Featuring Barbara :: A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!
Getting back to a regular schedule, with a Friday Feature! I also wanted to mention some fun happening next week – Mug Rug Week at Two More Seconds…check it out!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting in July, 2008. I took a class at our local community college and was instantly hooked. My grandmother was a quilter, and I can remember wanting to learn when I was a little girl. I had to wait until my kids were grown and I retired to finally take the plunge. I’ve never looked back.
2. Why do you quilt?
As I said, my grandmother was a quilter. Her quilts were all hand-pieced and hand-quilted, and I can remember how much fun it was to see fabrics from my mother’s and my dresses in her quilts. As for why I quilt? It has always felt as if quilting is in my blood. Even though I only started a few years ago, I’ve always been fascinated by the art. I’ve always loved color and I need to express myself creatively. Quilting brings out the “whimsy” in me, and that makes me happy. Also, when I make quilts for others, I feel as if I have them in the room with me, and so I’m never lonely.
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
Oh wow. My husband and I are snowbirds. I’ve been visiting quilt shops for the last six weeks. Just today, I visited three quilts shops in Las Cruces, NM. My favorite purchase of the day was this lovely batik with a Southwest flavor.
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite quilting tip has to do with not taking my quilting too seriously. I do the best I can, but perfection is elusive. Anyone striving for perfection is looking for the flaws in their work all the time. That seems a shame. I try to focus on the positive as much as possible. From a practical standpoint, I do a lot of machine applique. The most helpful tip I got was to take a couple of straight stitches before starting my buttonhole or satin stitch. Then when I come back around, I simply sew over the top of it, and then end with a couple of straight stitches right over the top where I started my buttonhole or satin stitch. It’s a very effective way of “tying off” those beginning and ending stitches so that nothing unravels.
5. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My quilt festival quilt was a Christmas gift for my son, Erik, last year. He worked his way through college as a cook. Whenever he admired any of my fabrics, he always seemed to like the food fabrics best, and so I chose the hot peppers for his quilt.
6. Do you sew other things?
I used to do a lot of sewing. When I was younger, I made most of my own clothes, and I did a lot of crochet too. Now I pretty much stick with quilting, but I’ve done a few bags, hats, and other crafty items just for fun on the side. I do quite a bit of embroidery too.
7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I’m a retired social worker. I have two grown sons and a lovely daughter-in-law. My husband and I are currently on the road as snowbirds traveling with our two cats in our fifth wheel trailer. In addition to quilting, I love photography and cooking.
Thanks for sharing Barbara! Your kitty quilt is adorable, and I love your tip!
Have a great weekend ~