Hi there! Leading up to the Blogger’s Quilt Festival later this week, I thought it would be fun to feature a few quilters from the previous Festival! I hope you enjoy getting to know this group of quilters this week! Susan is the first of a few bloggers to be featured this week. Susan blogs at Canadian Abroad, and has a fun style to her quilts! I hope you enjoy getting to know Susan better –
1. How long have you been a quilter?
I’ve been quilting for approximately seven years. The first four years I was in a quilting wilderness. There was no history of quilting in my family and I didn’t know anyone who quilted.
2. Why do you quilt?
I started quilting when my two daughters were young. (They are eleven and twelve now.) I am a stay-at-home mum and entirely happy in this choice, but felt that I needed something that I was doing for myself. Something that was a creative outlet and gave tangible results. Originally I made baby quilts for friends who were still having babies. In fact, that was about all I made until I found the blogging world almost three years ago. Finding fellow quilters, albeit through the internet, changed the way I quilted almost overnight. The inspiration, support, advice and friendship are invaluable. In turn, these connections have led to some very strong real life friendships.
3. Why do you participate in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival?
When I discovered this online community it opened my eyes to the possibilities in quilting. I was never one for patterns really, preferring to work out the maths for myself, but I was pretty conventional in my approach. Suddenly I was seeing what could be made if I just opened up my imagination. The Blogger’s Quilt Festival is like a portal into this wonderful world of creativity. An instant access to dozens and dozens of the most inspiring works. When I see a quilt I love in the Festival I tend to explore the person’s blog further, and often become a follower as a result. The Festival is a success because so many people are willing to share their work. I wanted to be a part of that, so I sucked up my courage and joined the fun.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt, that you shared last spring? (pictured above)
Funnily enough, the improv mini I made was a direct result of a challenge I set myself. I attended a small quilt show here in the UK last spring and saw a very tiny fibre art work made with felt and some hand stitching. There was less colour in it, but it really caught my eye. So I said to my friend’s I was going to do a mini quilt inspired by it. I wanted to push myself with improv and this gave me the opportunity. The Blogger’s Quilt Festival was the incentive I needed to stop talking and actually try improv.
5. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I did some very basic quilting classes when I first began but just about everything else is self taught, or learned through others in this online community. I encourage anyone to ask questions, interact with other blogging quilters, get involved, join a bee, make a charity quilt. Quilting changed the way I live my life (and spend my money), all for the better. Never in my life did I imagine I would walk around seeing quilting inspiration in the most odd places, find a whole host of friends online, and make things I am truly proud of. Now I just need to convince my girls that it is not embarassing that their mother always seems to have thread ends attached to her clothing.
Thanks for sharing Susan! I’m so glad you have found inspiration in BQF – that’s the goal!
More soon –