Monday, July 26, 2010

Project Pure

Are you ready for a challenge???

Join the Philly Modern Quilt Guild for

~~ Project PURE ~~

This is your chance to create a unique quilt to show off at our September meeting. If you’ve never done a challenge before, it’s a fun way to work within specific guidelines and challenge your creativity.
 
PURE is a brand new line from Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics. (view pdf here)
 
We’re going to model our challenge on the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild’s Project Plume. Here are some links to start your creative juices:
 
 
 
For details on participating please join our guild!


Janet Perry
Project PURE Coordinator

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Spotlight on... CATHY!

Here we are - back again with another interview! Our quilt guild is shaping up to be quite the gathering of talented quilters. Please read on to learn more about Cathy Fry.

• Tell me a bit about yourself: name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.
Cathy Fry , Warminster, PA. I have 2 married sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 3 beautiful granddaughters. I used to tell my boys that they had to pick great girls because I didn’t have any daughters. My daughters-in-law say they are my girls! I survived raising 2 boys with the sports, the mess, the fighting and all that goes with boys. I’m proud to say they are both great dads and they married wonderful girls.

I’m very involved in a charity – Aid for Friends. It is based in northeast Philly and serves the suburbs also. They provide companionship and dinners for shut-ins. It is a great program and helps keep a lot of elderly people in their own homes and out of nursing homes.

• What do you do (employment or for fun)?
I work part time doing administrative work. I’ve worked at the same place for 23 years although the company changed ownership about 2 years ago.
I find I’m happy when I have a sewing project going. I also crochet, do some scrapbooking and I been working on family genealogy for probably 20 years. I also love to travel – my husband and I are planning a trip to Nova Scotia in September. With our oldest son living in Key West, FL, you can guess where we head for most of our vacations.



• How did you get started quilting?


I decided the first granddaughter needed to have a handmade quilt. I bought a ‘how to quilt’ book, picked a pattern, and jumped in feet first. I hadn’t found my favorite quilt store at that point so I just bought the fabric at JoAnn’s. I decided to show my son and daughter-in-law and not make it a surprise. Amanda loved it and was thrilled to have all the bedding handmade. We designed the bumpers together. Amanda is very creative, but she is not much of a sewer. ! I have made 2 full nursery sets – quilt, bumpers, skirt and even made a crib sheet – but just one. My daughter-in-law, Lisa, had picked a nursery set and bought it. Lisa has trouble picturing things done and had something specific in mind. I did make a quilt for little Jill, but not the whole nursery set.

• How old were you when you made your first quilt?


Let’s not talk about age! Let’s just say had been an adult for a very long time! I took my first sewing lesson at about 11 years old. My mom is always my consultant. She was so impressed with the stippling on the Celtic Quilt. She had never seen anything like it. She kept looking at it trying to find the stitches.

• Who taught you to quilt?
I taught myself with a bit of help with problems from my mom.

• Did you ever take quilting lessons from someone?
I took 1 class at Country Quiltworks which I enjoyed, but I wasn’t really into the traditional classes they offered. I also took a basic course at Byrne’s and discovered the difference between ironing and pressing (which is helping me solve some of my problems)!


• What do you like best about quilting?
I guess I’d have to say seeing it all come together. It takes me so long to select fabric and I’m always relieved to see things work out. I am enjoying the quilting blogs and online fabric stores. I love the idea of buying fabric from a specific line and know that it will all work together. What a relief for someone like me.

• What is the hardest thing about quilting?
Picturing the finished product. I struggle putting fabrics together and I think I drive the sales people in the quilt stores crazy asking opinions. Beyond that just be exacting with every seam. I’m a ‘make it work’ person at heart.




• Where do you do your work? Do you have a quilting room?
I have a rather unusual laundry room. It is more like a storage room. We redid it a couple years ago and my husband built a work area for my sewing. It is not large but it works – for now. The problem is I use the dining room table to do my planning and cutting which is not ideal. I have my eye on an empty bedroom that is now used as an office and your basic junk room. I can picture what I want and my husband says we’ll start in the fall. I’m going to have to put some pressure on to get that job to the top of his list!
• Do you use a sewing machine, long arm quilter or do you quilt by hand?
The small items I have quilted on my sewing machine. The biggest quilted item I’ve made is a throw and I hand quilted that. I do enjoy hand sewing but I can’t imagine doing a queen size quilt.

• How much time do you quilt during an average week?
If I have a project going, every available minute! On my days off I can’t let myself sit down at the sewing machine until what needs doing is done - then I need to be dragged away from my sewing machine.

• Do you name your quilts or label them?
No, but that is going to change.

• Have you ever taught someone to quilt?
I helped both my daughters-in-law make quilted totes but it hasn’t gone any further.

• How do you choose your colors? What are your favorites?
Something usually catches my eye. I am often drawn to blues and greens but reds and purples are high on the list.

• Where do you buy your fabrics and materials? Is there any particular supply you’re partial to?
Country Quiltworks was my favorite store but they are either downsizing or closing. I have just recently discovered shopping for fabric online and I love it! I thought it would be a problem matching colors without having them in my hand. With the fabrics grouped by designer and the complete coordinated lines, it is so much easier than I thought. I might be developing an addiction!

• What quilt(s) are you working on now?
I bought fabric for Julie Herman’s Circle Around quilt, but I haven’t started it yet. I picked Cherish Nature by Deb Strain for Moda. I also just ordered a charm pack to make another Chubby Tote for one of my daughters-in-law. I’ll probably work on the tote first because she’ll be up from Florida in July.

• Do you make up your designs?
I have done some simple quilts on my own. They were both baby quilts that had larger center panel (1 picture panel & 1 of a fabric I loved) and I added borders to get the size I wanted. I am a pattern girl at heart. I will change things in a pattern, but designing is a word I associated with other, much more talented people.

• What other crafts do you indulge in or hope to learn?
I have done lots of sewing crafts. Probably by far the most unusual thing I’ve made are Temuri Balls which are Japanese thread balls. I made 3 of them and they are beautiful! It’s a good thing I loved my dog, because when he got one, I thought I might have to kill him! I crochet and do some scrapbooking too.


• What are your quilting related goals?
I’d like to like to get more comfortable with the quilting process. I seem to spend too much time undoing and redoing and trying to figure where I’m going next. I love the quilts I see that look so random and creative. Someday I would like to tackle something like that. I don’t have friends that quilt so I feel very on my own. The quilt guild is just what I needed.

What do you consider your greatest quilting related achievement?
The Celtic Quilts were the biggest challenge.

Thanks Cathy for taking the time to answer all my questions. The photos are just great and the guild is so happy to support you in all your quilting endeavors! The spotlight will be back in two weeks - see you then!

Happy Summer! ~Nicole Bruno

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Spotlight on... CANDI!

Hello all!! Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend (in the US, anyway) and is doing their best to beat the summer heat. I had the pleasure of meeting Candi Weinrick in person at the last guild meeting where we came up with an idea - include a photo of the spotlighted. Not sure why this didn't come to me sooner, but hopefully this will help with our mixing and mingling at all our future events. And with no further ado - here's Candi!
Tell me a bit about yourself: name, location, affiliations, personal stuff.

Candi Weinrick, Logan Twp NJ, married almost 20 years, 2 children (a daughter in college and a son in high school). 1 dog, 1 cat, 1 fish, 3 snails and various baby wild animals that show up in our yard - most recently a nest of 8 baby bunnies and a baby bird. We call our house Wild Kingdom.
blog: www.raccooncreekquilts.blogspot.com
flickr: candi@raccooncreekquilts

• What do you do (employment or for fun)?

I work full time for a major brokerage firm. I'm a Registered Assistant to a Financial Advisor.

• How did you get started quilting?

My 2 friends and 1 were in a cross-stitch store and heard someone talking about a quilt shop on the other side of the shopping plaza. We literally ran over there and it was love at first fabric sighting. We took a basic class and were hooked. That was about 10 years ago.

• How old were you when you made your first quilt?

Ummm, 29

• Who taught you to quilt?

I actually remember her name - Diane from the quilt shop (A Patch of Country in Glen Mills PA), that shop is no longer there.

• What do you like best about quilting?

Piecing. I love piecing. LOVE.

• What is the hardest thing about quilting?

I don't know if its the hardest, but I definitely hate cutting the fabrics. I really just want to get to the meat of the project.


• How do you decide what pattern to make?

I have no idea! lol. I just kinda have them floating around in my head, either by block type or the fabric dictates the quilt.


• Where do you do your work? Do you have a quilting room? (Feel free to attach photos!!)

I'm lucky enough to have a sewing space in our 4th bedroom. It's all mine. We recently attached a design wall and the closet has shelves that I use to store my fabric.


• Do you use a sewing machine, long arm quilter or do you quilt by hand?

I have a Viking sewing machine and want a mid-arm machine.

• How much time do you quilt during an average week?

I would say about 10 - 15 hrs.


• Do you name your quilts or label them?

I name them but I have never made a label.

• Have you ever taught someone to quilt?

My daughter ;)


• How do you choose your colors? What are your favorites?

It depends on the project and who I'm making it for. My favorites are pinks and greens.

• Where do you buy your fabrics and materials? Is there any particular supply you’re partial to?

Mullica Hill Quilt Co - Mullica Hill, NJ; Quilters Corners - Glen Mills, PA; The Little Shop, Haddonfield, NJ
I buy quite a bit online too - Hancocks of Paducah, Pink Chalk Fabrics, and various Etsy shops.

• What quilt(s) are you working on now?

Finishing up my Hexagon quilt, I'm going to start on an Asterisk Quilt (Old Red Barn Quilt along on Flickr)


• Do you make up your designs?

Usually - but I keep it simple. I love traditional patterns made from modern fabrics.

• What are your quilting related goals?

Stippling!!!!


• What do you consider your greatest quilting related achievement?
Ohhh - not sure.

• What is your most treasured possession?
My family.

Thanks, Candi, for taking the time to let us in on your quilting world! It's great to meet a fellow guild member and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Enjoy the rest of the week and we'll be back in two Thursdays with the next spotlight!

Until next time... Nicole Bruno