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Dec 2, 2011

Follower Friday: Meet Angie of Stitching by Starlight

Dec 2, 2011
Pin It Good day Friday!  We have another great Follower Friday feature today!  Today I am featuring Angie of Stitching by Starlight.  I met Angie at the Sewing Summit - and I started off by apologizing profusely for emailing her some information she requested from me too late.  She was starting her local MQG and asked about a survey I had.  I was busy being first trimester comatose, so by the time I got her the document it was too late.  I felt awful!  Angie was such a sweetheart and we hit it off immediately!  It was so much fun to hang out with her for the weekend.  I'm glad to feature her here today.  She's such a kind person and does some pretty darn good work too!  Let's learn more about her....



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Angie of Winston-Salem, NC

Hi!  I'm Angie and I'm from Winston-Salem, NC, the home of Wake Forest University and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.  It's my hometown, too, which means I've been enjoying "Hot Doughnuts Now" since before I was born. ;o)

Occupation:  Clinical research project manager - I manage large research studies (10,000+ people).
I'm also a full-time grad student and, oh yeah, a Mom.

Significant Other/Kids/Pets:  My husband and I have been married for 14 years and we have two monkeys boys, ages 11 and 7.   Two outside dogs, Rascal and Zoe, both mixes, and an indoor Yorkie named Shasta.

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# Years Quilting:  I technically started quilting about four years ago, but had a significant hiatus after a year or so into it.  I had gotten discouraged because I couldn't quite find a style that spoke to me.  My resurgence started last year, when I noticed the modern fabric trends and a lot of wonderful online blogs.

How you learned to quilt:  Self-taught followed by a few classes.  I started quilting because I felt guilty for buying a sewing machine in order to sew a patch on my son's Boy Scout uniform.  Yes, that's right, a patch.  Which, by the way, I ended up hand stitching...lol.

I made a little wall hanging, but was afraid to try a real quilt without a class, so I took one of those "make a quilt top in a day" type classes at my LQS.  I loved it so much that I immediately signed up for their six-week beginning quilting class and had the most wonderful teacher whose tips and tricks made it worth every penny.

Favorite Completed Project Description:

Wow.   Um.....   can I give you two?  I'm not sure I could pick between my two most recent finishes, one for our now-married babysitter and one for my friend Jane.  The former is a quilt that I originally intended for me, but gave it away as a wedding gift.  The latter simply took me by surprise at how stunning it turned out to be.  I love the black and white.

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black and white quilt 1

Quilting workstation setup:  What timing on this one!  Over Thanksgiving, the boys spent the night with my parents so we did a room-switch.  We moved their schoolroom to the basement and my sewing room upstairs.  It's nowhere near finished - I plan on painting, decorating, making a design wall, etc - but I love it already.  I think my favorite part is I was finally able to pull out my great-grandmother's old machine and I use it as a sewing table.  One day, I hope to have it completely refurbished and running again.
machine setup

"new" sewing table, courtesy my great-grandma :)

(You'll have to stay tuned to my blog for updates...I picked out a paint color last night, and I've got several ideas from flickr on decorating and setup.)

My other favorite is my cutting table - which my father-in-law made for me.  It's counter-height, which saves my back a lot of pain.  And just the right size for my large cutting mat.  The shelf below is perfect for holding patterns and various WIPs.

cutting table

I keep my fabric in my mom's old china cabinet, mostly because I don't have (and don't want) china that I will never use.  Unfortunately for now, it is still in the basement.  Not sure if it will make it upstairs or not because the room is so small.  I hope so, because it's a beautiful piece of furniture with lots of memories.

Machine(s) you sew on:  Unfortunately, no (s) needed here.  I only have a Husqvarna Viking C-10.  It's a little starter machine that they don't even make anymore, but I love it!  I have my mind set on a Viking Sapphire, though.  I'm saving up in hopes of having it by the end of next year.

Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room:  My bamboo stiletto.  No kidding.

stiletto

It was on the "optional tools" list for my first quilting class and, being the classic over-achiever that I am, I bought it.  Now I can't do without it.  I use this in every project and will go hunt it down when I can't find it.   I prefer it hands-down over a seam ripper for taking out seams as it doesn't cut the thread, so I'm not left covered in little string giblets.  It also saves my fingers from my machine needle when I need to push a seam through or adjust my fabric so that the seams are laying correctly.  I use it every time I sew.  Every. Single. Time.

My blog is Stitching by Starlight, and I'm Angie-Stitching by Starlight on flickr.   If you stop by, please leave me a comment - I love hearing from people!  You can also find me on twitter, @strlightstitchr.  Of course, if you're local, you can also find me at our local Triad Modern Quilt Guild meetings.  We just got started three months ago and would love to have you join us.

Thanks so much to AnneMarie for having me! Pin It

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interview - I love Angie's black and white quilt!

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  2. Congrats on your feature, Angie! Fun to get to know you better :) And um, can you send your FIL to my house to build me a cutting worktable?? Pretty please?? :)

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  3. Great post. Already follow Angie so interesting to read more about her.

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  4. So very nice to meet you! I love your new space. What I found funny is that your Grandma's sewing cabinet is identical to my Grandmother-in-law's. I love that cabinet too. The old singer is still in too but it is missing some parts so I don't know how old it is. I'm curious, Do you know How old your cabinet is?

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  5. What a great interview! I love reading Angie's blog, so it was fun to get to know her a little better here. :D

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  6. Great Post! So nice to get to know you. I have a treadle from my Mother in law which I hope to restore also, someday. I'm going to try and find your bamboo stick.

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  7. Thanks for another interesting interview and another blog to visit!

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