Hi there! It’s Friday again and today we are getting to know Linda better! Linda blogs at a maiden hair fern, I hope you enjoy the interview —
1. When did you begin quilting?
I made a few 6 inch patchwork quilts in college, but didn’t really have any “quilting” skills or tools. So, that doesn’t really count. Then, about 7 years ago, I had a life changing experience. I had been raising children for over 20 years and still had 4 at home. My life was crazy. Someone asked me one day what my hobbies were. It took me 2 weeks of soul searching to realize that the only hobbies I had were things having to do with raising our children. There is nothing wrong with that, but I knew that it was time to start quilting.
2. Why do you quilt?
I’ve always had a natural yearning to create and make things. It brings me deep satisfaction and fulfillment. I love to have a finished product that someone will love and enjoy for many years. I love having a home that is decorated with things that I’ve made. I thrive on the high of the anticipation of a work in progress. I enjoy all parts of quilting, fabric choice, design choice, piecing, quilting, binding, blogging, and finally giving. My favorite part is “the washing”, which usually takes place in the wee morning hours. I love that no matter what direction you turn in, there is another ginormous part of quilting that you haven’t yet learned about. “Google Blog” search has been my classroom.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My current “favorite quilting tip” I learned from Carrie at “Miss Rosie Quilts”. She taught me about using starch. You can read about it in this post. It is my favorite because when I use this starch, it makes the whole house smell good, like I’ve been cleaning or something ;)
Besides my favorite, the MOST IMPORTANT QUILTING TIP, I also learned from Carrie this summer was when I was in the middle of one of her quilts, Sunkissed Sally. I was sewing long rows with lots of intricate pieces, and my seams weren’t matching up (a very important part of the design of this quilt). After re-sewing a particular row several times, my level of frustration had maxed out, and I was about to fold it up and send it off into the black abyss of unfinished projects.
I made a desperate plea for help and Carrie came to my rescue. She told me to take the 2 rows I was sewing together and which ever row was the longer one, to put it on the bottom and as I sewed the 2 together, the feed-dogs would inch it in to meet the top row. And if the 2 rows both had longer pieces, then to start and stop sewing, flipping the “longer piece” to the bottom. IT WAS TOTALLY MAGIC!!! I was saved!! I have used this tip many times since then. You will now too! Pass it on.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
I saw a quilt on the front of a book one day in a quilt store while waiting for my fabric to be cut. I was mesmerized by it’s design but was soon distracted with the cutting of my fabric. Several weeks later I was looking for inspiration for my newly purchased Hometown fabric from Sweetwater. I remembered the design I had seen that day on the front of that book. I dashed back to the store, and of course, the book was gone. I didn’t know the name of it or anything. The employee gave me an annoying look as I described the quilt on the cover of the book. I went home and started sketching and putting some numbers together, and drew up the pattern for my quilt. I later came across the book. It was “3 Times the Charm” by the lovely “Me and My Sister Designs”. I met them at market in October. They were so cute, all laughs.
5. Do you sew other things?
When I was in high school, we lived abroad and I had to sew my own clothes. I was grateful for that opportunity, because it gave me a good sewing foundation. Since then, I’ve sewn pillows, dust ruffles, duvets, curtains, everything baby, dress-up costumes, Christmas decor, home decor, hemmed or repaired dozens of jeans, Christmas PJ’s, camp shorts, prom dresses . . . NO, WAIT! the buck stops there . . . WILL NOT do prom dresses. Must be something I experienced in my childhood that I haven’t worked through in therapy. . . You can look at the top of my blog under “other projects” to see the other things I’ve sewn lately.
6. Anything more you would like us to know about you?
When I was 12, my mother took me to the sewing store. We picked out fabric and a pattern for a dress. We went home, and she layed it all out on the floor for us to work on “real soon”. She was a pretty smart Mom. Sure enough, I started looking at the pictures in the directions (I’m sure she was careful to pick an easy pattern) and started working on it by myself. Before I knew it, I had made my own dress. My parents bought me my first sewing machine when I was 13.
Looking back now, I realize that during those years while I was growing up, my parents sacrificed so that we children could have opportunities to develop interests and talents. Birthday and Christmas gifts were tools or things which encouraged self development.
Today, I like to encourage young women to sew even little projects, just for the exposure so that when they have a home and children of their own and start having the desire to decorate their homes, they have had some exposure, for they quickly learn that sewing is a big part of home decor. I also want to say that I love the people in the quilting industry. You couldn’t ask for better people. They’re happy, pleasant people, and best of all, they want to share and help others learn. Thank you Amy, for sharing your talents with us.
Thank you Linda!
Have a great weekend –