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Dec 10, 2010

Follower Friday: Meet Kati of From the Blue Chair

Dec 10, 2010
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Hi there!  Today we have a great feature for Follower Friday!  Kati of From the Blue Chair is sharing with us today.  She has a fantastic modern style, and she has inspired my new fascination with pillows.  Kati has done quite a few and they are all awesome.  Check out the argyle one on her blog when you get the chance.  Let's find out more about her!

Kati of Salt Lake City, Utah

Occupation: Currently a stay-at-home mom. In a previous life I was an adoption social worker helping birth parents and adoptive parents as well as teaching medical professionals about infant adoption.

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: A husband who is highly tolerant and supportive of my hobbies. Three little kiddos—a three-year-old daughter and 20-month-old twins (a boy and a girl). Finally, Pixel is a shih tzu/yorkie mix who has been demoted as head of the household and still mopes about it.

# Years Quilting: I officially say I have been quilting for one year, but that’s not entirely true. I have made several unimpressive quilts in the past, but only discovered my true addiction to quilting when I learned I could free-motion quilt on my sewing machine. I came across Crazy Mom Quilts through a friend’s blog and saw her tutorial on free-motion quilting. It was a brilliant day. I started immediately and have never looked back. I have made approximately 20 quilts in the past year—all of which I have quilted on my machine.

How you learned to quilt: When my twins were about six months old, life finally started getting back to some kind of normal. Everyone was on the same sleeping/napping schedule and for the first time in months, I had free time again. I started looking for a hobby I could do from home because leaving the house with three very small children is near to impossible. I started collecting crafting and sewing blogs to follow in Google Reader. I learned to quilt from dozens of fabulous quilt bloggers. The internet brings so many possibilities and makes the information so available. People are amazingly generous in sharing their quilting knowledge and tutorials.

Favorite project: It’s so hard for me to pick just one quilt as a favorite project. They are each my favorites for different reasons. I like choosing new things that will challenge me, and I can learn from. One of my favorite projects was the quilt I made for our bed. I made a couple pillows to match and just really like the set.

Other interests: About five years ago I won first prize in a recipe contest through the magazine Quick Cooking. With my prize money I purchased two things that changed my hobbies forever: my first sewing machine and my first version of Adobe Photoshop. I have since purchased a DSLR and love photography. I’m self-taught and always learning, but it’s become a very fun hobby for me. I have also done quite a bit of digital scrapbooking and even designed and printed a family cookbook for my mom and siblings several years ago for Christmas.

Workstation: I’m so lucky to have a dedicated space for my sewing. I use a desk my dad built for me as a child. I’m left-handed so he built me a left-handed desk, and it’s perfect for sewing. I try to stay organized, but it doesn’t always work. I share my corner of the family room with the dog and her kennel. Sometimes we get in each other’s way, but she usually just hangs out with me in front of my desk while I sew. My design wall is simply a white piece of felt held up by pushpins. I love putting my projects up as I work on them. It keeps them out of the way while giving me the chance to really work through my design.

My blog is named after my sewing chair. I refurbished this chair from Goodwill and really love it. I came
up with the blog name at 1 a.m. when I couldn’t sleep. It just popped into my head and seemed perfect.

See what Kati is up to!  Stop by From the Blue Chair for a visit!

Be sure to check back on Sun/Mon as I am taking part in GiveAway Day, hosted by Sew Mama Sew!  It will be fun! 

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, Kati! Awesome feature, I adore her blog :)

  2. Thanks so much for featuring me! I really appreciate it.

  3. How fun to learn a little more about Kati! Thanks for featuring her.

  4. Just happened upon this blog and love it (as a fellow Gen X quilter)!! Great feature on Kati :)


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