1. When did you begin quilting?
I think I made my first full-sized quilt in 2001 or 2002. I had a bunch of fat quarters and an idea to make all Christmas presents. I think the most daunting part of that project was machine-quilting it – I remember thinking about the logistics of it for ages before I actually put it through the machine.
2. Why do you quilt?
I find quilting to (usually) be very relaxing. I love playing with color and pattern and seeing what happens – it’s great to see how different a quilt looks with a change of color, or by using a large, dominant pattern. I’d like to tell you that I quilt as a stash-busting exercise, but I find myself buying more fabric to supplement my current stash – you know, for completion of projects :) Also, I love the finished pieces! I give most of my quilts away, but the ones I have kept I use constantly, and I love seeing the wear and tear on them – the softening fabric, a frayed edge here or there….signs of use and love.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Oh, just one? I would have to say it’s “don’t overthink it!” After all, it’s only quilting. If something goes wrong, rip it out or figure out a way to work with it, but do not get stressed out about it, ever! I do this for fun and pleasure, and if I find it’s making me crazy or frustrated then I am obviously doing something wrong. We’re supposed to ENJOY our hobbies, right?
My quilt festival quilt (Rainbow Vortex) was a matter of most fortuitous timing! I had recently picked up this rainbow bundle of Kona solids, with the only “rule” of use being that they could only be used with white or black fabric. When I started seeing pictures of the red and white quilts from the Infinite Variety quilt show, I was instantly drawn to the vortex quilt. I started thinking about making one and drafted it out a bit, playing with the measurements in order to maintain the “motion” of the quilt. Combined with the Kona solids, I just knew I had to try it out as a rainbow quilt. And I’m so happy that I did! Having thought about the quilt and the process behind it for so long, when I finally sat down to make the quilt top, it only took a few days.
5. Do you sew other things?
I do! My grandmother taught me how to sew when I was 8 or so, and I’ve been sewing ever since. I sew a lot of my own clothing – I’ve been making a lot of skirts lately, some dresses, a couple of blouses. I sewed the under-dress for my knit wedding-gown. I sew a lot of bags. I’ve done some home-type sewing recently, as well: pillows, curtains, reupholstered chairs, that kind of stuff. I like the math and spatial relations behind sewing.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m a bookbinder and I teach bookbinding workshops – I have a book about bookbinding coming out next year. I knit, weave, and spin yarn. I love the Tour de France! I’ve recently discovered that my default backing color for quilts is Kona “Tangerine”. I want to make All The Things.
Thanks for sharing Stacie! Over-thinking is a common hurdle for quilters…so many WIP’s could be blamed on over-thinking!
Have a great weekend,