One week from today the Blogger’s Quilt Festival begins! One week! Grab a button from my sidebar or this post if you haven’t already and help spread the word – thanks :)
1. When did you start quilting?
I began quilting in 1997 as a homebound newlywed and new University graduate. I was dealing with endometriosis and not able to do much and in very low spirits. I found a quilting magazine – or it found me! – and I fell in love with the stories behind the quilts and the women who made them. I spent hours researching the names of quilt blocks. I then decided to make a baby quilt. I was dealing with infertility issues and felt that making the quilt would give me a positive way to pass the time. I used scraps my mother had saved from clothes she had made for me and my dolls. My first quilt became a UFO as I found other quilts to try. I was nervous about finishing it with handquilting and put it aside. It took me several years to finish that quilt – just in time for my baby!
I quilt because I have to – and I love it! It is an outlet for my creativity. It combines my love of colour with my love of learning. It brings me joy as I conquer fears of trying new techniques and discover some of my own along the way. It gives me a sense of connectedness to a long tradition of women making items out of necessity and love – and a chance to keep that tradition alive.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
5. Do you sew other things?
Thank you for sharing your story and your quilts with us Sarah!