• Tell me a bit about yourself: name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.
My name is Becky Moyer and I live in Montgomeryville. I've been in the area all of my life - a rare thing these days! My husband, Brian, is also a local, but of the
• What do you do (employment or for fun)?
I was previously in Health Administration, but am currently a stay a home mom contemplating my next phase in life when I do return to the workforce.
• How did you get started quilting?
My grandmother has quilted all my life and has had to stop due to arthritis. When my daughter was born, I wanted her to have a quilt that was made just for her. Since my grandmother can no longer do it, I figured I would give it a try. I already knew how to sew clothing since my mom taught me. I figured it was a natural next step for me and my sewing machine.
• How old were you when you made your first quilt?
Same age as I am now! :)
• Who taught you to quilt?
I took a piecing class at Country Quiltworks. I'm now hooked!
• Did you ever take quilting lessons from someone?
I also have taken a machine quilting class at Byrne's. Just started machine quilting my first baby quilt (the crayon quilt in my photos).
• What do you like best about quilting?
Love the endless possibilities. With so many different fabrics and patterns to choose from, it's a wonderful creative outlet. I love that at the end I have something nice and warm to snuggle with!
• What is the hardest thing about quilting?
For me right now it's color choice. I need to learn more about colors, their values and how to combine them. I tend to stick with safe choices and use the same fabric lines all in one quilt. I need try to challenge myself to be more scrappy and brave.
• How do you decide what pattern to make?
It's still based on my ability level. As a beginner I need to stick with something that I can handle.
• Where do you do your work? Do you have a quilting room?
I use our guest bedroom. It's actually my craft room with a bed in it since my stuff is out of control. I am also a scrapbooker so currently the craft room is locked in a power struggle between paper and fabric.
• Do you use a sewing machine, long arm quilter or do you quilt by hand?
For my small baby quilts I'm using my own machine to quilt them. I have made one large quilt and it is currently on the wait list at my grandmother's church for hand quilting by their guild. I have another large project in process and hope to have them quilt it also.
• How much time do you quilt during an average week?
This really depends. I rotate between all my different hobbies so some weeks I quilt a lot and some weeks, not much.
• Do you name your quilts or label them?
I don't have an actual "finished" quilt to label yet! I am hoping to see some quilt label ideas on our new PMQG website for inspiration.
• How do you choose your colors? What are your favorites?
I try to base my colors on the recipient of the quilt. Since I've made mostly baby quilts, I try to stick to something fun and juvenile. I am working on my first quilt for myself and I went with my favorite colors, purple and blue. I hope my husband doesn't mind!
• Where do you buy your fabrics and materials? Is there any particular supply you’re partial to?
I'm struggling with this now. I loved Country Quiltworks, but they are only there for a short time. I don't feel confident enough to purchase much online though I did get some of my stuff from Fat Quarters.com. Cloth and Bobbin in Narberth is fantastic and I think will be my new source for fabric yumminess.
• What quilt(s) are you working on now?
I'm making my first queen size quilt for myself. I have 3 baby quilts in progress since everyone around me is having babies!
• Do you make up your designs?
Not yet. I really want to learn how to do this, but need to master some more of the basics first.
• What other crafts do you indulge in or hope to learn?
I love scrapbooking; I'm finding fabric to be like paper. You just want to collect it because it's pretty and have a hard time cutting it up! I also play with photography but need to figure out how to take a good photo of a quilt!
• What are your quilting related goals?
To learn as much as possible and make some beautiful quilts!
• What do you consider your greatest quilting related achievement?
Completing the quilt in my beginner class. It is the pink and brown quilt and was quite a challenge.
• What is your motto?
Get excited by the little stuff, sometimes there is no big stuff.
Thank you, Becky! The photos are just gorgeous.
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