Hi all!  I have to tell you that I received my advance copy of my book yesterday, along with a dozen roses from the editors at Martingale – they are such a great group of ladies!  I’ll share a few details with you soon, but really have wanted to get back to our interviews!

Today’s featured quilter is Eldrid from Norway.  I love how small the world is online – enjoy —

1. When did you begin quilting?

I started to make patchwork and to quilt almost 25 years ago. Before that, my sewing machine and I had become very good friends while making clothes for the family and myself. With the children growing into their teens and not being so keen on homemade clothes any more, I turned my attention to other projects, and when seeing a drawing of a log cabin block in a magazine, I thought: I can do that. And I did. And I was hooked.

2. Why do you quilt?

There are lots of reasons to quilt, and to be honest: I don’t do it so much for the quilting part as for the patchwork and colours. I like the challenge of figuring out how the geometrical shapes of a patchwork pattern can be sewn together. I am intrigued by how the look of patchwork patterns can change when the patches are given different colours and values. I like creating with textiles, and love handling fabrics. With all the beautiful fabrics available today, I am often tempted to buy, even if I have no concrete plans for the purchase at the moment, and as a result, I have lots of wonderful fabrics that beg to be used. I sometimes also print photos to make my own fabric as I think there are sooo many interesting motifs that deserve to be in a quilt somehow.

3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?

My most recent purchase was a white on white fabric intended for part of the background in a hexagon flower quilt I am working on. The quilt will be an ongoing project for some time, – possibly years, before it is finished.

However, my typical fabric purchases are a lot more colourful, I can assure you.

4. What is your favorite quilting tip?

Know the rules, and know how you can bend or break them when it suits your purpose.

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

There were two main inspirational sources for the quilt I entered into the Quilt Festival. One was a sculpture covered in mosaic tiles that I saw outside a café in Murmansk, Russia. The colourful tiles were laid on the sculpture in circular patterns overlapping each other.

The other inspirational source was a sculpture, or installation, hanging in a nearby opera house. It is made up of three large discs, which are placed at right angles to each other, forming a sphere. The discs are covered in a foil that reflects the light in different colours, and they are also transparent so that the different colours blend when looking at it. The colours also change as the light change during the day, and depending on the angle you see it from.

I wanted to make a quilt that looked like tiles. I wanted to have overlapping circles, and at the same time I would like to make it look like the circles were transparent.

It was an interesting challenge, and I enjoyed myself immensely while working on it.

6. Do you sew other things?

Yes, I do. I still make clothes now and again, and I have had a few commissions for school banners and chasubles and hangings for churches. My quilts are very seldom bed quilts; – they are mostly intended to hang on a wall, or they end up as bags, pillows and table runners.

I like variation, so over the years I have also done other crafts in between, like embroidery, knitting and crocheting, weaving, batik, silk painting, etc.

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

I live on a small island on the west coast of Norway with my fisherman husband. Our two daughters are now settled elsewhere, although not far away, and we have two grandsons.

I have never had a quilt on my bed (it would not be warm enough), but keep one or two in the living room for naps on the sofa. Perhaps because I am not coming from a tradition of using quilts as bedding, I see them more as decorative items than primarily useful ones.

I have kept a website at http://kameleonquilt.com for more than eight years, where I have documented some of my work, but you will not see many bed size quilts there. At the moment I am in the process of updating the gallery pages, but keep being waylaid by all the interesting blogs out there ;-)  – and I am not even half way through the Festival blog list yet. By the way, it looks so tempting this time, with all the colourful thumbnails. Amy did a great job, as usual, – thank you!

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Beautiful work Eldrid!  I’m curious to know how many down or wool blankets you must keep on your bed to be warm at night.   I’m sure I’m a wimp compared to you!  Thank you for sharing your quilts with us.

Amy

PS – I’m always looking for more nominations!  Just email me with “Feature Nomination” in the subject line, and list a blog or two!