Featuring Toni – A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!
1. When did you begin quilting?
Technically, I guess you could say April 2011. That is when I made my first quilt all by myself, but I had pieced a few tops prior to that but always gave them to my mom to finish since I had no idea what I was doing.
2. Why do you quilt?
I guess for the same reasons most people do…As a creative outlet, a way to make beautiful yet functional items, and usually it is a good stress-reliever, too. With three small boys and a husband who works a lot, retreating into my sewing room is about the only way I can get a little “me time” right now. It’s also great to see my kids snuggled up together under one of my quilts.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I haven’t really been doing this long enough to know too many exciting tips, but I don’t think the importance of accuracy can be stressed too much, whether it be in sewing your seams or cutting your fabric. And your iron is your friend!
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
When I was first really getting into quilting and started blogging, Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy was hosting a Kaleidoscope QAL. I thought the design looked fun and a little challenging and I loved seeing the quilts everyone was putting together from it, so I decided to give it a shot, fully expecting to abandon it when I couldn’t get the blocks to come together correctly. Thankfully that didn’t happen and once I got started I realized it would be perfect for my best friend, so I knew I would have to finish it.
5. Do you sew other things?
Yes! I love making all kinds of functional things like baby gifts, bags, curtains. Whatever I see and think looks fun to make I’ll try, though as a general rule I’m pretty worthless at garment sewing!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I just started blogging in July and have been truly amazed and blessed by the people I’ve met and am constantly in awe of how supportive and friendly everyone has been. I have met so many wonderful people from all over the world and I would strongly encourage anyone who is considering starting a blog to just do it, or even just get more involved in the online quilting community via flickr or by commenting on other peoples’ blogs. If you put yourself out there a little you are bound to meet some great new friends.
Thanks for sharing your quilts with us Toni! I have to add a “ditto” to your comment above on community – take the time to get involved, you won’t regret it.
Have a great weekend everyone –