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.
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. ;)
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.
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.
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!