Interview with Jordyn Rush, PMQG Co-President
Our blog will feature interviews with current PMQG members, so you can get to know us a little better! We're starting with Jordyn Rush, PMQG Co-President. You can find her on instagram: @fussycutting
Q: What/who inspired you to start quilting?
When I was young I always wanted to be a pioneer, making myself long skirts and sewing a bit. When I was in college I made a duvet cover and a futon cover so my dorm room would be cutely decorated.
My first real quilt was made in 2009. I got a sewing machine because I was bored, I didn't enjoy my job at the time, and I needed an escape. My first quilt was a patchwork. It was made without a rotary cutter, just a pair of scissors and not really following the pattern, either. I still have that quilt and cherish it.
But, then I discovered the quilting internet....my first online tutorials were from Alison Harris at CluckCluckSew. I still enjoy her quilt patterns for fun and easy-to-follow instructions. From there I went off the deep end. While I was doing the easy pattern from CluckCluckSew, I also thought, "I really like that Dresden Plate my parents have...I'll make that!" To the internet I went, and those two quilts were both finished around the same time. I love my Dresden Plate and it is still one of the quilts I'm most proud of.
From there I found guilds. I've had to move for work multiple times and the first thing I looked up was where my local Modern Quilt Guild would be. I met the PMQG within a few weeks of moving to Philadelphia, and they welcomed me and made me feel at home. At my first meeting I was put in charge of a committee, and since then I've been Treasurer and now Co-President. I love my quilting friends and family at PMQG and the MQG.
Q: How do you organize your fabric and scraps?
All of my sewing supplies are stored on the landing of our stairs. My fabric is organized in an IKEA Kallax shelf; everything over a yard is stored folded up and organized by color/size/collection. Sadly right now everything less than a yard is shoved into one cubby and, of course, on the floor! Must get cleaning, but that's not as fun as sewing!
Q: What color palette do you gravitate towards?
As everyone in the guild knows, I love aqua/orange/pink/blue. Pretty much all of my quilts are in that same general palette. My favorite combination lately has been mustard/berry/navy.
Q: What is the most challenging quilt you have attempted?
The second quilt I ever made was a Dresden Plate. My mom says I have always jumped in with both feet....
Q: What is your favorite quilting tool?
I'm pretty basic. I don't buy many fancy gadgets; I'm more of a figure-it-out-myself kind of gal. But I can't live without my rotary cutter, small mat, ruler and flatter!!
Q: What project are you currently working on?
I'm working on becoming a better machine quilter. I'm working between my domestic Singer and renting Long Arm time at a local quilt shop. I'm also working on finishing up a long overdue WIP [work in progress] of the Shimmer Pattern from, surprise surprise, CluckCluckSew.
Q: Do you name your quilts?
I only name my quilts when I have to....like for Quilt Shows, and it typically takes me forever to decide on a name.
Q: Do you label your quilts? How?
I sometimes put a label in the binding of my quilts, but not always.