Counting down to Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, I’m featuring quilters from last fall all week long! I hope you enjoy getting to know Rachel better ::
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting nearly 4 years ago. I needed a hobby and started looking around for dress making classes. During my searches online I discovered fabric shops, in particular patchwork shops. It was around the time Amy Butler’s Belle range was available and I fell in love with the orange and blue colourway. The real clincher was going to a local quilt show and buying a rotary cutter and mat. Now I could play with all that lovely fabric I’d been seeing. My quilt of 8 inch squares was crooked, none of the corners match up and my hand quilting was all wrong but I really enjoyed every bit of making it and was hooked! I continued making quilts learning from books and later using the amazing resource of Internet and craft blogs. I now attend a monthly class with Chris Jurd who is a very inspiring award winning quilter specialising in foundation piecing. We have so much fun in her classes!!
2. Why do you quilt?
I’m obsessed! Lol. Someone once said it was a form of colour therapy and I do love playing with colours. Usually the more colourful and brighter the better! It’s wonderful knowing that I’m creating something that can be used and quilts make the most special gift. Quilting is so versatile – it can be done alone at home or taken elsewhere and enjoyed with a group, There are so many techniques , patterns and colours combinations that there’s always something new to try. It’s a great excuse to sit and listen to your favourite Cd’s.
3. What was your most recent fabric purchase?
My most recent purchase is Magical Lands by Australian designer Saffron Craig, a collection that’s fresh, modern and yet a bit whimsical. I’m also really excited about Sis Booms latest range Honey Child. Jennifer Paganelli would have to be my favourite designer, she really knows how to use colour to create beautiful fabrics.
4. What is your favorite quilting tip?
These are more practical reminders – Change your needles and rotary cutter blades. Other than that Just Have Fun!!
5. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I wanted to make a quilt in fresh summery colours and had the pattern Ginger Spice by Hug n Kisses on hand. I had to enlarge the pattern from baby quilt to queen size. I guess part of my inspiration to play with circles and curves was a friend who told me to stop sewing squares after all my early simple quilts all based on squares and rectangles. Now most of my quilts involve circles.
6. Do you sew other things?
Lol, My partner has been waiting for a pot holder for nearly 4 years! I keep thinking I’ll make some skirts, bags, table mats etc but I just keep getting caught up sewing quilts.I just have so many ideas and not enough time.
7. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I have to thank to my lovely partner who often cooks and does the shopping so I can have extra sewing and blogging time. He listens to my quilty chatter and builds me cupboards to house my fabrics, which he never complains about me buying. I couldn’t do it without him.
I’d also like to say thank you to Amy for organising the Bloggers Quilt Festival, a definite highlight of the year!!
Thank you for sharing your quilts Rachel!