Ariane of Ariane's Crafts is today's featured quilter! I hope you enjoy getting to Ariane a little better --
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting in August 2008. I was in need of a hobby, a creative outlet
to help me cope with stress. I needed something that I could do for myself
and use my creative skills. I had always been very creative as a child. I
would draw, paint, cross stitch and do other crafts as a young girl. When I
had my kids, I stopped doing a lot of those creative things. Then I went
back to work full time and I just did not take any time for myself, or do
anything for myself. So, one day I found out my cousin was having her first
baby and decided to make her a quilt. I only had basic sewing skills. My Mom
had given me her old sewing machine. I had only used it to hem pants. But,
when I went fabric shopping, I got drawn in by all the wonderful fabrics and
my creative side just jumped for joy to make something. I went online and
read a bunch of sites about the basics of quilting and just did it.
I quilt because it makes me happy. I get to take some time for myself. I can
use my creativity to make something unique. I love to share what I do with
others. People seem to love to look at quilts that I have made. I love to
share the process with them. It helps
to keep me relaxed. I can focus on a project and forget about my worries for
a bit while I am working.
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
I think the best tips are to make sure your seams are correct. Using a 1/4
inch foot helps in this department. Once I bought a 1/4 inch foot my blocks
were much flatter and my tips matched better. Trimming the blocks to ensure
they are square, is also very important. Pinning..pinning...pinning. This
also helps. When I first started I hated to do all these little steps. But
now I realize that I am always much happier with the results when I take the
extra time to do these things.
4. What was your inspiration for your QF quilt?
My Quilt Festival quilt was inspired by all the modern quilts that I was
seeing online. I love these quilts. But I am more a traditionalist. I was
making this quilt for my brother and is wife. They love modern things. So I
tried to combine a modern color combination with a traditional log cabin
block. I think it turned out really great. I also love scrappy quilts. I
used a mixture of modern, contemporary, traditional, country, and
reproduction fabrics. I just made sure they were in the same color way. It
was fun to go to many different shops and mix all the fabrics.
5. Do you sew other things?
I do sew a lot of bags. I love bags. They make great gifts. I also sew
outfits for my daughter. I am still learning about sewing clothing. I do
find this a bit more challenging. I love to do hand embroidery too, and hand
piecing. I always have some hand stitching project on the go to take along
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I am self taught. I have never taken any quilting or sewing classes. I just
learn from all the wonderful tutorials online and from books and magazines.
I wish I could take classes. But I work shift work. This makes it impossible
to take a course with more than one class. The local classes never seem to
be on my days off. So I thank all those who put tutorials on there blogs or
flickr. It allows people like me to learn new skills without having to take
Amy again! Ariane, I'm a self taught quilter too! It's amazing how much you can pick up via books and the internet :) Your quilts and photographs are beautiful - thank you so much for sharing with everyone here.
Have a great weekend everyone~
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