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Feb 25, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Monika of My Sweet Prairie

Feb 25, 2011
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Welcome Friday (only 23 days til Spring!)!  There is a greenhouse about a mile from home that starts the Spring countdown at 40.  Not too much longer!  Well, I am excited today because Monika of My Sweet Prairie is our featured follower.  She is the first fiber artist featured at GXQ!  If you haven't seen her blog yet, be sure to stop by and marvel at her gallery of fiber art and quilts.  She is so talented!  Let's learn more about her...

 Monika of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Occupation:  I'm an ex-trauma counsellor. These days I'm a homeschooling mama, a quilt maker and fibre artist. My business name is My Sweet Prairie because I'm terribly in love with my home land.

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: I live with my husband, our three kids, and our birds.

How you learned to quilt:   I was raised by a landscape artist and spent much of my time outside on the prairie or at the lake while my mom sat in the grass and drew. My mother couldn't sew. I have always puttered around with sewing, and stitching is definitely my passion. I began seriously quilting 4 years ago. I sew daily. About a year ago, I discovered that I can sew the landscape. Since then I've been hooked on fibre art. I have my 3rd and 4th art exhibits booked this year! I feel like I've found my calling! I have had no mentors, and am completely self taught (and internet taught), which always makes me a little sad. Joining a guild has helped.

In the past year, I've created four patterns, had some published in magazines, taught a postcards class, and had my first public solo fibre art & quilt exhibit. It's been a BIG year!

Favorite Completed Project:  The photo is of a piece I did called "Spring on the Prairie" - my FAVORITE. It's the dark thunderstorm coming over the sunlit field, typical prairie scene. 4x6".

Quilting workstation setup:  My sewing room is too big and too messy, so here is a photo of my two machines with their brand new quilted covers!!

My Machines:  Fiona is my 'new' 10 yr old Kenmore. She's portable and a total princess. : ) I will use her for piecing, teaching, and travel/workshops.

Pretty Penny is my Janome 7700P that I got specifically for the auto-thread cutter and the space (11 inch harp!). I upgraded last year from the Janome 4900.

I have a non-working antique Kenmore in a cabinet that was my mother's, and a non-working Brother & a Kenmore from the 70's too. I plan to learn how to fix my own machines by stripping those down. I'm stubborn, and 'I wanna do it myself'.

Isn't that insane? I actually have more machines than I have children.

Favorite tool: hmmm. That would be my CAMERA! I love to stitch my photos. : )

I also started a weekly sewing sharing circle on my blog that I call "Tips on Tuesdays". Each Tuesday has a theme and readers are encourage to leave a tip on the subject whether you blog or not.
To keep up with Monika and all that she's up to, visit her blog My Sweet Prairie.

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. Oh AnnaMarie, thanks so much! ; ) You rock.

    Spring, eh? Yikes! It's -45C here with a windchill warning of 'skin can freeze in minutes'. I guess I'll have to stay in my sewing room. : )

  2. Hello from a Manitoban. We are sitting at -45C with the windchill as well. We lived in Saskatoon for 2 years and still love that city.

    You do beautiful work. I'm off to check your blog.


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