Featured Quilter


Featuring Jackie — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on July 2nd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 13 comments

Today’s featured quilter is Jackie!  Many of you probably know her from her sweet comments and helpful insights – I hope you enjoy getting to know her more and seeing her beautiful quilts here!

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Hello Everyone, my name is Jackie and I am so glad to meetyou!  

1. When did you begin quilting?
Technically, I first started quilting in my 6th grade HomeEconomics class when I made a patchwork pillow.  I actually still haveit too!!  But I am not going to tell you how many years ago that was.So, I guess I became serious about quilting about 17 years ago. That isthe short answer. There is a much longer one, but I won’t bore you.

2.Why do you quilt?  
That is an easy one, because I absolutely love it. Ilove every aspect from picking fabrics, to designing, piecing,quilting, binding, all of it. It … Read More »


Featuring Debbie — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on June 25th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 9 comments

Hi Friends!  I hope you are doing well, I’ve had a busy week with the kids and hope that the weekend is relaxing!  We’ll see how much sewing I can squeeze in!

Today’s featured quilter is Debbie!  Debbie blogs at Esch House Quilts and has an amazing aesthetic to her quilts.  Enjoy –

1. When did you begin quilting? I began quilting in 2002 after sewing pretty much my whole life.

2. Why do you quilt? Because I can’t stop! Seriously, the colors and the graphic design are such a wonderful creative outlet. It is so satisfying to create something from your own mind with your own hands. And better yet if that something keeps you warm, warms the heart of a friend or the décor of your home.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip? 
I’m not very good at free motion quilting, so when I want … Read More »


Featuring Thearica — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on June 18th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 15 comments

I’m curious to know how many of you have made it through all the links in the festival!  I added a quick poll to the sidebar just to see :)  Today’s quilter is Thearica of Pigtales and Quilts – I hope you enjoy getting to know her better!—–

1. When did you begin quilting? I made my first quilt blocks at the age of 8 under the guidance of my paternal grandmother. At the age of 19 she called me and asked me to come to her house because she had sashed those blocks together after so many years and that we were going to quilt the top. My sister rode along with me and she and I, along with grandmother, granddaddy, my aunt and uncle, we quilted the entire quilt that day. It isn’t the prettiest quilt in the world but … Read More »


Featuring Barb & Mary — Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilters!

Posted on June 4th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 3 comments

You read that right!  Today I am featuring a pair of bloggers – Barb and Mary.   They are the last of the fall Festival features, thanks so much to all of you that have nominated bloggers in the last week!

Mary–
1. When did you begin quilting?

I made my first quilt in 1978.  It was a graduation gift for my collegeboyfriend, a huge brown puff quilt that was more like a lead blanketthan a quilt.  I had stuffed each puff with heavy cotton batting. (Whoknew?) Luckily there are no pictures of this regrettable work. :)

2. Why do you quilt?LikeBarb, I’ve always enjoyed all types of needlework, knitting, sewing,cross stitch, needlepoint, rug hooking – you name it I’ve done it. When I tried quilting it just stuck with me.  I could be creative andmake something beautiful, and be practical and make something useful … Read More »


Featuring Sarah – A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on May 14th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 6 comments

One week from today the Blogger’s Quilt Festival begins!  One week!  Grab a button from my sidebar or this post if you haven’t already and help spread the word – thanks :)

—–Today’s featured quilter is Sarah from Sew Joy.  I love the line in her header – “Sew Joy! – Reap Quilts!” So true Sarah!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Sarah better –

1. When did you start quilting? I began quilting in 1997 as a homebound newlywed and new University graduate. I was dealing with endometriosis and not able to do much and in very low spirits. I found a quilting magazine – or it found me! – and I fell in love with the stories behind the quilts and the women who made them. I spent hours researching the names of quilt blocks. I then decided to make a … Read More »


Featuring Allie — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on May 7th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 10 comments

Happy Friday!  Thanks to all of you that took the time to take the survey – I really appreciate it!  A couple of you asked “what is Blogger’s Quilt Festival?”  **gasp**  just kidding – I have a whole page of info about the up coming BQF – check it out!  If you have questions still, feel free to email me directly.  One thing you all should know is that this festival is for everyone!  The beginner, with a first quilt, or the veteran quilter working on who knows what number!  Don’t be shy :)—–That said – today’s featured quilter is Allie, of Allie-oops sweet happy life!  Allie is super sweet and such an encouragement to me – someone you want to be friends with :)  I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her and her quilting journey—

1.  When … Read More »


Featuring Rita — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 30th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 9 comments

Odds are you know today’s featured quilter – it’s Rita from Red Pepper Quilts!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Rita a little more –

1. When did you begin quilting?

Rita’s First Quilt

I began quilting about 10 yearsago.   Both my mother and sister are quilters, and it is their passionfor quilting which appealed to me, and with their encouragement I beganmy own quilting journey. My first quilt is dated 2001 and was madeusing a magazine pattern.  When I look at my first quilt I can see thatI have made so much progress, and that my eye for color and design haschanged direction.  This quilt even represents all those elements ofquilting that I currently try to avoid – applique, hand stitching, handquilting and hand stitched binding!

2. Why do you quilt?

I quilt because I absolutely love it.  I love my fabric stash,enjoy … Read More »


Featuring Isa — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 23rd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 13 comments

Hi there!  The featured quilter today is Isa!  I hope you enjoy getting to know her more –

1. When did you begin quilting?
Istarted quilting in the summer of 2008, while being pregnant with myyoungest daughter Marie, I wanted to make her a baby blanket underwhich she could be kept warm and safe. In my last trimester I had ahard time sleeping, and so I spend my nights sewing and surfing theinternet learning about patchwork, quilting and such. And that firstquilt really got me hooked (some may say obsessed…)

2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because I simply can’t stop… And because I really enjoy the process in which small pieces of fabric create a new whole.
It’s also a great stress relief for me, and I would probably be a much grumpier person if I didn’t quilt.

3. What is your favourite … Read More »


Featuring Lynz — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 16th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 14 comments

I met the featured quilter last summer in Dana’s quilt-along.  Lynz is a fun gal who blogs her quilting life in Scotland at Domestic Light and Magic….enjoy!—–

1. When did you begin quilting?I’ve been quiting since May 2009 – so not a year yet! I was lookingfor a pattern for a beanbag doorstop since my wee sister-in-law wasjamming her conservatory door open with one of her husband’s trainers(a sneaker if you’re not a Brit!). I stumbled upon Tall Grass PrairieStudio and Oh, Frannson! and had never seen quilts like them! I had 2close friends about to give birth and decided to make them pram quiltswhich were made (the black and red “Yummy Mummy” was officially myfirst quilt), happily received and THEN I found the Old Red Barn Coquilt-along. I haven’t stopped cutting fabric since!

2. Why do you quilt?I’m not sure. I’ve … Read More »


Featuring Margaret — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 9th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 8 comments

Hi there!  The weeks keep flying by, thankfully next week is our spring break – finally!  The local schedule was delayed in the fall for the new high school, it wasn’t a big deal at the time, but parents, students and teachers are feeling it now.  We are all looking forward to a week off!
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Our featured quilter today is Margaret!  Her Quilt Festival entry is impressive, and I hope you enjoy getting to know Margaret better.  

1. When did you begin quilting? 
I made my first “quilt” in 1987 when I was still in college.  My mother taught me to sew and embroider when I was a young girl though.  Throughout highschool, I made many of my outfits including shorts, suits and even swimsuits.  The need to quilt came when I needed to have something new on my bed!  Over the … Read More »


Featuring Andi — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on April 2nd, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 17 comments

It’s Friday again!  Today’s featured quilter is Andi, as in Patch Andi!  I hope you enjoy Andi’s quilts —

1. When did you begin quilting?
When I was 8 years old, my grandmotherwas hand-stitching a grandmother’s flower garden hexagon quilt. It wasthe only quilt she ever made. Whenever I visited her during that year, I gotbusy making hexagons and sewing them together. (I wish I knew what became of thosecreations).

A few years later, my mum taught me to usea sewing machine.  It wasn’t until I was in my latetwenties that I put the 2 concepts together and started machine piecing quilttops. I was never interested in the actual quilting process and always sentthem off for long-arm machine quilting.
Until ….. that original quilt of mygrandmothers needed to be re-quilted . (The original quilting had beenout-sourced and was done very badly). My wonderful … Read More »


Featuring Cheryl — A Blogger’s Quilt Festival Quilter!

Posted on March 26th, by Amy in Featured Quilter. 6 comments

Hi there!  This week’s featured blogger is Cheryl – she blogs at Cheryl Lynch Quilts.  I hope you enjoy~—–

1. When did you begin quilting?I started quilting in 1992.  We had relocated to a new state for myhusband’s job.  It was a great opportunity to learn something new.Being a scientist, I had always been fascinated by the geometry ofquilts. 

2. Why do you quilt?After taking a few classes, I started designing myown quilts.First I designed landscape quilts, then I focused onprimitive quilts and then art quilts. I quilt today as a means ofcreative expression.  I can’t paint at all, but I use fabric as mypaint.  It can be cut and manipulated into many shapes.  The printsprovide texture and depth.  The interaction of fabric colors alsopresents a challenge.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?Fusibleapplique is one of my favorite techniques.  I find … Read More »





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