I’m always inspired by the featured quilters, and today is no different! Today’s featured quilter is Yvonne, also known online, as Quilting Jetgirl. I hope you enjoy getting to know Yvonne, and her quilts more —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I started making my first quilt when I was 15 to have to use in college. My paternal grandmother hand stitched the quilt for me; it was the last quilt that she quilted. Making that quilt spanned over a year and was completed in 1996. I made several more and received my first sewing machine as a Christmas gift in 1999, but my quilting really took off in 2008 after years of not sewing. When the wedding invitations started to become sparse and the baby announcements started rolling in, I dusted off my sewing machine and my quilting has really taken off from there.
2. Why do you quilt?
When I was working full time, quilting was a relaxing and mindful hobby for me. It allowed me to explore my creativity and express my gift giving joy to friends and family. In April 2014, I acknowledged that I was burned out, stressed out, and needing a change in my life. With the amazing support of my husband, I took a big leap and left my full time job. Since then I have been focusing on a better life balance and striving for emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. That has allowed quilting to become a core part of my day because quilting is still a mindful, meditative practice for me, and I hope that people who use my quilts can feel the love that I have put into making them. Because of this life change, I have started to take the first steps to explore selling my quilts and develop quilt patterns.
3.What is your favorite quilting tip?
Nobody is perfect, and you can’t learn if you don’t try. I really want to encourage everyone to pick out their own fabrics and explore color. I want to cheer you on as you try out free motion quilting for the first or one hundredth time. I think Christa Watson recently had a wonderful post about a large part of success being to simply show up. Try. In the past year I have made some wonderful projects and done fun things that I wasn’t certain I could do, like free motion quilting small rocket ships, and I am so glad I tried!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (pictured above)
My husband has multiple forms of what is known as synesthesia. Synesthesia is an interesting neurological phenomena where sensory experiences are combined. Many synesthetics associate vivid colors with things like letters, days of the week, or smells. In addition, my husband visualizes 3D shapes associated with many things. I designed Synesthetic Alphabet to represent my husband’s view of the alphabet. The rows left to right, top to bottom, are his letters A through Z. To help represent the 3D way he sees letters, I quilted the outline for each of the letter blocks and surrounded them with dense, square meander quilting.
5. Do you sew other things?
I will sew buttons back onto garmets, and I will make the occasional simple drawstring bag (from project scraps) to gift a quilt in, but for the most part I am purely a quilter (re: scared of zippers, haha!).
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I want to find ways to express joy and celebration through quilting. I have in mind a fun twist to my QuiltCon 2015 experience, and I hope that if you are going to QuiltCon that you will join in on the fun with me! The idea hatched after having an email conversation with Renee @Quilts of a Feather, in which the idea to dress up at QuiltCon as our quilting alter-egos was hatched. Who else has noticed the similarities between the convention names QuiltCon and ComicCon? For me, this is a super fun and exciting prospect. I can dress up as Quilting Jetgirl by wearing a flight suit and covering it with quilting related patches. I have a lot of ideas for that! I even kicked around the idea of borrowing a helmet from a former co-worker, but packing and lugging a big helmet back and forth to Austin doesn’t seem like the greatest idea – I want luggage space for new fabric, not a helmet! So if you see a crazy lady walking around QuiltCon in a military flight suit, please say “Hi” to me!
Thanks for sharing Yvonne! I’ll keep my eye out for you at Quiltcon ;)