Hi friends! it’s been a full week in our house – I hope you’ve had a good week too! With August here, I added up the weeks until school starts – three – only three weeks left to relax with my kiddos, I think we have more fun stuff to squeeze in too!
Today’s featured quilter is June! June was nominated in the Favorite Home Machine Quilted Quilt category for her cute baby quilt – I hope you enjoy getting to know June better!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I’ve been sewing on and off since I was a little girl, but my first quilt was about 7 years ago. I was newly married, about to embark on motherhood, and had the itch to create. I found some sale fabric at JoAnns and made a binding-free full sized quilt. Being an engineer, I designed it myself on graph paper. I had no idea about walking feet at the time, so it’s just attached via the “tie string” method. I love it mainly because my dad, who is super picky, really loved the design, which is simple and bright. I don’t have it on my blog, but maybe I should do a “history” post on it :)
My next quilt didn’t come until much later. Last summer in fact! I’d taken up sewing again in a big way winter of 2010 and finally felt confident enough to embark on a “real quilt” with blocks, machine quilting, and real binding! I found a great Moda Bake Shop recipe that seemed easy enough, and learned so much along the way about fabric selection, block placement, and bindings. My sherbet pips quilt was made for my older daughter and has a place of honor on her bed.
2. Why do you quilt?
Like many people who sew, I do it for some sanity. My main job is raising my girls, and I love to do it, but sewing gives me a sense of accomplishment on a much shorter time scale! I quilt because I love fabric. I love the way it looks and feels, and quilting the best way to play around with it on a large scale. Lastly, quilting appeals to me because it’s important to me to make functional items, and there’s little more functional than a warm blanket when you live in Vermont.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Iron your seams open! In general, that is. If there’s a specific pattern that doesn’t call for open seams then of course don’t. But for most quilting I’ve done, the end result just looks so much better if you iron your seams open. Smoother, more professional, and overall prettier!
4. What was your inspiration for your (above) Quilt Festival quilt?
Oh, it’s a funny one! Mother’s Day weekend I was given free time, and free reign at my LQS and right as I was checking out, the owner pointed out this beautiful elephant print she’d just gotten in. I could not resist. You know when you get in that mood where every other fabric jumps out at you? That was was like that for me. And with this fabric, a quilt top formed in my head so quickly that I just had to buy it. I made the top within 24 hours, and the quilt was done in a few days. It was one of those perfect storms of creativity and motivation, and I’m really happy with the result, and the fact that I used up lots of little stash peices in it!
5. Do you sew other things?
I love to sew bags, and pillow covers as well. I’ve participated in a few flickr group swaps to sew things outside my comfort range, such as more artistic miniquilts, and cute fussy cut pouches. I have an etsy shop, and I sew lots of zip pouches for the shop. I would love to start sewing garments for myself and my daughters, but the precise-ness of garment sewing kind of scares me. You might argue that quilting also needs to be precise, but for some reason I either don’t notice that or don’t mind it!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
If you follow my blog you’ll notice that I’m big on follow through. I never have many WIPs going at once because I hate having things hang over my head. That being said… I love to get new inspiration, so if anyone has any great blogs or projects they are currently working on, then I’d love to hear about them!
Thanks for sharing June! I love that you follow through on your projects, it’s so easy to get caught up in the next one! I’m excited to get back to a couple projects that I set aside this summer.
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