Hi there! Today’s featured quilter is Jitka! Jitka is from Czech Republic, I love how international blogland is! Jitka was nominated for Favorite Throw Quilt category during the Festival, and I hope you enjoy getting to know Jitka better!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I have started probably in 2002, I like to make a baby quilt for my first baby girl. I used very old towel and spreadsheet. I used this quilt for all my kids and I wash it many times. I´m surprised this baby quilt still stick together even it went through our ungentle usage. First time I used scissors and easy big pattern. We had a sewing machine from 70´s at home. My mum still use it.
2. Why do you quilt?
The main reason I start with quilting is to use all our older fabric, we have at home. Old spreadsheet, tablecloths, curtains, dress….
The other reason is to relax. From family and my job.
I fell in love with scraps quilt. I have found Bonnie´s Hunter Quilville and her tutorials for scraps quilt. In Czech Republic was not usual to buy so pretty coloured fabric. Today I´m still unhappy with offer of usual fabric shops. We have mostly two colours of fabric – white and a colour. The best solution is in scrap quilt. Now I buy some older cloths in Salvation Army, some new Czech fabric and newly some American multicoloured fabric via internet shops.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
The best tip is probably to buy a cutting mat and a cutter and a ruler.
Any other tips I´have found at Quiltville. I sew pieces together without cutting a string in one long snake. I save time and also string.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival (above) quilt?
It look like I still say the same. But for my inspiration for Spiderweb was in using scraps. With this quilt I past away a lot of different fabric cut in thin strings.
5. Do you sew other things?
I sew mostly large quilt and potholders and few pillows and also few mats. I like to gift potholders to my friends.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I´m glad I can read all blogs every world. I´m glad bloggers share their tips. I trying the same in Czech Republic. For that I write my blog in bought languages – English and Czech. I have started blogging in 2010. You find my blog at www.patchworkjitka.blogspot.com. I don´t know many Czech bloggers but I follow many from US, Australia and Canada.
Thanks for sharing Jitka! Chain piecing is my favorite way to piece too! Makes things much quicker, and my girls like to cut apart the chains of pieces.
Have a great weekend –