Hi friends! Today the featured blogger is Heather from Olive & Ollie, I hope you enjoy the interview —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I made my first quilt about 15 years ago, but then stopped while I was in college and grad school. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my first child in 2006 that I began to pick it up again. I only recently began to do it regularly though, and now it’s all I want to do. :)
2. Why do you quilt?
I love making things that are beautiful, but also that have a function. I also love combining different fabrics and coming up with new patterns based on those combinations. I’ve always loved quilts and it’s really important to me to be able to keep the tradition alive, albeit with a more modern approach and aesthetic, and to be able to pass it on to my children.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Pin often and press! Those two things can make a huge difference on the outcome of your quilt.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
That quilt was made for a friend’s new baby. She choose the main fabric, and I picked coordinating fabrics. I thought the owl fabric was perfect to use in the center of the wonky log cabin blocks, because I could fussy cut it and use a different owl as the basis of each square. I decided to quilt it with straight line stitches, a quarter of an inch apart, because I liked the look of the regularity of the lines with the wonkiness of the blocks.
5. Do you sew other things?
I do! I actually own a handmade business named Olive and Ollie and I design and sew a lot of things for babies and children, from appliqued tees to dresses and pants. I also love to sew window treatments and have made most of them in our house. I have a lot of fun bag patterns that I want to try too, if I can find the time!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m the founder and current president of the Cincinnati chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild, and it’s been so great to meet new people, in my area, that share my passion for modern quilting.We have a great group of members and I look forward to our meetings every month.
Thanks for sharing Heather! It’s so great to learn more about you and your quilts – I’m big on pins and pressing too.
I hope you all have a great weekend~