How would you describe your particular craft style? Traditional patchwork with a twist. I love starting with a traditional design, but updating the technique or layout to create something new. I general piece and appliqué by machine, however also enjoy hand piecing.
Did your distinctive style happen over time or was it immediate when you started stitching? When I first started making quilts, I simply made quilts from other people’s patterns. But then I started to work as a sample quiltmaker for a fabric importer and needed to be able to publish my own original patterns. I have been designing my originals for 25 years now. As I develop my skills, my patterns change to reflect the new skills. Also, a change in house has altered my quiltmaking style, as my new home has a more modern feel.
Are you good at all the crafts you’ve tried? I used to knit and make clothes and dolls, but since patchwork, I’ve not really had the time or inclination to go back to these crafts. But I now have a granddaughter, so making dresses for her may be in my future. I love the look of crochet but have never mastered the art. Can’t keep the loops even!
What sorts of crafts do you avoid like the plague? Paper crafts. I have so much sewing paraphernalia that I could not fit the tools required for paperwork in the house.
Other than crafting, how do you like to spend your time? Working as the creative director for Quilters Companion magazine, taking QC tour groups overseas for patchwork adventures, designing fabric ranges for Leutenegger and spending time with family.
Do you listen to music/radio or watch TV while you sew - what do you like to listen to/watch? I listen to the radio or will have the TV on while I sew. I enjoy home shows, travel shows, cooking shows and documentaries. Something that I can learn from.
Do you like craft shopping alone or with friends? I love shopping with other people. I’m lucky that I get to take people shopping overseas while on tour for QC. It is fabulous to help others select fabrics, throw in a few pieces they may not have considered, and open up the possibilities of fabric combinations. Actually, it is the same when I teach. Helping select fabrics for a new project for a student and seeing it through to the end result is very rewarding.
What are you top five favourite craft blogs? Due to my busy schedule, I don’t have time to read blogs. The only one that I have followed is Barbara Brackman (barbarabrackman.blogspot.com.au), who writes about antique quilts. We have a lot to learn from those who came before us.
Michelle Marvig, Pieceville
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