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I’m Patty and WSQ is all about my quilts, classes I teach, and helping you to become a better quilter (piecer, actually). There are tutorials on blocks & quilt labels, a Quilting Journal of finished projects, and Quilts In Pieces (don’t we all have those?).
This Christmas will be our 25th wedding anniversary. Goodness, where did that time go? My awesome, supportive quilt husband and I have two great kids. Emma is off to college this year; well not really since she will still be living at home, and August will be a junior in high school.
The first quilt class I took was hand piecing and hand quilting. I learned quite a bit, but at the time, hand piecing didn’t appeal to me. I was so disheartened by a class on a pineapple quilt that everything went into a closet for 14 years. Have you ever had a class or quilt project that made you want to toss it all away?
While I wasn’t actually sewing, I did visit quilt shops to pet the fabric (you do it too, admit it!) and drool over the beautiful quilts. I’m also guilty of buying kits that would live in my closet for 10 years. When the kids got older, I tried another quilt class in 2007. It’s probably more accurate to say I jumped head first . . .
The instructor was fantastic and my love for quilting was born. There were a couple more classes, but I really enjoyed the challenge of working thru a pattern on my own and tweaking the piecing techniques. My favorite reference book is the Better Homes and Gardens Complete Guide to Quilting and I still dust it off on occasion. Between 2007 and 2008 I pieced 13 quilt tops and quilted about half of those. Yep, you can say it, I was obsessed!
A friend and I started teaching Quilt Club at our local shop in 2009 and that lead to teaching classes shorty after. In 2011, another friend asked me to teach a class on The Farmer’s Wife Sampler. I had not even heard of this book, so it took me a while to investigate just what was involved in the making the sampler quilt. I wasn’t thrilled about making 100 + templates, but soon discovered that there were acrylic templates and conversion charts on the From Marti Michell website.
While traditional methods are great and I believe every new quilter should start there, the acrylic templates are extremely versatile and make cutting and piecing a breeze. Traditional cutting vs. FMM is like using scissors vs. a rotary cutter. Scissors will get the job done, but it is quicker and easer to use the rotary cutter.
A few of my favorite quilts (most are from Quilt Club) . . .
I love to teach classes and help students work thru their piecing issues (we’ve all been there), try new techniques, and encourage them in their love of quilting. Quilts are beautiful works of art (even the ones that have a blemish, or two) that give warmth when you’re cold, emotional comfort when needed, & joy and love when gifted to another. They also remind us that our ancestors were able to make beautiful treasures from fabric bits and pieces. While they didn’t have local quilt shops, or a wide variety of fabric, they did have fabric scraps, hand drawn patterns and templates, and a love for quilting.
My quilting tip is remain open and positive to new experiences. If your mindset is I can’t do that, you will be missing out on wonderful opportunities. You never know until you try!
My blogging tip would be to watch all the videos on setting up your theme and how to add items like widgets and buttons. I’m not a technical person (I have issues with the Apple TV!), and the WordPress videos were a big help.
My dream vacation is to visit Scotland, and maybe Ireland. That was on the agenda for this year, but was bumped in favor of a lay-about, relaxing vacation.
I love period show and movies; most anything on Masterpiece classic & mystery.
Fun fact: I despise shopping for clothes and shoes, having teeth pulled would be preferable. Now, shopping for fabric is another matter. I can spend hours in a quilt shop and my husband aka chaufeur, usually finds a corner for a nap after he has made his fabric/quilt requests. Which is fine, because I can pile my treasures on his lap!
Please visit the other featured quilter’s in my Hive this week:
And the quilters from the other Hives