Thursday, May 13, 2010

spotlight on... BECK!!

Today the spotlight is on Beck Gusler! She was super psyched to be my first random victim – AHEM – interview. Read on and get to know your fellow Philly quilter!

• Tell me a bit about yourself: name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.
Beck Gusler. I live in South Philly (holla!) and work as a student financial services counselor at UArts where I got my Industrial Design degree and am working on my Masters in Art Ed.

• What do you do (employment or for fun)?
I get to give away other people’s money half the time (great) and the other half I do collections (not so great). For fun – I play old school video games, knit, quilt (of course), and I recently learned how to crochet. I’m always trying to learn something new. I also run a little etsy shop,, to try and sneak in some side income to support my hobbies.

• How did you get started quilting?
Oh geez. The summer my parents moved from Pittsburgh to Mississippi I thought it would be a swell idea to start this massive Lady of the Lake, quilt. It’s still sitting unfinished in a plastic bag now 5 years later. My mom refused to teach me how to sew, odd since she taught me how to knit and dye and everything else under the sun.

• Did you ever take quilting lessons from someone?
Not yet! I feel like I’m perpetually out of money.

• What do you like best about quilting?
The color combinations and fabrics! There’s something awesome about building something piece by piece and seeing it all come together.

• What is the hardest thing about quilting?
For me, it’s patience - resewing the stupid points that don’t line up for a fifth time.

• How do you decide what pattern to make?
When I see something that catches my eye that I know I must make and whether I'll enjoy the experience the making of it.

• Where do you do your work? Do you have a quilting room?
I have a nook in our office/guest room for my table, machine, and ironing board.

• Do you use a sewing machine, long arm quilter or do you quilt by hand?
Sewing machine. Did I mention that patience is not one of my strong points?

• How much time do you quilt during an average

It depends! Some weeks 20 or more hours, other weeks not at all.

• Do you name your quilts or label them?

I name the photos. I don’t like labeling objects for other people. I think there’s something nice about the nostalgia of not being able to remember who made what or which grandma it was.

• Have you ever taught someone to quilt?
Not yet! Most times people just ask me to do the work for them!

• How do you choose your colors? What are your favorites?
Oranges, greens, and grays are my favorites. I pick the fabric for each quilt specifically – although now I’m trying to figure out how to get rid of some uggo fat quarters.

• Where do you buy your fabrics and materials? Is there any particular supply you’re partial to?
Joann Fabrics. It’s affordable. Although I recently have started ordering off of etsy to satisfy my craving for better fabrics.

• What quilt(s) are you working on now?
I have a pinwheel party quilt along I’m working on to try and kill off some stash fabric. I have 4 inactive quilts I’ve hidden away until I feel like working on them and next up is the Single Girl quilt by Denyse Schmidt for my sister in purples, pinks, and oranges.

• Do you create your designs?
I love using graph paper and working a design out – but I’m no stranger to copying something I love either!

• What other crafts do you indulge in or hope to learn?
I’d love to learn lace making.

• What are your quilting related goals?
To become more accurate at what I do. I want to learn how to appliqué bad.

• What do you consider your greatest quilting related achievement?
My headless flying geese quilt. So many triangles!!

• What is your most treasured possession? 
My spinning wheel. I love that baby, any time I move it goes in the car with us.

• What is your motto?
We’re Getting There. I stole it from Septa but I feel like it’s true. I’m always working on some project and always moving forward. I’m getting there.

Thanks so much Beck! I appreciate you taking the time to answer all my questions and wish you the best of luck with your shop!! And thanks for reading :)

Questions, comments, suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

Brought to you by the letter Q and Nicole Bruno of A Stitch in Design


  1. I LOVE the flying geese quilt!!!! What's this about a spinning wheel? Any interest in giving a spinning demo for Handmade Philly????

    Nice job ladies!!

  2. I'd love to! I have plenty of hand spindles to share and some basic fiber we can dole out. Or we could do a make your own spindle party and demo!!

  3. Your designs are beautiful. I love the colors and the layout:) You have such a fun collection of things in your Etsy shop too. Really enjoyed the interview!

  4. I see an "UGGO FAT QUARTER SWAP" in our future! Great interview. This is a wonderful way to get to know members. Thanks, Beck and Nicole!