Monday, February 16, 2015

Featured Quiltsy Member - Judith of FabriArts

Judy is one of our Team Page Curators and her shop is FabriArts.  She is a great worker on the Quiltsy Team and her quilts are delightful!  I am pleased to present my interview with her:

Your name: Judith Messenger (usually Judy, but Judith on the list to avoid confusion with other teamies)
Judy


Where do you live: Toronto, Canada (and in the summer/fall, at our cottage on Lake Muskoka, 2 hours north of Toronto)


Family: Husband Steve, son Sean, daughter Nadia. No pets. Both kids are in their 20s and both still live at home, although Sean will be moving as soon as his condo is finished in the spring.


How long have you been quilting: I made my first rag quilt somewhere around 2001, and since then have made many of them for family, friends and Project Linus. I started my first "real' quilt in 2003 based on "The Latte Quilt" by Kerri Hay - an machine embroidered quilt, with many hours of intensive machine embroidery stitching. It wasn't finished until 2007, after 3 years of sitting in a bin because I wasn't sure how to quilt it! Purchasing Electric Quilt (version 4 at the time) really got me interested in designing quilts.


How long on Etsy: Since December 2012, with leftover stock from a craft show.


What is your favorite technique: Paper piecing got me into quilting, and is still a favorite. I also like to do hand embroidery, so do some crazy quilted pieces. I'm really liking the modern aesthetic tto, so have been getting into that.


Who taught you to quilt: My Mom taught me to sew. I've always been tall, so for many years, sewed my own clothes and when my kids were young, made many of theirs, too. In 1999 I purchased an embroidery machine, and took classes at the sewing center where I bought it. The instructor introduced us to Electric Quilt, and between that and a 45 minute lecture at a Sewing Festival on paper piecing, I was hooked! 

Judy's Sewing Corner!

Do you belong to any guilds: - York Heritage Quilters Guild ( yhqg.org/ ), a large guild where we can have internationally know speakers and workshops- Pieceful Night Quilters' Guild (www.pnqg.ca/ ), a small guild where we can get to know each other- East Toronto Modern Quilt Guild. This group is just getting started, and I've been to 2 meetings.I'm currently newsletter editor for YHQG and webmaster for PNQG, so it keeps me busy!


Anything else? Thanks so much to the Quiltsy Team for all your support! Without you, I think my listings would still be on page 99 of a search....


Social Media Links: Website
Blog
Pinterest


As Captain of the Quiltsy team on Etsy it is my pleasure to occasionally feature one of my team-mates. This is a lovely group of talented quilters who make a variety of quality quilted and sewn items for sale. I have sold my own quilts in my shop, Pamelaquilts, for almost 9 years now and enjoy quilting and pattern designing. I have been sewing all my life, thanks to my mom, and fell in love with the art of quilting over 25 years ago. I have worked hard at learning the art of quilting and have mastered many techniques, from the time honored skill of fine hand quilting to the modern methods using quick piecing and machine quilting.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Featured Quiltsy Member - Lindsay of Lulubelle Quilts

Lindsay is in in charge of our team Pinterest page and her shop is LulubelleQuilts.  She is an active member of our team and a pleasure to work with!  I really enjoy her tales of like on her farm!  Here is my interview with her:

Your name: Lindsay McKinley

Where do you live: Wadmalaw Island, SC


Family: Patrick (husband) Tallulah Belle (bulldog and who I named my shop after) Norbert, Loretta, Karma, Reba and Momma Cat (my kitties) Ouli and Milton (my rabbits) Bam Bam (my mini zebu bull) Annabel Lee and Edgar (my potpelly pigs) and 80 some odd chickens who are lead by my very handsome Roosters - Dexter, Bobbie Bobbin, Romeo and RuPaul 


How long have you been quilting: I made my first quilt in 2006, but have been quilting full time since 2012


How long on Etsy: Since April 2012


What is your favorite technique: I love patchwork. It's what I think of when I think of a quilt. My absolutely favorite quilt that I own was originally made by my Great Great Aunt. She made the quilt top out of old curtains and my Great Great Great Grandfather's shirts and feedsacks and whatever other fabric they had laying around. Its perfectly patchy. My great grandmother discovered the quilt top, along with several others, at the bottom of an old cedar chest. My Aunt took it and quilted it on her Long Arm and gave it to me as a Christmas gift back before I started quilting. I treasure it. 
Who taught you to quilt: My mom, my aunts and my grandmother are all amazing seamstresses. My mom used to make all our Easter dresses so I've always been around sewing machines but I never had any interest in making clothing. When I showed interest in quilting my Aunt Nean really took me under her wing and showed me the ropes. I was fascinated by her long arm and just the whole process. When I decided this was going to be my sole means of supporting myself everyone had nothing but good things to say. I kind of dove into unknown waters and was so lucky to have their guidance and a safety net of people there that really believed in what I was doing. 



Lindsay's Stash!

Do you belong to any guilds: Not Right now. Etsy, our Quiltsy team and daily farm life keep me pretty busy. Maybe one day when things slow down. (Does that really ever happen?) 
Anything else? Quilting kind of came to me by chance. In college I would go to music festivals with all the other hippie chicks and hula hoop and dance barefoot to jam bands for days at a time. I absolutely loved the traditional patchwork spinner skirts many of the girls wear. Instead of buying t-shirts or sweatshirts from the festivals I always tried to buy the handmade patchwork skirts from the artisans at the shows. That kind of sparked my interest in handmade and in patchwork. The idea of getting to support yourself using your own creative talents was really appealing to me. Since making clothes seemed like such a daunting task I turned my attention to patchwork quilts. At first I quilted as a hobby. Making quilts for my girlfriends that had started having babies. It was several years and a few major life changes later, but eventually that little seed of inspiration became my shop.

Lindsay's studio!

Social Media Links:
Facebook
Farm Facebook Page
Pinterest


I hope you will take a few minutes and check out Lindsay's shop!

As Captain of the Quiltsy team on Etsy it is my pleasure to occasionally feature one of my team-mates. This is a lovely group of talented quilters who make a variety of quality quilted and sewn items for sale. I have sold my own quilts in my shop, Pamelaquilts, for almost 9 years now and enjoy quilting and pattern designing. I have been sewing all my life, thanks to my mom, and fell in love with the art of quilting over 25 years ago. I have worked hard at learning the art of quilting and have mastered many techniques, from the time honored skill of fine hand quilting to the modern methods using quick piecing and machine quilting.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Mug Rug Swap

Mug Rug Swap by the Quiltsy Team 2015
The Quiltsy Team is more than just a group of quilters selling on Etsy ... we are a community that supports one another through thick and thin ... and finds time for fun.  In January 2015, members were invited to sign up for a Mug Rug Swap and be paired with another team member. We had over thirty participants from around the world who created a mug rug and sent it off to their partner by the end of the month. From Australia to Canada to the USA and Mauritius, we all had a great time with this exchange!


Many of the participants sent photos of the mug rugs they created for this special project and here is a collage of those photos.

You will find delightful mug rugs in the shops of many Quiltsy members ... a mug rug is an oversized coaster or a small snack mat that sits beside your favourite chair or on your office desk ... and the themes are as varied as the shops you will visit.