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Mar 25, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Alexandra of A(squared)*w

Mar 25, 2011
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Hi there!  Today's featured guest is Alexandra of asquared(w).  If you remember, I featured her super cool Embroidery Hoop Clock tutorial about a month ago...and it doesn't stop there!  She has a couple other cute tutes that are worth checking out, not to mention her Start Square series.  Let's see what she's made of...

Alexandra of Albuquerque, NM

Occupation:  Math teacher 

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  Married, no kids, pet hedgehog named Snowflake.

# Years Quilting: About 3

Hand or machine piecing or quilting: I do everything by machine, but I love the look of hand stitching. I have my wedding quilt set aside that I want to hand quilt, when time and inspiration strike!

How you learned to quilt:  My mom taught me basic sewing skills when I was young. When I was in high school I made a patchwork duvet cover.  Not knowing anything about patchwork, and not wanting to ask for help (you know how high schoolers are!) I did not cut any of the pieces to same size squares. It's a very crazy quilt, made with satins, velvets, corduroy (oh, and all black! Did I mention that?!). It was so complicated that I gave up sewing after that. After college I dabbled in interior design and took up sewing again. I wanted a yellow quilt, so I bought a book (Amy Buter's In Stitches), bought some fabric, and figured it out along the way! I wish I could get back all those years that I didn't sew. :(

Favorite Completed Project: That first quilt is still my favorite completed project, probably because I made it for me with my preferences and not for someone else. I don't know what all the fabrics are even because this was before I knew about designers. I like that I don't think of it by fabric designer or collection, it's just a bunch of yellow fabrics that I love!

Quilting workstation setup: I use a bar height dining table, which means I don't have to hunch over to cut things, but I have to sit on the edge of my chair to reach the foot pedal. The entire table is covered with a cutting mat (bought on sale at JoAnn).  Next to my chair I made a small ironing table (from the Oh Fransson

tutorial). I have 2 big bookshelves in the closet that hold my fabric and books and boxes of WIPs.

craft room 1

craft room 2

Machine(s) You Sew on:  I currently have a Janome MC 6600. I absolutely LOVE it! The thread cutting button is my new best friend. It has a built in walking foot that I use all the time, although I find that I change the foot out quite a bit (there are 4 different ones that I like depending on what I'm doing). 

Notion or Tool You Can't Live Without in Your Sewing Room:  I can't live without my little embroidery scissors! Some people love their seam ripper, but I actually use these a lot more than my seam ripper. In fact, I frequently use these INSTEAD of a seam ripper. I love how sharp they are and how close I can cut any stray threads. I should probably get a few back-up pairs!

One of my new ongoing blog projects is Start Square. Every other week I am posting a block tutorial that starts with a 13" square.

start square stone

To keep up with Alexandra and all that she's up to, check out her blog asquared(w) or see her stuff on flickr.

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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