This is the first in a regular feature on work in progress. The whole Mad About Patchwork team — Kaisa, Sharyn, Laura and myself — will be taking turns with this feature. You’ve already met Laura and myself through the blog, and if you’ve been to the loft you’ve likely met Kaisa and possibly Sharyn.
I’m kicking things off this week with a bit of an introductory post. I’ve been quilting for about 18 years, owner of Mad About Patchwork for the last 7 years. I started out as a traditional quilter, and have followed the modern quilting movement since I opened the on-line shop. Mostly self taught, with a few workshops here and there, I consider myself an expert at straight line piecing, and a novice in most other areas. I’m trying to stretch myself and add paper-piecing and applique to my tool kit. I look for inspiration in books, magazines and blogs. I usually follow a pattern (or at least a block tutorial) but am comfortable adapting those as I like. I try to find time to sew weekly, and don’t like having a lot of unfinished projects about. My favourite color is blue, although I never met a colour I didn’t like. Denyse Schmidt is my modern quilting muse and I was thrilled to take her improv workshop at QuiltCon 2013.
Almost all my quilts are long-arm quilted by others, although I can manage some straight-line quilting if needed. I would love to have a long-arm machine and time to develop some free motion skills of my own, but that will have to wait while I focus my energies on the shop. I avoid making too many commitments when it comes to quilting (I don’t like to work under pressure) , but I do enjoy being part of an on-line bee with a group of fellow Canadian quilters.
July was my month as queen bee, and I plan to finish this String X quilt top in August. This block is adapted from Block Party — A Modern Quilting Bee, a book I often refer to when looking for inspiration.
I’m also working on the City Sampler blocks I started almost a year ago. With 55 blocks done I need to make another 15 and then put them together as a twin size quilt.
This block of the month quilt that I finished up in June is ready for binding. It’s just back from long-arm quilter Carol Darou who did an amazing job in adding texture and interest with her free-motion quilting.
And finally, these are two pieces of fabric I’ve put aside to try my hand at garment sewing — Shape of Spring Petal Print in Twig for a Schoolhouse Tunic, and Mary Thistle Knit in Midnight for a Deer and Doe Plantain T-shirt.
You’ll meet Laura, Kaisa and Sharyn in the coming weeks and I’ll be back with an update in September.