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!
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.
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.
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.
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.