Member spotlight: Chris C.

Tell us about yourself.
I am a married, mother of one (three year old!) girl, with two cats and a dog. I am a transplant from Massachusetts. By day I am a psychologist at the Minneapolis VA.
Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business?
Nope, I support the industry as an avid consumer of all the great quilt goods out there.
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
I tend to rotate through various interests: scrapbooking, papercrafting, beaded jewelry, gardening.
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt? 
I helped my mother make a puff quilt when I was a teenager, but really all I did was stuff the puffs. In 2008 I decided I needed a pastime that used a different part of my brain than my day job, and decided to make a quilt. I am self taught, and designed my first quilt in an excel file.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
I've made five bed size (twin to king) and three baby quilts
If UFOS include things currently in progress (like, they get worked on every week or so), I've got four. there are two I lost interest in (tastes have changed) and should really pick up and finish.
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
Probably 2-8 hours/week, typically in 15-30 minute blocks of time.
Describe your first quilt.
My first quilt was inspired by bargello quilts, but I wanted to design my own (and, I had no idea how that quilt style was made). I drew a picture of what I wanted in excel (since the whole thing was based on squares and rectangles) and took it from there.

Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why?
I don't really have a favorite as far as style goes. My emotional favorite is not my most skillful. I made a quilt for a friend's wedding, and made a "map" of the river they fell in love on, with varying coloration for the water, prairie, and trees. 

Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments.
In a nook in my bedroom that has been turned into the crafty space for me and my daughter.
Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
I only had leftovers in my stash (from finished projects) until last year when I realized that fabrics turn over practically seasonally (I don't know how I missed that for four years!), and so now when I see something I love or am inspired by for a project I buy it.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
I really like the design aspect and can spend weeks sketching out block ideas for a quilt. Least favorite is probably the actual quilting part, though I imagine I will get better at that and then like it more.
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
Continuous improvement, try things I normally am not attracted to in order to learn new techniques, and take classes/workshops. One of my goals was to meet other quilters, which is what led me to the MMQG.
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
I know so few, that I think I just want to collect as many as possible. I probably don't know enough to be afraid yet ;-)
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
I love just image searching "quilts" in google and marveling at the variety of interpretations quilters have. There's room for everyone in quilting.
What advice do you have for new quilters?
Ripping out lots of stitches is normal, and every sewing project can be a learning experience.
Anything else you would like to share?
Nope, time to go quilt for a few minutes before bedtime. :-)

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