Featuring Leila — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter

Happy Friday!  Today’s Featured Quilter is Leila – Leila blogs at Where the Orchids Grow, sharing her sewing and family life.  I hope you enjoy getting to know Leila better –

1. When did you begin quilting?

I have been sewing ever since I was a very little girl; I used to have an old Singer treadle in my bedroom and sewed dolls clothes on it with help from my mum of course.

I first started quilting when I was pregnant with my son. I made him two baby quilts. But my obsession with quilting came from discovering modern quilting online. I started my own blog and haven’t stopped ever since!

Making Amends {Birds & Empty Cages Quilt}
2. Why do you quilt?

Besides the more obvious reasons of loving all the pretty fabrics and designs I enjoy creating useful things. It makes me feel empowered to be able to create something that fills a need in my home (or that of others) I love the soft padded comfort a quilt brings.

Finished!I have this need to create; I always have been creative and come from a creative family. It is like this energy attaches to whatever media is closest for now that is textiles and quilting a few years back it was the theater and acting before that I used to draw and paint.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?

Have fun, we all make mistakes, and perfection is overrated.

+ & X blocks Quilt
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?

My inspiration was a quilt by Setsuko Inagawa – featured in Tokyo Quilt Festival 2011. Amy from Badskirt posted a tutorial for the block on her blog.
Scrappy Leaf Key Fob Pattern
5. Do you sew other things?

Yes mostly other things I don’t make that many actual quilts. I enjoy small patchwork projects a lot, cushions, bags, potholders etc. I love the bee’s that I am in they are challenging and I get to pour a lot of creative energy in just one block design. This year I plan to improve my dressmaking skills. I have made two Tova tops and have another Wiksten top in the making. I would love to be able to draft my own sewing patterns one day!

Cushion cover set - preview
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

I used to be a cord dancer but I don’t think I could do it still!


Thank you for sharing with us Leila!  I agree perfection is over rated – a finish is way better!

Have a great weekend everyone ~


By | 2017-09-19T12:33:45+00:00 March 23rd, 2012|Featured Quilter|10 Comments


  1. Kerry Green March 23, 2012 at 6:58 am - Reply

    Lovely interview!

  2. Bearpaw March 23, 2012 at 7:56 am - Reply

    Lovely to read more about you Leila, and always good to see photos of your beautiful work!

  3. Anne Carter March 23, 2012 at 8:51 am - Reply

    You are taking modern quilting one step further. Love it

  4. Queenie Believe March 23, 2012 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Beautifully designed quilts, sophisticated yet balanced. Love the black birds and bird cages.
    Have a great day,
    Always, Queenie

  5. Flying Blind March 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Leila is such an inspiration! No cord dancing pics though? Disappointed!

  6. nicke March 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    i love leila! she is so very talented!

  7. Tiffany March 23, 2012 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Great post! I will be pinning this for sure!

  8. Sarah@PingsAndNeedles March 24, 2012 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    lovely interview! When I first started sewing ‘online’ two years ago, Leila was my partner in a hoop swap. Sewing for her gave me such confidence!

  9. Leila March 26, 2012 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Thank you all for your kind comments, and Amy for the wonderful feature!! It is quite surreal to see ‘myself’ on your blog :)

  10. Penny April 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    It is so nice to learn a bit more about you, Leila!

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