This week it’s my turn to blog in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers hop, this programme has been such fun to do and I have learnt so much!
I belong to the Better Bloggers Hive and this is our fabulous button, designed by Vanda, from Quilt in Piece
Before I begin also don’t forget to stop by my fellow bloggers’ posts and share the love! And if you need an incentive, there are prizes up for grabs!
I wasn’t aware of much quilting going on in this little island of Ireland as I was growing up, so I sewed anything and everything else including eventually, my own wedding dress!
Quilting and I didn’t meet until my Mother spent some time in Australia. She came back with little quarters of jewel like fabrics and a contagious enthusiasm. The first quilt I made was this gorgeous paper pieced quilt! Ten years on and I still love it! The pattern is “Over by the Pond” by Erin Wilcoxon.
Fast forward a few years and I set up a company called ‘Mena and Me’ which sold personalised, bespoke cushions. I made hundreds of these! Each one was unique and tailored to the customer’s interests and tastes. I made cushions for Grannies to match their living room rugs, I made identical cushions for identical twins, I made cushions with dogs and dinosaurs, and cushions with buns and butterflies!
As my customers requested more and more complex things, the move into pattern design was a natural progression. I stopped offering the cushions and starting focusing exclusively on patterns. This was my very first design and I’ve been delighted at how well it has sold! My eldest daughter has retained the original and loves it dearly!
I am very drawn to applique and scrappy projects, like this Alphabet quilt. I love how using a range of different fabrics gives a lot of movement to a quilt. And, as all quilters know, depleting your stash, means you just have to buy more fabric. . .
I have more ideas than I have time to sew so I prefer quick (or quickish) projects. I love to combine linen with bright, clear cottons and whimsical designs.
If I had one tip to pass on, it would be spray starch! Not only is it great for needle-turn applique but spraying your fabrics before you press helps with accurate cutting and I find it reduces the need for stabiliser when machine appliqueing.
My worst habit when quilting is leaving little collections of cut off threads around the house which seem to get everywhere! What about you, what bad sewing habits do you have?
Finally, many thanks go to our kind hosts who have given so freely of their time and experience. Please take the time to check out their great blogs!
Beth, Cooking up Quilts
Leanne, She Can Quilt
Yvonne, Quilting Jet Girl