Featuring Rebecca — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter


Posted on January 21st, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 23 comments

Thanks to all of you that have sent in suggestions for featured quilters over the last week!  I’m so glad to have a bunch more quilters to contact.  Today we are visiting a quilter from Australia – Rebecca at Chasing Cottons.  I hope you enjoy her quilts, and interview —

When did  you begin Quilting?

2 1/2 Years ago my girlfriend and i had free tickets to a craft show.  We were excited to go along as i had always enjoyed making things but had NO IDEA what was available. How modern, funky and yet vintage, handmade craft had become. It was there that my love affair for fabric began. Fabric, is like scrapbooking paper…only So So much better!! That day, i took home a few bundles of fabric, a couple quilt patterns, rotary cutter, mat and my first sewing machine.. I started sewing that night, and nearly every day since! Even though the patterns werent exactly what i was after, they were enough to get me started. I had no idea how to make a quilt. That very first pattern i even changed the design..and i have been designing my own quilts ever since.

Why do you Quilt?

Makes me happy.

10 months ago I gave birth to my baby no.3. Seconds after he was born, nurses and doctors couldnt get him to breathe properly. Xrays quickly followed and revealed that his lungs hadnt developed properly. After an indescribable 39hours…he passed away.

It has been a daily, hourly, moment by moment struggle, dealing with the sudden loss of my little boy Chase. After a couple months, I found myself madly sewing, thinking up new pattern designs… Quilting has given me something fun and exciting to think about. Keeps my mind active, has helped me heal and cope with my empty heart and home.

6 months ago I started selling my patterns Sand Castles, Diamond Bouquet, Star Jewels, Rolling Meadows, Curlicue Crush, latest Eden’s Garden. At that time I also started a blog, born out of my obsession with fabric, and my love for my little boy Chase. So it started…. Chasing Cottons.

What is your favourite Quilting Tip?

Dont be nervous to try something new, and find your local Quilt shop and sign up for a Sampler Quilt class. A few months after i started quilting, I took a Sampler class. It consisted of 20 different Quilt Blocks, each block taught a few different techniques. So, by the time you had finished the 20 blocks… you had many many different ways to work with fabric. It gave me the fundamentals for so many differet types of quilting. Although these techniques may not be the new ‘modern’ way style… you can incorporate these basics into so many new and different designs.

What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?

This was my first time entering the festival!  Thank you so much Amy, what an amazing collection of wonderful inspirational quilts to look at. For my Quilt, i entered Curlicue Crush. Anna Maria Horner is one of my favourite designers. I fell in love with her new line Innocent Crush. I new for this line, it needed something different than the regular squares and rectangles. I decided to try one of the techniques from the Sampler class. The corner to corner curved piecing, just revamped into a funky modern design. This technique may look tricky, but all you need are a few simple tips and its fool proof!

Do you sew other things?

Sometimes. I LOVE quilts, and they are my passion, but over the last 6 months i have gained to much inspiration from other blogs i have ventured on into a few quick projects. A dress for my daughter, a couple gathered clutches and currently im just setting up a new house and sewing room. So in 2011 i have a few tutorials coming soon. Covers for sewing machines, ironing boards, pillows, kitchen nic nacs, fabric wall art… plus a few new quilt patterns buzzing around in my head.

Anything else you would like us to know about you??
In the real world, I’m just a stay at home mum with three kids, Tanner 6, Indianna 3 1/2, and Chase, and a husband who is the most wonderful person in the whole world.

Thank you so much Amy for having me on your blog… its been fun to visit!!

Rebecca

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It’s been so great to have you here Rebecca!  Thank you for sharing about Chase, I’m so sorry for your heartache – but I do know that many (myself included) have found quilting to be so therapeutic and soothing for the soul.  I’m so glad quilting found you!

Have a great weekend all –

Amy





23 thoughts on “Featuring Rebecca — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter

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    Cecily says:

    What amazing beauty has arisen from such a tragic loss. Absolutely beautiful designs and I wish you well on journey of healing.

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    Angie says:

    Rebecca is an awesome quilter – I love her quilts!!

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    ga447 says:

    Rebecca thank you for sharing, your quilts are lovely. Love the background of the ocean in the first photo.

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    Great interview and what a heart warming story of strength and courage!! Not to mention the incredible incredible quilts!!

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    Becky says:

    I love when beautiful things can come from tragedies and struggles. Thank you for sharing your story.

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    Jill says:

    Thanks so much for sharing with us Rebecca! I’ve been following your blogs since the festival, always love seeing what you’re working on!

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    Allie says:

    What a lovely interview – and heartbreaking too. I love her quilts, and have been following her blog for some time. It’s good to see her here!

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    Vicki says:

    Such beautiful quilts. I really admire Rebecca’s work–thanks for featuring her!

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    Kate Conklin says:

    Great interview! Love you Becky xx

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    With my son and daughter-in-law going through something similar to Rebecca and the loss of Chase, I have felt a bond with her from the beginning of her blog. She does beautiful work. Thank you so much for featuring her in this interview.

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    Beth says:

    Thank you for sharing your story, both about your quilts and your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    Your quilts are beautiful. I LOVE the castle block quilt! I don’t think it would be a big hit with my 3 boys but maybe I should make one for myself ;) I look forward to seeing what else you are coming up with.

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    Sarah Craig says:

    I have loved Rebecca’s designs for a while now – she’s such an inspiration!! Thanks for sharing more of her story with us.

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    Teje says:

    Hi Amy! What a wonderful interview – I’m so happy I met Rebecca! She makes so beautiful quilts with wonderful designs and colours! I enjoy always visiting your interesting and exiting blog!
    I wish you lovely sunny weekend! Teje
    Ps. now I need to go to make a mouse…

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    Teje says:

    Hi Amy! Thank you for a wonderful interview! I’m so happy I met Rebecca! She makes so beautiful and unique quilts!
    I enjoy always visiting you and your interesting blog!
    I wish you lovely sunny weekend! Teje
    Ps. now I have to go to make a mouse…

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    Anita says:

    Her work is amazing and beautiful! That was a nice feature!

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    jane says:

    The Sweet Divinity colors are beautiful. It would be perfect for a baby quilt.

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    Christine Meyer says:

    Hi Becci, Julianne told me about your website and have read it with admiration and love of your story and designs. Love your work and your passion for what you are doing. Good luck with all your endeavours. Love the idea and reading all about Chase and how his memory has become such an inspiration to you.
    Best wishes Christine…xx

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    dot says:

    my birthday is the same day as chasa i will always think of him when it is mine and will pray for your family.

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    Sherrie Wilkerson says:

    Thank you for a wonderful interview! Thank you for sharing your story, both about your quilts and your loss. I LOVE the castle block quilt!

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    Peg Gilham says:

    I recently purchased 3 copies of Homespun as I live in Indiana in the US and am totally crazy about the magazine. In one, I found the lovely article about you, Chasing Cottons, and above all Chase. As a mother of 4 grown children, and 9 grandchildren, my heart totally broke for you. I admire greatly what you have done for everyone in sharing your grief and your greatest joys. Nothing but true love for all of you. Oh, by the way, you have a new follower!!!!

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