Meg of California
Occupation: Stay at home(schooling) mom!
Significant Other/Kids/Pets: One wonderful attorney husband, who puts up with all my sewing and quilting! Three kids- a six year old daughter, a four year old daughter, and one crazy little 19 month old boy. I am also expecting baby #4 (a girl) April 8th! One little doggie named Poppy.
# Years Quilting: I have been quilting for 2 ½ years. I never thought I would ever, ever be interested in quilting. However, the modern quilting movement sucked me in! I always associated quilts with dull colors and patterns that I didn’t find inspiring. However, I started seeing lots of brightly colored quilts, offset with white and I fell in love! I was super inspired especially by Oh Fransson! and Crazy Mom Quilts.
How you learned to quilt: I learned to quilt by reading fabulous tutorials online. I would say reading Elizabeth’s blog is what gave me the courage to give it a try. She wrote so many thorough and complete tutorials. My sister-in-law got married in June of 2009, and I decided I was going to try and make them a quilt for their special day. It turned out well, and I haven’t looked back! I have also taken a couple of quilt classes at local quilt stores. I found the one on free motion quilting especially helpful. I am also part of our local modern quilt guild and have learned a lot from all of our different members!
Favorite Completed Project Description:
I don't know if I have a favorite big quilt that I have made. Probably my scrappy nine patch quilt that I made during a quilt-a-long. I love scrappy quilts! Plus, we use this one all the time for soccer games and outings. I like putting something I made to use!
I like quilting on a small scale too. I love making little minis, pillows, and mug rugs. I feel like my brain is always running over with ideas, but I don't have enough time to make them all right now. So, small quilting is a fun way for me to try new techniques and make a "quilt" I might have never gotten around to otherwise. I love this pillow in particular. I like the colors, and it just feels like "me".
Quilting Workstation Setup:
My sewing area is set up in my bedroom. I used to have a sewing room but alas it had to be turned into a baby room! ;0) I have this wonderful sewing desk that I really like that easily becomes smaller or bigger depending on what I need out. I store all of my fabric and patterns in my closet.
Machine(s) you sew on: I sew on a Janome MC6600. I love it. I also have kept my little Kenmore as a backup, since the Janome doesn’t have a free arm. It helps when you are trying to sew little sleeves and the like on little girl clothes. I also have a serger, a Brother 1034D.
Your favorite notion/tool in your sewing room: My rotary cutter and all my rulers!
If you'd like to keep up with Megan and all that she's up to visit her blog Fashioned by Meg or flickr photostream. Have a great weekend!