1. When you get an hour all to yourself what do you do?
An hour…all to myself? That rarely happens around here! When it does, I get out my pencil and paper because quiet time is when I can gather my thoughts and draw up a fabulous design to applique, or make a much needed “to do” list. I will sometimes even spend it designing on my computer. I work much better in a clean and organized space, so I may even spend that time tiding up my studio. I really enjoy those times, and I am almost always found in my crafting space if I get the opportunity.
2. What does your family think about your quilting business?
What my family thinks?…. well, at least my husband is proud of me. He thinks it is pretty cool that I sell patterns all over the world, and even says nice things about it every now and then. I put up a map of the world in my studio and a little sparkle goes on every new destination my patterns are being sent. After 8 years in business it is becoming quite blingy, and I sure enjoy watching my map become more and more sparkly. Although my kids complain….and can’t really see the magic in my madness yet, they continue to be very helpful putting together patterns and taking trips to the post office with me. I have always appreciated their help. Occasionally I get complaints…like “What’s for dinner?” or….”Mom…you said you would be ready 10 minutes ago.” but I am only helping them learn patience….and cooking! My oldest daughter is now working as a pastry chef…and I am taking all the credit for that. If I hadn’t starved her, well then she would have never discovered her talent with food, now would she? It is all about finding the positive…lol. All kidding aside, I am thrilled to be able to work from home and be there for my kids when they need me. They all think what I do is pretty “cool” but do you know what is the most “cool?” I get to call them mine! They are a treasured crew.
3. What big project are you working on now or next, and do you have pictures?
The biggest project I am currently working on is my Paper Ladies Collection with Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt. This is a year long block of the month program that we started back in March. It has been nothing but joy creating these patterns with Madame Samm, and we do have plenty of pictures on both our blogs showcasing our work. I am doing two versions of this applique quilt. A fusible version, and a needle-turn version. I cannot wait to get them finished up. As our year is coming to an end, I am really looking forward to my next big project with her and I hope that it is as beautiful as this one is turning out to be. I cannot wait to show you the completed quilts and should have them both finished up to showcase at Academy.
4. What is on your “bucket” list? What do you want to be known/remembered for?
Bucket list…..hmmmmm, as far as this craft goes, I am going to finish up this Nursery Rhyme Quilt. It will be the most applique on a quilt I will ever attempt.
Known for…wellllll I suppose I want to be known for my lighthearted style and creative quilts. I truly enjoy breaking the rules – quilting rules. I love to think outside of the box and attempt what has not been seen or done before. I love the challenge of creating something all my own. I want to be known for my attention to detail, and uniqueness of the quilts I create.
Remembered for….I want to be remembered for being fun, quick to learn, fast to admit a mistake, and a joy to be around.
5. Where do you get your quilting/appliqué inspiration?
My inspiration is found in my love for others. The quilts that I have created are all created as a treasured memory of a loved one, or a special interest of someone I love. I draw inspiration from anything and everything, but the original idea for any of my quilts is born out of love for another. I think that is why I get so attached to my quilts. I stitch all of my thoughts and wishes into that special project for them. It may be for child, parent, sibling, or friend, but always my love for them is where I find the inspiration to create something they would cherish. If I do not have this special connection to my project, I seldom, if ever finish it and wind up giving or throwing it away. Love for another is the only tie that binds me to a quilt.Continue Reading →