Member Spotlight – Arita R.

Arita and Jacquie Gehring at QuiltCon 2013

Arita and Jacquie Gehring at QuiltCon 2013

Name: Arita R.
Flickr name: arquilters
Instagram: arquilters

When did you join the VMQG and why?
I came to the very first meeting that was held at Spool of Thread. I found the Modern Quilt Guild Ning Group through Leah Day’s website and haven’t looked back. Our first meeting was so energetic, I still remember Holly’s face as more and more people kept coming in.

Arita quilted our VMQG Banner!

Arita quilted our VMQG Banner!


When did you start quilting?
I took a night school course after graduation and when I moved to Vancouver I took a few classes at the Cloth Shop and was hooked on collecting fabric and making quilts.

Why do you quilt?
I love taking fabric and creating something out of it. I make quilts for new babies in the family, birthday and wedding gifts, for donation and I keep a few for myself.

Pearl Bracelets and baby

What is your favourite project?
Usually my current project is my favourite; however, this past year I had a co-worker who wanted to make quilts for her three girls. She did a lot of online research and asked me tons of questions. When she purchased the perfect fabric she was ready to go. Monday mornings were about question and answer session and encouraging her as much as possible. She had a lot of late nights and we even basted over a few lunch hours; she persevered finished them and were ready just in time for Christmas. I think her girls are very happy to have these handmade gifts by Mom.

Three Girls

What are you working on right now?
I just finished working on a Canadian Maple Leaf quilt; I’m planning on watching the Olympics with this around me. Four years ago I was volunteering and missed most of my TV watching.

maple leaf

Where do you create? Can we see a photo of your work space?
I am lucky enough to have a room to set up my sewing machine, I have a design wall and space for my fabric and thread stash. I have a Janome 6600p that I mostly sew on but have recently, thanks to a couple of Guild members, gotten my Featherweight 222K working. I’m planning on using that for sew-ins and retreats.

arita home studio

Where do you find inspiration?
At Guild Show and Tells, blogs, flickr, instagram and places around me. Recently I saw this lovely window display of HST’s that they had made a huge heart out of. I wanted to go home and make that right away!

arita heart hst

What is your favourite tool/notion?
I’m not much of tools person, I have a few different rulers, a couple of cutters and mats. If I had to pick something I would say my computer for inspiration and my thread stash for sewing and the seam ripper because you have to un-sew to move forward sometimes.

arita featherweight

What’s one thing we might not know about you?
I bungy jumped one time and I’m the world’s best procrastinator.

What do you do when you’re not creating/quilting?
Work keeps me busy, spending time with family, gardening and every now and then i will try other crafts like knitting and cross stitch.

arita modern tote

What new technique or pattern is highest on your list to learn or do?
I have tried most quilting techniques; I would like to improve my free motion quilting. Most quilts I make are lap size and would like to make a bed quilt this year.

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