Featuring Sara — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!
One more day! I’m looking forward to seeing all the quilts that you have been working on! Today I have a few people to feature, I hope you enjoy getting to know Sara better. Sara blogs at Knottygnome Crafts, after you finish here, click over and see what she’s been up to lately!
1) How long have you been a quilter?
I’ve been quilting since 2007. It took me about six months to complete my first quilt and about the same amount of time to finish my second. My pace picked up considerably after that though, when I bought my Janome Horizon.
2) Why do you quilt?
I love color. I love creating different color combinations and putting together fabric stacks. I love to take a mix of colors and patterns and arrange them into shapes. I love working with scraps and using little bits of fabric to make a vibrant palette that stands out across a room. It’s painting with fabric. I also adore pulling a freshly washed quilt out of the dryer and snuggling the crinkly goodness and warmth. Making a quilt is magic.
3) Why do you participate in Blogger’s Quilt Festival?
So many people participate in Blogger’s Quilt Festival. It’s great to “meet” so many bloggers, read their stories, and see all of their beautiful quilts gathered in one place! It’s eye candy for sure.
4) What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt, that you shared last spring? (pictured above)
One day I noticed all of these equality icons popping up on my Facebook wall. So many of my friends were expressing their solidarity for equal marriage rights and I wanted to stand with them. The icon just looked like it wanted to be a quilt. So I drew up a quick sketch in Illustrator and pulled bright colorful fabrics from my stash for the equals signs. At first I had planned to use white for the background but I decided to instead use low-volume fabrics to give the design more dimension. I used a lot of my favorite fabrics and included some of my own hand-printed and hand-dyed fabrics as well. I quilted it with paisleys and threw in a few hearts–not too many as I’m not the romantic type, but just enough. I’m very proud of this quilt for technical and personal reasons. It’s one of my favorites.
5) Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I love learning new things and to work with fibers and cloth. I’m not just a quilter, but a knitter, spinner, dyer, crocheter, and now a weaver too, among other things. I have an online shop at where I sell a bit of everything: quilts and other household items, handspun yarn, bags, and scarves, just to name a few.
Thanks for sharing Sara! I remember having similar thoughts about all those equality signs in my Facebook stream!