Featuring Doris — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!
Hi friends! I trust you are well. This week has been full, and amazing! Those of you that would like an autographed book, I will have my stock of Modern Basics, later today! Order away, I will ship them tomorrow!
Today’s feature is Doris at Threads of Conversation. I hope you enjoy getting to know Doris and her quilts more –
1. When did you begin quilting?
Well, my answer to this question is always two answers: I learned to sew garments as a girl, and I learned to hand quilt as a pre-teen, quilting a hideous cheater cloth quilt and an antique bedspread that my Grandma has given me; then I STARTED quilting, as a hobby and an obsession, about eight years ago.
2. Why do you quilt?
Quilting is everything to me. It’s my stress relief. It’s my connection to some of my best and closest friends. It’s my creative outlet. I guess if I couldn’t quilt and sew, I’d find another outlet, but really, my sewing machine and fabric stash are like a lifeline!
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
Hmmmmm. I’ve actually been on a bit of a fabric-buying-break, but I did buy some fabric for creating decorations for my April 2011 wedding recently, quilting cottons, chiffon and tulle.
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Oddly enough, it’s one I just picked up at a November retreat, and it involves un-sewing! If you have a Dritz Ergonomic Seam Ripper, like this one with the rubber end, you can use the rubber end to quickly pick rub out all the tiny, loose, thread ends from the seam you just ripped. I have owned this kind of seam ripper for 6 years and I never knew it could do this, and since November, I’ve used this trick about 20 times!
For my Fall 2010 entry, my inspiration was a 1940s Halloween die-cut from our collection, and it the wallhanging was made for my Sweetie who is a fairly recent convert to the banjo (and has a daughter who is is also learning to play), I added some of my own artwork, and the result is my original wallhanging, Midnight Serenade.
For my Spring 2009 was also made for my Groom-To-Be, and it too is a musical theme. He is a major fan of Django Reinhardt, a gypsy jazz musician, who passed away in 1953. In addition to idolizing Django, he plays the guitar (a Martin that he refers to as “The Grail”) and the mandolin. I made him this art quilt, “Gypsy Django”, for Christmas 2005.
6. Do you sew other things?
I sew anything, and I’m willing to try anything, once! I have re-upholstered furniture, made drapery, all sorts of clothing, handbags, stuffed toys, car accessories (yes, accessories for my car!). I’m currently making a wedding veil and table decorations for the big day!
I have a BFA in Art & Design, and an MA in Art History. So, many of my original creations have traditional roots or inspirations. I draw, I paint (occasionally), decorate cakes (for fun!), and will make just about anything if the spirit moves me. I have built shelves, birdhouses, refinished furniture, and I renovated an entire 1915 house, inside and out, much of it by myself. I’m definitely a “Jill-of-all-Trades”!
Thank you for sharing with us Doris! I really love the texture in “Gypsy Django” – beautiful!
I hope you all have a great weekend -