1.When did you begin quilting?
I started quilting in May 2010. I had been doing some basic sewing of kids’ clothes at that point, but was intimidated by choosing all those coordinating fabrics required for a quilt. My friend Kathy from Magnolia Designs was doing a wonderful charity to provide quilts for babies in our local Children’s Hospital NICU, and convinced me that if I could sew a dress, I could make a quilt. I committed to making 3 quilts for the cause- in gratitude for my 3 healthy children. I guess you could say I became smitten with the process, I haven’t stopped since!
2. Why do you quilt?
Because I need an excuse to buy gorgeous fabrics! Hee hee :-)
I quilt because I love to be creative. But I love that it is also math and science. I love that there are a million patterns but still no rules, you can really do whatever you want, there is so much freedom in that. I love the connection to the past. I love that what I make will be a part of my future and that of my kids. I love that what I make is usable, and that it cannot be outgrown. And I also love that it is something that once done, stays done, unlike dishes, laundry, dinners, etc!
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
If you are intimidated by choosing fabrics like I was initially, try buying a charm pack to get started. It’s all cut and coordinated for you, just sew it together and get the feel for the steps of the quilting process! My “McKinley quilt” was one where I did just that, and it remains one of my favorites!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival (below) quilt?
My Festival quilt inspiration really came from the fabric itself. I decided to use Rainy Days and Mondays by Riley Blake for my youngest daughter’s birthday quilt, as she is an April baby and “April showers bring May flowers.” One particular print showed umbrella tops, and instantly I knew I wanted to do my quilt from that perspective, from the sky looking down on a sea of twirling umbrella tops! I designed my blocks with a few different sized “umbrellas,” then rotated them to make it look like a random arrangement. I couldn’t be happier with how it came together. I hope to make a pattern available for the design, soon.
5. Do you sew other things?
I do! I love to sew bags and purses, and have recently had a little love affair with framed clutches and coin purses. I also really enjoy making little pieces of art using embroidery hoops.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I have a wee bit of an obsession with quilt BACKS. In fact, I often spend more time and energy on the backs than the fronts! I often use this part of the quilt to add something personal, just for the recipient. For example, for my 7 year old son who loves hockey, I made an ice rink on the back of his quilt….which has since been promoted to the top! I also personalized some quilt backs made for twin boys by adding a stop light and using the lights as a place to embroider birth information as a keepsake. I think a nice quilt back is a happy surprise.
Thanks for sharing Kristie! I love all your detailed quilt backs, adding so many details is your calling card now!
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