Kim is a friend that I’ve yet to meet in real life, but always love it when we have a chance to catch up! Kim blogs at Persimon Dreams, and constantly quilting up something new – If you haven’t seen Project QUILTING, be sure to read to the bottom. I hope you enjoy getting to know Kim and her quilts –
1. When did you begin quilting?
When I was five, my parents went on a trip to look for a house for us in Wisconsin. My Grandma came to stay with us while they were gone. She taught me how to sew and I sewed together the scraps from my mom’s rag bin (including the furry toilet seat cover) into a quilt for my brother. Of course he LOVED it! I’ve always been creative but I didn’t do too much sewing again until I met my future mother-in-law. She is an AMAZING quilter and luckily, teacher! I was in college when I was dating her son and we would go over on Tuesday nights. First I would get a quilting lesson and then we’d get a delicious homemade dinner – a win win! I’ve been hooked ever since!
2. Why do you quilt?
I feel like quilting is like painting with fabric. I just love to cut up gorgeous fabrics and then put them back together in unexpected ways! The possibilities are endless and the bonus at the end – you get to snuggle up in your art when you’re done!
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I guess this isn’t really a quilting tip but I would say that even if you consider yourself an art quilter or an abstract quilter work on your piecing skills. Once you have the ‘bones’ of quilting under control the possibilities are endless (and the quality will be fantastic). I do this by participating in BOM’s. Often, many different designers and quilters contribute and you can learn a new thing from each of them – even if it’s that you don’t like that particular method. Also – anyone can handle one block a month … right?
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I entered two different quilts into the festival. The first one was ‘Once Upon a Time’ (above). This was actually a quilt that I created from two different Block of the Month’s. One was the 2013 Aurifil BOM and the other was a Fairy Tale BOM with blocks designed by BubbleStitch. I used three different Laura Gunn prints for the background fabric and I just love the whimsy it creates! It was quilted by Marcia Wachuta and every time you look at it you find something new to be excited about! My favorite is you can see the words ‘Once Upon a Time…’ at the upper right corner and it ends in the lower left corner with “and they lived happily ever after …”
I entered my ‘Nested Churn Dash’ (below) quilt designed by Quilt Jane for my second entry. I used very few different fabrics in this one which is very rare for me – but I just love it! I was also really proud of my little offset setting that creates another fun design element. This quilt was quilted by Barb Rasibeck.
5. Do you sew other things?
Not really … I dabble in bags and other things but quilts are my real passion. When I get into a rut I switch to my other hobby – jewelry making! By doing two completely different art forms I’m never just sitting around!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I run a quilting challenge on my blog from January through March called Project QUILTING. It’s open to everyone to participate and lots of prizes are given away. Challenges are posted on Sunday and everyone has just one week to start and finish the quilt! It’s opened new doors for me (and lots of others from the feedback I get) to think outside of the box and work on quilts I may never have even attempted! It’s definitely worth checking out if you love a good challenge or just haven’t been inspired by anything lately!
My pictures ‘Quilts on a Fence’ are taken at my apple orchard by the photographer Karmen Lindner Photography.
Have a great weekend –