1. When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting in 2006 when I was 26 years old. My great-grandmother had passed away and we found a gazillion little squares she had cut and the startings of a quilt. I decided I’d be the family member to learn how to quilt and finish it for her, and that’s just what I did. I found a little book that was aimed at teaching teens/tweens how to quilt and made a “practice” baby quilt for a friend. I learned everything else I know on the internet! It’s been a little out of control since then!
2. Why do you quilt?
I love working with my hands and I love the feeling of a finished project! I’m not the kind of quilter that has 10 quilt tops hanging in their closet – I have to get them finished and used/loved by someone! Don’t get me wrong, I do have a lot of projects cut out or in their infancy, but once I start piecing, there’s no stopping me! It’s been a great creative outlet, especially while I was in dental school, and I love learning new techniques!
(my plus quilt made out of scrubs)
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite quilting tip is to do what you wanna do (now that song’s in my head!). I know that’s pretty generic, but if you don’t like a particular pattern/block/fabric/technique/whatever…you don’t have to. I’m a pretty rebellious quilter when it comes to doing certain things certain ways, but I like my process and it works for me. I think this is good for me since I’m usually such a rule follower/by-the-book kind of person. I don’t quilt with patterns and that freedom is part of why I like quilting. It’s all about enjoying the process and reflecting your creativity in your work!
4. What was the inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My quilt festival quilt was most definitely inspired by Jane Austen’s quilt. I didn’t try to replicate the tiny pieced diamonds in the border, but I wanted to recreate the sashed diamonds in the main body of the quilt. The fabric choice of Latern Bloom was made by the recipient. I do love, though, that in the end it resembles stained glass, although that wasn’t done on purpose! A lot of people commented about that during the festival.
5. Do you sew other things?
I don’t sew many other things. Call me a chicken, but I just can’t bear to try something, have it fail, and be unable to salvage my beautiful fabric. I have made a little cover for my laptop and have big plans for a sewing machine cover. I’ve also made a few tutus, embellished a few onesies and burp cloths and I made a child’s super hero cape, but no real clothing to speak of. I’ve also had a Birdie Sling in the works for an embarrassingly long time! I really admire the bags and clothing other people make and I really just need to take the plunge!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love Jesus, the Fightin’ Texas Aggies, and my wonderful husband of 8 years! We currently live in the Dallas, Tx area where I just graduated from dental school and now work part-time as a dentist during this wonderful transition into mommy-hood since we are expecting our first baby in September!
Congratulations Abby! And thank you for sharing your quilts with us!
I hope you all have a great weekend –