Today’s featured quilter is Angela! Angela is a local friend, I’ve had the pleasure to meet, and I’m so excited to share her story and quilts with you. Enjoy!
1. When did you begin quilting?
2 1/2 years ago, I was pregnant for the first time. I found myself really wanting a special quilt for my daughter. I looked around for a pattern, hoping my mom could make a quilt, yet nothing really jumped out at me. My hubby and I decided that we wanted a Charley Harper theme for her bedroom, and so that became the inspiration behind the quilt I knew I wanted for her room. I took an applique class at a local store and from there I designed and created my very first quilt. I’ve been quilting ever since.
2. Why do you quilt?
Sewing is therapy to me, for some reason –my hands are busy, and it seems when my hands are busy my mind is just a little quieter. I also love to create, and so ideas are always coming to me. I guess quilting and sewing are my outlet for my nervous energy and creative ideas.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Try something different! Every time I make a new quilt, I always try something new. A new skill, a new shape, a new color palette, or something completely wacky like my interactive play quilts. I find this is where I learn the most, and so I encourage others to do the same.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I made a series of Interactive Play Quilts
and the Americana Appliqué Scenes
was by far my favorite. I was born in 1980, and the baby blanket I had was made up of bold primary colors, no pastels: red, blue, navy, white, yellow, and green made up the quilt. These colors were very popular in my childhood, and I find myself still loving them today. Along with that, the applique scenes in this quilt were also inspired from my childhood. My favorite memories inspired the scenes in this quilt: playing in the front yard, going to the zoo, playing “school” with my sister, along with all the other toys we had. When making this quilt, really it was just a walk through my childhood.
5. Do you sew other things?
Yes, I love sewing things for both my home and for my family. I create unique fabric wall art pieces, using turned edge machine applique techniques. I also love sewing pillows, handbags, items for the kitchen, and things for my 2 year old daughter.
Thanks for sharing your quilts with us Angela! I espcially love this one above for your daughter, with the album- so precious!
I hope you all have a great weekend! I’m headed to Sisters, Oregon for a fast weekend full of quilts – don’t worry, I’m taking my camera!!