1. How long have you been a quilter?
I began working on my first quilt when I was a girl. My mom made garments and I decided that I wanted to try quilting. We bought all the fabric, and a rotary cutter (thank goodness), and I picked out the log cabin quilt pattern that I wanted to make. I cut the pieces for all the blocks, sewed probably 3 or 4 seams, and decided that it was the world’s most boring thing ever. Fast-forward almost 30 years, and I picked up quilting again during grad school. That was about 3 years ago now, and it turns out with adult-level patience, I rather enjoy quilting as a hobby! For the record, I never did finish that original quilt. I believe all the pieces were sold in a yard sale a few years back. I still hold an irrational grudge against making log cabin quilts, though.
2. Why do you quilt?
As mentioned previously, I began quilting in grad school, because I desperately needed a creative outlet. Nothing like reading academic papers to make you yearn for some color and texture. I’ve tried many different crafts, but there’s something really enjoyable about getting to use my creative side to make something that is also quite useful. After living for years with cast-offs from creative endeavors gone by, it was really compelling to make something that people actually wanted to use. I continue to quilt because I still feel challenged by it on both a design and technical level. And because academic papers are still dreadfully dull.
3. Why do you participate in Blogger’s Quilt Festival?
Don’t tell my mom I said this, but because everyone else was doing it! The first time it popped onto my blog reader, I decided I had to go check it out, because it completely took over my blog stream. After reading more about it, I vowed I’d participate next time, so I did! It’s such a great way to find new bloggers to follow, and of course to check out all the gorgeous eye candy!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt, that you shared last spring? (pictured above)
The quilt I entered was my Antelope Canyon quilt. It was created for a guild challenge to create a quilt inspired by a photograph. I used a photo from a trip to Arizona in which I got to visit the Antelope Canyon slot canyons. It’s a truly gorgeous place to visit, and I encourage anyone to do so if you can. The colors and texture of the red rock walls change color moment to moment as the sun shifts. The top of the canyons are very thin, so direct light is seen inside the canyon for sometimes as little as a few minutes. I wanted to capture the shifting colors, and I’d heard great things about Oakshott cottons. I decided to purchase a pack of them (which was where I learned that it’s important to pay attention to exchange rates), and really feel like they capture the colors well. I’ve since made a follow-up to this quilt inspired by the San Francisco Bay Area, where I now live.
5. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m a programmer by trade, and am a total geek. Man am I glad that’s an acceptable thing to be these days! Before I went back to school, I was a game programmer (I worked on the FIFA and Need For Speed series). Now I create little design tools that are free to use and I host them on my website. Palette Builder is the first of these. It will find a palette from a photo, and match that palette to the nearest Kona solids. I’m currently working on a tool to help design pixel quilts, because I really want it to be easier to make video game inspired quilts!
Thanks for sharing Anne! I love your Palette Builder, matching to the Kona color card is brilliant! I’ll be watching for your pixel tool :)