1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting in 2011. I had been intrigued by the idea for some time, and had thought I would give it a try upon retirement. But after purchasing a sewing machine for a different purpose, I started experimenting and got hooked. (I haven’t made it to retirement yet.
2. Why do you quilt?
I get ideas in my head that just want to get out. In a way, I think we were meant to be creative.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I attach my bindings by machine, as a number of quilters do, but before I do, I zig-zag around the quilt with fusible thread in the bobbin. Then when it comes time to turn the binding to the back, I press it firmly and the fusible thread holds it in place while I stitch it down from the front.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
For my Ode to Joy quilt (above), I was inspired by Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, and I incorporated as many music-related elements as I could in this quilt. It was further inspired by a craft project done by my daughter, where she used vintage sheet music to make a canvas wall hanging featuring song lyrics. I even scanned choral music of the 9th Symphony to create fabric from Spoonflower to use in this quilt.
My New Star Rising quilt (above) in the festival is a re-make of a design that was originally inspired by the transparency quilts of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr, and by a giant star quilt created by Emily Cier.
5. Do you sew other things?
Not often. I’ve made a few small gift items, and a few ties and even one shirt for myself. I’ve also made a couple of Halloween costumes, which was the reason for my initial purchase of a sewing machine.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m a member of an on-line charity bee – the Believe circle of do. good stitches. I’m an engineer by profession, which might explain why I like the math and problem solving related to quilting. I’m married, and we have two teenagers, a dog, and a chinchilla in our family.
Thanks for sharing Ben! I’m going to have to find some fusible thread – that’s a brilliant idea!
Have a great weekend –