Interview with Ronnie who quilts and makes fabric bowls and boxes.
What kinds of fabric crafts do you create?
Mostly I quilt, but I have made a few bags, bowls, boxes and wall-hangings this year. I love stitcheries.
How and when did you become interested in quilting?
When I semi-retired (I only work 2 days per week now) I got back to my favourite thing - sewing, but decided on a project in quilting - now I'm hooked.
What is it that attracts you to quilting and fabric crafts in general?
I think what attracts me the most is making something that is "special" - it cannot be bought, it is usually made as a gift or a swap. It is a one-off and sometimes the fabric just compels me to make a bag or bowl, etc.
How did you learn the basics of quilting?
Mostly I'm self taught. I've always sewn but have been to a few classes to learn a method, eg. Bargello (because it intriqued me) Most of the quilts I have made have been from mags and patterns.
How did you go about learning how to make fabric boxes and bowls?
From a book. I knew it was a craft going crazy in the
USA so I imported all the requirements and taught myself the basics and
now am experimenting with bags using the Timtex stabiliser.
Quilts for grandchildren - I have 9 grandies and 3 already have their quilts. The last 6 are being delivered by Santa. One is completed, three quilts tops are made and are being quilted shortly and the last 2 quilts will be started just as soon as the quilting is completed on the previous 3.
Where do you look for inspiration when you are beginning a new quilt?
Sometimes I see fabric that just needs to be made for this special idea or for that special person. Most times I admit that I just go with a magazine pattern and adapt it to suit the fabric or recipient.
If you had to choose a favourite piece you have made what would it be?
It would have to be a Bargello I made for a girlfriend,
Diane, who had wanted me to make her a quilt for a long time. Pic
on msn site. I made her a matching wall hanging and I must admit that
when I look at it in her bedroom I cannot believe that I made it myself.
Another favourite is my own designed "shabby chic bag with beads"
made with Timtex. (top right)
Obviously Diane's Bargello, because of the size - bigger than King Size bed, and totally quilted on my sewing machine in three pieces and then pieced together. The biggest pieces in the quilt are 3" x 3" but mostly smaller. Adapted from AP&Q Vol 13, No. 3 "Lightning Strikes" by Chris Timmins - Adapted to be a quilted bedspread and includes the sham to cover the pillows - it is also much larger than the quilt in AP&Q.
What would be your favourite part in the process of creating a quilt?
I love the rotary cutting and machine piecing - watching it all come together. I am not a very experienced "quilter" as such so am practicing often to perfect my meandering, stippling and free motion quilting.