Thanks for the great feedback and compliments on the video! It’s hard to take that leap and post a video, but I have a feeling you will be “seeing” more of me here. Today’s featured quilter is Stacey from On The Design Wall. Stacey was recently in New York and has a beautiful collection of photos from “The Red and White Quilt Show” – go check out her blog after you get to know her better here —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I vividly remember my first sewing project. I was trying to get a sewing badge for Girl Scouts when I was about 8 or 9 and for some reason, my mother, who is an accomplished, but reluctant sewer, had a treadle sewing machine (the kind you power by pumping it with your foot). She thought that to avoid having me sew over my finger, I should learn on that instead of her Kenmore. All might have gone well, if I hadn’t picked a wrap-around skirt made of denim as my project. Well, as anyone who’s tried to sew through denim, especially more than one layer of denim, knows, it’s not the easiest fabric to get a needle through. Now, try doing that with a foot powered sewing machine. It was a disaster. Although I was always interested in doing needle-work projects, I did it mostly by hand until I got my Bernina about 10 years ago, and then I started sewing non-stop.
2. Why do you quilt?
I’ve done all sorts of sewing, but quilting is the most natural fit for me because it’s the most satisfying. When I would make clothes for myself, they were never quite what I had envisioned, but with quilting, I never really know where I’m going when I start, but I’m almost always pleased when I finish.
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
My favorite recent fabric purchase is a couple of yards of turquoise that has some brown wefts shot through it. I’m can’t remember who made it, but I can’t wait to figure out what to use it in!
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite tip is not to worry about anything too much. I’ve recently started teaching a class on improvisational quilting and it’s so much fun to watch people let go of their sewing inhibitions.
5. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My inspiration was one of the Gees Bend quilts. The book that I got at the exhibit is definitely a text book for me. I study it all the time!
6. Do you sew other things?
I used to sew my own clothes, but mostly now, I sew things for my shop, Peppermint Pinwheels.
7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Wow, that’s such a wide open question! I think maybe the only thing I’d like to add is that it’s been so rewarding and so much fun to see the world of “modern” quilting explode on the internet. For a long time, I felt pretty alone in my sewing world. I would go to classes and quilt shops, but not meet anyone even remotely like me or near my age. But now, there’s a huge online community of people that I get to hang out with anytime I want!
Stacey – thank you for sharing your quilts, and your relaxed spirit with us! I think it is way to easy to get stuck trying to make things perfect…I’d much rather enjoy the process.
Have a great weekend everyone~