Another Friday is upon us! I know many of you have kids heading back to school right now – I hope that your transition is smooth and easy.  We have one more week of freedom, then back to the daily routines and a regular schedule – that shouldn’t excite me so much, but it does!

Today’s featured quilter is Zafira of Zarkadia. Zafira has beautiful quilts full of color and and a brilliant outlook. I hope you enjoy getting to know Zafira and her quilts better —

1. When did you begin quilting?

I’ve lived for 6 years in a small village and having a lot of free time on my hands, at about 2009, I began reading quilting blogs, watching tutorials on you tube, and in a few months I began quilting. I bought a lot of quilting books, and relatively quickly I taught myself to quilt, even though I had never sewed anything in my life. I can safely say that everything started because of the quilting blogosphere.
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2. Why do you quilt?

It is a very personal sewing hobby, every stitch counts for me, every stitch is meant for someone special. Creating something that is one-of-a-kind, and that is meant to go to a specific person is something really priceless. I am addicted to quilting for those exact reasons.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite tip is definitely the quote that “there is no quilting police”. Even though I love accuracy and perfect geometric shapes, quilting is a form of art, that has no boundaries. Everyone has to remember that mistakes are meant to made, and that no-one, except ourselves, will ever see them.
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4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt

I adore the Dresden Plate Block, and starting this quilt was a way for me to learn new techniques (applique and hand-quilting), and working with gorgeous fabric lines. I followed a great pattern of Sarah Fielke from the book “Material Obsession”. I’ve worked with this quilt for three years, and I really miss it now!
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5. Do you sew other things?

I tried sewing a couple of garments when I started sewing for the first time, but quickly I learned that I don’t really like that type of sewing. I find it a bit boring.
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6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

Last September, I added another quilting project in my daily agenda. I started a You Tube Channel called The Quilt Codex, where I post one video-one quilt block. I want to make a video quilt block database, where anyone can find instructions on how to make a certain block. I am really excited for this project, and I hope that it will be slowly growing bigger.
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Thanks for sharing Zafira – Your youtube channel is looking great so far!
Have a great weekend everyone –
Amy