilt, I enjoyed it so much more than baking. That’s when I moved from one creative outlet to the next. I think everyone has to find a place to create. Mine is quilting and when I’m not quilting, I’m constantly looking for inspiration and sketching ideas for quilts.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Relax. It’s something that have a hard time doing and probably the reason why I have so many quilts sketched out on paper and so few of them completed. And why I have several quilts sitting around in my sewing room with no home, because I don’t think they’re “good enough” to give as gifts. When I first started quilting, I struggled so much with wanting everything to be perfect. My amazingly supportive husband, seeing me so frustrated with a quilt that I thought was going so wrong, said to me, “Relax. It’s handmade. That’s the beauty of it. It doesn’t have to be perfect.” I have to tell myself that daily!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I find a lot of inspiration from traditional quilt blocks, and at that time I was wanting to experiment with triangles. My original design took several weeks of sketching and doodling, but once I had my fabrics cut and laid out, I thought it was missing something. That’s when I added the solid borders around all those triangles. It was totally worth it in the end, but what a lot of work!
5. Do you sew other things?
Before I became a quilter, I limited myself to curtains and Halloween costumes. Since then, I have experimented a little bit with children’s clothing and handbags, but nothing satisfies me as much as quilting!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a wife and mother, a homeschooling mom of two and I work part time as a nurse. I don’t have much time to quilt, but I am at my sewing machine any chance I get! I also blog at The Brown Needle when I have time.
Thanks for sharing your quilts with us Kyndra! So glad that you have found quilting to be your creative outlet – I know it helps me “keep it together”!
Have a great weekend everyone ~