I met Heidi through the Modernista Homemade Flickr swap; she made me the most beautiful Anna Maria Horner color wheel mini quilt, Perspective! Heidi, a wife and mother of three girls, was in education for 10 years and has been sewing since 2011. Her blog is always a place of inspiration for me; she writes ingenious tutorials and is currently hosting a laid back Graph Paper Quilt Along. I’m even working on her Ellie Travel Case right now! Heidi is currently working on a book for Stash Books which is slated for release next spring, and the opportunity is definitely well-deserved. If you’ve never visited her blog before, you’ll be so glad that you do!
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
Just over a year ago, I pulled out my stash of Heather Ross fabrics and decided that it was time to actually use these prints instead of just hoarding them in the closet. Since many of the pieces were scraps or randomly sized, it seemed best to try making my first improv quilt out of them. The result was a lap sized project that I named “Once Upon a Time.”
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
No, this one has not done any traveling yet.
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
Every time I see this quilt, I think of my three little girls. I made this quilt for them, and it has always hung on the wall in one of their bedrooms. I’ve spent countless nights looking at it while I was sitting in their bedrooms singing them to sleep.
What do you like best about the quilt?
I love the mix of random piecing and whimsical illustrations. It reminds me of childhood days spent dreaming, playing, reading and pretending. The colors are so happy, and I love the way they look against the white background.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
This was my first improv quilt, and it was a huge stretch for me. I had no idea how difficult it would be for me to let go and not follow a system or pattern in my quilting. Once I got over the initial panic, I started to love the process. I don’t think I could make all my quilts this way– they take about ten times longer on top of everything else– but I think I should probably try doing at least one of these every year just to shake things up.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
I don’t think I’d change a thing.
Where is the quilt now?
Hanging above my oldest daughter’s bed. She likes to look at it when she has trouble sleeping at night. I’ve encouraged her to make up stories about the characters until she falls asleep.
Aw! That just warms my heart. Would you like to add anything?
So many thanks to my lovely friend Jess for including me in this wonderful series!
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June.
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- Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
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- Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.
- 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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