Elizabeth Dackson constantly amazes me with her contributions to the quilting community. She is a blogger, author of Becoming a Confident Quilter (Martingale & Co., 2013) and a pattern designer. She has been featured in Quilty, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Quilt, Quiltmaker, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene and Fat Quarterly. Elizabeth also just released her first Craftsy class (Start Free Motion Quilting), and she is the founder of the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild. Elizabeth, a freelance meeting planner, lives “with her patient husband, inquisitive five year old son, and neurotic beagle.” A couple of my personal favorite Elizabeth Dackson creations are the Lucky Stars Block of the Month and this cute mini bookshelf tutorial!
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
My favorite quilt is a little mini quilt that sits in my sewing room called A Light in the Dark. It’s made using four Mariner’s Compass blocks, using Violet Craft’s Madrona Road Memoir print in black for the background and assorted bits and pieces from V + Co’s ombre solids from Simply Color for the solid parts of the blocks.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
The quilt hung as part of the Modern in Miniature exhibit at QuiltCon 2013.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
As cheesy as it sounds, the quilt makes me think about my quilty friends. When I first started working on this quilt, it was right around when I first started to get addicted to Instagram; it was crazy fun to post progress pictures there and get instantaneous feedback from other quilty people all over the place. At the time I had been working on my book and felt a bit like I’d been working in a bubble, so this quilt reminded me that even when I’m keeping my head down and focusing on other things that there’s still this whole network of people that are out there, full of support and feedback and enthusiasm. You just have to put yourself out there to get some of that back.
What do you like best about the quilt?
Hands down, the use of the text print as the background. I was super anal about placing all of the text fabric right side up throughout, which can be a challenge in foundation paper piecing, but I learned a lot about how to make that process easier through this little quilt.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
I think I became a lot more confident in what my style is in making this quilt. I’ve shown this quilt at a lot of trunk shows, and I often get mixed feedback; it tends to be polarizing. Either people love the text print, or it drives them crazy. And I think that early on in my quilting I might have chosen to use something more tame for a background fabric, but with this quilt I felt really sure about what I wanted. I just went for it, and have been doing that for the most part since.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
Not a darned thing. Except maybe make it bigger!
Where is the quilt now?
On my sewing room wall. I get to look at it all the time, except when I’m traveling to give trunk shows, in which case it goes in my suitcase to come along with me!
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- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
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