Hometown: Langley, BC
Current Home: Surrey, BC
Blog address : alwaysmakinglifeprettier.blogspot.ca
Flickr name: 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!