Featuring Heather – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!
Happy Friday! Are you ready for the next installment of the Blogger’s Quilt Festival!? I hope so! I’m working behind the scenes to get everything ready, and excited to see what everyone shares this time!
I began quilting in 2011-12. I found some squares from a chain letter my grandma sent me years ago. I simply pieced them together with thoughts of making a doll quilt. I bought a book on hand quilting from JoAnn’s and went to town. About that same time my oldest went on a pioneer trek with the youth at church; I saw a picture from that trip and wanted to make it into a memory quilt for her … I’m still finishing up that first big project.
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because I *love* it. The whole process–from conception to completion. It wasn’t until I discovered several quilting bloggers and their tutorials that I gave myself permission to dive in. Now I can’t imagine a day going by when I’m not pulling, organizing, piecing, quilting or plotting some project. Quilting/sewing is my daily coping mechanism–the focus to make the perfect intersection or point, the even drone of the machine and the satisfaction of a finished block or other project–all help me re-focus on what is important and let go of the extraneous.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Just do it. Whether it’s trying a new technique, furthering piecing or FMQ skills, taking a class, or even leaving an encouraging comment for another quilter: Just do it! For what seems like a very long time, I let fear stop me from quilting Sam’s quilt. When I finally gave myself permission to let go and just do it, I was pleasantly surprised at 1) how fast I progressed, 2) how good it really does look and 3) how I’m the only one who really sees the imperfections.
My “Random Bamboo” quilt was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest of Crazy Mom Quilts “Bright Birch Trees”. As I was working on my sample blocks (making sure I really wanted a whole quilt) my oldest daughter saw them and called them ”Random Bamboo”. It is now my favorite couch quilt. I love browsing all the scrappy strips and seeing fabrics from early projects and from my Stash Bee hive mates that year. I still remember who sent each block and what it felt like to see each block for the first time when I got them in the mail.
5. Do you sew other things?
I do =) I recently rediscovered that I enjoy making my own clothes. I also love making bags, pouches, pillow covers and just about anything else I can justify manipulating fabric into.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I really, really wish I was more innately creative. I dream of designing my own quilty projects and getting a long-arm machine. Most important, though, I am so grateful to the online quilting community for teaching and inspiring me. I truly wouldn’t have discovered my own obsession for all things fabric and quilting if there hadn’t been so many wonderfully inspiring, encouraging, and generous quilters who helped me along the way!
Thanks for sharing Heather! I can’t imagine a day without some sort of quilty goodness in it either!