Featuring Allegory – A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!


Posted on June 22nd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 13 comments

Hi Friends – Today’s featured quilter is Allegory!  Allegory was nominated in the favorite wall hanging category, check out her fun Pac-man quilt below. You can read more about Allegory’s sewing adventures at {sew} Allegorical!

1. When did you begin quilting?

One of my closest friends was having a baby in college and I had this crazy idea to make a baby blanket. I’d been sewing clothes and costumes for years so I thought “Pftt..I can make a flat blanket.” I picked an I Spy hexagon design. And I approached it all wrong. I tried cutting out the full hexagon shapes and sewing them in rows…it was horrible. So I gave up on quilts and went back to clothes. Fast forward to last spring, where I’d been doodling quilt patterns in my sketchbook because I was sick of making jackets. My mom had still been quilting this entire time so I called her up and she sent me a supply kit in the mail. Using the ol’ Google-Fu for binding tips led to the discovery of quilt blogs and QALs and I’ve been in love with quilts ever since. I’ve even given hexies a second chance.

 

2. Why do you quilt?

I guess you could say I was always trying to be an artist. I have sketchbooks and canvases (and even some clay and paper) but I was just dabbling. Fabric has always been in my life. I love fabric. I touch every bolt when I walk down aisles. Clothes were practical to make. Quilting feels to me like art. I get excited. I wake up in the middle of the night when I figure out a design problem I’d been having the day before. I quilt because I love it and because it feels like the art I was always looking for.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?

Okay this is probably going to sound really silly but it’s worked out so well for me that I want to share. It’s more of a general sewing tip but I have a scissor rule in my house. When shopping for scissors I’ll specifically look for red handled and green handled pairs. “Green means go. Red means stop.” The red handled scissors are fabric only. I’ll use green to cut freezer paper or templates. And you know that husbands will always go looking for scissors, yeah? After I told him the rule, he’s never touched the red scissors. No reminders, either. He’ll even joke with me if he sees me cutting fabric that “he can’t use those ’cause red means stop.”

4.  What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?  

I’m such a geek. I really am. And more importantly, I’m a gamer. There’s every game system in my house and if quilting/designing is going *really* bad you’ll find me playing Mass Effect 3 or Skyrim to blow off steam. Game-inspired quilts are something that fills my sketchbooks and I wanted to start with something really recognizable. Lucky for me I had a partner in a swap who had pinned a different Pac-Man quilt so I had a chance to design my own. That quilt has been so loved that I’ve ended up making three so far.

5. Do you sew other things?

I do. Although they’re mostly half-finished things now that I’ve fallen so in love with quilting. There’s a muslin mock-up for a Victorian inspired trench coat on my dress-form in my studio right now. It’s been hanging there with one sleeve for a good six months. So clothing/costuming are still in my workroom at least. Some of the new Tula Pink Birds and Bees voiles are going to make me sew a dress. I knew they would when I saw the collection on her site and drew a lil’ dress on a post-it later that day.

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?

Let’s see: I think that Gummi Bears are cure-alls. Oh! I’m the self-named Queen of Halloween fabric. Hopefully someday that title can somehow become official. On last count I had over 115 different Halloween fabrics in my stash. I even decided to make my Farmer’s Wife quilt out of Halloween fabric. Although I’m secretly proud of myself every time I *don’t* make a quilt out of Halloween fabric, actually. Branching out and all that. But if you find some poor abandoned Halloween fabric, it will be loved here. Hehe.

Thank you so much for the nominations! And thank you Amy for the feature and the interview! I love this quilting community so much. I love that I can do something I love and have all these great people to talk with while I’m working on things. And send Instagram pics to…I’ve become slightly addicted to Instagram. Today I took pictures of the crazy bruises my cat gave me when I had to give it a bath…..that’s too much, isn’t it?

I hope that helps y’all get to know me a little. And if the geeky/crazy doesn’t scare you or you have any other questions you can always stop by and see me at  {sew} Allegorical  <3 Allegory

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Thanks for sharing Allegory!  I love your approach to Pac-man, simple and fun!

Have a great weekend everyone –

Amy





13 thoughts on “Featuring Allegory – A Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Quilter!

  1. 1
    Cindy Sharp says:

    Great interview. Allegory always makes me smile.

  2. 2

    Great interview! Gummy bears do fix everything! And my all my friends in college learned to ask before using any scissors in my apartment.

  3. 3
    Tiffany says:

    I LOVE the scissors tip! My husband recently used my sewing scissors to cut SANDPAPER! I couldn’t believe it. When I buy new scissors now, I should probably look for red.

  4. 4
    Mary Ann says:

    Finally someone else that loves Halloween fabric as much as I do!!! Really liked the interview…….

  5. 5
    Snoodles says:

    Nice to meet you, Allegory! Love your Pac-man quiltie!

  6. 6
    Samantha says:

    This was really fun to read!

  7. 7
    Allegory says:

    Eep! That’s me! Thank you again Amy for the interview! And for all the work you put into the Blogger’s Festival for us.

  8. 8
    Katie says:

    ” I’ve even given hexies a second chance.” heh. you are awesome.

  9. 9

    Great interview! Gummy bears do fix everything!

  10. 10

    You always make me laugh Allegory, so glad you gave quilting another chance!

  11. 11
    Sonia says:

    Great feature. Love the red scussirs tip! I would’ve never thought of that!

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