Member spotlight--Wynn M.

Tell us about yourself.
I’m married to Larry and have a stepson, Michael. We have a dog named Lucy. She’s a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and that’s a breed that I heard described as "love in search of a lap." That describes Lucy perfectly.

I work from home as a marketing consultant and provide market research services and strategic planning to many clients around the country.
Do you have a blog, Etsy shop, or other quilt-related business?
No quilt-related business at present but I’ve often thought about having an Etsy shop. Time will tell on that choice.
Do you have any other hobbies, crafty or otherwise?
I spent about 3 years as a potter and hope to go back to it when I retire. I like making large bowls and the occasional teapot. Working with clay is fabulous but I was often frustrated by how much the glaze could shift in color when the firing took place in the kiln. With quilting, I have much more control of color.
I’m an avid boater. My husband and I like to take LONG boat trips and once took a trip that lasted 51 weeks. Too bad I wasn’t quilting back then. Think of how many projects I might have done while underway.
How long have you been quilting, and how did you learn to quilt?
I started quilting in 2007. I met a friend of my husband in Enid, Oklahoma. She was an avid quilter and was just delightful to meet. So, when she asked if I wanted to be part of a round robin, I simply said yes without having any idea what she was asking. Then I went home and signed up for a class at Courtyard Quilters in Highland (since closed.) In the past 5 years I joined Minnesota Quilters and have attended many classes at the annual show. I’ve also learned a lot from my new quilting friends and enjoy going on retreats whenever I can find time.
How many quilts do you think you have made? How many are still UFOs (unfinished objects)?
I’ve worked on 18 quilts in the past 5 years. Seven are completed, two are waiting for binding and the remaining projects are at various stages. I will say that at least 5 just need adjustments on the borders before they head off for quilting. I also have 2-3 projects that need to be put into a dark hole or given away to someone who will love and nurture them. This happens. And I’m ready to learn more about quilting so I can get beyond “stitch in the ditch.” That may be my next class.
How many hours a week do you spend quilting on average?
I’ve been side-tracked from sewing recently. I’m almost done with setting up a quilting studio and hope to move in this month. As a result, my stash and my supplies are packed in boxes and I’ve done very little stitching at home in the past few months. I also volunteer at Minnesota Quilters and this has taken up quite a bit of time.
Describe your first quilt.
There were two “first” quilts. I did a fairly simple rail fence pattern in my first quilting class. My husband wanted it to be “nap-size” so that one stays on the living room couch.

The other one is from the aforementioned round robin. It’s a crazy composite of blocks from myself, my sister-in-law and my two quilting friends in Oklahoma. I still need to add one more panel and then it will be fabulous. On this latter quilt, I learned my sister-in-law loves embellishment but hates a rotary cutter. Given all the beadwork, this one will be almost impossible to quilt. Yikes! (quilt first, bead later.)

This is a block from my “round robin.” Even then, I ignored the framework for a round robin and asked for blocks that could be checker-boarded into a broader design. This is my first block (8”) for that improvisational quilt. The quilt still needs one more panel to be complete. 
Which of your quilts is your favorite or are you most proud of and why?
This one is a small wall hanging from a pattern I found in a magazine. I love the color, the shape, everything about this. I’m not inclined to follow patterns, so I’m surprised at how much I like this one. I could easily decide to try this again on a larger scale.

Where do you sew? Describe your space and your favorite quilting accompaniments.
I’ll post pictures of the new space when I move in. I can tell you that I went for neutral beach tones with a splash of aqua blue & palm tree green. It’s beachy and bright but mostly neutral so I can focus on the color palette that’s up on the quilt wall.
I do not sew while drinking; I know my limits. I love sewing with friends and will be happy to share my new space soon. If I’m alone, I might turn on Pandora radio and listen to what ever is on.
Describe your fabric buying habits and stash. How do you manage your stash?
My stash has grown impossibly large over the past 5 years. I always say that I will be well-stocked for every occasion (even after I retire) but lately I’ve been focused on buying neutrals to use in the background. Less POW! More calm. 
I have a friend who volunteered to help me organize the stash when the new studio is set up. Everything will be sorted by color and/or size of yardage but I also plan to store everything in closed cabinets. Too much color on every surface tends to overwhelm my planning. I like working in a scrappy style, so it will be great to haul out everything I have in a colorway and then fine tune my selection.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about quilting?
I love working with color and fabric selection. I love arranging blocks and deciding how one block connects with the next. I like trying new ideas and looking at other quilts for inspiration. I seem to be totally unable to follow a pattern. I start with one idea and then the process of making the quilt will always lead to inspiration and changes in pattern or color.
What are your current and/or long-term quilting goals?
In the next few months, I think I might take a long-arm class. I need to decide if I want to own both the top and the quilting process, or if I’m content to have others do the quilting for me.
What is one (or more) quilt technique you would like to learn or are afraid of?
I think I just might learn applique. Or at least try it. On something small…
Who or what inspires you most in quilting?
I’m inspired by every quilt I see, every quilter I meet and every quilt book I read. I love the idea that each quilter is committed to creating art and warmth in such a delightful way. I also love the way that the MMQG connects with other quilters, teachers and guilds around the country. Reading your website inspired me to join the group.
What advice do you have for new quilters?
I think anyone can quilt. It’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s a great way to give a unique gift to friends, family or someone who needs a bit of quilted love.
Anything else you would like to share?
Nothing more to share. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild.

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