My mom came up with the idea to feature myself on my anniversary - and lucky for me, it actually does fall on a Friday! So here it is, a little peek into who I am...
AnneMarie - Columbus, OH
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom, aspiring quilt pattern designer, ESL tutor, and former mechanical engineer
Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband and I have 2 boys (almost 5 and almost 2). We have no pets. I believe that pet fur would drive me nuts if I was constantly lint brushing it off fabric. But 4 y.o. is starting to ask for one. We'll see.
# Years Quilting: 5+ years
How you learned to quilt: I am completely self-taught. I received a sewing machine for Christmas the year I was pregnant with my first son. I wanted to make a "quilt" for my baby, but had no idea how to begin. My pregnant brain - although an engineer - couldn't even figure out how to thread the machine! After my MIL and SIL showed me how, I was off and running. Consulting no one, I started cutting squares of flannel with scissors and pieced together the first one. After finishing one project, I decided to try another, this time taking some guidance from a Quilts and More magazine.
I looked at a lot of magazines and a few books from my library to generate ideas for my own designs. It wasn't until one year ago that I discovered all the creative crafty blogs. I blame it on the fact that my boys wouldn't let me surf during the day, and I was too tired to get on the computer at night.
Although this quilt is not really modern and is made up of entirely Joann's fabric, I still have to say that it is my favorite. I made up the design and enlarged the firetruck from the print fabric to make the applique. This quilt is on my 4 y.o.'s bed and gets used and snuggled with every single night. I know that he will out grow it's cuteness eventually, but for now, it's the perfect little boy quilt for him.
Quilting workstation setup:
Ok, people. I have to be honest. THIS is clean with the exception of the batting piles. I debated cleaning - or showing my workstation as it really is. A giant scatter of usually 8 wips, stacks of fabric, and empty decaf coffee cups. Cleaning won out - but maybe sometime I'll show you how the real artist works over here. It's a disaster.
Lucky for me, it's in the basement. So most of the time, I just shut the door at the top of the stairs and the mess is gone... I don't know how some of you operate in your dining room. It would consume my entire house! The negative side of the basement is the lighting. It's horrible and I struggle daily trying to get good shots without having to run upstairs every time. That would be good exercise though. Also, on the negative side would be the cold - hence the pink Mr. Rogers sweater hanging on my sewing chair below.
Hubby bought me this lovely hutch to store my fabric in for Christmas last year. Haven't decided what color to paint it yet... half yards and up.
FQ storage. Someday I'll get to those comic boards to organize all of this. But for now, this is it! P.S. I love Niagara Spray Starch.
Machine(s) you sew on:
Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room: The Niagara Spray Starch shown above. Love it! Makes everything so crisp for piecing. Really helps with my accuracy.
NOW - do you want to know the best part about Follower Friday Blogiversary Edition???
check THIS out!
When I ordered some new business cards, there were all these fun merchandising coupons to play around with. I wanted one shirt for myself and picked up a couple extra for my extra special readers. Might be fun to wear to a sew-in or something. Of course, I'll be wearing mine everywhere!
Each winner will also get one FQ of each Bees Knees print shown above.
To enter to win one of these shirts and FQs, simply leave a comment here on this post. Tweet, blog or Facebook it for an additional entry. I'll pick 2 winners on Thursday, June 30th. The t-shirts are size Large. This GiveAway is now closed.
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