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Nov 5, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Kris of Summer at Grandma's House

Nov 5, 2010
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Welcome to the new look for GXQ and Follower Friday!  Today I'd like to introduce you to Kris of Summer at Grandma's House.  Her Lollypop Wallflowers really caught my eye.  She JUST got married (!) and did a bunch of cool DIY projects for her wedding.  From the pictures she posts, Kris looks like she loves life and has lots of fun!  Let's find out more....

Kris of Rochester, NY

Occupation: Graduate Student so my days are mainly filled with
reading, research and teaching

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: I am recently married (3 weeks this
weekend) and we don't have pets, but we really want a dog. I'm ashamed
to admit it, but sometimes we go to the dog park just to watch the
dogs run around and play. :)

 Years Quilting: My first sewing project with my grandma was a doll
quilt and that was about 18 years ago, but I really got into doing
quilts recently about a year and a half ago.

Hand or machine piecing/quilting: I mainly machine piece, but I'll do
some hand work with appliques or embroidery. I've only machine quilted
but I always do the binding by hand.

How you learned to quilt:  I learned to sew from my grandma and mom
starting when I was about 8 and took a summer camp class in middle
school on making quilts. While this taught me the basics on rotary
cutting and using the sewing machine, most of what I've learned about
quilting has come from blogs and tutorials online. I also bought Oh,
Fransson's Simple Modern Baby Quilt pattern which taught me a lot of
what I know.

Favorite project: My favorite recent project is actually these
wall hangings that I'm calling my Lollypop Wallflowers.
They're going to get hung on that mostly empty wall in my sewing

My favorite quilting project was this jungle themed quilt for my
husband's niece

He picked the pattern and the layout, we picked fabric together and he
even used the sewing machine for the second time to help me put it
together. I was so happy with how cute the whole thing looked and how
much fun we had together doing it.

Other interests: I'm starting to really enjoy photography and I'm
hoping that now that the wedding's past, I'll have some more time to
get out and get some photos. My husband and I like to get outdoors
when the weather's nice and have gotten into Disc/Frisbee Golf. I also
like to read, spend time with family & friends and travel.

Workstation setup: I have space in our "day room" or second
bedroom. I share the space with my husband's desk, but it's sunny and
generally works really well. I have a bookshelf with supplies, a
cutting table (a desk) with my rulers and thread hanging on the wall
and a sewing table. I got the sewing table online with free shipping
and it's been one of the better investments in the last couple years.

I love the support and feedback
that the online quilting community offers. I've had a lot of fun
testing ideas or getting advice about what to do with a design. I
don't know many people in real life around my age who quilt or sew and
it's nice to see fresh, modern ideas and connect with other people who
want to help each other out and share tips.

To keep up with Kris and all she's up to, visit her blog Summer at Grandma's House or see her on flickr!

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. I live in NY too! =) and love that photo at Niagara! I was proposed too on that Observation deck you see in the background! =)

    Great feature!

  2. Beautiful work! I love the lollipop wallflowers. I'm off to check her site for a tutorial!

  3. Love the lollipop flowers, they're adorable! And what a good husband, mine won't go near my sewing machine :)

  4. I was lucky enough to be in a bee with Kris and you should definitely look back through her blog to see some of the amazing quilt blocks and quilts she's made.


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