Featuring Crystal – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on September 24th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 15 comments

Hi Friends!  I’m excited to share an interview with Crystal today – I hope you enjoy getting to know Crystal more!

1.  When did you begin quilting?

I began quilting 1 year ago last August.

2.  Why do you quilt?

I quilt to relax and calm down. I have two children with autism and when I get too stressed out I like to spend my evening putting together quilt tops.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?

I think my favorite all time tip is iron all fabrics before cutting. EVERY time I iron my pieces my cuts are more precise while if I am lazy one day and don’t iron, I find that I struggle more with making the blocks because I didn’t take the time to iron.

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?

I made this quilt in the Old Red Barn Quilt Along group on Flickr. I was still rather new to quilting so I liked learning how to make some different blocks. I used mostly hand me down fabrics that were given to me. At first I didn’t think the colors would work but as the quilt was coming together it turned out really well. It gave me convidence that maybe I did have an inner talent for quilt making and colors.

5. Do  you sew other things?

I do sew other things, clothing, crafts, bags and different mending  items. I also crochet in my spare time. I like to keep my options open so that when I get in a rut or become bored with a particular project I can switch to something different.

6.  Anything else you would like us to know about you?

I have a very low self esteem when it comes to my work. As I am sure with others, I take pride for a moment at my accomplishment and then the moment passes and I begin to doubt. I always enjoy when someone raves about something I made because then I begin to like that quilt/ project more because I can see what they like.  This little flaw will always keep me humble in my work, the silver lining in it all.

Since I started quilting in August of 09 I have made 32 quilts. From the sizes of a King quilt to a wall quilts.  I made 11 quilts in 2009 and then 21 so far this year. I also currently  have 21 different quilts in progress.  I hope to have finish 10 more by the end of the year.


Wow Crystal 32 quilts!!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful quilts.  I don’t think I could keep track of 21 quilts in progress, three is my max!  Check out Crystal’s blog to learn more about her and her family.


15 thoughts on “Featuring Crystal – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

  1. 1
    mickey says:

    Thanks for sharing Crystal . I just started ‘real’ quilting this June ,so you have given me MORE inspiration !! Like Amy and other blogs I follow online , you younger gals with KIDS to take care of can do all this , so I can , too !! ( I’m in my 50’s and retired in 2008 ) . your work is just beautiful ! NICE WORK ; keep it up ! thanks for sharing Amy !!!

  2. 2

    Crystal always makes such beautiful quilts. Love seeing her featured here!

  3. 3

    Wow, Crystal! I am amazed by you! You say you made 32 quilts in your first year of quilting… and the ones you have pictured here are stunning. My personal favorite is the field of tulips. I looooove your color choices! Beautiful, just beautiful.

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    Alisa says:

    Thank you for sharing your feelings about quilting. I can relate so much to the low self esteem part. I admire how you’ve used it to keep you humble. What a great way to look at it, as a silver lining. Your work is really lovely. Looking forward to seeing what you make in the future.

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    Cecily says:

    Wow, this girl’s amazing! Great stuff and I am inspired by her ambition!

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    Anonymous says:

    Beautiful quilts. I have twin grandsons that are autistic, so understand where you are coming from. Hats off to you for accomplishing so much. Quilting is my stress reliever also.

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    Beth says:

    WOW, that is alot of quilts!! I am feeling a little lazy at the moment. I really love your 9-patch quilt (pictured at the top). I never thought of laying them out like that with a solid, very nice :) Quilting has kept me sane the past 2 years so I completely understand needing it help calm down. Keep up the great work and have a splendid weekend!!

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    Michelle says:

    Her quilts are amazing! I would not be able to keep up with that many projects either.

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    Ariane says:

    Wow! 32 quilts is amazing! Your quilts are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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    Allie says:

    Hard to believe she’s only been quilting a year, wow – she does a beautiful job!

  12. 12
    Karen says:

    WOW! 21 quilts THIS YEAR??? I have been quilting since 1999 and have not completed 21 quilts yet. I am slow, but I get it done. I am amazed!

  13. 13
    Birdena says:

    I think your first quilt is lovely and how nice that it still gets loved. I am very new to quiltin so I am still building my ruler and gaget arsenal….but I do have a favorite I use over and over.

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    Laurel Turner says:

    You are a clever girl. Who’d have thunk that the rulers could be more than a cutting guide. Good Job.

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    web business says:

    always a big fan of linking to bloggers that I love but don’t get a lot of link love from…

    just beneath, are numerous totally not related sites to ours, however, they are surely worth going over…

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