Member spotlight: Rebecca T.

Tell us about yourself.
My husband and I moved to Minneapolis from WI just about 14 years ago. I come from the LaCrosse area, but we both met and went to school in Stevens Point. We have three amazing sons, ages 9, 6 and 4. I teach elementary classroom music part time in Minneapolis and I also play the bassoon, although not nearly as much as I used to.
Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business?
I do have a blog: http://knittymama.com
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
I am a dedicated knitter and I also spin my own yarn. We also like to spend a lot of time outdoors, biking, hiking and camping.
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
I have been quilting now for hmmm.....maybe four years? I started sewing soon after my oldest son was born, making pajamas and tote bags. A few years ago a friend talked me (and Annik!) into joining up with a quilt-along on Oh Franson! I learned everything from that tutorial and an amazing group of quilters that I manage to quilt with every few months.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
I'm on the low side compared to many in the group! I have made only three completed large quilts and one mini quilt. But I have six cut out and in progress right now. One for a wedding, two for babies and two for me!
Quilt for my brother's wedding.
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
It really depends. I tend to knit first and foremost (do I dare admit that here? :-) and I sew in spurts, so I might go a month without touching my machine if I'm really into a knitting or spinning project. Other weeks I might easily spend 20 hours quilting.
Describe your first quilt.
It was the Mod Square Sampler on Oh Fransson! and I used up a bunch of pinks and greens in my stash.

 Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why?
I really think my favorite is the drag-along quilt I made. It's a huge tied quilt that I threw together in one weekend from Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I made is specifically to be a family quilt that can be dragged all over the house. So it's beautiful and it also makes a great fort!

 Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments.
I sew in my sunroom. I'm lucky to have the entire room mostly to myself, although the household traffic goes right through it and the boys tend to play in there a lot. I have to remember to put everything away or it's fair game for my younger sons. They love to make things, but that also means they will easily grab whatever scissors or fabric is in reach. I usually listen to music or audio books. Coffee, tea or wine all work well!
Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
I bought a ton of fabric when I first started sewing. Lately I've been trying to limit it just so I can keep it all on one shelf. I tend to like to order collections and lately have been just picking up fat quarter sets of just a few favorites. Otherwise I'm mostly quilting from my stash.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
I love to piece my blocks, especially when I'm not using any set pattern, just throwing it together however I like. I also love to iron a freshly pieced block. I hate cutting!
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
Hmmm......I'd say right now it's really just to quilt more often. I'd also like to try paper piecing and try to be more deliberate in my free motion quilting. I also want to make a queen size quilt for our bedroom.
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
Paper piecing looks like fun, but seems daunting at the same time. There is a lot I'd like to learn, but I tend to be pretty fearless in my quilting, I just dive right in an try it out. I"m not sure if that's a good or bad thing!
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
Nothing inspires me more than just sorting through fabric. I start seeing fabrics I like together and it goes from there. I am also inspired when I have the idea to make something for someone. I try to see the quilt through that person's eyes and it gives me some new ideas. And of course the millions of blogs out there are always in inspiration, as is walking through a fabric shop!
What advice do you have for new quilters?
Just dive in and try it. Don't over think what you are doing.
Anything else you would like to share?
Hmmm, nothing I can think of ! Thanks for reading. :-)

Rebecca's 10-minute tip--super quick & easy triangles

Rebecca showed us her 10-minute tip at the meeting this week--a super quick way to make quarter-square triangles. Quarter square triangles look identical to half-square triangles, but the grain runs along the long diagonal edge instead of along the short outer edges. The quilt police would probably be horrified, but you can use half- and quarter- square triangles interchangeably if you don't care and are very careful to avoid stretching.

Her tip was based on this blog post from That girl... that quilt, method #1. Rebecca's spin on it is that instead of doing a bunch of math, just add 2 inches to the unfinished size of your block. So if you are trying to make a 3.5" unfinished half square triangle, cut out 5.5" squares. You might need to trim your blocks a little after sewing, depending on the size of your seams.

We also talked about how you then need to be very careful pressing (no steam!) and piecing as the outer edges of the square will be stretchy. Flaun suggested starching the pieces in advance as well, as that would reduce the stretching.

Leslie also commented that if you cut your squares on the bias in the first place, which would be easy if you were using scraps, then the finished half square triangles would have the grain running along the outside edges.

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: http://carriebee.wordpress.com/
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. 
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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!

Freed by Liberty

Hi! I'm Lisa from PixieSpit/FreshStash Fabrics with my two cents today.

I am often asked by people to make them a quilt out of their own fabric.  That is always a tricky conversation.  I don't want to offend them, but I am a self-diagnosed fabric snob.  Often people who buy fabric, but don't sew, buy it based on great prints that they like.  While I am guilty of the same thing, I have another very important criteria.  Fabric quality is equally as important to me as the print that is on it.  

So a few weeks ago, a woman asked me if I might be interested in making a quilt for her out of some fabric that she had gotten.  I paused, and she added "I got it at this great shop in New York."  Here is how the rest of the conversation went:
Me: Purl?
Her: Yeah!
Me: Liberty?
Her: Yeah! Do you think you could do it?
Me: Yeah!

                       
The elu$ive Liberty!  The ultimate combination of great prints AND fabric quality.

I can be afraid to use the good stuff sometimes.  I hoard away that super cool piece of fabric to wait for just the right project.  Many of those "perfect" projects have not appeared and I have a small "vault" of that special fabric that is just waiting to be used.

But someone just handed me the good stuff and told me to use it.  So what am I supposed to do?  I don't have time to agonize over using it because she needs it for a wedding gift ASAP.




So I did what I had to do....and it was so fun!  

My advice? Quit agonizing over using the "good stuff".  The pleasure of digging into it and putting it into something beautiful and useful is fantastic.

JUST CUT IT UP AND USE IT...that's what it's for.

Member spotlight: Marie P.

 Tell us about yourself.
Hi! My name is Marie and I live in NE Minneapolis with my husband and our brand new baby boy. I grew up at the very tip of the state in Grand Marais, MN, but left for the 'big city' to go to college and have been here ever since. 
Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business?
I have a delinquent Etsy shop that has faded as I changed jobs and had a baby in the last year, but I would love to return to a quilt-related business in the future!! I also have a blog that I may go back to in he near future -craftymsp.blogspot.com. It was my creative outlet for a long time, but right now I'm trying to focus a bit more on this little family instead of the internet.
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
I love to create, so you can find me making artwork for my house, jewelry, and pretty soon, Halloween costumes for baby!
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
I've been seriously quilting for about five years. I am mostly self-taught, but did take a class to learn some basics when I first started. My first quilts were a disaster, and I'm sure that my current projects would raise a few eyebrows for some unorthodox methods, but that is what works for me. I learn while doing, so I try to push myself to learn new skills with each project. I started making quilts when my friends started having babies and baby quilts are still my favorite project to work on.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
I have made around 25 large and small quilts (including mini-quilts and pillow-tops) with about 5 unfinished projects. It actually doesn't seem like a lot when I add it up, but looking at all the past projects does make me realize how far I've come. I get a bit distracted by other sewing projects, so I'll go a long time without making a quilt - sometimes I need to make a bag!
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
Not many. Like I mentioned in my intro, I had a baby in April, so I'm still figuring out what my new average/normal life looks like. Not that I'm complaining - right now it looks pretty good! I'm hoping to get back to my sewing machine again this fall/winter. I'm sure that I won't be there for hours on end at first, but returning to a creative activity in my free time will be wonderful.
Describe your first quilt. 
I have a few 'first quilts', but the one that really sticks in my mind took 3 years to finish, but was completed before really getting into quilting. I think i found it on the HGTV website - This wall hanging is completely different from anything I have done since, (I followed a pattern, which I never do, and there is a load of applique, which is possibly why it took three years), but I still love it because of the colors and whimsy. I think it proves that quilting can be whatever you want it to be - art, modern, color, style.


Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why? 
That is a really hard question. I'll just show you my latest quilt - I'm always in love with that one. 

Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments (music, tv, wine, etc). 
I sew in my basement guest bedroom. I've been working on setting it up so the space is split equally, but the sewing mess often takes over and I have to frantically throw fabric in the closet when guests come to town. My latest organization for this fabric has really helped the 'cleaning' process - stackable mesh drawers from IKEA organized loosely by color. I don't even have to fold the fabric! As far as what I need while I quilt - I either listen to music or watch terrible tv online while I sew. If I'm quilting, some wine is usually involved as well
Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
I used to buy fabric without concern about project or style. It caused a lot of purging to happen before the baby came. But lately I've really scaled back on buying - I've been creating a lot of things using what is in my stash and it's been working out. Sometimes I really love the combinations that I'm forced to make because I have the fabric - not going out to find the perfect fabric to match a project is a good challenge.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
I love starting projects and designing the quilts as I go. I have a hard time finishing projects, which makes my UFO number unbelievable.
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
Get back to my machine and find my style again.
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
I would love to learn more about free-motion quilting. I'm not afraid of it necessarily, but I think my machine has started to limit the things I can do and would love to find tips and tricks for making it work.
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
My grandma is still THE quilter in my life, but there are so many others, including my mom and aunt that inspire me. We all have completely different styles, but I love the fact that it's something we can share between generations.
What advice do you have for new quilters?
Just get started. It can be really scary and intimidating with so many amazing things happening in the quilt community, but find your own style and methods and have fun!

Quilting the Modern Quilt

Don't you wonder sometimes how to finish all that blank space in your Modern Quilt?

The Modern Quilt is known for a lot of blank space.  And it can be intimidating to decide how to quilt all that space.  Let me share a few things I have tried and some suggestions to try.

When you are ready to combine the top, batting and backing of your quilt give some thought as to how you will quilt it.  In traditional quilts, I like curvy quilting if the piecing is blocky.  I like straight or simple lines if the top is busy or already has movement from the pattern.   But those guidelines don't apply to Modern Quilts.

When first learning to quilt use a thread color that matches your background.  Also a very thin thread weight 60 or less will add texture but not thread build up.  Using a thinner thread also allows you to use a smaller needle.  And for some specialty fabrics that is important.
My opinion, is a wavy line is easier to do than a perfectly straight one.  But with that being said, I find circles to be the most difficult.




  You might like to vary the sizes of your circles or make them slightly flattened like cobblestones.  Just practice making figure eights that flow into one another.





Another look that I really like is called McTavishing.  Karen McTavish is known for this elegant look that seems to go with just about anything.
There are so many ideas, once you start brainstorming you'll find it hard to stop.  You can increase your spacing as you quilt. So if you stitch a vertical lines 1/4 inch apart, after stitching 5 or 6 lines switch to 1/2 inch apart, and then 1 inch apart.
Consider swirls, flames, flowing water, giraffe dots, zebra stripes, or triangles.  Start with any shape and morph it, shrink it, repeat it, echo it and have fun.





As you gain more confidence try a contrasting thread.
Just be aware that you will have every wobble and thread build up visible. 






And you can always combine several options for a one of a kind creation.




Most of this just takes practice.  I have made many place-mats to practice my stitches on.  And that is a nice size to get comfortable with any design you have dreamed up.  




The Modern Quilt allows more expression in your quilting choices.  You can add drama with texture that would be lost in a traditional quilt.
so experiment and have fun.

Member spotlight: Nancy P.

Tell us about yourself, e. g. family, kids, pets, day job, have you always
lived in MN?
I was born in Connecticut but grew up in TC area. U of MN grad, worked for MN gov’t, married/divorced twice. Fell apart, got sober and moved to CA to recover. Thanks God - sober 16 years. Worked in real estate- moved back to MN at the end of last year.
Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business?
No! I thankfully am fully retired and get to quilt just for the love of it. I have a very large extended family and new babies arrive once or twice a year! They and other family members get most of the quilts. I made quilts for a Ronald McDonald kid’s camp in CA as well as quilts for Quilts of Valor. I do not sell my quilts as my skill level is not up to the task of turning out quilts I would feel comfortable selling.
Do you have other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
Other hobbies and interests include collecting gemstones (well more of a wish as I have only a few common ones!), reading, going to museums, the symphony, opera , and reading spy and “who dunnit ” novels. I like solving puzzles. Travel is on the wish list.
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn?
When I was in my twenties (a few decades ago!), I tried a sample quilt for a hot minute and gave up right away as it was apparent that I was too challenged to actually have corners meet. In 2004, a friend and I decided to buy homes in AZ and make money. More about that delusion another time! I would be having a spare bedroom and I decide to make a bed skirt in earth-tone colors. See the picture. I rigged up a pattern where there would be none of this corner matching nonsense. It was a most laborious process and I ended up with too many squares left over. It took me two years and I vowed no more quilting.
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Upon moving back to CA in 2009, I retired completely and needed something to do. I found a quilting group at the senior center and thus began my most recent sojourn into quilting. The ladies were kind enough to give me ideas on designs and techniques, and slowly I have learned. When you look at my quilts, you will still see a sparing use of corners that meet!
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My challenges in quilt making are primarily cutting. I still need to measure and cut. Rotary cutting seems to escape my talent level! I enjoy the design process the most and putting together the pieces. I rarely follow a pattern and enjoy trying to design something new and different. I think this is why I like Modern Quilting methods. This appeals to me because the designing is within my limited abilities to actually execute.
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How many quilts do you think you have made?
I would guess I have done about 20 completely myself and completed many more blocks for exchanges and Quilts of Valor.
How many UFO’s? HMMM…
1. A red/white/ and blue quilt with appliqued birds that I designed myself. Awaiting professional quilting when pocketbook is right!
2. Baby quilt in goofy fabrics with blues, greens, and reds. I am in the process of hand quilting.
3. Another baby quilt in the process of being appliqued with blanket stitch. Hopefully arranged more in the modern style.
4. I have many more half/formed ideas for fabric purchases made in the past.
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
I would say I actively piece/cut fabric/do quilting for an hour or so a day. More time is spent daydreaming about future projects but I have to limit it.
Describe your first quilt.
My first quilt, other than the bed skirt, was one for the Ronald McDonald kid’s camp in Idlewild, CA. It was some boxed out squares that required no corner matching. It was 54”X72” to fit the camp beds. I tied it rather than try to quilt it. All my first quilts were tied.
Which quilt is your favorite and why?
The first more artsy “modern type” quilt I made was a two-fold endeavor. I first made a table runner/dresser scarf one (see picture). Then I made a matching lap quilt with some of those left-overs and some cream fabric to lighten it up. Both were moody and different. When it was finished, I thought it would be perfect for my friend in SD. I surprised her with it a few weeks ago and she was blown away so I must have guessed right.


Where do you sew?
I have a small metal plant stand table that is just big enough to have a sewing machine sit on it. It currently sits in the middle of my living  room window which looks out over Richfield Lake and its walking trails. I live on the 6th floor of a senior condo hi rise bldg. so my view is  if the trees and sky. My fabric is squished into my TV armoire and bookcase unit cupboards. Plus, a few other spots around the house seem to have fabric or quilting supplies tucked into them!
Describe your fabric buying habits and how you manage your stash.
I tell myself I am only buying fabric to complete fabric projects currently on my drawing board but that conception is not without difficulties!! I find myself perusing many on-line fabric sources as well as willing to buy on speculation at brick and mortar stores like Sewtropolis. So when I have a few extra dollars to spend I seem to have no trouble doing so.
I did buy several books recently which give clues on managing your stash and ideas for stash busting quilts. We shall see!!!!
What is my favorite thing about quilting?
I love color and how arranging it can make you feel. I am all about the feeling and mood of a piece. Design has always interested me. However, it can be frustrating when you know the general idea of what you want but seem unable to execute it.
What are one or more techniques you’d like to learn?
One day I will need to concentrate on the practice of rotary cutting but just not today!! I would also like to learn a Japanese embroidery technique called Sashiko. I would like to see how I might incorporate that into a modern quilt!! A quilt I saw in the Fallbrook, CA quilt show was spectacular. It was black with multi-hued, bright bali pops appliqued and this embroidery setting off the design. Awesome.
What inspires me the most?
I feel most energized to create when I am with others doing the same thing. I get ideas and enthusiasm from anyone who is engaged in an artistic pursuit. I love to go to quilt shows and meetings where I can see what others are doing with quilting. I would love to go to the show coming up in Austin, TX. Perhaps next year!
Advice to a new quilter?
There is no idea, question or way of doing things that cannot be expressed. The great thing about design, quilting, etc. is that all are welcome to try anything they want to do. There are no quilt police – only other quilters willing to help if you ask.
New Project – I have started a group at the senior condo where I live. It will meet on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 2:PM or so. First meeting is Sept. 19th. It will be lunch and craft. We will let knitters etc. in too from the bldg. and others who have time in the day are welcome. I hope to encourage a few projects for kids to be given to charities. First meeting will have desert and coffee available.

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Hello Minneapolis quilters! One of my favorite parts of quilting is the design process. Since Karen talked about a design wall not too long ago (which I desperately need to build for myself) and we just had our inspirational weekend with Jacquie, I thought I would talk about inspiration for all the designs that we are going to come up with!

I get inspiration from so many places. Travel and architecture, art, patterns (which are usually found in art and architecture), other quilts (of course), fabric, color. And I collect it everywhere - I'm like an inspiration hoarder. I have sketchbooks and photo files, pinterest boards and scraps of paper laying around the house. So today, allow me share some of my inspiration - images I hope to translate into quilts someday...

 I love the colors of a fresh wood pile.

 I can so see this as tight stitching around a smother area in a quilt.

 This is in new york. I would like to create a pattern from it.

 I like the curves. And the different textures in each one.

 Gotta love a sunset.

Ombre hexagons? 

When Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio was showing off her quilts in September, we talked about her inspiration and process. She stressed that the inspiration comes out of thin-air sometimes, but other times, an idea percolates and grows - changing form as she plays with fabrics or blocks. She had a few wonderful examples of this - sitting down to make a planned quilt and coming up with a completely different design along the way (and she is letting me re-share, just in case you missed the presentation!)

This one is titled Proposal Moon. There was a beautiful story about her husband's proposal to go along with it, but this was one of those that was born out of playing with those half-circle blocks. 


And this one started out as a color wheel quilt - Life in Technicolor - but she admitted that she liked the arches swimming around on her design wall, so it became a colorful half-circle quilt.

Thanks for letting me talk about inspiration! I would love to share more and hear about everyone's inspiration at future meetings!

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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