Thursday, August 24, 2017

Quilters of the SCTMQG: Terrie Langer


How did you get started quilting? 


I learned to sew as a young girl, my Aunt Treba always encouraged me. In my 20's, my next door neighbor taught me to quilt by hand. She was amazingly talented. I just didn't seem to have the time to really accomplish anything. In my 40's, I took a beginner quilting class with two friends. It was a great class and a lot of fun! I fell in love and now quilting is my favorite hobby! 



How long have you been a quilter?


I have been a serious quilter for 11 years.



How many quilts do you think you have made in that time?


Well over 25! Some are still not quilted, but the top is finished. Most have been gifts.


What is the story behind the first quilt you ever made?

My first quilt that I finished was the one I made in my beginner quilt class about 11 years ago. It is a small lap quilt. I made it for my son, David. It is black, white and gray. The colors matched his bedroom. It is still in his bedroom here in CT. I think you always remember your first quilt.



How would you describe your style of quilting?

 

Interesting, I really like learning new things. So, that being said, I try lots of different types of quilting. I do love Paper Piecing and am very into English Paper Piecing currently. Also, I like "made fabric," where I cut up fabric and sew it all back together again.




What is your favorite type of quilt to make? (Paper pieced, applique, etc. ) Why?


When I look around at my UFO's, unfinished objects, I have to say Paper Piecing. I like the sharp points! It is also very logical and organized.



What tool or tools could you not live without and why?


Rotary cutter and mat
Add a quarter ruler
Good iron
Purple thing
Mini clips
Aurifil thread
Color wheel 


What are your favorite materials to work with in terms of threads, fabrics, and batting?


I love Aurifil thread!

My favorite fabric designers are:
Paula Nadelstern
Jennifer Paganelli (Sis Boom)
Kaffe Fassett (Phillip Jacobs)
Kona Solids



Which colors do you gravitate toward in your quilts?/Which color have you never used or want to use?


My favorite color is blue! Also, love pink. I have used just about all colors. Some I don't even really like, but was making a gift for someone. I like the fabric to be good quality.




How many UFO’s do you have?


Oh no, that question... Way too many! That is one of my goals for 2017, finish up unfinished projects. I have put a bit of dent in my UFO's... Hopefully, I am successful! 



If someone were to peek in on your quilting time, what would they see?


I would be in my basement, surrounded by all of my sewing things. The basement is my creative place. I have my computer, sewing machine and TV. I use a design wall. Love to iron (the ironing board is basically always up). I bind my quilts in the family room or in bed while watching TV. I do my EPP all over the house. It is easy to transport. I keep it contained in a plastic container, easy for on the go projects. I don't really like going places to sew with my sewing machine. I am not one to pack it all up and sew in a group.




What themes do you see in your quilts? (Colors, shapes, techniques,etc.)


I think people might be surprised that my quilts have been done by one person. Liking to try different styles, etc. I have made many different types of quilts. The most continual thing is probably the fabric.



What were some turning points in your quilting process?


I cut all my fabric at once. I work like a factory. I am very organized and like to finish the entire step in a process and move on to the next step. I do love ironing and always press. I don't really like the actual quilting part. That is probably because I don't have a great machine to quilt with.



Who are the people, artists, quilters, etc. you look to for encouragement and inspiration in quilting?


One of the best things I did was join SCTMQG. It got me out of my box! I didn't even really know much about modern quilting. It opened up a whole new world for me!!! I can't say I have a favorite anything/anyone. I have learned a lot from the other members of the guild and appreciate the openness of everyone to share and help! I use a lot of you tube videos to learn from.



Where else do you find inspiration for your quilts?


I would say I find my inspiration in nature and things around me. I might see a gate, garden, or something someone else had made...



What do you like best about quilting?


I enjoy being creative. I enjoy the entire process. I also like making things for others.



Where are you headed in your quilting, and what would you like to learn more about?


At this point, I am not so interested in a quick project. I have made many quilts and now want to focus and making something that makes me happy. I don't need a finish date.



What would you want to try if time and money were no object?


I would probably get a long arm if money were no object. Other than that I think I am perfectly happy doing what I am doing. I do enjoy classes as I like learning, but currently, nothing is calling to me.



Last Question: What are you working on right now?


Currently, working on two EPP projects. It may take me a few years to finish and that is okay. I also have two economy block quilts that I am always adding to. One is Sis Boom and the other is an I Spy type quilt (this is probably several quilts). I am also making several Challah (bread) covers that will be holiday gifts this year.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Quilters of the SCTMQG Series: Suzanne McGovern

How did you get started quilting? 


My Grandmother made quilts and I knew I wanted to make them. I always thought, when I finished school, I would have her teach me but she passed before I finished. Still interested, when I was newlywed and new to town, I found an adult ed class in Milton, MA and I signed up to learn the basics. 



How long have you been a quilter?


I started in 1976 and sewed for several years. I've come back to it in the last five years.



How many quilts do you think you have made in that time?


Maybe 30+



What is the story behind the first quilt you ever made?


I made a baby quilt for a friend I met in Lamaze class.



Suzanne's First Quilt


How would you describe your style of quilting?

 

I'm a little scattered-still finding my style-I lean toward small and improv.



What is your favorite type of quilt to make? (Paper pieced, applique, etc. ) Why?


Currently, I'm really enjoying applique. I'm working on a flower quilt and seeing a real difference in my style and ability. 


Suzanne's Favorite Quilt

What tool or tools could you not live without and why?


I would not have restarted quilting without a Rotary cutter and ruler! 



What are your favorite materials to work with in terms of threads, fabrics, and batting?


polka dots, stripes, ginghams



Which colors do you gravitate toward in your quilts?/Which color have you never used or want to use?


Bright pastels--NO purple



How many UFO’s do you have?


More than 12! So many, in different stages, it's hard to tell! 



If someone were to peek in on your quilting time, what would they see?


Chaos!



What themes do you see in your quilts? (Colors, shapes, techniques,etc.)


Improv -I prefer no pattern and random fabric selection.



What were some turning points in your quilting process?


The first class I took when I re-started was Denyse Schmidt's improv class - I remember thinking how much things had changed since I made cardboard patterns! 



Who are the people, artists, quilters, etc. you look to for encouragement and inspiration in quilting?


Freddy Moran, Gwen Marstin, Denyse Schmidt, Victoria Findley Wolfe to name just a few



Where else do you find inspiration for your quilts?


Instagram



What do you like best about quilting?


the community, the relaxation in making quilts and gifting



Where are you headed in your quilting, and what would you like to learn more about?


I do it for pleasure and now I would just like to improve my skills.



What would you want to try if time and money were no object?


Retreats



Last Question: What are you working on right now?


A UFO to check off my list!