Member Spotlight: Vivien S.

Tell us about yourself.
Married with 2 fabulous teenage boys, work for 3M, and spent first half of my life so far in England, 2nd half in MN (having married a Minnesotan who thinks this is the best place in the world to live :-)
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
Needlepoint, member of NGM Needlework Guild of Minnesota, Scouting, Scrapbooking, helping out at high school - judging debate, booster clubs for sports teams, chaperoning school dances.......
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
Started in college vacations. My mother sewed clothes but I did not know anyone who quilted in England. My aunt brought me a magazine over from the states and I figured out it out from that.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
Finished about 7 - unfinished about 107
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
In the summer about 6 hours a week up at the cabin where I have a studio.
Describe your first quilt.
A scrap log cabin, followed immediately by an original design playing with twists in fabric.
Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why?
Every one I finish! Pushing myself to do original design art quilts. Working with colors I enjoy. Learning new techniques. Using up scraps and convincing myself that I am reducing my stash :-) 
My 2012 entry in the MCQG state wide tour - challenge topic "Words of Wisdom".
Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments (music, tv, wine, etc).
Either in my studio at the lake or in my sewing room at home with a good view of a different lake.
Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
Completely out of control.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
Favorite - starting. Least favorite - finishing
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
Get my stash down to a manageable level defined as no longer having to choose whether I put my clothes in the clothes closet or the fabrics given they have overflowed the fabric shelves (and the choice is easy).
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
zippers, man-handling quilts through my home machine while attempting to machine quilt, upholstery
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
Getting together with groups of quilters who all have something to share and inspire.
What advice do you have for new quilters?
Join a group and start your quilts small.
Anything else you would like to share?
2011 president of the Minnesota Contemporary Quilters Guild. Cavewomen quilt group (we meet in someone's basement aka the cave). 3M quilt club.

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