Tell us about yourself, e.g. family, kids, pets, day job, have you always lived in MN?
I moved to Minnesota from Ohio in 1986, and other than a few years in WI for college and a six month stint in Jamaica, I have lived here ever since. My husband Ted has been very supportive of all of my "endeavors" and is starting to develop a pretty solid understanding of quilting terms. We have two daughters who are 6 and almost 8. They dabble in sewing now and then. We also have two smelly but lovable dogs.
Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business? If so, please include a link.
I have two Etsy shops. I sell finished sewn products in Pixiespit and fabric yardage in FreshStash. I also have a blog called pixieSpittings where I write about fabric, sewing and life in general.
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
At this moment I only have dream hobbies that I would like to find time to pursue. They include international travel, reading novels, mountain biking and photography.
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
I have been sewing since I was 5 years old. I started with barbie clothes as a child, jean patching as an adolescent and moved to quilting as an adult. My Mom and her quilting friends taught me how to quilt in 1996 and once I had a handle on the basics, I started breaking their rules. They never understood why in the world I used so many solids!
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
I have made more than 100 quilts in the last 16 years. Most of them were very simple baby quilts that I gave as gifts to friends and family. After a solid effort to eliminate my UFO's, I am proud to say that I have zero!
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
Lately, I haven't spent too much time quilting. Once the kids go back to school in the fall I plan to make at least a few of the quilts that are floating around in my head right now.
Describe your first quilt. (a photo would be nice, but is optional)
My first quilt was a nine patch with the least hideous fabric that I could find in 1996. I am SO glad the fabric world has changed since then and we now have more choices than I could have ever imagined to work with!
Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why? (a photo would be nice, but is optional)
My most favorite quilt is always the one I am currently working on. That excitement of starting something new is what keeps me at it.
I am so grateful to have a fantastic new sewing space to work in. It was a dream of mine for years to build a garage with a studio space above it and that dream came true this summer. I'm still getting settled and having fun trying to decide where everything should go. One splurge I made in the new space was some fantastic speakers. iTunes DJ is my best friend most days.Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
Since I started my Etsy fabric shop, I haven't been able to justify too much shopping for any other fabric. I do still love to go to brick & mortar shops in town and see what else is out there. We are so lucky to have so many great shops in town!What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
My favorite part of quilting is the moment when something new starts to take shape. The pieces of the puzzle suddenly fit together and it makes sense! My least favorite part of the process is the actual quilting.What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
I have never free-motion quilted a quilt. I have never even tried it on scraps. That is how afraid I am of it!!Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
I am also afraid of zippers.
I am most inspired by other quilters. I have really enjoyed being part of a guild and participating in challenges. I love to get pushed out of my comfy box and try something new!What advice do you have for new quilters?
My best advice for all quilters is to ignore the "quilt police". There is no one right way to do anything. The way that works best for you IS the right way. Experiment with different techniques and stick with what works best for you.