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May 6, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Laura of The Luckiest

May 6, 2011
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Good morning and welcome to another GXQ Follower Friday!  Better go check your sewing if you did any last night after Cinco de Mayo Coronas!  Today we have Laura of The Luckiest as our feature today.  She has only been quilting one year - and has a great quilt featured below as her favorite.  Be sure to stop be her blog to see her super cute hexagon Max and Whiskers quilt too.  Let's learn more about her...

Laura- Rock Hill, SC

Occupation: Middle school music teacher, turned SAHM, turned teacher again.

Significant Other/Kids/Pets: Married to Joe (who I've had a crush on since I was 14, but that's another blog post) since 2008 and we have one pup, Rufio who is 4 and one son, Noah who is 1 1/2.

# Years Quilting: One!

How you learned to quilt:
After buying a sewing machine when I was pregnant with Noah, my grandmama gave me a few unfinished quilt tops that belonged to her mother, hoping that I could make something of them. With this huge honor upon me, I signed up for a quilting class at a local quilt shop and the rest is history (well, I haven't had the guts to actually do anything with those quilt tops, so I guess that's not history yet)! That first class taught me the basic steps (piecing, basting, quilting, binding) but I have found SO many helpful tips and tricks that make the process easier through Mr. Google and all the amazing sewing blogs out there!

Favorite Completed Project Description:
My Round and Round quilt is my favorite for many reasons- it was my first quilt-a-long, it was my first big purchase of designer fabric (Modern Meadow) and I am just in love with everything about it! I was behind on the quilt-a-long pretty much the entire time, but it was worth it to take my time. I love how it turned out and I think that the striped binding is just the cherry on top!

Quilting workstation setup:
I sew on an old sewing table I got off Craigslist for $15. My husband used a jigsaw to make the opening bigger once the lid is open, and installed a board inside with L-brackets for my machine to sit flush in the table. It is great for quilting and larger projects- I didn't realize how much I needed that space until I got it! I also have my supplies on some shelves in the same room and a closet full of embroidery supplies and patterns. Fabrics live in a cabinet in the den!

Machine(s) you sew on:
I sew on a Brother Innovis 1250D. I originally bought it for it's embroidery capabilities (up to 12"x6"- whoooa Nellie!) but since putting my etsy shop on vacation when I went back to work, I have used it only for sewing! I have nothing but love for that machine- I have so many less headaches sewing on it than my $70 Brother Walmart special I started out on!

I also have a Brother 1034 serger which I use for sewing clothes and for prepping the edges of my quilts for binding (have you done that? It makes binding SO much easier!).

Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room:
I would have to say cutting tools. I can't just pick one, either! I have serious respect for my Olfa rotary cutter- I had a Fiskars one at first (because it was cheaper) and thought it worked well, but when I got my Olfa rotary cutter, I was shocked- and a little scared- at how smoothly and quickly it cut through multiple layers of fabric. But then again my Go! cutter and Silhouette SD work all the magic without my having to do much work. I like that the Go! cutter takes all my scraps and cuts them to useable pieces, but I love the fancy cuts and applique shapes I can get with the Silhouette!

I am a blog reader-aholic. I love seeing all the awesome creations posted by men and women all around the world. I even wake up 30 minutes early each weekday morning just to have my tea and blogs. :)  I have really enjoyed reading each week's Follower Friday because it gives me a new blog to read each week!
Thanks for listening to me babble today!

To keep up with Laura and all that she's up to, visit her blog The Luckiest, or find her on flickr (flickr name: lulamaeskiba).

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 Happy Friday!

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