Happy Friday friends! This week has flown by in our house! Today’s feature is Jody. Jody blogs at BlueberryGabs, and has such fun quilts, and a quilt in action to share today. I hope you enjoy getting to know Jody better —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I first got the “quilting bug” when I was off on maternity leave with my first daughter in 2008. Between feedings, I liked to jump on my husband’s laptop and surf the internet as I was inspired to be creative given the birth of our baby! I came across handmadebyalissa.com and carolinapatchworks.com. Emily Cier had made this beautiful quilt which she called “Scrappy Circles” in Heather Bailey’s Fresh Cut line of fabric. I was in love! I had to have it! Then “I had to have it” turned into “I have to make it!”
I learned to sew in junior high school and have sewn sporadically throughout the years. It was my friend Lucy who reintroduced me to my love of sewing in 2004 when I began making handbags. I’ve now progressed to quilts and haven’t looked back!
2. Why do you quilt?
I am a medical social worker by profession. I spend my days talking with patients, families and medical teams. When I get home after the end of the day and my daughters are in bed, I feel the need to be creative! Quilting/sewing is a great outlet, it’s lots of fun, allows me to express myself and allows me to make beautiful things for my family. What more could you ask for? Have I also mentioned how great the online community is? I’ve made a number of friends who also share this passion through Flickr, Blogger, Etsy and my virtual quilting bees. It’s really been awesome!
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Two things jump to mind. One is: don’t underestimate the healing power of your passion! I had a miscarriage on Christmas Eve 2009. It was a very difficult time for my husband and I, but I kept focused on and grateful for the fact that we already had a beautiful, healthy little girl and two wonderful, healthy stepsons. I became pregnant again a short while later and eventually gave birth to our second daughter this past November. We couldn’t have been happier! What was interesting though was that I had begun my circle quilt with the baby that we had lost in mind and dedicated it to our new baby girl after her birth. I finished it on the eve of what would have been the baby’s due date (August 2, 2010). It wasn’t a conscious thing for me until that date began to approach and then it became a deadline in my mind. When I finished it, I can’t tell you how cathartic it was! Everytime I look at this quilt and see our healthy little girl playing on it, I remember them both. It’s bright and cheerful. Many people comment on it and I swear they must feel the love that went into it!!
My second favorite quilting tip is: don’t underestimate the power of solids. Some of my most favourite quilts have been made with solids. I love the modernity of solids! The addage “sometimes less is more” always comes to mind.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
One of my favourite quilt/fabric designer is Denyse Schmidt. I absolutely love her Drunk Love in a Log Cabin design/pattern. It’s a modern interpretation of a traditional quilt block, the log cabin. I chose it for my month of my virtual quilting bee, Pieced Together II. A majority of the blocks were made by my fellow bee members (thanks ladies!) and some were made improvisationally by me. I gave this quilt to my stepson for a very late birthday present! He loves it! It was fun to involve him in the process as he helped to choose the colors. He always acts as my sounding board (whether he likes it or not..haha) when I need to make decisions about fabric selection, quilting, etc. Poor boy!
5. Do you sew other things?
I used to sew handbags a few years ago but have mainly made baby things for my daughters. An occasional dress, appliqued onesie, pjs, car seat cover and nursing cover are what I make apart from my quilts. Watch out if my husband or stepson ask me to hem a pair of pants or sew on a badge on a uniform…forget it, don’t like it!!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love to knit/crochet baby hats! I’m obsessed with babies and little hats. My oldest daughter used to rip them off her head but my youngest seems to like them which keeps this Mommy very happy! I have been known to make baby hats for photographers in exchange for some pictures of my girls/family. It really has been wonderful because I love photography as well.
I’ve decided to take the plunge and open up an Etsy shop this fall. It’s called UrbanBabyPhotoKnits. I’m going to stock my shop with fun and funky hats for babies (with some cocoons thrown in there too)!! I’m really excited.
I want to thank Amy for hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival and inspiring us all! I also want to say thanks for allowing me this opportunity to introduce myself and my work to all of you! I am really thrilled to be featured here:)
Thank you Jody, for sharing your quilts and your personal journey with us! I’m always amazed and thankful for the cathartic nature of quilting and creating.
Have a great weekend everyone –