How did you decide to make quiltmaking a career?
I don't consider it a career, I don't consider it work, it's my hobby, I'm very passionate about it, and I truly enjoy doing what I do - designing fabrics and patterns for my fellow quilters.
What led you in that direction?
Sewing and quilting have been a part of a family tradition for me (both my husband's and my families) so I am just continuing a very important ritual.
What inspires your work? How do new ideas come to you in quiltmaking?
I can find inspiration all around me: my gardens, travels and the people in my life. I keep a sketch pad beside me whenever possible, sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea, sometimes it is while I am driving down the road. I never know for sure what will inspire my next
creation or where I will be when it happens!
If you could offer one piece of advice for quiltmakers today, what would it be?
Try to keep an open mind and have patience. Always look for the chance to learn more about your passion and take the time to try something new. There are many exciting aspects about quilting, and I find the most enjoyment when I am learning or working on something new.
What do you see as the most significant development in quilt making over the past 20 years?
Communication. The internet has networked quilters from all over the world to be exposed to new fabrics, quilt designs and techniques.
What is your most important role in today's quilting community?
I've always loved teaching quilting and sharing my knowledge, experiences and family traditions with others.
How has quilting enriched your life?
Quilting is my way of expressing myself. I have so many artistic thoughts and ideas - quilting provides an outlet for me to release my creativity.
If you could have a perfect day, what would that look like?
Since I love to be in the outdoors and enjoy camping, I would say sitting at a campground on my lawn chair, sunshine on my face enjoying my family and reading a great quilting book or magazine.
Do you have any special fusible appliqué tips you'd like to share with our readers?
Don't overheat your fusible web!
You have a formula for choosing fabrics for a block and/or quilt. Could you share that with us?
I choose my fabrics by using my "Rule of 5". The five refer to large, medium, small, stripe and dot Prints. If you'd like to learn more about my
method for choosing fabrics, I have included complete details of this process in my new book Hop to It.