Today’s featured quilter is Janice who blogs at Better Off Thread! Janice was the winner of the mini quilt category, and her projects are always beautifully detailed. I hope you enjoy getting to know Janice better –
1.When did you begin quilting?
My mom taught me to sew when I was a little girl, but I didn’t make my first quilt until 2009 when I was pregnant with my son. I was immediately hooked and started making three quilts at the same time, because I couldn’t stop at just one. I often wish I had started quilting earier, when I still had lots of free time.
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because if I didn’t I would go crazy! I love the creative outlet that designing a new quilt and choosing fabric combinations gives me. Sewing the quilt together is relaxing. I always refer to free-motion quilting as my “zen”, because I can really get into the zone and get lost in thought.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Press, press, press! I have always been a big advocate that pressing after sewing each seam makes a HUGE difference in the accuracy of your seams and the crisp, sharp look of the entire quilt. I see so many people trying to sew an entire block (or quilt top!) together without pressing anything (I’ve wanted to do this myself, to speed thing up). Please take that extra time.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt (above)?
I love the idea of curved flying geese and have experimented with them in other quilts I have made. I was participating in a swap on Flickr and my partner also loved curves, flying geese and rainbows. This spiral image popped into my head one night just before going to sleep (isn’t that how it always is), and I wasn’t sure if it would even work. It was a great, fun, challenge!
5. Do you sew other things?
Yes! I have an MFA in Costume Design, so costumes and garments are my forte, but really, I enjoy quilting much more (no people to fit and all those amazing cotton prints!). Lately, if I am not quilting, I am making clothing for my kids, decor for the house and I’ve been learning to make bags.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a complete sewing geek. For a class project in college I patterned a Starfleet uniform jacket. Now, I express my love for nerdy things by making robots and superhero blankets for my kids. My husband is also lucky enough to have his own, custom-made Luke Skywalker costume. I also used to work as a costumer for TV and film. I was very proud the day I was added to IMDB!
Thanks for sharing Janice! I too am a fan of pressing – everything. It makes all the difference!
Have a great weekend everyone –