Today’s featured quilter is Christine! Christine blogs at Grapes and Hearts, where she shares her quilts and other sewing projects. I love her Op Art quilt, and hope that you enjoy getting to know Christine better –
1. When did you begin quilting?
I started sewing when my second son was 6 months old.
Soon afterwards I began browsing the internet looking for patterns for clothes and accessories. I stumbled across Geta Grama’s Blog “Romanian Quilt Studio” and found her tutorial for little quilted boxes.
This is how it all began. I made that quilted box – my first little quilted something. (see Photo below)
Next up my path was John Adam’s blog “Quilt Dad” and I made some placemats following his tutorials for quilt blocks. These got me started quilting and before my little boy turned two, I finished my third quilt and I have been addicted ever since.
2. Why do you quilt?
Well, now you know how it all started and I guess I did not stop because it is kind of addicting, isn’t?
There is always something I want to try, some new fabric I want to use, a new design I want to incorporate into a quilt.
I think this is what I like best: making up quilt designs. I rarely follow instructions (that might be true for my life in general?!) and love being creative.
I usually quilt in the evenings, when my boys are in bed. I skipped watching TV years ago and spend my free time in my “sewing room”, enjoying doing something for myself and creating unique things from scraps.
I also enjoy the energy of our online community. Blogland, flickr and instagram make it easy to share my current projects with fellow sewists around the world. So even if I do not sew on some evenings, I can still enjoy my portion of “fabric fun” while reading blogs or scrolling through my IG feed.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My best tip for quilting is an easy one: “Cut precisely!” When your patchwork pieces are not cut precisely it is very difficult to construct an accurate block or quilt.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I always loved the art of the sixties, specifically Optical Art. I pinned several popular drawings with the intention of turning them into quilts. When our MGQ announced a “solids-only” challenge, I took the opportunity of killing two birds with one stone and made a two-colour quilt inspired by a drawing of Victor Vasarely (Riu-Kiu-C, 1960). Vasarely is considered one of the founders of OpArt. He used simple geometric shapes such as squares, rectangles and triangles to create eye-dazzling drawings (see image). I imitated his work using two colours and basic shapes and kept the quilting fairly simple. I love that it turned out exactly as I hoped it would – with the same eye-dazzling effect as Vasarely’s Original.
5. Do you sew other things?
Yes. Occasionally I sew clothes for my boys (see photo below). And bags for me and my friends. And gifts for family and friends (in a wide range from aprons to fabric baskets, newborn baby hats, placemats, potholders, etc.) But most of the time I stick to quilts. The only thing I try to avoid is “dutiful sewing” like mending, taking up hems or patching my boys’ jeans.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I recently decided to offer a free tutorial for my “Elmer Quilt” (see elephant quilt above). It took first place in the Scrappy Quilt Catagory of Blogger’s Quilt Festival 2013 and is my most popular blog post. I am still writing down instructions but it should not take much longer now.
Thanks for sharing Christine! I try to avoid mending and other dutiful sewing too – in fact after waiting for a couple months with upholstery fabric and foam in my studio, I finally hot glued Gus’ new bed recently! (Gus is our puppy)
Happy Quilting –