Featuring Colleen — A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!
Hi friends! With just one week left before Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, I’m excited to feature Colleen! Colleen is a local gal I’ve had the pleasure to meet and know, I hope you enjoy getting to know her better!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I really only started quilting about a year and a half ago, though I worked on tying many a quilt with my church group before that. When I was younger, you could never have convinced me that one day I would quilt for fun! When I was dating my one-day husband, I thought I’d impress him by making him a quilt for Christmas. It was an epic fail… that was before I knew anything about seam allowances or patterns. I made my own pattern, and when my blocks weren’t the same size, instead of trimming down I started using a scant 1/16″ seam allowance to make them bigger! Needless to say, there are many holes in that quilt, though it is still on our bed until I get a new one quilted…
2. Why do you quilt?
It’s my creative release. I quilt for fun, I quilt for my girls, and I quilt for comfort. I love the idea that it is something I can create that will be held and loved and passed down.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I wish I had some fancy-schmancy tip that nobody had ever thought of, but I don’t. I think my two favorite tools for quilting are spray baste and painters tape. I love to use painters tape to mark my start for straight line quilting, to make sure I get it at least semi-straight.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My daughter Lottie. I knew I wanted to make her a quilt for her big girl bed. I fell in love with It’s a Hoot by MoMo, and the Marmalade pattern by Thimbleblossoms, so I put the two together. It was the most time I have spent on a quilt to date, and it was well worth it. It is full of imperfections, but that’s ok. She loves it, and that’s all that matters.
5. Do you sew other things?
I do. I sew lots of bags and purses, kids clothing, crayon rolls, you name it. I started my own business after my 2nd daughter was born, when I was looking around for the perfect bag and didn’t find anything I loved. So I decided to make it instead. I sew for work, I quilt for fun.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love the online quilting and sewing community. I would never have ventured as far as I have if it weren’t for the great knowledge shared and the support I was given. Because of all the information I gathered from online quilters, now I know that the quilts I make will actually last longer than five years (which is as far as the first one got). I am amazed at how much people are willing to share about this hobby we all love so much! I’m always trying to put tutorials on my blog to help share the love.
Thanks Colleen! I love your fabrics choices, your quilts are beautiful!
Have a great weekend everyone -