Hi friends! I hope you are ready for the next installment of the Festival! I’ve spent most of the last few days working on all my posts, hoping that everything goes smoothly while I’m at Market. There’s just one week left before it begins! You will have a week to enter your quilts before the linky’s close and voting starts – there’s a countdown on the bottom of all of the linky’s so you can see how much time is left. Make sure to get some beautiful photos to share with us, and get your post together :)
Today’s featured quilter is Brooke, from Putter Putter Stitch! Brooke always seems to be working on another great quilt; I hope you enjoy getting to know her better —
1. When did you start quilting?
I started quilting in January of 2010. My mom tried teaching me to sew when I was little, but I didn’t have much of an interest–although I did love sitting behind her on her chair while she was sewing. I took a sewing class in high school and made an apron and some PJ pants, but that was mostly it. Then, once I got married, I wanted to sew things for my new apartment, but I always ended up at my parents’ house so my mom could finish (and mostly fix) what I had started.
2. Why do you quilt?
I always thought quilts were nice, but most of them didn’t match my aesthetic. Then, I happened upon Allison Harris’s blog, Cluck Cluck Sew, and I saw an entirely differently world of quilting–an online community where the quilters used modern fabrics and designs. I was hooked. I bought a quilting sewing machine and started learning all that I could. I joined the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild about a month after it was organized and I was amazed at the level of talent in these quilters, many of whom were my age. Now that I’ve been quilting for four years, I can never see myself stopping. It’s become a huge part of who I am and how I express myself. It’s a task that I enjoy doing and look forward to continuing for the rest of my life.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
Measure twice, cut once! I know you hear this all the time, but it’s such an important thing to remember. I can’t tell you how many times I mis-cut fabric when I first started because I didn’t take the time to double check my measurements. I still make cutting errors every now and then, but I’m much more careful about making sure I’ve counted the marks on my mat correctly.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (photo above)
The quilt I entered in the last Blogger’s Quilt Festival was a bee quilt I started planning in 2012. I really love color and wanted to play with the idea of color gradation in a quilt. I had a bunch of rainbow charms (5″ squares) so I divided the charms into colors ranging between the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors on the color wheel. I didn’t want the quilt to be cookie-cutter so I asked the girls in the bee to use Elizabeth Hartman’s mod mosaic tutorial to construct the blocks for this quilt. Everyone did such a great job gradually moving through the colors in each of their sets.
5.Do you sew other things?
In addition to quilts, I also make bags, pouches, pillow covers, and clothes for my family (mostly dresses and skirts for my girls and PJ pants for everyone). I like to try new things and find new projects to make.
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Thanks for sharing Brooke
! I love your colorful quilts!
Have a great weekend everyone -