Member Spotlight: Ellen M.

Tell us about yourself.
Single mom, adorable 11 year old daughter, cat named Buttercup, work in the Marketing profession, born out East, grew up in Chicago, here since 1993

Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business?

Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
YES! Too many: knitting, crochet, gardening, needlework, reading
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
Started in 2000 when daughter was born. Took a class at a local quilt shop.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
About 20. About 4 UFOs. 1 million quilts that I want to make!
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
0-10—but I always want it to be more. Also… depends if it’s gardening season;
Describe your first quilt. (a photo would be nice, but is optional).
A pink pastel traditional pieced crib quilt that I made for my daughter. 

Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why?
My Teddy Bear appliqué, hand quilted wall hanging – all done by hand- from the book Alphabears by Linda Hohag.
Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments
My basement sewing room or upstairs at my kitchen table. I far prefer the latter! Coffee is a must! Sometimes I listen to the radio.
Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
I keep my stash in rubber totes. I have way too much so am trying not to buy more for a while.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
I love working with my hands and making things. I love handwork—hand turn applique or hand sewing the binding on. It is hard to get started or make time to quilt because there are always other things to do like basic housework, work, paying bills, grocery shopping, mowing the lawn, caring for a child, etc., etc.
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
To quilt more! To finish more quilts. To start more quilts. To put quilting before housework! To learn more techniques! To have better, more consistent ¼” seam allowances. To learn free motion quilting…Too many to list…
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of? Machine quilting larger quilts on my basic sewing machine.
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
Teeny tiny pieced and/or hand appliquéd or hand quilted quilts.
What advice do you have for new quilters?
Just do it and don’t worry about it being perfect!

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