Fabric requirements and measurements specified in instructions
Lightweight fusible batting
DMC Stranded Embroidery Cottons in Variegated Khaki Green (94), Very Dark Salmon (347), Medium Coral (350), Light Hazelnut Brown (422), Light Brown (434), Very Light Brown (435), Ultra Light Avocado Green (472), Turquoise (597), Very Light Cranberry (605), Light Drab Brown (612), Very Dark Beige Grey (640), Medium Orange Spice (721), Light Orange Spice (722), Medium Light Topaz (725), Medium Old Gold (729), Pale Yellow (744), Ultra Very Dark Topaz (780), Medium Beige Brown (840), Ultra Dark Coffee Brown (938), Light Desert Sand (950), Medium Forest Green (988), Light Aquamarine (992), Desert Sand (3064) and Light Baby Blue (3325)
Would you describe how you felt when you first started sewing? I started out sewing my own clothes which I absolutely loved doing. Wearing something that I’d made was such an achievement. I loved the whole process. I mainly made dresses and shirts as they seemed the easiest. Then I made my children’s clothes for a few years. It wasn’t until later on that I discovered quilting and I’ve never looked back.
Has your response to your craft changed much since then? It sure has. I love to sew every day: I take a few minutes to sew some hexagons together or sit at my machine and piece a block for a special project. People ask me where I find the time and I say, “When you love something enough, you make the time.”
What is it that keeps you creating? Definitely the new fabrics that come out all the time. As soon as I see a pretty fabric, I start thinking of something I can make with it. I love soft floral fabrics and pretty pastel colours. I always seem to make quilts with those.
What’s your favourite time of day to sew? For me, it’s the mornings, mainly because I work in the afternoons. I have a good routine going at home: I get all my chores done, do the school drop-off, then I allow myself two hours of straight sewing before I leave for work. I also love to sew early on the weekends when everyone else in my house is still sleeping.
Do you teach your skills? I do teach a beginners’ patchwork class. It’s so much fun seeing my students get all enthusiastic and excited over a fun project. I’ve taught several different classes and I enjoy it so much.
How long can you spend browsing in a patchwork/haberdashery store? I need at least an hour to have a good look around. Sometimes it depends on how much money I can spend on the day – if it’s lots, then I can look for ages. Sometimes I try to only buy something if I need it, but really, that doesn’t happen very often. Just recently I bought some new fabrics with no plan at all. I know they are there, so I’ll keep thinking about them until I come up with a new design for them.
What are your five favourite craft blogs? Nanacompany,A Spoonful of Sugar,A Quilting Life,Tied with a Ribbon andJenny of Elefantz.
What do you wish for your creative future? Like most quilters, I wish for more time to sew and create. I hope I never run out of ideas and most of all, I hope I inspire others to sew and make heirlooms of their own.