Member spotlight: Stacy G.

Tell us about yourself.
I have two children, a son in college and a daughter who is a junior in high school. We have two dogs; Sadie (a Jack Russell wire haired) and Duke; a gordon setter. I work as an online history teacher for a community college in Southern California were we lived for 18 years. My family and I returned to Minneapolis after 26 years. I lived in Wayzata in the early 1980s and met my husband in the Twin Cities.
Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business? 
At the moment I have a blog called Mingledfibers Studio. I am in transition with it at the moment as I have spent the last couple of years only quilting and knitting. Originally my blog was about just the yarn side of my life with knitting and weaving. I no longer weave and have returned to my roots of quilting and knitting. A name change and revamping of the site is in progress. I am also going to try and pursue my passion for teaching in the quilting community and love to design. I have designed sweaters for years and I am back to designing quilts - I am currently collaborating on a modern design quilt for our brother.
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise? 
Knitting and training for a tri-atholon at the moment with my husband.
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
I have been an avid sewer all my life, however I began quilting in my early 20s - over 20 years ago. I learned to quilt at my LQS when we lived in Sioux Falls, SD. My first quilt was a blue and white delectable mountains that is currently on my sons bed.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)? 
I have made about 15 quilts over the years. Hopefully this will change. I currently have 2 quilts that are UFOs - a challenge quilt due in January and a paper pieced quilt I started in anticipation for my son and his first apartment next year.
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average? 
I spend about 15 hours a week doing quilt related work. That would include designing, sewing and or cutting.
Describe your first quilt. 
My first quilt was a blue and white delectable mountains. I had quilted a feather pattern on every mountain and the inside squares. It is currently on my sons bed.
Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why?
At the moment it would be the New York Beauty that if finished last year. It is done in all Batik's that are jewel toned.

Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments.
I have a space set up in an extra room that has become a small studio of sorts. It is truly my first space for my textile passion. I have bookshelves that I am able to display my yarn, fabric, and books on. I purchased a pre-fab butcher block from IKEA and white desk drawers for my sewing table top and work area. I just need a cutting table that is not my kitchen counter top for the space to be complete.
Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
Yes and no. I like to visit fabric stores all over the country, however unless I really love a fabric I usually don't buy to much without a design or idea of a quilt in mind. Some fabrics are just to good to walk way from -those are a must have. I have a small storage space, so this helps curb my spending habits.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
My favorite thing about quilting is spending time making something for people I care about. I love to design and see the quilt come together piece by piece. I really don't have a part of quilting that I don't really like.
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
Finish a family quilt by the first of January, gather fabric for my sons best friend and make her quilt (the theme is cooking and desserts) as she will be graduating with a BS from Johnson and Wales Culinary school in 2014. This is a promised graduation present.
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
Not really sure at the moment. I have always wanted to make a Judy Neimeyer quilt - I am taking a class at Blue Bamboo beginning in January to conquer this goal. However, I have paper pieced for years - just a little intimidated with her designs. Can't wait to make it!!!!
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
Color and fabric. The idea of playing with different fabric and color is what inspires me. Also, making quilts for people i know. It is great fun designing and making a quilt that fits a persons personality.
What advice do you have for new quilters?
Be patient with yourself. Not every line is perfect and not every quilt is perfect. No matter how long we have quilted - we can always find something we wished had turned out differently. Have fun with the process.

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