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Oct 22, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy

Oct 22, 2010
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Welcome to another Follower Friday!  Today's feature is Elizabeth of Don't Call Me Betsy.  Her Rockets and Robots quilt (shown later on in the post and on QuiltStory this week!) really caught my eye.  It's something I can see making for my boys.  She is a new quilter, but I really can't believe how many fantastic finishes she has!  Check her out!

Elizabeth of Tampa, FL

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  My husband John and I have been married for almost six years, and if nothing else, he's thrilled that I quilt because I like to keep our house cold! He tries to throw in his two cents every now and again, about quilt design or fabric selection, and he's a good problem solver if I find myself in a bind. He's my biggest supporter, that's for sure, and I adore him. My son, Ryan, who's 2 1/2, is possessive of my sewing sometimes - he loves when I make things for him, and reluctant for me to make things for other people. I've also got two pets - Sebastian, a cat who thinks he's a dog, and Sam, a dog who wishes he were a cat so he could eat cat food.

# Years Quilting: Less than a year. I made my first quilt in February, after getting my first sewing machine at the end of January. I always was interested in sewing, but growing up, I learned to cross-stitching. I wasn't very good at it, but I liked the making something. Quilting has quickly become an addiction since I started; it's a huge stress reliever for me. And with a two year old, I need all the stress relief I can get!

Hand or machine piecing/quilting: Machine all the way. I'm practically allergic to hand sewing of any kind. The last big quilt I finished, the Rockets & Robots Oh My quilt, I did hand-finish the back of the binding, and I cursed most of the way through it. I really liked the look it had when it was finished, but wow, I truly disliked the process. I'm not sure if I'll do that again, honestly. I really love the speed of sewing with a machine.

How you learned to quilt:  I learned to sew using a book called SEW: The Sew Everything Workshop, which was super helpful. It had a small quilt in it, one that was hand-tied, and that piqued my interest. I started checking out every single book my local library system had on sewing and then quilting, and then I started devouring everything online I could find about quilting.

Favorite project: That's a really tough question! I really love all the quilts I've made. I love the Rockets & Robots Oh My quilt I made for my son's big boy bed. I adore the bright colors and the fussy cut robots throughout the quilt. You can read more about that quilt here.

Other interests: I love to read, always have. I've even taken to listening to audiobooks on occasion while sewing or quilting, when I don't have to think about math and such, when I'm just mindlessly piecing or quilting. I also love to bake, write, listen to music, and shop, for books or fabric.

Workstation setup:  My sewing area is a corner of the sitting room adjacent to my bedroom. I use my dad's old desk as my sewing table, which works pretty well. I have a small cutting mat there on my desk, and have an extra large one that I use out on my dining room table from time to time. I've got lots of artwork from my son, and the "thank you" artwork my niece sent when I made her mixtape quilt earlier this year.

I've got some really cool things in progress at the moment, including my first tutorial. I'm working on making sure the math is perfect, but I'm hoping to release it in the next few weeks. I'm really excited about it, and if you visit my blog today, you'll see a sneak peek!

To learn more about Elizabeth, be sure to stop by her blog Don't Call Me Betsy.

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilter's Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to Have a great weekend!

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  1. Elizabeth is one of my favorite new bloggers! I'm so glad you featured her!

    Jennifer :)

  2. Aww, thanks Jennifer! And thanks, AnneMarie, for featuring my blog, I really appreciate it. :)


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