Featuring Mary — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!
Hi there! Today’s featured quilter is Mary, also known as, Mary on Lake Pulaski. Mary is always piecing a beautiful quilt and loves to share her cute grandkids on her blog too! I hope you enjoy getting to know Mary better -
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting about 30 years ago when my children were little. A long break from anything creative took place while I worked and commuted since I was gone from home 12-13 hours a day. I got back into quilting with a vengance once I retired six years ago.
2. Why do you quilt?
The reason I quilt is plain and simply because I love fabric. I love the colors, the textures and the way they can change with combinations and different patterns. It is just so fun to sit back and look at a few fabrics sewn together and see how pretty they look.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite sewing tip is the method I use for completing my binding all by machine. I have a tutorial on my blog that shows how to do this. It may take a little practice but you CAN NOT tell from the front of the quilt that it was machine bound, it looks great from the back and it is so sturdy for any item that will be used and washed often. I use it all the time.
4. What was your inspiration for your (above) Quilt Festival quilt?
Since my “Birdie Stitches” quilt for Blogger’s Quilt Festival was Block of the Month designed by Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby, this was certainly my inspiration. Next, I chose Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda as my patchwork fabric and then coordinated all of my embroidery floss to match. It all came together with some beautiful quilting by Mary Flynn of Quilt Hollow.
5. Do you sew other things?
My sewing started when I was twelve with making my own garments and went on to sew all of my childrens clothes, costumes, snowsuits and skiing clothes. Garments are still one of my favorites, probably even more so since I became a grandma two years ago. Bags are also a favorite of mine, from tiny coin purses to large tote bags and everything in between.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Ten years ago one of my dreams came true. We moved to the most beautiful of the ten-thousand + lakes in Minnesota. I never knew before this that where you live can make such a difference in your life. Sitting on the deck overlooking the lake when sewing on binding is THE best.
Isn’t she adorable!? Thank you for sharing your story with us Mary. I am going to check out your tutorial again, and practice machine binding again!
Have a great weekend everyone –