The best part of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival, for me, is the huge variety of quilts, and thus inspiration. Today’s featured quilter has beautifully pieced, and striking art quilts to share! I hope you enjoy getting to know Nina Marie and her quilts better —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began my great passion in life by mistake!  I started cross-stitching when I was 7 and there was never a time when I didn’t stitch.  Then when I was 26, I got a quilt book by mistake in the mail instead of the cross-stitch book I  had ordered.  I was working out of town, so had time to read it before returning it.  It dawned on me, that although I never sewed, I could make a quilt which I had always loved.  When I got home, I bought my first sewing machine and never cross-stitched again.
Featuring Nina Marie -- AmysCreativeSide.com
2. Why do you quilt?
I love to play with color and value.  I love the self-expression of quilting.  I love the tactile feel of fabric and that you can run your fingers over your art.  I love the idea of cutting up perfectly good fabric, spending hours of  sweat and tears  and sewing it back together into something new.   I love the long tradition of quilting where you’re adding your creative energy to those of women past.  Besides, what other art form can you snuggle up under and read a book to your daughter?

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Never, ever make a quilt where you’re not learning something new.  Don’t be afraid to change a pattern or do something that is uniquely you.  Life is too short to color in the lines.
Featuring Nina Marie -- AmysCreativeSide.com
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (pictured above)
DESPERATION! Last summer, I was in a week long  Masterclass taught by Sue Benner and filled with the “Big Dogs” of quilting (ladies that had pieces in national fiber art shows, and who taught nationally themselves).  They had all come with established works in progress.  I had come with a bunch of fabric and two hands.  So, I went to my pinterest boards  looking for inspiration and found an interesting piece of architecture.  It took me about 3 hours but after some manipulation, I had a starting design.  From there I did value sketches and picked a palette.  You can find the whole story here.
Featuring Nina Marie -- AmysCreativeSide.com
5. Do you sew other things?
No – because as I repeatedly tell everyone, I don’t know how to sew.  I don’t even do any other crafts now.  When you do original art quilting it takes up way more time than traditional quilting.  Not only do you have to do the piecing and quilting of a quilt but you also have to dye the fabric and design the quilt.   I still work full time and raise a great teen age daughter so my studio time is limited.
Featuring Nina Marie -- AmysCreativeSide.com
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Quilting is very personal to me. To me, its not just another fad craft.    Although of late, I’ve been doing mostly art quilting, I still love to traditional quilt.  I’ve made mega-projects completely by hand before (I have one in the works still!) and I love, love, love hand quilting.  I was a 20,30 something quilter before it was fashionable to be one.  People would say “Why do you spend all your time and money cutting up perfectly good fabric and hanging out with old ladies?”  I’d laughed at them  – point to a creations that was uniquely mine and say, “Why not?”
I write my blog not only to record my quilting journey, but also hopefully to inspire others to take a journey into quilting of their own.
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Thanks for sharing Nina Marie – I love your tips!
Be sure to check out Nina Marie’s blog, Creations…Quilts, Art, Whatever, to see more of her work!
Have a great weekend –
Amy