Hi friends! Today’s featured quilter is Becky! Becky blogs at Quilt with Doodle Moochie, and she was the winner of the professionally quilted category, this spring. I hope you enjoy getting to know Becky and her quilting better –
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting about 10 years ago. But have always loved this ‘medium’. I’m not 20 and I’m not 60 either, but I do remember my grandmother, Josie, sitting and sewing at a treadle sewing machine that we had in our dining room. I have always had a love for the arts and studied art in college.
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt to express myself. I never do the same thing twice (I can only say that because it really is impossible to do the SAME thing twice). I may do something similar..very similar, but it always morphs into something slightly different and almost always leads to something even better.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite quilting tip would be to relax. Don’t over think things. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Oh, and I doodle during church…My brain tends to absorb the spoken word better when my hands are busy. Some of my best quilting ideas come from church bulletins.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt (above)?
Inspiration for the Quilt Festival? Well….I think like most of the things in my life I create first and then decide which direction I want the quilt to go. If I decide first it puts pressure on the quilting to ‘look’ a certain way (see answer to question #3). This particular quilt started out as a sweet little 30’s quilt and ended up with a nod to the modern quilt movement due to the quilting. I liked the marriage of the piecing, fabrics and quilting so much, and got so many positive comments on it that I decided this was just the quilt to enter!
5. Do you sew other things?
I do sew other things. But not very often. I just finished a christening gown and discovered that heirloom sewing is not like riding a bike… I did some heirloom sewing 4 or 5 years ago and when I tried to recall and sew again recently I found the task just a wee bit difficult (okay, very difficult). I am glad to be finished with that project!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I really like it when clients bring me their quilt tops and tell me just to ‘do whatever’. That is when I do my best work. I would love to quilt for a magazine or book author. I have a pattern on Etsy… ‘Kiara Chevron’ (and about a million more swimming in my head). I would like to write a quilt book one day and am convinced that it would be a big success (as I’m sure every unpublished author is). There is a quote that says ‘My hands are jealous of all the things my brain does’. That pretty much describes me.
Thanks for sharing Becky! Your quilting is beautiful, and relaxing is an important part of any project :)
Have a great weekend –