Featuring Angela :: A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!

Today’s featured quilter is Angela from Cut to Pieces, and I love her quilts!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Angela better —

1. When did you begin quilting?

I started quilting in high school, so about 15 years ago.  But I began sewing as a little girl.  I always wanted to make this dress that had layers of fabric and pickups (it sort of looked like Little Bo Peep).  When I got older, I became interested in quilting because I love math so much.  So, nerd that I am, I made my first quilt for my dorm room for freshman year in college.  I still have that quilt and it still looks great.  I probably wouldn’t pick out the fabrics today, but it’s a memory.  I’ve been quilting ever since when I could get the chance.

Color Play Quilt

2. Why do you quilt?

Well in theory it relaxes me…LOL.  But that is definitely not always the case.  I love to create beautiful things and see beautiful things.  But I am also supremely practical.  Quilting lets me make beautiful things that are also useful and, unlike garment sewing, has nothing to do with my current size at any point.  I also enjoy challenges and quilting gives me the opportunity to continue to challenge myself with new techniques.

3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?

Well there are too many…hmmm…one of them was several colors of Freebird Halfmoon Ovals.  But I need the other colors!  You know, because I don’t own them yet. ;)

Joseph's coat for Charming Mini Swap

4. What is your favorite quilting tip?

Well I recently heard that drinking alcohol while free motion quilting is very helpful because it relaxes your shoulders and gives you some unexpected freedom. ;)  But I haven’t tried it yet.  I’m concerned that a sewing machine might be considered heavy machinery.

What has definitely helped is filling up multiple bobbins before beginning a project.  There is nothing more frustrating than your bobbin running out and having to stop to refill a new one.  I try to have two or three ready to go depending on the project.

Where Bluebirds Fly

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

Well, it has a long and involved story that you can read on my blog, but basically it is a pictorial journey of our struggle to conceive our daughter.  The hardship we endured and the hope and joy we felt with her arrival.

6. Do you sew other things?

I have done some garment sewing in the past and would love to do more of that.  I want to make some clothes for my daughter and some full proof dresses for myself.  I’ve also sewn home decor items like curtains, bedding, pillows, tablecloths and napkins, sheets, and baby bumper, etc.  I don’t make everything but I think every room has something that I’ve made.  I’ve done some re upholstery as well…but that is all about the right tools.

November Hexagon Block for Lynne

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

Hmmm…I love to sew for other people.  It’s very exciting to create something specifically designed for another person.  It’s like picking out the perfect gift, but then that perfect thing is something that you have made.

My mom hates all of quilts.  LOL.  She is definitely not a geometry person, but she wants me to make her a landscape quilt and I’ll try anything once…so we’ll see.  My dad on the other hand is a genius mathematician, so appreciates all of the geometry that quilts have to offer.  I want to make him more math based quilts that show actual theorems.  Yup…I’m a nerd like that.  I have four brothers and no sisters, so I grew up in a world of Nintendo and Star Wars.  I want to make my brothers pixelated old school Nintendo quilts or star wars inspired quilts.  Yes, they are all in their 30’s, but trust me, they would love them.


Thanks so much for sharing your quilts Angela!  Filling up lots of bobbins is definitely a good help, if I can be patient enough to actually fill them!  I hope you all have a great weekend, and fit some sewing in too!


By |2017-02-06T09:18:45-06:00December 3rd, 2010|Featured Quilter|14 Comments


  1. Cara @ Me? A Mom? December 3, 2010 at 6:12 am - Reply

    I love Angela’s work. Fractals! :)

  2. cherie wrighy December 3, 2010 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Love this interview! Having spent a weekend with Angela, she is even more amazing in person :-)

  3. Vicki December 3, 2010 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Very nice interview! Angela’s work is beautiful!

  4. Pam December 3, 2010 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Wow! Thanks Amy for throwing the spotlight on this artist…love her quilt!


  5. Cheryl Arkison December 3, 2010 at 7:33 am - Reply

    That hexagon block!

  6. Susan Mallery December 3, 2010 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Okay, you had me until “theorem.” LOL! The quilts are scrumptious, and I love that you use them as a way to marry your artistic side with your analytical side. That hexagon is incredible!

  7. Lois Grebowski December 3, 2010 at 11:42 am - Reply

    oooh, I adore that first quilt and the quilt festival choice was awesome. I love the artistry of it.

  8. felicity December 3, 2010 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I adore Angela’s work, and the story behind her Quilt Festival quilt parallels my own so I feel particularly connected to her (but not in a stalkery way, I promise!!). Thanks for highlighting her work, Amy!

  9. Angela December 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Amy thanks so much for the sweet feature. It’s funny to read what I said and pretend I’m reading it about someone else. I definitely talked about my love of math a lot!

    And Cherie is just biased because we drove for an unnamed amount of time trying to find alcohol for our quilting retreat. LOL. She’s the real sweetie.

  10. Lynne @ Lily's Quilts December 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I loved reading that, thank you Amy. Angela is not only one of the most talented and creative quilters around at the moment but also one of the nicest and, even though we haven’t met, I consider her a proper friend. It was fun to read this – four brothers Angela!!!

  11. Christie, Describe Happy December 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Your quilts are totally amazing! I think I could spend a lot of time taking in all the details and quilting. I also really appreciate the nerdy math comments, I too enjoy trying to figure out the math puzzles of an untried design or something straight from my imagination.

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  13. Munaiba December 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Beautiful quilts.What talent! Lovely interview Amy.

  14. Allie December 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    What an interesting interview – I love her quilts!

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