Hi there! Today’s featured quilter is Andi, and Australian blogger that I’ve known online for number of years. Andi has always made beautiful, colorful quilts, and the collection that she’s sharing today is fantastic! Andi blogs at PatchAndi, I hope you enjoy getting to know Andi better —
1. When did you begin quilting?
My first experience with quilting was at age 8 as I sat with my grandmother making her “Grandmother’s Flower Garden” hexagon quilt. She taught me to do English paper piecing and I made a small piece under her guidance. Over the years I dabbled in patch-working and later on learned how to quilt. I didn’t begin to quilt seriously until my late 20s. I haven’t looked back since and have made hundreds of quilts.
2. Why do you quilt?
A number of reasons really. At first it was about connecting with my Grandmother and later on it became an activity to do when I had two small children and desperately needed a creative outlet (and some ME time). Over time, I discovered the online quilting community and quickly became strongly connected with the quilting community and all that it had to offer. More recently it has also become a business endeavour and my quilting is very much geared to our website, making samples, and teaching.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Don’t sweat the small stuff!! Your points aren’t perfect? Who’s going to notice? Enjoy the process and love the end-product …. no matter how wonky. Embrace that wonk!!!!!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (picture above)
Both of my entries into the recent quilt festival were pixel quilts. I adore making quilts that represent people I admire and love. Also, they tend to get a fabulous response from others which is kind of fun. The two people represented in my entries are Frida Kahlo, a fabulous, strong and determined female artist of last century. The other is my daughter who I hope will grow up to be similarly fabulous, strong and determined.
5. Do you sew other things?
Very occasionally I sew cushions or bags. But I am almost exclusively a quilt-maker.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
My husband and I, and a third partner started a website last year called YouPatch.com where you can turn any image into a fully-featured pixel quilt pattern. It is lots of fun to play with our online editor and create a wide variety of possible designs. Also, it costs you nothing until you decide you are ready to purchase a pattern so I hope your readers will pop over and visit us and have a play!!!
Thanks for sharing your quilts Andi! I had so much fun playing over at YouPatch – I hope I have time to make a Darth quilt for my son before Christmas!
Have a great weekend –