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Jan 21, 2011

Follower Friday: Lee of Freshly Pieced

Jan 21, 2011
Pin It Yea Friday!  Our featured guest today doesn't need an introduction really....  I'm sure most of you already know her.  The lovely Lee of Freshly Pieced!  She has had two of her tutorials featured here on GXQ, hosts the fun weekly link-up party w.i.p. Wednesday, and is genius in her designs and use of fabric.  If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you are certainly missing out.  All that - and I feel lucky to consider her a bloggy friend of mine!  We've seen the gorgeous quilts, now let's meet the girl behind the scenes!

Lee of Milwaukee, WI

Occupation:   Mostly stay-at-home mom. I'm also a graphic designer, although I haven't done much "real" work in the last few years—mainly just little jobs for friends and family. And my degree is in journalism, so in a previous life I was a reporter, writer, and editor. I guess that's why I love blogging so much!

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  I live with my husband (my regular readers might know him as "McLurky"), my two lovely daughters, ages 4 and almost 2, and my standard poodle, who is so kind as to never shed a single dog hair on any of my quilts.

# Years Quilting:  Three. But I've only been quilting regularly for about a year and a half. Pregnancy and then a newborn interrupted my obsession for a little while.

How you learned to quilt:

About eight years ago, I caught an episode of Martha Stewart Living featuring a woman whose quilts just awed me. They were like nothing I'd ever seen before: Bold and bright and geometric and modern. I hadn't sewn a single stitch at that point, and had never given quilting much thought one way or the other. But when I saw those quilts, I picked my jaw back up off the floor and thought, "I HAVE to learn to do that." Unfortunately, I didn't know a thing about it, and it was a pretty unrealistic hobby for me at that point, so it didn't happen then. As time went on, I forgot the name of the quilter from Martha's show, but her work stayed with me.

Five years later, I had recently had my first child and had just quit work to stay home with her full time. My mom upgraded her sewing machine, so she gifted me her old 40-year-old avocado green Kenmore and gave me a few basic sewing lessons. From there, I taught myself to quilt using books and online tutorials. I have the screwed-up beginners' quilts to prove it.

Oh, and that quilter I saw on Martha's show? It was Denyse Schmidt, of course. She's still one of my favorite designers and such an inspiration to me.

Favorite projects:

Oooh, that's a tough one. It's hard to choose! Well, my Single Girl quilt definitely has to be one of them. It's king-size, so it took ages, but it was truly a labor of love.

My other favorite (at the moment) is my most recently completed top, my Urban Lattice Quilt-Along in Far Far Away 2.

Other interests:  Reading, travel, and reality TV. But I have little kids, so I've mostly abandoned those first two.

Workstation setup:

This used to be our guest room, then it was my home office—and now it's my sewing room. I love my space, especially my floor-to-ceiling design wall (really just a flannel sheet nailed to the wall, but it works!). It also has a nice big closet for fabric storage and lots of natural light, with two windows. It's such a great de-stresser to open that window on a warm spring day and spend a naptime sewing and listening to the birds singing.
Thing you can't live without in your sewing room:  I have to go with my rotary cutter. I can't seem to cut a straight line with scissors to save my life! I've used that thing on everything from fabric to loose threads to paper. (Yes, I change the blade often!)
To keep up with Lee and all that she's up to, visit her blog Freshly Pieced.

P.S. Are the any other questions you would like me to ask our featured Follower?  I think it's really fun to see everyone's workspaces.  If you think of anything else, just let me know!

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. Aww, yay, Lee! Her blog is so super stylish and gorgeous :) Happy Friday!

  2. AnneMarie - great feature on Lee. Both of you have great blogs and posts that I always enjoy. Thank you for doing this feature to let us learn more about fellow bloggers that we follow.

  3. Congrats Lee! Love your blog! :)

  4. Lee - Every time I see your Single Girl Quilt - I love it more and more! Great job Lee, I ditto Becky's comment, love your blog :)

  5. Great profile! I love the Martha Stewart story. How funny.

  6. Awww, thanks for the bloggy love everybody, especially AnneMarie! Happy weekend.

  7. Great feature! I love seeing pictures of everyone. It's so much more fun to know what people look like when I'm following their work.

  8. Love both of your blogs! What about asking what sewing machine people use... I'm incredibly eager to some day get a "big girl" machine. So I'm always wondering what machines people use (brand, model). Also, how do they get their inspiration (nature? books? quilt shows??) Love Friday followers!!! Thanks!

  9. Lee, that is a fantastic dresden plate on your design wall :)


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