Member spotlight: Victoria (Vikki) G.

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Minnesota and have lived here nearly all of my life. I am married to a wonderful man who does woodworking part time and have two grown children. 
My daughter currently teaches English in Taiwan. She uses teaching as her means of funding her way around the world. My son is a project design analyst for a very large Bank, and he lives in Oregon. I also have the sweetest adopted Whippet Terrier mix
who keeps me company while I quilt.
Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business?
I have a website This is the site for my longarming, which I stated in 2008 when I was laid off from the
mortgage business. My longarming business is part time, but it is the best job I have ever had.
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
My favorites hobby outside of quilting is camping. My husband and I have a goal of visiting every National Park. We have over 30
checked off. But since there are nearly 300 National Parks we have more roads to travel.
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
I learned how to quilt from friends, books and the internet. The only classes I have ever taken are for my longarm.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
I don't know how many quilts I have made over the years, more than 30. My most embarrassing confession is, I have never made a label
for any quilt. I really need another friend to come along side to get me on the labeling bandwagon.
I keep my UFO's limited to three. That is because I keep the current projects in ArtBins which I purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.
This make my current project easily portable and every thing for the project stays together till it is done.
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
This really varies from 0 - 20. I get a lot more quilting time during the part of the year when we are not camping.
Describe your first quilt.
I don't have a picture of my first quilt. But it was a fuchsia, turquoise and black stacked rectangles that was tied with yarn rather than actually being quilted.
Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why?
I don't have a favorite. I like batiks a lot, but I actually have more solids in my stash.
Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments (music, tv, wine, etc).
My quilting space is my basement family room where my longarm is set up. I listen to my iPod while quilting.

Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
My stash is mostly solids. I am to a point where I do not buy more unless it is going into a project.

What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
I like all parts of quilting. I find it slow methodical and calming.
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
I like to something new all the time, a technique, a tool, or just a new color combination.
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
I have never made a quilt with applique. I don't think I could do that. I also am not drawn to 1930's type fabrics.
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
See the work of other quilters. I am a Pintrest addict.
What advice do you have for new quilters?
Dive in. Quilting is so diverse. It is a hobby that can accommodate an "anything goes" to "obsessive perfectionism". Just start quilting you will fit in.


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