Happy National Sewing Month Friends!Nat Sewing and Quilting Heart Banner-08

I’m celebrating with my friends at Fat Quarter Shop, they have a fab new pattern that’s free just for you! Be sure to use #colormyheart when you share your version of this quilt online. I’m loving the rainbow version, but can definitely see it done up in any charm pack!

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I love quilting for a few reasons, but the bottom line is that it’s my creative therapy. It’s my dose of sanity on the busy days, even when life is made too busy by my quilting, I can find my calm as I piece or quilt my latest creation. What about you – why do you love to quilt?Amyscreativeside_Amy-01

The ladies at Fat Quarter Shop challenged us to try something new in our sewing, and while I’m still making a quilted project, the materials are new to me! These batiks are beautiful, and also a first for me – I tend to stick with the quilting cottons, and most recently neutral in color. These are most definitely not neutral – but stunning! They are Calypso Batiks by Moda, and will be in shops late this year. My project is for an upcoming event, but I’ll share more as soon as I’m able!

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Here’s a little more about my creative journey into sewing and quilting :

FQS : How did you start quilting/sewing? 

I learned to sew garments as a girl, I’ve always loved fabric, and thread, and was begging my mom, a seamstress, to learn early in life. Later when I started having kids – we have 4 – I was drawn to quilts and taught myself to quilt. It’s been a slippery slope ever since!

FQS : When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?

I’ve been a sewist since I was 10 – I remember the sense of pride I felt in my first few garments I sewed for myself. There was a particular pair of culottes with a matching vest that I wore regularly my 8th grade year. I knew I was a quilter, once I figured out how to properly bind a quilt! That final step eluded me for a while.

FQS : Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas? 

I remember when I realized most quilters press their seams to one side! In garments the seams were always pressed open, and I assumed that was they method in quilts too. I still press open on occasion, but have come to love nesting seams.

FQS : What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out in sewing/quilting?

Jump in! There’s always more to learn, so the best experience is in the time you put in with your sewing machine and fabrics. We all make mistakes, just learn from them and move on to the next quilt!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to grab your free pattern, and get started on your mini right away :) You can also check out all the other bloggers participating in the hop here.

Amy

PS – Fat Quarter Shop has Modern Neutrals pre-cuts in stock! (pinch me!)