Featuring Glenna — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!

TGIF – It’s been a long week in our house!  I’m really looking forward to the weekend, you?  Today’s featured quilter is Glenna of Hollyhock Quilts!  Glenna has some fabulous quilts, and if you visit her blog you can see her vast collection of antique pieces.  I hope you enjoy getting to know Glenna better —
1. When did you begin quilting?
It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been quilting for about 30 years now.  Yikes!!  It’s the only thing in my life I’ve done that long except for my marriage!

2. Why do you quilt? 
It has been my creative outlet for a long time.  I love the cameraderie that quilters share and the friendships I’ve made over the years are the best.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip? 
Oh my!  There are so many!!  One of my favorites is from a long time quilting friend, Gloria Greenlee.  She shared that if you have a border that’s wonky, you need to do a running stitch by hand right next to the binding of the quilt.  Use a matching thread and you won’t even see it.  It’s saved a wavy border for me more than once!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt
I’m almost always inspired by antique quilts.  I have one with a very similar tulip shape with a triangle shape in the center of it.  I thought the heart would be a lot more fun and of course, rickrack looks good with everything!

5. Do you sew other things? 
I really don’t.  I made a lot of clothes before I started quilting, but these days I resent even having to hem something!  Quilting is WAY more fun!!

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you? 
Anyone who knows me knows my affinity for vintage fabric and feedsacks.  In fact, I wouldn’t have a quilting career without them.  Although, much of what I have done over the last few years has been of a more commercial nature, like designing fabric and publishing patterns and a book, my favorite thing to do is salvaging old pieces and making them into lovely art quilts that can be enjoyed in their second life.  I’m hoping to do more of that in the near future.
Thank you for sharing Glenna!  Your quilts are beautiful, and I agree completely – Quilts are way more fun!
Have a great weekend everyone –
By |2017-02-06T09:18:27-06:00January 27th, 2012|Featured Quilter|10 Comments


  1. Jacque January 27, 2012 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Thanks for introducing us to Glenna! Lovely quilts, and a fun interview….would much rather quilt than hem or sew on a button, myself! LOL All of the pictured quilts are stunning. :)

  2. Sandra Starley January 27, 2012 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Keep up your wonderful work introducing people to the charms of vintage and antique fabrics and quilts. Great minds think alike.

    Thanks Amy,
    for your Quilt Festival and for featuring bloggers, I was so honored to have been featured twice (both my blogs).

  3. Sharon B January 27, 2012 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Your houses are so cute – I never would have thought of the theme with “Wonky”

  4. Beth January 27, 2012 at 10:55 am - Reply

    Beautiful quilts! I love that you give different fabrics a second life. Smiles~Beth

  5. pattyskypants January 27, 2012 at 11:04 am - Reply

    Your quilts are wonderful! I’m happy to have been introduced to you!

  6. Donna Rae January 27, 2012 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Beautiful Batiks! I have not finished any quilting projects this year yet. But I did make some curtains, lol… Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Suzanne January 28, 2012 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Great tip about the hand sewn running stitch. I would love to know the reasoning behind it.

  8. Sherry January 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks Amy for featuring Glenna here. Enjoyed the interview & have loved her work for quite some time.

  9. Dianne Giles January 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    I receive Jackie’s newsletter. Thanks for the chance, Dianne

  10. […] You may know her from her book, Sugar Sack Quilts: 12 Quilts Using Vintage or Reproduction Fabrics by Krause Publications. I found her through Amy at Amy’s Creative Side. She interviewed Glenna recently on her blog. Go HERE to read the interview and see more of her quilts. […]

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