Hello friends! I was recently invited by Jen Kingwell to participate in an Around the World Blog hop. After admiring her style and designs for a few years, I feel SO LUCKY that I got to meet Jen in person this year. You can read Jen’s post here.
About a year ago I was invited to teach at the Fat Quarterly retreat in London this past summer. When the list of other teachers came out I literally shrieked out loud when I saw that Jen would be one of them. Getting to take a class from her was a something on my dream-bucket-list.
Getting to know Jen in person was such a treat! She is SO real and genuine and lovely.
|Just act natural.|
I learned to quilt from my mom when I was young. My mom was always a sewer and knitter growing up. In the mid-80’s she took her first quilt class and came home and taught me to hand piece. These are my first quilt blocks. I’m still kind of amazed that they’re around. Because who’d a thought where this quilting thing would take me.
I made a few more quilt blocks using that pattern and later my mom took one of them and designed and made a whole quilt with them and quilted it by hand. This quilt was on my bed for years!
It wasn’t until I had my first baby almost 16 (gulp) years ago that I started to really make finished quilts. I was craving a creative outlet and this was so perfet. I haven’t looked back since.
I think my favorite part of the quilt-making-process is designing the quilt and choosing the fabrics. Sometimes it’s finding the design and then finding the fabrics I want to work with, but most of the time it’s the other way around. Usually its the pile of fabric that inspires me to create or find just the right design to fit the fabric. I guess fabric just inspires me! Whenever I feel my quilting ‘mo-jo’ start to sag, I go clean out my fabric. I am quickly restored and ready to start a new project.
|Don’t worry. It doesn’t usually look this clean.|
My sewing space is right off the kitchen – we converted our never-used dining room into a place where I can sew not far from the action of the house. (I have four kids, and I need to know what’s going on…) I have a spot in my basement where I keep all of my fabric, books, junk, etc. but I rarely sew down there because it’s just too far away. I try to contain the mess it the basement still, but having a place to leave my sewing set up and still be in the heart of the action has been amazing. And as a bonus, the room has two windows facing south and west for the best light in the whole house!
In 2003 I started working part time in a local quilt shop which I LOVED. I only worked for a few hours on Saturdays and it was my weekly escape where I could talk to other quilters, pet the fabric, and earn a little bit of cash to support my quilting habit. While there I also started designing quilt patterns to make samples for the shop.
|Modern Maples quilt here|
In 2008 I first discovered blogs in general and shortly after that, discovered blogs where people showed their quilting projects. I felt like I’d found a new slew of best friends! Especially finding people around my age who shared the same love for fabric and cutting it up and sewing it back together.
Soon after that, I decided I wanted to share some of my own projects and started writing this blog. Six years and over 1,000 posts later (crazy!) I’m still at it. When I started writing this blog I never would have dreamed of the places it would take me – like teaching in London last summer. The best part of the experience has been meeting sewists and quilters from around the world who have become real life friends. Amazing.
This past April my first book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, came out. The first time someone asked me if I’d ever thought of writing a book was 3 1/2 years ago. And I was floored by the idea. It took me another year to think about the idea and decide if I was really confident enough to do it. And then it took another year of hard work to write 12 new patterns and produce the quilts to go with them. Then another year of waiting while the publisher did their magic. April of 2014 seemed so far away. And now it’s come. Wow – it’s still a little bit surreal. I think that maybe someday I’ll write another book, but nothing in the works at the moment. Too much real life to deal with right now.
I was born and grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and now live with my husband and four kids about 30 miles south of the city. We live in a pretty spot that is surrounded by mountains and still has some farms and open areas with a little town that still has an old Main Street with the library and the post office on it. But there’s also a Target and a Costco not far away so it’s a winning combination. 🙂 We love to travel – whether it’s close to home like the red rocks of southern Utah – or farther afield like our trip to England this summer.
So there you go. More about me than you probably ever cared to know. 🙂
Let me introduce two more bloggers and talented quilt designers that I’m tagging and who I feel lucky enough to call friends. Watch for their posts in upcoming weeks:
Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts
I love every aspect of making a quilt, from choosing fabrics to designing a pattern, to the sewing. It’s fun to mix up lots of different prints, and I am not shy about using bright color. I like a challenge, so you often find me making curvy quilts, paper piecing, hexagons…whatever I can dream up!
I was born in California, raised in Washington state and have lived in Utah ever since I met and married my husband. We love it here!
I have two children (a boy and a girl) and a cute little dog named Molly 🙂
My two favorite hobbies are being a soccer mom and quilting.
I think the title of my new book, Vintage Vibe: Traditional Quilts, Fresh Fabrics captures my style perfectly.