1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting about nine years ago. I was a painter at thetime and went into my local quilt shop to buy thread to sew on abutton. I was dazzled by the colors and designs of the fabric. I reallywanted to play with it. I realize that I am generally impatient (andsometimes sloppy) so I never thought I had the chops to tacklequilting. I started with a few simple strip quilts for babies and it’sbeen love ever since. An addictive, can’t-get-enough kind of love,beginners beware.
2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because I’vefound that sewing fulfills my creative side almost more so thanpainting and it’s much easier to manage with the hectic schedule ofyoungsters. Since my kids have been born I haven’t painted at all and Idon’t miss it. Lucky me! I also love the tactile reward of a cozy quilton the bed or couch. I enjoy making quilts for others and sharing thatcoziness.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
There are so many great tricksand short cuts that it’s hard to pick just one. The latest trick Ilearned is pulling the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt whenmachine quilting. That way you can tie both threads and bury the knotin one easy step. When starting to quilt, drop one stitch by hand andpull needle up until the bobbin thread shows on top. Pull the topthread until the bobbin end is visible and pull out. You will now haveboth top and bottom threads pulled to the top. Knot them almost to thefabric and use a needle to bury the knot. It’s a flawless finish.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My inspiration for the QF quilt was a quilt I saw on Flickr. It was oneof the first scrappy quilts that caught my eye and I had to try formyself. I have a hard time throwing away even the smallest scraps offabric so I had lots to work with. I started the blocks and then thatsat in the UFO pile for almost a year. When I took them out again, myscrap collection was very different and I thought the old ones were sougly. The great thing about scrap quilts is that even the ugly ones endup looking great. The scrap quilt is like a trip down memory lane,thinking about where all the fabrics came from.
5. Do you sew other things?
I’ve sews some bags and household items like placemats andtablerunners. I’ve recently begun to sew some art quilts. It’s sort ofa mix of the painter and quilter in me. I’m really excited about theprocess. I’ve learned a lot of new techniques and am eager to devotemore time to this arena. Don’t we all need more time? :)
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Many of us dream of making it our job to play with fabric and I’m noexception. I’m co-creator of Sew Fresh Fabrics, an online fabric shopon Etsy with my friend and business partner Becca. We’re looking forward tohaving a brick and mortar store in the coming days when our familyschedules relax somewhat. The online venue is allowing us learn thebusiness while the larger plans get developed. It’s a very excitingprospect and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to make a livingdoing something we love.
Wow Peg! Keep dreaming and making those plans! I love your quilts, the colors in your scrap quilt are beautiful!
I hope you all have a great weekend ~