Our final featured quilter for today is Valerie
! Valerie blogs at Between Quilts
, and I hope you enjoy getting to know Valerie
and her quilts better –
1. How long have you been a quilter?
I started quilting quite by accident about 10 years ago. I had always been crafty but never learned to sew. My parents bought me a sewing machine for Christmas one year after my husband and I bought our first home. I knew nothing about sewing and to be honest, didn’t really want the machine! Can you imagine?! But I figured I should learn to sew so I could make home decor projects. During one of my initial free sewing lessons that came with the purchase of the machine, the instructor happened to mention that there was a quilt shop around the corner with great fabric. I stepped into that store and my life changed! All those beautiful fabrics! I was instantly hooked. Except for a three year hiatus around the time I had three kids within a 14 month time frame, I have been non-stop quilting since!
2. Why do you quilt?
I think quilting is the perfect craft. There is boundless room for creativity – limitless color combinations to try and techniques to master. You can do it by yourself when you just want to get away from the world and get lost in your own thoughts. You can do it with someone else, or a group of people, if you want to giggle and connect while you create. The final product is both beautiful and useful and can be cherished for generations to come. But really, it’s as simple as the crazy amount of joy I get from cutting fabric apart and piecing it back together again into something new. It never gets old!
3. Why do you participate in Blogger’s Quilt Festival?
I look forward to BQF every Spring and Fall! It is like being able to go to a huge quilt show and see quilts from all over the world, and I can do so in a comfy chair (in my jammies if I want!) sipping a cup of coffee. It’s the best! I always find new-to-me blogs to enjoy and appreciate chatting with them as well as the people who stop by my blog. The connection this Festival affords to us quilters is so meaningful!
I am a member of the Triangle Modern Quilt Guild here in NC, and we had a challenge to make something with 3 specific fabrics with a city theme (we could add additional fabrics if we wanted as long as the original three were somehow included in the project). I grew up in Chicago and have always loved the skyline, and thought this would make a great mini quilt. I loved layering the colorful buildings against the movement of the skyline fabric used in the background. This quilt hangs above my sewing machine and is such a fun reminder of where I grew up!
5. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am starting a quilt drive called Quilt Lemonade for a charity we support that works with an extremely impoverished community in Guatemala. I fell in love with this beautiful country back in college long before I ever knew I would one day marry the man of my dreams, and that one day we would adopt our first son from there. We are now a family of 5 (we welcomed our twins into the mix shortly after our oldest came home), and we try to find ways that as a family we can help others. Lemonade International
does numerous community development projects, including providing a safe house for at-risk kids. Currently, there are 18 kids living in the home, and my hope is for each child to have their own hand-made, modern quilt to add a little happy color and comfort to their days. Honestly, I have a vision for handmade quilts covering this whole community! I would love to have some help – if you would like to be involved in any way, please contact me via the blog
Thank you, Amy, for having me here today. I am honored indeed, and so thankful to be a part of this amazing community of quilters!
Thanks for sharing Valerie! I love how you work words into your quilts!
Come back tomorrow for the Festival!