Featuring Maria — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!

Hi all! Today’s featured quilter is Maria from Sew Love to Sew.  I hope you enjoy getting to know Maria better, I did!

1. When did you begin quilting?

I think it was in about 1995 when a quilt shop, Quilters Haven, opened locally. Quilting as a hobby was nowhere near as popular in the UK as it is now and there were very few quilt shops around. I did a beginner’s course at the shop and then joined an adult learning evening class in patchwork and quilting at a local school. I still meet with a group of friends from the course most weeks for an evening of sewing and of course chatting.

2. Why do you quilt?

I quilt due to a number of reasons. I love all the gorgeous fabrics that are available now, the colours and designs are so appealing. I love choosing which fabrics to put together and the excitement of starting a new project. I love how something beautiful yet useful can be produced from a pile of fabrics or scraps. One of my favourite parts of the process is seeing the texture that appears when the layers are quilted and I love how the previously flat patchwork top becomes something tactile and cosy.

3. What is your favourite quilting tip?

I don’t really have any technical tips. But perhaps one for new quilters is not to be upset when someone, usually a non-quilter, looks at the back of your beautifully pieced quilt and exclaims ” OOh I love the back!”

4. What was the inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?

My inspiration was a quilt I saw in a Kaffe Fassett book, I’ve forgotten the name of the book and it went back to the library a long time ago. I think the inspiration for the quilt in the book was a quilt in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. I didn’t follow the instructions, I did my own version. I enjoyed making the medallion style quilt and have started another one for my Mum and Dad. It’s going to be a more simple design though, I’m making it up as I go along.

5. Do you sew other things?

I used to make and sell bags, aprons, cushion covers, bunting etc. which I sold at craft fairs but I’ve given that up. Now it’s mainly quilts and cushions (pillows).

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

I met my husband through the patchwork course! No he wasn’t a pupil (although I know some quilters are men) but a friend from the course set us up on a date! I don’t think many people can say that they met their husband through patchwork.


Wow Maria!  I love your medallion quilt, I need to add one to my list!  Thanks for sharing your quilts, and yourself with us.

Have a great weekend everyone –


By |2017-02-06T09:18:24-06:00April 27th, 2012|Featured Quilter|5 Comments


  1. Beth April 27, 2012 at 5:42 am - Reply

    Great interview and beautiful quilts! The one in the third pic is amazing (and very inspiring!)

  2. marjorie April 27, 2012 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Oh nice interview….love the husband story. Your quilts are quite lovely.

  3. Queenie Believe April 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    Beautiful quilts Maria, keep up the wonderful work.
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  4. Christine @ Quilter's Diary April 28, 2012 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I love these bright colors — so different from what I do when I quilt. That’s the beauty of all the wonderful fabrics we have to work with. Everyone’s creation is different from everyone else’s.

  5. janita April 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    I just viewed your tutorial on straight line quilting. I have been giving this a whirl on my quilts because I can’t seem to get the hang of FMQ. My question is when you start to stitch, and you won’t be returning to the same place how do you secure the stitch so that it looks neat and your threads don’t unravel after you cut the threads. I have been backstitching a couple of stitches but it looks kind of sloppy. I have tried dropping the feed plates but I don’t feel like that is enough. I tried your e-mail link above but it wasn’t working. thank you for your response if you have time. janita

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