• Tell me a bit about yourself: name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.
Sabra Smith, Fort Washington. Moved here from NYC more than a decade ago and it's the longest I've ever lived in one place. I got here and discovered that I'd accidentally ended up in a place where I was surrounded by ancestors. In 2003 I went back to school to get my Masters in historic preservation after working in publishing, public relations, and as a stay at home mom. I'm now fortunate to be working in center city dealing with landmarks, heritage, and history.
• What do you like best about quilting? Embroidering a little message or picture into one of the squares and wondering when the recipient will notice it.
• What is the hardest thing about quilting? For me? Precision. And boredom after cutting out the gazzilionth triangle.
• Where do you do your work? Do you have a quilting room? There's a creative person (author, artist, seamstress, crafter, stylist, gardener, life savorer, wonder woman) whose blog I love to read and whose studio I crave. But my reality is that I quilt all over the house. Someday maybe I'll get the attic fixed up as my own studio space... Who wants to come keep me company while I clean, patch and paint?
• Do you name your quilts or label them? If it's for a baby, sometimes I will embroider their name and birthdate on it. For my son's quilt I embroidered all sorts of little messages onto a few of the patches. You have to look for them, but they're there.
• How do you choose your colors? What are your favorites? I took a painting course and learned the wonders of a color wheel. But I really would love to better develop my color sense. Lately I've been looking at the Kaffe Fasset books and am trying to absorb the ability to make those loud, wolf-whistle combos.
• Where do you buy your fabrics and materials? Is there any particular supply you’re partial to? I love(d?) the Country Quilt Shop. There was also a splendid, tiny, quirky shop in Lambertville that I adored, but it closed. While working in publishing I discovered a lot of great catalogues for fabric (this was pre-internet and they mailed them because we published a lot of craft books). That's how I found Keepsake Quilting in Center Harbor, New Hampshire -- great catalogue but my real goal is to visit in person. More immediately, I'm taking my lunch hour and hopping over to Spool on South Street. And when I get home tonight, I'm ordering this fabulous Japanese fabric (red, yellow and blue squirrels) from etsy. (Don't we all adore etsy?)
• What quilt(s) are you working on now? Don't remind me! Suddenly everyone I know is pregnant or just gave birth! I mailed the quilt with the houses to the preservationist. I'm planning my first attempt at "contemporary" for my groovy bloggity friend down south. And I get to indulge myself working with pink and girlie for a surprise!
• What other crafts do you indulge in or hope to learn? Anything and everything. I just love making things.
• What is your most treasured possession? Don't ask me to choose!
Thanks so much, Sabra! I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my emails and answer all my questions!! And thanks for reading :)
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