Well, it's Friday again! In addition to introducing this week's Follower Friday feature, I have a question for all of you. My blogiversary is coming up at the end of this month.... and I wanted to change the format of these features on Friday to highlight some of the work posted to GXQ's flickr group. I've been doing Follower Fridays for a year now - and thought it might be nice to try something new! That was until all of you left comments on Giveaway Day about how you like Follower Friday interviews. So whatcha think? change it up? stick to the interviews? You can vote in the little poll I put in the right side bar. Thanks for the input!
Now let's meet Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts. Jennifer is a relatively new find for me! I love her modern style and enthusiasm. It's hard to believe she's only been quilting for one year. Let's learn more about her....
Jennifer from Charlotte, NC.
Occupation: I’m really fortunate to be a stay-at-home-mom. Before I had children, I taught elementary school for 7 years and worked for a branding company creating names for new products.
Significant Other/Kids/Pets: My husband James and I have two sweet children, our little buddies: a daughter who is 3 and a son who is 7 months.
# Years Quilting: I’ve been quilting for a year, and I LOVE it. I began sewing appliquéd onesies and t-shirts 2 years ago, but didn’t pick up quilting until I was looking for blankets for my son when I was pregnant. I found some I liked online and thought, “Hey, I bet I can do that.” I had no idea how much I would love it or that I would start a blog. Quilting opened a whole new world for me.
How you learned to quilt: I’m completely self-taught thanks to the wonderful wealth of quilting tutorials online. I learned from some great bloggers and some trial and error. I’m taking my first quilting class at a local quilt shop this Saturday to learn to free motion quilt. I’ve yet to master that but really want to learn.
Favorite Completed Project: My favorite completed quilt is the Rainbow Cabins quilt I made for my son. It was an improvisational piece and my first time with wonky log cabins and my first solids quilt. I love the bright happy colors and they way they pop against the grey sashing. I plan to make a larger lap sized one too.
Quilting workstation setup: I sew in what used to be our dining room. A few weeks ago my husband suggested I turn it into a full-fledged creative space. We added a bookshelf, I changed my china cabinet into a quilt display/WIP shelf, and I took out all the chairs. It made a world of difference!
I love having the dedicated space, and we rarely used our dining room so it makes much more sense to use it as a sewing space. It is adjacent to the kitchen and the playroom (which used to be the formal living room) so it’s perfectly located to be in the middle of the daily chaos.
Machine you sew on: I sew with a Pfaff Classic Style Fashion machine. It was a hand-me-down from my mother who used to sew clothing but it works well for quilting. It has an integrated walking foot which I love and while I wish it had a larger throat and some fancier stitches, it works fine for now. My mom sewed my whole life and I never took an interest in it until I had children.
Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room: I couldn’t sew without my quarter inch foot (well I could but it wouldn’t be nearly as accurate!) I also love my new Hera marker. It creases your quilt sandwich so you can mark quilt lines without tape or ink. It is super quick and easy, and I don’t know how I managed without it!
I feel so fortunate to have discovered this fabulous world of modern quilting online. I’ve really enjoyed the two virtual quilting bees I’m in and the way they’ve challenged me and helped my sewing skills grow.
I’m super excited about going to the Sewing Summit this October and looking forward to meeting so many of my blogging buddies.
I’m also starting the Charlotte Modern Quilt Guild and our first meeting is this month. I’m excited and a little nervous but jazzed about meeting some local quilting friends that love it as much as I do.
I love blogging and sharing my quilting experiences. Who knew it would be so fun, and I would make so many great friends?!
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