Cheryl is sharing her quilts with us today! I hope you enjoy getting to know Cheryl and her quilts more. Cheryl blogs at Meadow Mist Designs, be sure to stop over and say hi there too!

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1.  When did you begin quilting?

I began quilting about 4 years ago when my daughter was moving from a crib into a toddler bed and needed some new bedding.  I had always loved quilts, but had not done much sewing beyond HomeEc in middle school and a few easy Halloween costumes.  I read tons of blogs to learn everything I could about quilting and jumped right in.  That first quilt had me totally hooked.  I have since taken over the guest room as my sewing room and use quilting as a creative and relaxing outlet.

Pike's Peak

2.  Why do you quilt?

As a mother of two little children, I felt that I was stuck in a cycle of doing and redoing the same chores over and over again (cleaning, cooking, laundry, repeat, repeat…).   One day I read a quote that resonated with me.  “A woman should do something every day that can’t be undone.”  Quilting became that “something” and a much needed creative outlet.

For my first quilt, I used a pattern but decided to make the quilt using fat quarters instead of the jelly roll the pattern was written for so I wound up basically redoing the pattern and all of the quilt math.  I found I loved this aspect of quilting almost as much as actually making the quilt and so I starting writing and publishing my own patterns.

Building Blocks

3.  What is your favorite quilting tip?

My favorite tip would be to relax and not stress over each stitch.  Before you take a seam ripper to some piecing or a chunk of quilting, wait a day and then take a look at the quilt again from a distance.  What you think of unacceptable from 6 inches from the quilt top, does not look so bad when you take a step back.

Oh The Places Youll Go

4.  What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?

One of my fall Quilt Festival quilts was “Oh the Places You’ll Go” (above).  It is a mini quilt (18” x 20”) that I made for the Michael Miller Cotton Couture Challenge.  We were given fat eighths of various Cotton Couture pastels and I challenged myself to make the quilt top using only those fabrics.  When I started playing with the fabrics the colors reminded me of the cover of the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go” so I used the curved pastel strips from the cover as my inspiration for the quilt.  I was excited to find out that the quilt was juried into the QuiltCon 2015 show.

5.  Do you sew other things?

Most of my time is spent quilting, but I do have little obsession with making cathedral window pincushions.  I loved seeing how all of the different fabric combinations came together in the window pattern.  I made so many that even after I gave a bunch away I still had way too many so I started an etsy shop so that I had an excuse to make more.  I now also sew matching needle books and thread catchers to go along with my pincushions.  I find that having some quick finish items balances out my longer term quilting projects.

poinsettia pinwheel

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

When I am not being a mother, wife, and quilter I work as a chemical engineer / patent agent for a private textile company.  So even when I am at work, I can often be found tracing knitting stitches or writing patents on new fabrics for tires, ballistics panels, wind turbines, and filters.  I enjoy the technical side of textiles almost as much as I do playing with them in my sewing room :)

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Thanks for sharing Cheryl! I always encourage new moms to find a creative outlet, I’m partial to quilting, but encourage anything that peaks their interests :)

Have a great weekend!

Amy