I am always thrilled when the beginning of the month arrives and I have a chance to do the Aurifil Designer post. This month the designer is ME!
Instead of answering the questions I asked everyone else, I asked YOU what YOU wanted to know about me! I had so many questions that half are here and the other half are on the Aurifil blog CLICK HERE
Let's see what YOU wanted to know about me...
Sharon asked "After you finished organizing your 500+ quilts, what did you decide to do with them, Pat?"
Sharon the task is not done yet. I'm in the process of photographing and documenting every project I've made, which is at least 600 quilts & smaller projects. I'll be keeping some, selling some and donating some. Stay tuned here at my blog, Facebook page and in my newsletter (you can sign up for that on the right sidebar)
Janice asked "When you have finished a top, what helps you decide on the quilting pattern "
If I am doing an appliqué quilt then I outline all the shapes, quilt inside the larger shapes, and do some sort of pattern in the background.
For pieced quilts I do simple curves that accent the blocks.. or send them to my friends to quilt (this is often my favorite option!) This is quilted by Cindy and Dennis at http://www.pinkpaw.com/.
Irma wants to know if I sleep and Marti wants to know 'how I do it all'
yes I do sleep! I LOVE to sleep. But when I'm awake I mostly work at my business. This is my job as well as my hobby.
- I have to be super organized.
- I have to have a plan.
- And I have to have a schedule.
That is how I run my business. It's how I have run all my life since I was about 8 years old! I am born organized so that helps me a lot.
Joy asked "Where do you shop for your fabrics? "
Since this is my business and I also design fabric for Moda, I tend to use a lot of Moda... wink! I then buy online and at local stores.. just depends on what I need.
Usually I'm buying for a project, but recently I've been buying this collection of Bella Solid from Moda to use in my projects (Stash enhancement.. and yes.. you do see some major yardage there!)
Janet asked " My question for you would be how long did it take before you made a quilt with no pattern.i am going on 18 years and still haven't finished 'the list'. Before I start my 'ideas' there are times when I wonder if I ever will "
I started designing my own quilt patterns about a year after I learned to quilt. I had already done hundreds of other crafts, selling many of them at shows. So designing items was not new for me. Just do it for your next quilt Janet.. why not try it? No reason to wait for a list to be done to try something new.
Nora asked "Do all of your blocks turn out perfect each time?"
No... no they don't! And do I care? Sometimes.. sometimes not! I always say fabric has a life of it's own, we can't make it perfect because it stretches and changes shape.
I kind of feel that "Constant" perfection is highly over-rated.. wink!
Katie asked "You do so many projects so fast, its amazing! My question is, do you ever get repetitive motion type injuries? Do you get sore and aching by the end of the day sometimes? What things do you do to help prevent this? "
Katie I have mild carpel tunnel in my wrists from my years working at computers (prior to quilting). I must take care and not over work my wrists. I firmly believe you need to have an ergonomic chair that works for you.. spend the money and get a decent chair. Also be sure ALL your work surfaces are the proper height for you. Desk, cutting table, AND sewing machine. That is what will be causing you a lot of aches.
Katie asked "Do you ever get writer's block? "
Of course. Mostly when I do not have a plan ... even though I do a lot of plans and schedules, sometimes life happens, I'm overloaded and then it's hard to come up with topics. Blogging and sharing is part of my business, I write stories, share things, and it can be difficult at times. Everyone has times they can't think of what to write. That is why a schedule and plan are essential for me.
When this happens I go to the mall and window shop (ok..let's be real.. i go buy something).. have lunch out.. recharge my batteries with NON quilt things. I have to change gears and let my mind relax, then I am ready to go again on my business!
Lynette "What has kept you going all these years?"
The people, fabrics, and changes in quilt making. It is not boring. I am always meeting new people when I'm asked to teach and present. I'm always finding new fabrics I love and I'm always excited about the changes in the quilt industry. It's an awesome industry to work in! (here I am visiting the Moda Warehouse... wheeee!)
Now my Dec block... I love her dearly!
And all her friends!
This is Layout 1
And Layout 2.. I only switched 2 blocks.. can you see what a difference that made? The blocks are way more balanced with that one simple change.
I can't WAIT to set them.. fun fun fun!
CLICK HERE to the Aurifil blog to pick up my block directions, read the other questions I answered AND download the setting I gave you!post continues below ad