Featuring Kristen – A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting almost 3 years ago. Like lots of people I learned to sew in high school home ec classes. I made pajama pants and a pillow and that was it. I started sewing again when my mom got me a little singer machine for Christmas 3 1/2 years ago. 6 months into having the machine I started quilting and never looked back! I made quilts for some family members that Christmas and I didn’t trust myself (or my machine) to quilt it. So I handquilted 3 quilts in 3 1/2 months! Oh, did my fingers ever hurt! The next year I got my Brother and started machine quilting.
2. Why do you quilt?
My whole life I have had a thing for blankets. I’m one of those people who can’t watch a movie without pillow and blanket and when I go on vacation I need to bring my own blanket! Also, like many of you I am one of those people who LOVE fabric and all the different lines. So naturally, quilting was the perfect hobby for me! I started with the Amy Butler Brick Path pattern and was hooked.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite quilting tip is to walk away when you get frustrated. Many times I get close to finishing a project and start to make stupid mistakes but push through anyway because I’m just “so close”! Then I get frustrated and angry at the quilt. At this point I need to remember to walk away, even for just 10 minutes, and then get back to work with a fresh outlook and it’s makes the finished product so much better!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I have been searching for a piece of art to go above my couch for years. I had canvas squares that I had painted and arranged but they had been up there for too long. I needed something new! In January I reached the breaking point. I was staying home with a new baby and there was just too much brown in my living room and I couldn’t look at it anymore! I had recently picked up a copy of Boo Davis’ “Dare to be Square” and the Two Left Feet pattern jumped right out as the perfect wall hanging quilt! I wasted no time in getting it done. I couldn’t be happier with it! It really brightened up my brown room!
5. Do you sew other things?
I do sew other things, not as much as quilts though. I have made a few dresses, pants for my little guy and quite a few bags.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Before I was a stay at home mommy I taught pre-kindergarten. I blog over at kdquilts.blogspot.com and recently, I have decided to go down the “selling things I’ve made path” in hopes to get to stay home longer! I am also a founding member and current president of my local MQG and love every moment with those girls! When I’m not sewing I can be found reading or watching mindless reality shows on Bravo!
Thanks Amy for having me on your blog!
Thank you for sharing Kristen! I love your tip, I have to remind myself to step away too – but it works every time!
Have a great weekend everyone ~