So, without further ado, here are The ABC’s of the “Quilting Me”!
A – age at which you started quilting?
I've been a garment sewer since I was a teenager, then progressed to crafting and doll making / pattern designing. This was always done in my spare time as I've always worked full-time as a special education teacher since I graduated from FSU and got married in 1978. I was kept quite busy with my craft fair business until we moved from Coral Springs, FL to northern VA in 1998. (The photo below is a Halloween witch frog that won first place in a Country Marketplace magazine contest in 1997... and I sold a ton of those patterns back then!)
I did not start my doll business back up here in VA, so wanted something new to get into and as I'd always admired quilts and was a very experienced sewer, quilting just fit the bill! So, I began quilting in 1999!
B- block- what is your favorite?
Although I like allot of different ones, my favorite has always been the churn dash!
C- chain piecing - do you?
ABSOLUTELY!! What a time saver! I don't know any quilter who doesn't!
D- DSM (domestic sewing machine) your favorite Brand / model that you do your piecing on?
I do all my piecing on my Bernina 640 and I do a bit of quilting with the BSR on it, too... but only small things like wall-hangings, purses and Schnibbles.
E- easiest quilt you ever made?
Hmmmm....that's a tough one. I love panels, so panel quilts are easier. Turning Twenty quilts are easy, too. I would have to say the fall scarecrow quilt
I made from a big panel last fall might be the easiest one I ever made. One of my all-time favorite easy quilts is the Yellow Brick Road.
F- fat quarters- how many in your stash right now?
Goodness me...gotta go do some counting. I've got them sorta all over my room.
Well, umm, including bundles I have about 380 fat quarters upstairs in my sewing room at the moment. That's not allot is it?
G- guild- do you belong to one?
Absolutely! Local quilt guilds are a wonderful way to meet people in your area who share your love of fabric and quilting! I go to 2 quilitng retreats each year with our Centreville Quilters Unlimited.
H- hand quilting- do you?
Well, I tried it...not my thing. Waaaaaaaay too slow for me! But I do sew my bindings down by hand! Does that count?
I- invisible thread- do you ever use it?
I did use it a few times when I first started quilting. But I've not used it in years.
J-jelly rolls- do you like them, buy them, how many in your stash right now? How many quilts have you made with them?
I love, Love LOVE them! They make sewing up a top sooooo fast and easy! I have about 6 in my stash right now and I've made about 8 quilts with them already. I especially love the Anka's Treasures jelly roll pattern books by Heather Mulder Peterson.
This is one of her jelly roll patterns that I taught at The Artful Quilter shop.
K- kaleidoscope blocks- have you made a “Stack and Whack” or “One Block Wonder” quilt?
Yes, I made a Stack and Whack quilt a few years back at a guild workshop.
It was really fun! I have the One Block Wonder book but haven't made one yet.
L- LAQ (long arm quilter)- do you send your tops out to one to be quilted or do you own one yourself?
In the past, I've sent some tops out to a long arm quilter in the midwest to be quilted, but now that I have my own HQ16, I don't need to anymore!
M- mitered corners- do you usually miter the corners on your borders or not?
Usually I don't miter the border corners unless the fabric or pattern calls for it.
This quilt, "Bluegrass" is one I designed myself and I did miter the border corners.
N- novelty fabric- what’s the craziest one in your stash?
Gosh, that's a hard one... I guess the backing fabric I have collected in my stash for a quilt for my husband who loves the three Stooges.
O- on point or straight set-what do you like the most and why?
I guess most of my quilts are probably straight set blocks, but I do have a few on point designs. They tend to be bigger quilts when the blocks are on point.
I love this jelly roll pattern called "Field of Flowers",
as it makes a big quilt and nuses only one jelly roll with almost no waste.
P- paper piecing- do you do it, love it, hate it?
I've done it a few times and the resulting blocks are absolutely pieced perfectly. But I still prefer to piece the regular way. I have friends who really hate it, though.
Q- quilt shop/website- your favorite one and why?
My favorite local quilt shop is The Artful Quilter where I used to work/teach on weekends before I tore my rotater cuff 2 years ago. My favorite shop on the web ...that's tough!!! I like allot of them... Fat Quarter Shop, Webfabrics, Quilt Taffy, Cotton Charm Quilts, Quilt Home to name a few!
R- rotary cutter- how many do you have? What’s your fav and why?
I've got about 5 and have given away several, as well. My fav, though, is the ergonomic ones. I have had carpal tunnel surgery on both my wrists and find using the Martelli ergonomic rotary cutters much easier to use.
S- scraps- how do you store them?
I have a set of plastic drawers and keep them sorted in baggies in the drawers. Some are sorted by size, or strips or by colors and fabric collections. I try to use them up as much as I can for purses and small projects and gifts.
T- tops- how many do you have completed and waiting to be quilted?
I have 2 antique quilt tops I bought years ago in hopes of repairing them and finishing them... and 2 other tops I made myself that need to be quilted. I had 2 others but have been doing one a month since I got my HQ16.
U- UFO’s (not un-opened kits, but any project actually begun by you and put away not completed for ANY reason) - how many do you have?
Ummm, I have the 2 previously mentioned quilt tops not quilted, and a crooked log cabin quilt started at a class with Pat Sloan last year that I never finished.
I also have 7 BOM blocks for the Calendar Kids quilt to make. :-(
V- variegated thread- do you quilt with them? Favorite brand?
LOVE them and use them for quilting all the time... MOST of the time, actually. I guess I like the King Tut Brand the best, but YLI, Sulky and Auriful are good, too.
W- watercolor quilt- have you ever made one?
YUP! My second quilt ever was one! Here it is!
It hangs in my living room... just don't look on the back!!
X- eXactly how many quilts, any size, (that you made) are in your home right now?
OK, gotta go count. Unless I missed some, I have 91 quilts in my home now.
Y- yellow- SUCH a touchy subject- love it/ hate it? Use it allot in your quilts or never?
I don't use it much because I don't decorate with yellow... no yellow rooms in my house. I have a bit in Halloween, fall, Christmas and spring quilts, but no all yellow or even mostly yellow quilts at all. I don't wear yellow either.
Z- zigzag – do you zigzag/satin stitch the edges of your applique’s when machine appliquéing or do you use a blanket-stitch?
I either straight stitch or blanket stitch around fused appliques.
OK, so that's my Quilting ABC's. YOUR TURN!!