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