Today’s featured quilter is Anne! Anne blogs at Confessions of a Serial Quilter – love that name! I’m loving all the bright and beautiful colors in Anne’s quilts, I hope you enjoy getting to know Anne better —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting in 2004 when a friend invited me to take a quilting class with her. She wanted to take the class, and being shy, didn’t want to go alone. I agreed, thinking it would be a fun way to while away a few Wednesday mornings, not realizing it would become both profession and obsession. I can’t thank my friend Marguerite enough for introducing me to the world of quilting!!!
2. Why do you quilt?
I have always needed an artistic and creative outlet of one sort or another. Before quilting it was cross stitch and before cross stitch it was writing and so on and so forth. When I discovered quilting it was like storytelling in fabric… it gave me an outlet for so very much that was inside me. I am always looking for new ways to tell stories in fabric, and open to learning new methods and techniques to do so.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
“Done is better than perfect.” and “There’s no such thing as a mistake in quilting – it was a design opportunity!”
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I had 2 quilts in the Quilt Festival. One was “Woodland Creatures” (above) in the applique category and the other was “All Colours are of God” (below) in the ROYGBIV category (at least I’m pretty sure those were the right ones). My inspiration for Woodland Creatures was that I love animals and it was a labour of love to make it. “All Colours are of God” was inspired by a poem a friend sent me once, further inspired by my love of rainbows. I miniaturized a pattern I found by Jacqueline de Jongg (original quilt was 60×60″, but my version is 18.5″x18.5″.
5. Do you sew other things?
Very little any more. I haven’t sewn clothing in 40 years, and mostly stopped doing cross stitch when I started quilting. I make fabric post cards from time to time, and I do make the occasional tote or bag, table runner or set of place mats, but mostly I make quilts – wall quilts, lap quilts or bed quilts.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am the proud parent of a (recent) college graduate (congrats Luke!) and wife of a very supportive husband who puts up with a lot! I live in beautiful Southern California with family, including Pan and Squeak (kittens) and Maggie (St. Bernard). I play role playing games regularly (like Dungeons and Dragons, not the computer kind), another hobby which I’ve been pursuing since 1974.
Thanks for sharing Anne! I love your tips – they are both a great reminder for all of us!
Have a great weekend –