Member spotlight: Carrie F.

Tell us about yourself.
I live with my husband, my almost-two-year-old son, and two cats. I grew up in Iowa and moved here after I finished college. My day job is managing a team of software testers.

Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business?
I do have a blog, which I occasionally update:
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
I knit, I sew garments and I have been taking letterpress classes at the MN Center for Book Arts. I also started running - I'll be running a 10 mile race at the end of the month.
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
My grandma taught me how to piece quilts when I was little - she would take me to her church's sewing circle occasionally and I would help piece, stretch and tie patchwork quilts. I had only made patchwork quilts until my last years of college, when some friends convinced me to join a Block of the Month club at a local quilt store.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
I've made 5 quilts as wedding gifts, one queen size quilt commissioned by a friend, 8 baby quilts, and some lap blankets... probably around 20 quilts. I have at least 4 UFOs, one of which is the Block of the Month club quilt that I started 10 years ago and only needs to be bound.
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
Some weeks 0, some weeks 5 or 10. It depends on whether I have a deadline (like a baby shower or wedding) I'm working towards, and what else I've got going on.
Describe your first quilt.
The very first quilt I made, with the help of my Grandma and Aunt, is a denim patchwork throw that I think we made the summer before I left for college.
Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why?
I'm most proud of a series of placemats / tablerunners that I made for my parents living room coffee and end tables. They're based on Frank Lloyd Wright stained glass windows. The tops are one solid piece of fabric, with bias tape and other fabrics machine-appliqued on top. They took a ton of time and were a big challenge, but I love how they turned out. 


Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments.
My sewing machine is set up in a corner of our basement. I usually watch TV episodes via Hulu or Netflix while I sew.
Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
I try to only buy fabrics when I'm working on a project. Still, I've managed to accumulate a lot of fabric and I have a rather large stash that is spilling out of its bins, boxes and shelves and slowly taking over our basement.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
It's difficult for me to find time and space to baste quilts. It usually takes longer than my son's nap time, and our house doesn't have a lot of floor space.
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
My current goal is to finish a quilt for my son's toddler bed before he grows out of it. My long-term goal is to finish up lingering projects and make a few quilts with fabric that I've had in my stash for years.
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
I'm intimidated by free-motion quilting. I would like to learn, but I haven't had the time to practice enough to get good at it.
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
Seeing what other people make at the Guild meetings and on blogs.
What advice do you have for new quilters?
Get a sewing machine that you like, and learn to use it well. Take classes!

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