I can hardly believe it’s Friday already! It’s been a whirlwind of a week with the family – and here too! I have some sewing from last weekend that I haven’t had a chance to show you yet – but it’s coming! Our feature today is Melissa aka MamaMel who blogs at MamaMelLoves…I hope you enjoy getting to know Melissa and her quilts today —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I made my first quilt in July of 2009, and was immediately hooked on quilting! I find it is quite addicting, and now I can’t seem to stop making quilts! :)
2. Why do you quilt?
I make most of my quilts for family and friends. I really enjoy the process of quilting. I love how each unique quilt takes time, but the end result is always worth the time and energy you spent on it. I also love seeing the look on people’s faces when they open a gift… even more when it is a handmade gift.
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
I recently purchased some “Central Park” fabric for a quilt-along, as well as some Amy Butler fabric to make a hobo bag for my youngest sister. She was eyeing mine at Christmas time, so I told her I’d make one for her too!
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I think my favorite quilting tip is… take your time! I have worked under self-imposed deadlines before, and I find it takes the joy away from the quilting process. If you don’t finish by a “deadline”, there are probably other opportunities to give your quilt to that special person. Also, when you take your time, you run less chance of making mistakes. Not that I ever make any… ;)
5. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My inspiration for my Quilt Festival quilt entry was my sister. Last year, I told my family that my goal was to make a quilt per month in 2010. They all pretty much knew they would be getting a quilt from me. I made my sister’s quilt for her birthday, which is usually one of the hottest days of the year (July), but luckily, she is probably getting a lot more use out of it now. I let my sister help in choosing the fabrics, but pretty much when I saw the fabric collection (Blush by Basic Grey), I knew that she would love it. She loves pink/brown and blue/brown color combinations, so it was pretty perfect for her. Also, one of the fabric patterns is called “Cherry Cordial”, and cherry cordials are her favorite sweet treat. :) I used a pattern I saw in one of my quilt magazines called “Garden Brick Wall” as a guide, but made the quilt a throw-size instead of a bed-size quilt. I decided to try something new with the quilting design and did a sort of climbing vine pattern all over to sort of emphasize the garden wall idea.
6. Do you sew other things?
I sew LOTS of things. I probably make something handmade for nearly every occasion (birthday, holiday, etc). My list at times seems endless, and many people give me ideas, or ask me “Can you make this…?”, so I say, “I can try…”. I usually can figure most things out, either on my own, or with the help of some great tutorial online. In my spare time, I have an Etsy shop where I sell cute onesies and t-shirts for babies and toddlers. I also make lots of different sock animals as people request them. I can make sock monkeys, rabbits, elephants, octopus, hippos, bears, cats, dogs, manatees, mice, horses, zebras, giraffes, and penguins. I’m hoping to add a couple of quilts to my shop eventually. I love making handmade gifts for family and friends. I like giving oven mitts, aprons, and potholders as gifts for wedding showers and housewarming parties, and baby quilts, sock animals, onesies, and burp cloths for baby shower gifts. Among many other things, I make clothes for my nieces, nephew, and son.
7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am a very blessed stay-at-home mama of a wonderful 3 year-old boy, with a new baby on the way. I live in hot AZ… not really a place where quilts are used very often (maybe 3 months out of the year). My Etsy shop is: MamaMelLoves
Melissa! Thanks for sharing your quilts with us! I hope you are snuggling under a few quilts right now – I’ve got two on my bed!
Have a great weekend everyone –