I love blogs and I'm so excited there are so many talented quilters that share their work with us. I am spending time this year featuring quilters I follow. People who's blogs I read for a variety of reason. I want you to meet the people that inspire me via their photos, quilts and writing.
I started to follow BeaSpoke Quilts blog for many of the above reasons. I enjoy Siobhan's writing and her photography is amazing.
Today I'm delighted to share my interview with Siobhan Rogers of Bea Spoke Quilts.
I’m Siobhan Rogers a quilter from Sydney Australia
How/why did you start quilting?
A few Women in the family had always sewn/ quilted and as a child I loved to pick fabrics and watch the making process and of course receive the finished product!.
The first quilt that I made all by myself was made 12 years ago and it was for my first child. So many people had made me things over my childhood that I cherished, It made me want to make something for my own child to cherish. The quilt is a bit tatty now, but very much loved
- What is your favorite quilt thing to do? Why?
Buying Fabric! No seriously I love all the fabric designs that are coming out. We are so lucky now with the variety and choice of fabrics. The Internet plays a big part, helping little fabric designers all over the world become known. Bricks and mortar shops have a huge range available compared to 10 years ago.
What does your work area look like .. what is your favorite part of it.. what would you change?
Currently I’m working in the back area of our house, It has a lovely big window and lots of light. I have everything spread all over the place. We are in the process of renovating and a studio is coming soon. A studio will be great for storage and being organized maybe even having the occasional small class. I must say I kinda like having my quilts in progress hanging in the house it adds colour & interest. Lots of friends drop in to check out what my latest project is.
What is the last piece of fabric you bought
I was at one of my local quilt shops only a few days ago and bought some Liberty of London Tana Lawn for a quilt I’m making for a friend.
If you could only pick one word, what would it be?
Resilience – it’s so important in every facet of life - work and play.
What was the best piece of advice you ever got, who was it from?
When I was first married and we had just bought a house my Nana told me to never learn to mow the lawn because then that would add another thing to my to do list! At the time I laughed but what I think she really meant was don’t try to do everything, sometimes we all spread ourselves pretty thin.
what was the most interesting trip you have ever taken? Why?
I’ve been lucky and I have done a fair bit of Travel, My Fathers Irish and we still have family in Ireland. The first trip Overseas was to Ireland. I was 8 years old and it was very exciting. I think it sparked my interest in History.
- What’s your motto/advice you live by?
That’s a tricky one, I think I just try to be a good person. Be good and try your best – that’s what I’m constantly telling my kids. I’m sure it goes in one ear and out the other.
snow or sun
Snow – only because I have never seen snow! We have lots of Sun here in Sydney but no snow.
What are five things you can’t live without?
My Family is number one all the way through to five!
Honestly without them all I wouldn’t be who I am and achieved all the things I have.
dog or cat?
Dog we have a 3 year old Dalmatian, he causes a fair bit of trouble but he’s a good dog I can’t imagine what it would be like without him.
a favorite project
My Favorite project
I designed some text fabric for a strip quilt as a gift for my husband. The Quilt also ended up in Modern Patchwork 2012 by Interweave. I have three quilts in that particular Publication One on the cover!
your yard, favorite haunts.. things that are personal and that maybe you have not shared or not shared in awhile.
I’m from Sydney and our local area has lots of bushland, parks and is close to the harbor. It’s a great place to spend a summer evening watching the ferries go by as the sunsets.
My Fabric on Spoonflower
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