Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Member Spotlight on Andrew

November's meeting featured a spotlight on Andrew (our guild president). He had us cracking up as he shared how he came to find quilting. His first crafty project was this pillow made in home Economics class.


Also from his home ec. days was this pillow he made for his mother.

The back says "U"

After that he didn't sew for a long time. His boyfriend Chad knits and he got jealous of all the things he was making. So he tried knitting and hated it.  Three years ago he went on a trip to Japan and bought fabric on a whim and thought he would trying sewing. The fabric is still in its wrapping.

Bought Japanese style (Zakka) sewing book and thought he would make a small purse for his sister.

Tried making holiday gifts like this purse, wristlet and bird.

Attempted coffee cup sleeves:

And made knitting needle roll up for Chad (check out that fabric!).

Was happy with his projects but it wasn't totally enjoyable. Took a detour from fabric and tried coasters.

Then Tricia had a crafting party and he made his first quilt for his niece out of fabrics from Japan.

The back was pretty cool too!

Fell in love with quilting and won't do any other sewing! Made a table runner for his mother and planned the design out in Excel.

A quilt for his dad (a Temple Owl)

This  bargello quilt was for the monochromatic challenge.

A zigzag quilt:

 Our Kona Solids charm pack challenge (inspired by Red Pepper Quilts):

Our other Kona solids challenge:

A Japan quilt done with reverse applique:

A scrap challenge quilt:

Shot cotton quilt for Chad:

His first pieced backing:

Chopsticks quilt pattern (Jaybird Quilts)

And a baby quilt for a friend:

The back is really cool too:

Thanks for sharing with us Andrew!


  1. Great post! Loved your spotlight, Andrew! Your work is awesome o:)

  2. What a talent!! I absolutely love the Japan quilt. So elegantly done.

  3. Andrew, you are so talented, prolific and I know a genuinely nice guy!
    Loved seeing all your quilts in one place.

  4. Great story and fun to see Andrew's quilts. I love that last HST baby quilt!

  5. Thanks for all the kind comments. Holly - the HST quilt was inspired by Sew Katie did ( I was quite pleased with how it turned out!

  6. Stumbled on this post LOVE the Japan quilt. Currently living in Okinawa and would love to do something like this of my little island.