1. When did you begin quilting?
In the late ’80’s, I went rock climbing with my oldest brother’s ex-girlfriend who offered to help me to sew a winter parka. Being easily distracted by bright shiny objects….I noticed the quilt projects she was working on, and the rest is history. I still have the parka, the first project and the girlfriend ( whom I normally introduce as my sister).
2. Why do you quilt?
Because my painting sucks and I need a creative outlet. And I hate to be cold. This way I can sit under quilts both while and after I make them.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Try every new trend and technique that you hear about at least once. And follow blogs of quilters of all different styles to give you ideas that wouldn’t normally come up with your favorite style. When you are ready to try applique, give back-basting needle-turn a try. It completely converted me from an applique hater to Applique Addict.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
The Joseph’s Coat was my first on-line quilt along and the gateway to blogging. The quilt was a graduation gift for my older daughter. She picked out fabrics from the stash that I never would have put together. I would take the fabric to Boise State Football parties and made drunk people and children pick the fabric combos for each square.
5. Do you sew other things?
Only if absolutely necessary. I was traumatized by a particularly spiteful sewing machine in my teen aged years. That’s probably why I prefer hand-work to machine piecing or quilting.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
If I weren’t so lazy, I’d start a campaign to keep “piecers” from calling themselves “quilters” . You know who I mean. “Quilter” should be equivalent to “Triathalete”. The person who picks out fabrics, joins them together and then stitches 3 layers together to make a QUILT.
My “day job” as a Registered Dietitian really cuts into my quilting time. I’ve recently started a nutrition blog and am about to start a series of posts that was a challenge from Pepper Cory to post fast, healthy meal ideas that busy quilters can make that doesn’t cut into valuable stitching time and helps to off-set all the time we spend sitting.
Thank you for sharing Marjorie! I love your encouragement to try anything once, you never know what you will like!
Have a great weekend everyone, I’m looking forward to a little sewing –
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