Thinking about the year to come, and this space, I decided that I needed to reinstate my features of other quilters! My pool of quilters is large with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, and so I spent an hour looking through entries, and emailing a number of quilters that I liked, and you all seemed to like as well. (linky stats!) If there is a quilter you would like to nominate and learn more about, from the most recent BQF, drop me a note with a link to that blogger, and I will add them to my list. (Just use the contact form above)
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Today’s featured quilter is Kelly. Kelly blogs at My Quilt Infatuation, and has some beautiful quilts to share, along with more about her. I hope you enjoy getting to know Kelly better ::
1. When did you begin quilting?
I actually made my first quilt about 15 years ago, and followed that up immediately with two more.  These were just very simple patchwork quilts, and not what I would consider modern at all.  After that, I took a break from quilting completely for about seven years while my family went through two cross-country moves, I got my Masters degree, and we welcomed our son.  I jumped back into quilting when I found the modern quilting community online a little over four years ago and have never looked back!
Acadian Trellis - My Quilt Infatuation, Featured Quilter @ AmysCreativeSide.com
2. Why do you quilt?
Quilting is my stress reliever and my creative outlet.  Playing with fabric and designing my own patterns keeps my mind occupied in a positive, productive way, and actually energizes my mind after a hard day.  I also like to think that quilting serves as an example to my ten year-old son on how ideas can be dreamed up and willed into creation with hard work.  He hasn’t ever shown any interest in sewing, but I hope that the lessons still hold true for the creative endeavors close to his own heart.
Courtyard Tiles - My Quilt Infatuation, Featured Quilter @ AmysCreativeSide.com
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
 People always ask me “How do you get so much accomplished?”  Well, I have to say that my best quilting tip isn’t really a quilting tip at all, but a time management one.  I try to spend at least a few minutes each day working on a project- even if it’s only 15-20 minutes.  Those little minutes add up!  A second tip I can offer is to quilt without fear.  Easier said than done, I know, but try to remember that everyone makes mistakes, and nobody’s quilts are perfect.  I spent far too long on the sidelines of free motion quilting, worried that I would “ruin” my quilt.  Finally taking the plunge was so freeing, and now I wonder why it took me so long.  Whatever your particular fear is- just do it!
Shattered Rainbow - My Quilt Infatuation, Featured Quilter @ AmysCreativeSide.com
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (pictured above)
I have always loved rainbow quilts in every form.  When I set out to make Shattered Rainbow, I really wanted to break away from laying the colors out in stripes, and because I had lots of gray scraps, I knew I wanted to find a way to incorporate gray into the mix.  I feel like the gray patch in the quilt looks kind of like a hole in the rainbow, as though someone has thrown a baseball through a window, shattering the colors around it.
5. Do you sew other things?
You know, my husband pokes fun at me because I make all of these quilts, but I can barely sew on a button.  I have never sewn so much as a cute little zipper pouch, a tote bag, or an apron, and I honestly have no real desire to.  I am a bit of a one-trick pony when it comes to sewing, but I’m good with it.  I do what I like, and I like what I do.
Chapel Glass - My Quilt Infatuation, Featured Quilter @ AmysCreativeSide.com
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Last summer, I started writing and selling my own patterns, and to my surprise, I enjoy the design part of the process just as much as creating the actual quilt.  It it fulfilling in a different kind of way, but still very rewarding.
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Thanks for sharing Kelly!
I’m of the same mindset on time management – every little bit of time that I can devote to a project adds up, and pretty quickly too!
I hope you all have a great weekend –
Amy