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Aug 12, 2011

Follower Friday: Michelle of City House Studio

Aug 12, 2011
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Welcome to Follower Friday!  Today's guest is Michelle of City House Studio.  She has a fantastic modern style and an impressive 15 years of quilting obsession!  How cool is that!  Let's learn more about her.....

Michelle of Saint Paul, MN

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:
husband Brian
twin girls Holly & Alexia, age 5
cats: Dusseldorf & Tallulah

# Years Quilting:

How you learned to quilt:
I learned to quilt the summer I graduated from college.  I moved home for the summer, and before starting graduate school, I told my mom that I wanted to make a quilt.  Of course I chose a queen sized pattern!  So my mom and I spent many hours together trying to figure out how to "quilt."  We bought a good reference book and a rotary cutter, but we actually used a wooden cutting board on the kitchen counter to cut out all of the pieces!  We pieced it on my mom's old Singer, which hadn't been used since my 4H project in 8th grade.  We didn't quite finish it before my classes started in the fall, so she quilted and bound it herself (this was quite a job for a brand new quilter!), and delivered it to my apartment when she visited me at Thanksgiving.  What an amazing mom, huh?
My parents bought me a sewing machine for my birthday after I got married, and I've been quilting ever since.
Life was crazy busy after my twins were born, but I'm a much happier person if I can spend a little time each day with my sewing machine--so I've always managed to find time for quilting.  My nephew was born 4 weeks after my twins, and to finish his quilt I figured out how to sew with a baby on my chest in a Baby Bjorn!

One of my favorite projects was making a birthday table runner for the girls -- I bought a pattern at a quilt show, and machine appliqued the girls' names at each end.
On their first birthday they had fun rolling around on it, but now each year we celebrate with it on our table.

Favorite Completed Project Description:

 double hourglass (I'm in the process of handquilting this one!)

Quilting workstation setup:

My sewing room is also our office and guest room, so it needs to be pretty and (usually!) organized.  For bigger projects I usually move to the dining room table.  I still have my old Elna 3007, which is great for decorative stitching and wavy line quilting.  But now I sew on a Juki TL-98Q, which I would have to say is my favorite tool in my sewing room.  This machine is amazing.  I used to think that I just wasn't talented enough to free motion quilt -- but this machine changed everything!  I've been free motion quilting like crazy for the past year.

If you'd like to keep up with Michelle and all that she's up to visit her blog City House Studio and flickr stream.

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  1. Yay, Michelle! Love the birthday table runner. I wonder if she still has that first quilt...

  2. Loved reading about Michelle! Such a great post.

  3. Love your Bottled Rainbows wall quilt!

  4. Thank you again for another grear "Follower Friday". I am a follower of Michelle's blog so that was really fun!

  5. Loved finding out more about Michelle, she's so talented!!

  6. Loved this feature and I love Michelle's work!

  7. Inspiring stuff. Thanks for sharing Michelle! Xx


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