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Dec 17, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch

Dec 17, 2010
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Hi there!  Welcome to the last Follower Friday of 2010!  I hope you have enjoyed these spotlights.... I know I certainly do because I get to chat with all of these fantastic quilters.  I'll definitely start up again in January!

Today we get to meet Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch.  I first noticed her when she linked up to GXQ because of the adorable name she has for her blog.  I love it!  Then she really hooked me when she posted her cathedral windows pillow.  I am so jealous!  It looks fantastic and SO modern.  Read on for more!

Brooke of Harrisville, Utah

Occupation: Technical Writer

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband and I have been married for seven years. We have two beautiful children. Our son is almost four and our daughter is two. No pets (thank goodness).

# Years Quilting: One - I started quilting in January 2010.

How you learned to quilt:

 I don't know exactly how I happened upon Alison's blog, Cluck Cluck Sew, but after seeing all the cute things she's made, I was really inspired to start quilting. I started buying fabric here and there. I did (and still do) a lot of blog hopping to find tutorials for how to make different types of quilt blocks. Whenever I came across a term I didn't understand, I would look it up. I don't have a history of quilting in my family (just sewing), but my mom has been a good resource for sewing-related terms I didn't understand. I also joined the Salt Lake City chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild earlier in the year. The girls in the guild have been a wealth of knowledge for me.

Favorite project: This is a toss-up. I have two favorites, but for different reasons. My first favorite is this quilt, called Life Is What You Make It. It was the first real quilt that I made and it's my favorite one to snuggle under. I love the design and the fabric collection (Make Life) is really well-suited to this type of quilt design.
Life Is What You Make It

My other favorite project is this cathedral windows pillow that I made. It's a favorite because this was the first time I tried doing something that was "hard." I was really proud of myself for not only trying something outside my comfort zone, but also because I love how the color combo works together. This project even inspired a project for 2011 - my year of the cathedral windows quilt! (I know, I'm crazy.)
Cathedral Windows Pillow

Other interests: Quilting is pretty much what I spend my spare time doing. My husband is really into photography. Last year, he told me I should get a hobby so he wouldn't feel so bad about all the time he spends doing photography. That's when I picked up quilting and I'm surprised at how much it consumes my life. I work a full-time job from home, so the only free time I get to sew and quilt is at night after I put my kids to bed. That's my me-time and I'm so glad my husband encouraged me to find something I love and enjoy so much. In my non-sewing hours I enjoy reading. My sister and dad (a former librarian) are my designated book recommenders so I always have a good book on my to-read list.

My husband and I worked out a pretty sweet deal earlier in the year. He wanted to buy a new camera after having bought a camera a year and a half earlier. I came up with a contract that if he bought the new camera (which was a significant amount of money), he would have to do the dishes for the rest of his life. He thoughtfully considered the deal and agreed to the terms. Now I have a full-time dish-doer at my house. The only problem is that now my fabric purchases are starting to add up. Pretty soon, he may suggest that we revise the terms of our agreement. That's okay though, because even if we do renegotiate, at least I've gotten a year (or more) out of no dish-duty. =)

Workstation setup:  

Unfortunately, I don't have a dedicated work space for all my sewing. When you live in 1200 square feet, you have to make the most of the space that you do have. I do my sewing at the kitchen table, my cutting on the living room floor/counter/kitchen table, and I store my sewing supplies and fabric in my bedroom and my daughter's room. I keep dreaming of the day I can have a room dedicated to sewing and quilting. I'll even share with the mister if I need to.

To keep up with Brooke and all that she's up to, visit her blog Pitter Putter Stitch.

If you haven't already, don't forget I have two giveaways going on this week!  Today is the last day to enter for my GiveAway Day mug rug and Kokka fabric.  You have until Tuesday to enter for Sew Fresh Fabrics' Kona Pick-6 Half Yards GiveAway!

If you would like to be featured on Gen X Quilters' Follower Friday, send your information (listed under the Follower Friday page at the top) to Have a great weekend!
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  1. Yay, Brooke! I adore her blog, I can't believe she only started quilting this year! Wow, her work is just amazing. She's a natural! :)

  2. Love the colors on the Cathedral windows pillow. My mom has been working on a quilt for over 30 years now. She works on it when she has free time and not much else to do (thats why its taken her so long ;) It is beautiful and she fills the "windows" in with pieces of fabric from things she has made. I.E. dresses she made for me when I was little, quilts she has made me and my brother, etc. Also, my brother and I fight over the quilt as to who will get it when she passes. LOL

  3. That's awesome...and you pillow is amazing too! It's really wonderful to find so many helpful things on blogland! =)

  4. I love Brooke's blog and her awesome quilts! My mouth dropped when I read she just started quilting a year ago! Now that's what I call inspiration!


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