1. When did you begin quilting?
My mom had an old singer sewing machine when I was growing up and I loved sewing on it, but I didn’t make my first quilt until I was in college (25 years ago! ugh!). It was a nine patch, and I still believe that’s the best starter quilt!
2. Why do you quilt?
I love anything handmade but I just have a passion for quilts. I’m just drawn to them… old, new, vintage, modern… I love them all! I have a quilt passed down from my great great grandmother and I hope someday my great great grandchildren will find comfort in a quilt I’ve made.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Sometimes a quilter gets caught up in the ‘right way’ to quilt. Quilting is art in my opinion. There might be an easier or faster way to piece a quilt, but there is no wrong way, and certainly no rules. Trust in yourself and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (above)
I submitted a scrappy block quilt. It was a quilt using several techniques, I wanted to work outside my comfort zone. I also hand quilted the entire quilt with perle cotton… yummy!
5. Do you sew other things?
For years I loved making Halloween costumes for my girls, especially since they didn’t have to fit perfect! There is nothing like a handmade costume… I’ve also made hundreds Mittens, from upcycled wool sweaters… you can find the pattern and inspirational photos on my blog under mitten gallery.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love hearing from people from all over the world who share the love of sewing and quilting, so don’t be afraid to reach out!
Thanks for sharing Sherri! I love a 9-patch for beginner quilts too – there’s so many fun options and they are simple to create!
Have a great weekend –