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Member Spotlight – Samantha D.

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Name: Samantha
Hometown: Langley, BC
Current Home: Surrey, BC
Blog address : alwaysmakinglifeprettier.blogspot.ca
Flickr name: makinglifeprettier
Instagram: makinglifeprettier

Do you have a day job? What is it?
I am at home with my girls at the moment but I do have my Early Childhood Education and worked in a daycare as a teacher prior to being a Mom.

When did you join the VMQG and why?
Back in August I met my Instagram friend Christina who happened to live 10 minutes away from me. I think we were both in search for a local sewing buddy 😉 She asks me if I would be interested to coming to the meetings with her. So we decided to come in September 2013 and then joined in November! It was so nice to meet many of you in person. I had felt the support and was inspired via blogs and Instagram but it is way better in person! It is so awesome to get out of the house and be in a room with so many creative minds who share the same love for fabrics!

When did you start quilting?
I have only been quilting for about two years but sewing since childhood. I did make my very first quilt when I was pregnant with my now three year old but I don’t really count that one. My husband had suggested that I needed a hobby and I for sure found one that I love!

Why do you quilt?
I quilt because I love to wrap those I care about in my love! I also create to make someone smile, to learn something new, and to hopefully inspire someone else. Another reason I quilt is because I love that it is something that stays I can clean my dishes, fold my clothes and sweep the floor but within moments those things are always ruined!

What is your favourite project?
I think that my favourite recent project is Mr. Fox I was totally addicted to making him! He was made for a swap but isn’t that the way it should be?! You need to love what you make no matter who it is for!

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What are you working on right now?
I am finishing up a spider web quilt top with some text prints, Indian Summer and various neutral solids as the background for my first ever quilty friend, she constantly encourages me and has helped me become the quilter I am. We are exchanging quilt tops when she comes to visit from Australia.

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Where do you create? Can we see a photo of your sewing space?
We moved into our house in August that we had been building for quite some time and now I am blessed with an awesome sewing room instead of using the dining room! I still need some more color and character in here though. I feel so lucky to have this space even though my daughter now thinks I need to share it with her.

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Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! I love to look through Flickr, Instagram, quilting books, blogs, and of course my family and friends play a huge role in my inspiration because I want to create something for them that they will love forever!

What’s one thing we might not know about you?
I swore I would never ever sew after I moved out of my Mother’s house, lol. I grew up in a home where my Mom was a working seamstress. I learned how to hem men’s dress pants and sew on buttons at an early age when she worked at various drycleaners. I later learned how to bead wedding dresses, gather a crinoline, manipulate lace, sew a bustle, and slip stitch shoulder seam lining closed as she worked at various bridal shops. She was not a “quilter” but I did learn a great deal from her because she doesn’t think “inside the box” and taught me that there is always a way to get something right.

What do you do when you’re not creating/quilting?
I am busy being a Mom of two young girls. We bake cookies, play with play dough, paint, play with dolls and so on. I have to do all that boring stuff too like planning meals and cleaning but sometimes those get ignored to quilt, lol.

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What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?
I am a new owner of a Pfaff Expressions 4.2. We are still getting to know each other. Prior to that I was using a Pfaff Tiptronic 1171 which my five year old daughter is now learning how to sew on!

What new technique or pattern is highest on your list to learn or do?
I am planning a selfish project of making myself the Jaybird Chopsticks quilt. It is a triangle quilt and I haven’t made one of those before. I am excited to work on a quilt for me!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Modern Quilting Uncovered podcast on Canadian Quilt Talk

We hope you’re enjoying your Labour Day long weekend! If you’ve got a spare 45 minutes over the weekend, you should tune in to Episode 9 of the Canadian Quilt Talk podcast to listen to VMQG president Holly Broadland chat about modern quilting and the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild.

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Brandy Lynn Maslowski has started a new podcast all about quilting in Canada and you can find it for free on iTunes. You can also like Canadian Quilt Talk on Facebook to get notifications of new episodes. If you have any suggestions for future episodes, I’m sure Brandy would be happy to hear them!

 

Member Spotlight: Krista Hennebury

July’s Member Spotlight features self-described bag-lady and quilter extraordinaire, Krista Hennebury.

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QR Code Quilt by Poppyprint
Krista created the VMQG’s QR code quilt (scan it – it works!)

When did you start quilting?

I started by signing up for a row by row class with Jacquie Thaysen at the Cloth Shop in 2001. That quilt is not finished. Apparently, it set the tone for my quilting career of UFO’s.

Why do you quilt?

I love fabric, pattern and colour. I enjoy sewing straight lines and creating beautiful, functional things. It has been pointed out to me that I might have to change my job description from “Quilter” to “Bag Lady” because the only projects I seem to finish these days are bags of all kinds: totes, purses, pouches, luggage. You name it – I have a bag for it.

A Two-Zip Hipster fit for France

Buttercup bag for Jen

What is your favourite project?

Usually whatever I’m working on is my favourite, but if I had to choose just one, it would be my Blackbird Fly quilt. After more than 10 years of quilting for others, this was the first quilt I created for our bed and I love sleeping under it.

Blackbird Fly by Poppyprint

Where do you create?

After years of sewing at the dining room table and storing fabric in our bedroom, I am very fortunate to now have a tiny (8’ x 9’) upstairs room to sew in. It’s got a south-facing window with a lovely view towards downtown Vancouver and just enough room for my table, ironing board and stash. I covered one entire wall with batting-covered insulation sheets for a big design wall that just might be my favourite thing about the space!

Full Circle by Poppyprint

Where do you find inspiration?

Pretty much everywhere: quilting books, magazines and blogs, my travel photos, beautiful large print fabric, tile floors, pop art

birdhouse fence wool mini by Poppyprint

What is your favourite tool/notion?

Without a doubt, it is my Purple Thang(s)….I have 4 of them.

Queen of the Dresdens by Poppyprint

What’s one thing we might not know about you?

I’m a pretty open book, so I doubt there is anything. My allergy to the colour brown is common knowledge. Hmmmm, maybe that I am going to London this month to meet all of my UK bloggy friends and participate in the Fat Quarterly Retreat?!

Liberty Lemonade reversible table cloth

What do you do when you’re not creating/quilting?

I’m probably reading about creating/quilting or looking at what others are creating/quilting, or driving my two teenagers somewhere, or wondering what to make for dinner. If he’s lucky, I take my obnoxious dog for a walk.

Quickie Zippy by Poppyprint

 

Thank you, Krista! For more on Krista, visit her blog and her Flickr photostream.

Member Spotlight: Jo Ann Lee

May’s Member Spotlight was given over to To Boston With Love activities (see our Facebook page for all kinds of information, media reports and whatnot). In this month’s Member Spotlight, we are delighted to be featuring Jo Ann Lee!

Jo Ann is an extremely talented quiltmaker and sewist. So excited to learn more about her in her own words.

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When did you start quilting?

I learned to sew and knit when as a child.  I became interested in quilting in 1998 and signed up for my first class at the Cloth Shop taught by Dolores Bell.  It was a hand pieced and quilted sampler.  I made a twin sized quilt and had it quilted in just a few months.  I was hooked! I continue to take classes to learn new skills and techniques.

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Jo Ann’s Madrona Road Challenge quilt

Why do you quilt?

I grew up surrounded by all kinds of handmade goodness. My Great Grandmother and Great Aunt Runa were quilters.  Unfortunately we used our quilts and most of them are no longer around.  I have always loved and appreciated handmade items and I love to create!

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What is your favourite project?

I am proud of my Cardinal and I love my Single Girl quilts. My Cardinal was a challenge at every stage it is by far the quilt that used the most of my hours.

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My Single Girl quilt was a gift for my sister and was made from scraps of fabric from my Great Grandmother’s stash.  It was a really special project to work on.

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Where do you create?

All over my home!  I share a room with the computer and it is a 9’ x 9’ and has an L shaped desk and two shelving units.  It is tight, but it is space.  The kitchen island is my cutting table.  I have some Styrofoam boards in the garage that I tape together to be a design wall. My family room floor is where I baste quilts and I block quilts in my in-laws’ living room. Whenever I baste a quilt I seem to have a helper appear to make sure the center of the quilt doesn’t move.  I think Monty is not unusual as far as pets go but it amuses me anyway.

Helper Monty

I also create on retreats, mostly Krista Hennebury’s retreats, but also guild retreats and sew-ins.

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Where do you find inspiration?

Every Guild meeting, retreat, quilt show, and quilt store I enter provides inspiration. I love books and follow other quilters on their blogs and on Instagram.

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What is your favourite tool/notion?

It really depends on the job.  I love Aurifil and Superior threads, 505 basting spray, my Sew Slip and machine quilting gloves.  I love my Featherwieght for piecing and my Bernina 150 is what I use for machine quilting.

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What’s one thing we might not know about you?

I am not a fan of heights but have managed to skydive! – Twice.  The first time was with the woman who ran the day care I attended as a little one.  She was 80 at the time!  The second time was not as much fun as the first but was still cool.  I think I can cross that off my list.  I no longer wish to leave an airplane midflight.

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What do you do when you’re not creating/quilting?

I love to garden and spend time with my family and dog.  I am a Home Economics teacher and that keeps me fairly busy during the school year.  But I do squeeze in a heck of a lot of hours into quilting!

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Member Spotlight: Laurraine Yuyama

Welcome to April’s Member Spotlight! This month, learn all about the lovely and talented Laurraine Yuyama, who blogs at PatchworkPottery.

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When did you start quilting?

I am a self-taught quilter and have been designing and sewing my own quilted crafts since 1997 when out-of-the-blue I decided to make a quilt for a pregnant co-worker at the frame shop where I worked. The small forest quilt was a simple zig-zag appliquéd Noah’s Ark scene of pairs of animals that I had fussy cut from animal fabric. I immediately fell in love with the idea of painting pictures with fabric instead of watercolour which I had done for many years.

Sheep Pillow Cover

Why do you quilt?

I love it. I love colours, patterns, and textures, and bringing it all together in harmony. I love designing. I love creating. I love buying fabric (I probably have way more than I will ever use)!

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What is your favourite project?

My favourite project is the Quilted Teacup and it is the most popular of my patterns. I could sew an entire teacup collection for myself if I had the time!

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Last year, Kerry Green of verykerryberry in the UK recently asked if she could create my teacup in Liberty fabrics. The cup now sits in Liberty Café in London with my label on the bottom and anyone interested is directed to my blog! I think it’s quite exciting!

Where do you create?

I am lucky to have a bright room in the attic of our rented house to call my studio although it can get quite hot in the summer! I painted the walls my favourite colour of aqua blue (how could I resist a paint called Garden Party?!) and filled it with handmade items and supplies to inspire me. My sewing desk now faces the window so I can look out the large window and the beautiful trees and bridge across the river. My daughter and our fluffy cats are my helpers – Claire likes to design and Percy & Opal like to re-arrange blocks! I create, blog sporadically and sell my pattern booklets online from my bright attic studio in New Westminster.

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Where do you find inspiration?

I am greatly inspired by tea, Japanese country patchwork, and the online craft community where I am known as PatchworkPottery. My style has been described as “country chic” which mixes elements of old and new to create a sophisticated timeless quality.

"Tea for One" Mug Rug

I like to incorporate machine-appliqué, hand-embroidery and buttons along with at least a splash of linen in everything I make. I enjoy combining elements from both my passions of patchwork and pottery– creating dishes with patches of intricate patterns, and quilting three-dimensional teapots and teacups. A few months after we moved away from our old neighbourhood and the community centre where I took pottery for 5 years, I must have really missed pottery because when I looked down at the fabric on my sewing desk I decided right then and there that I would create a fabric teacup & saucer! Hence my company name– PatchworkPottery.

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What is your favourite tool/notion?

My new Janome Horizon! Quilting on it is a dream. I also absolutely love buttons & crocheted cotton trim & wood beads.

Linen Bird Ornament

What’s one thing we might not know about you?

I suppose there are a few things! I have a black belt in karate although it’s been many years since I have practiced. I was also a picture framer for 12 years. I’m really shy. I’m secretly being converted from muted calm country quilter to a bright wild modern quilter… thanks VMQG :o)

Madrona Road quilt

What do you do when you’re not creating/quilting?

When I’m not sewing or jotting ideas down in one of my many sketchbooks, I like to spend my time gardening in our private and somewhat wild backyard filled with flowers, kale, tomatoes & Japanese squash. In the summer, we like to go to the river to pick thimbleberries and blackberries. I also enjoy baking healthy and delicious treats to serve my friends who come for tea regularly. I have a growing collection on teacups & teapots which have a special home in “the tea room”. It’s an extra multi-purpose room in our house that serves as a teahouse, dining room, game room, craftroom & karate dojo for my husband.

Gingerbread Bunnies

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Thank you, Laurraine!

Member Spotlight: Paul Krampitz

February’s Member Spotlight features Paul Krampitz!

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Paul is a long-time VMQG member who is the mastermind behind many of the challenges we’ve done as a guild over the years.

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Paul's VMQG July challenge sample block

When did you start quilting?

I think I finished my first quilt in 1986.  It all started when I saw the owner of the quilt store that used to be on Dunbar Street using a rotary cutter and rulers.  Suddenly quilting looked fun with the cool tools and new techniques.  The oldest quilt that I made that is still local is from 1998.  The older quilts were all made for people who have moved away with the quilts.

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Why do you quilt?

I love the creative part of quilting.  I love figuring out how to reproduce something I’ve seen online and then changing it up to make it my own.  I love the geometry that’s involved in patchwork.

Paul's VMQG challenge block #2

Where do you get inspiration?

I get most of my inspiration from other quilters.  I happily “steal” ideas I see in other quilts.  I love the guild show and tell time.  There’s so many great ideas presented and I immediately think of ways to adapt them to the fabrics I have or for a niece or nephew.  I read lots of quilt blogs and check out modern quilts on flickr all the time.  Sometimes a photo makes me want to try something in its colours, or a floor or wall suggests a great pattern that might work as a quilt.  I have saved photos of the Large Hadron Collider that would make a great quilt.  I really like the style of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr.  They have published several books on quilting and have a great quilt design magazine that comes out 4 times a year called Modern Quilts Illustrated.  And, they’re going to be at Quiltcon!!

Hadron Collider

Hadron Collider

What is your favourite project?

Whatever I’m working on is my favourite project.  I have so many quilts on the go at a time and usually work on all of them.  I do usually get the tops done and that’s were they stay.  I move on to another project.  There’s very few quilts that don’t get that far.  I am trying to come up with complementary ideas that would work for the back of the quilt.  It’s the only way I get the tops actually quilted.

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What the one tool/notion you couldn’t possibly do without?

I love finding out about new gizmos that make piecing easier.  I love my collection of wedge shaped rulers.  I have 72 degree, 60 degree, 45 degree, 36 degree, 30 degree, 18 degree and 10 degree rulers. I really love the shapes you can get to interlock with them.

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Where do you create?

My sewing area and bedroom are side by side with a large connecting open area.  It’s a sunny (in Vancouver?) room with huge windows facing west, and north and south. I just need to figure out how to organize my stash and work area so that things are easy to find and not such a pain to put away.

I do most of my piecing on a little Featherweight 221.  It’s so old fashioned, small and does only one thing – stitch a straight line.  What else does a quilter need?

I do my quilting on an old Singer my parents bought just after their wedding in the late 50s.  It’s the only machine I could get to properly work with a darning foot.

What is one thing that VMQG members may not know about you?

I bought a condo with a friend 3 years ago.  It’s in a converted 100 year old historic building that used to be a reform school for girls.  Each Halloween we put up a display on the front arcade of the building that tells a bit about life in the reform school 100 years ago.

QuiltCon Charity Quilt top by Paul

What do you do when you’re not quilting?

I don’t understand the question.  Not quilting? I’m in a community band that meets in the Oakridge Seniors Centre.  I play the euphonium.  It looks like a small tuba and sounds euphonious.  I work at BCIT in their Educational Technologies area supporting our learning management software and other Ed Tech software.

Paul's Kona Challenge quilt

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Thank you, Paul! If you’re interested in being featured in our Member Spotlight, drop Felicity a line at socialmedia AT vancouvermodernquiltguild DOT ca.

Member Spotlight: Sonja Callaghan

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Sonja

We can’t think of a better way to kick off the new year than with a new Member Spotlight. This month, we’re featuring Sonja Callaghan. Sonja is a talented designer of paper-pieced patterns. Sonja’s blog, Artisania, is a treasure-trove of free patterns and tutorials (including how-to videos), and you can also buy Sonja’s patterns. Her work – which has a super cute and quirky style – has been featured in books and magazines. She recently put on a workshop for VMQG and introduced a whole new crop of quilters to the fun of paper piecing. Late last year, Sonja “retired” as VMQG’s photographer after over two years of dedicated volunteer service. We’re so grateful for all of the time and talent Sonja shared with VMQG. Now she can sit back and relax during the meetings for a change!
When did you start quilting?
I made my first quilt in 2001 when I was pregnant with my daughter. One of my Martha Stewart Baby magazines had a simple patchwork heirloom quilt which inspired me to try. Of course I didn’t follow any of the instructions. Baste the whole thing just to rip it out again? Nah, I just started quilting it. It’s safe to say a long and meaningful relationship with my seam ripper started that day.
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Lil’ Matriyoshka

Why do you quilt/create/make?
Looking back, I think my sewing and designing obsession started out as a creative outlet replacement for playing the piano. I’ve had 20 years of classical piano training, and when my children were little I was often so frustrated that I couldn’t play while they were napping, or late at night. Sewing was the perfect quiet solution for my restless hands.
I also think I continuously create because I can’t stand being so horrible at something! That first quilt was so hilariously bad, I just had to try again, not only to prove to myself that I could indeed make a decent quilt, but to see how far I can hone and perfect my sewing and quilting skills.
It took me a whole week of failed attempts to finally figure out how to paper piece. I remember saying to myself, “I’m a reasonably intelligent person, and I should be able to figure this out, honestly!” Stubborn tenacity and an over-achiever syndrome just might explain some things.
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What inspires you?
I love modern graphic art, honest candid portraiture, and vintage modern stylings. I also love ideas or images that capture and warm my heart, cleverness, and anything that makes me giggle.
I’m constantly inspired by what other people are making and sewing. I love seeing fresh fabric and colour pairings, and I’m always wondering why they chose those quilting motifs in particular.
I also find naturally occurring colour and texture combos extremely inspiring. It does gets a bit hairy when I spy something while I’m driving however.
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What is your favourite project?
I think that would be the Halloween Quilt of Awesomeness, as it was a fun collaborative design project for my family. Our daughter Maya came up with the idea, my hubby Vince drew all the monsters, our son Liam named everyone, and I designed the patterns. It was my first whole quilt pattern, and having Paul, Paula and Laurraine from the VMQG help with the sewing and finishing was wonderful. Krista Withers’ long armed magic is definitely the icing on the cake! When it’s not participating in quilt shows, it hangs in the entrance to our bedroom.
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Hallowe’en Quilt of Awesomeness

Where do you create?
Up in my studio is where I do all the computer work and sewing. I usually carry a notepad and pencil in my purse so I can jot down any ideas that suddenly come to mind. I find my local Blenz a comfy place to sketch when I need to dream up new ideas.
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What is one thing VMQG members may not know about you?
When I was 18, my occupation of choice was to be a search and rescue helicopter pilot.

Member Spotlight: Terry Aske

Our December Member Spotlight features Terry Aske of Terry Aske Art Quilts. You’ve likely seen her beautiful smile and stunning quilts – here’s a chance to learn a bit more about her.

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When did you start quilting? Although I’ve been sewing since I was very young, I didn’t discover quilting until 1998, when a friend invited me to join her at a one-day quilting course.  When I walked into the quilt shop where the course was held, I was immediately captivated by the variety of the quilting fabrics – and the beautiful and vivid colors!!!  I was hooked.  Shortly after that fateful day, I discovered art quilting, and started designing my own quilts.

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Why do you quilt?  I quilt because designing and creating with fabric makes me happy.  Even when I’m working on one project, I am usually daydreaming about possibilities for the next project.

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And, I quilt for recognition as an artist.  I enter my quilts in juried shows and submit my quilts to magazines. I’ve had quilts accepted at the Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried Show and the International Quilt Festival, and published in Quilting Arts Magazine and Art Quilt Studio Magazine. My Etsy shop allows me to share my quilts with an even wider audience, and make some money too!  Also, I find that having the Etsy shop motivates me to keep creating and to finish each project I start.

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Tell us about where you create. I’m lucky to have my own quilt studio. When my husband and I decided to renovate our condo last year, I jumped at the opportunity to design my perfect workspace. My studio is located in our second bedroom, so I have a limited area and I tried to maximize every inch of space and customize it to my needs. I have lots of cupboards, shelves and drawers, and a lot of counter space.  You can see photos of my studio here [Felicity’s note: be prepared to go green with envy when you see Terry’s beautiful and  functional design space!].

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Could you share a bit of your creative process – what inspires you? I get my ideas from everything around me – the colors in a garden or landscape, the shape of a building, the design of a wrought-iron gate, etc.  I try to make notes or take pictures whenever I see something that inspires me.

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What is your favourite quilt and why? Usually, the quilt I’m working on, or just about to start is my favorite.  But if I had to choose one, it would be “Explosion of Color” which is the first large art quilt in made.  It’s one of the few quilts I haven’t listed in my Etsy shop.  I’m just not ready to let that one go.

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 What’s your favourite quilting tool? I have so many favorite notions and tools.  But my favorite tool is probably my portable hinged design wall, which I made from foam insulation board covered with beige fleece.  It’s 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide.  When folded it’s only 2 feet wide, so I can move it out of the way.

Terry’s design wall in action

What do you do when you’re not quilting? My day job is manager, administration at CCEC Credit Union on Commercial Drive.  I only work 3 days a week, which gives me lots of time to quilt. I always have a book on the go, usually a mystery or science fiction.  My husband and I love to explore the Vancouver area by foot or bicycle, especially during the summer.

Got any advice for new quilters? I have several pieces of advice for new quilters:

  • Have confidence in your own ideas.
  • Be open to learning new ways of doing things and find the techniques that work for you.
  • Take courses in areas that interest you.
  • Find a group of like-minded artists and exchange ideas – like the Vancouver Modern Quilt Guild!
  • If you see fabric you love, buy some of it!

Thank you so much Terry, for sharing a little about yourself and your creative process!

Member Spotlight: Felicity R.

Our next member spotlight is from a member you’ll see at almost every meeting or know from her blog. Read on to learn more about Felicity!

Felicity (Photo by Sonja)

What is your first quilting memory? 
I remember the first few minutes of my first quilting class (in 2001) like it was yesterday. I’d admired quilts, had seen them in shows and in museums and in books, but for some reason I didn’t clue in to the fact that I could actually make one of my own. My husband encouraged me to take a class to learn how. I will never forget the moment when I realized that I was about to learn how to make my own quilts – I was excited, thrilled and very, very happy.

In a (Solid) Pickle

What is the finished quilt you are most proud of?
I think I would have to say the mini quilt I made for the For The Love of Solids swap on Flickr. I tried a new-to-me pattern (pickle dish) that was complicated: foundation paper piecing AND curved seams. But I love how it turned out; I’m especially proud of the quilting, which I believe really complements the pattern.

Easy Going Modern

What is “Modern Quilting” to you?
Modern Quilting, to me, is a mindset. An approach that embraces experimentation and improvisation; that happily combines the traditional and the contemporary to make something fresh and new. It’s an “anything goes” approach to design that doesn’t mean “sloppy” or “careless” – rather, it’s a certain openness to new ways of expressing one’s creativity. I’d also say that Modern Quilting and technology are very closely married, especially as it relates to the online Modern Quilting community.

What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?
I sew on a Bernina Activa 145. I am very happy with it, but when I bought it around 10 years ago, I didn’t realize how restrictive I’d find the tiny throat. Oh well.

Polka Dot Garden Front

Pretend it’s a rainy spring day and you’re spending it snuggled up on the couch with your favorite quilt…What are you eating and/or drinking? Coffee or tea, and I probably have a book in my hand.

Mug Rug Complete

Another great round of answers. Visit Felicity on her blog, Felicity Quilts, or on flickr.