Ashley of Film in the Fridge is our featured blogger today! I hope you enjoy getting to know Ashley a bit more.
Hi Amy (and Amy's readers!) Thanks for having me!
1. When did you begin quilting?
I jumped into
sewing not too long ago. I never had any interest in sewing or learning
how to sew until all of a sudden I decided I wanted to make myself a
few market bags. My mom gave me a little lesson on the sewing machine
back in 2008 (the end of 2007? I can't remember!) and it's been non
stop since then! At that time I also fell in love with fabric and
started collecting pieces of my favorites. I think Flickr was what got
me started on quilting. In looking up my favorite fabrics, I started
seeing beautiful modern quilts made out of those fabrics. The first
quilt I started was a cathedral window quilt (still unfinished! I
should have picked something easier!) I finished my first real quilt
in October 2008 -- a baby zig zag in fall colors. And after that, I was
I don't think I could pinpoint the exact reason I like quilting so
much. There are so many parts of it that I enjoy. I love fabrics, of
course, and I love looking at a pile of fabrics and seeing the
potential quilts they could turn into. I also enjoy the freedom I have
in quilting - I don't often follow patterns, and I really like the
feeling that I'm free to cut and recombine the fabrics any way I want
to. It makes me feel creative, which is typically not how I would
3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
A quilting tip... let's see... I think one important thing in
quilting is making yourself enough space for some sort of design wall
or design floor. I spend a lot of time changing up the order of blocks,
or the entire layout of a quilt, and it's really helpful to be able to
stand back and see it as a whole - either on the wall, or on your floor
- before sewing it together. I also almost always take a few photos of
my final layout (or what I think is my final layout!). When I look at
the photo on the computer, I see things that I don't see when I just
glance at the quilt. This helps me make sure the layout is balanced,
and that there aren't any areas with too many blocks of the same color.
4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
The quilt(s) I entered into the Blogger's Quilt Festival this year
are quilts I made for Jenean Morrison to show the two colorways of her
new line, California Dreamin'. I picked them because they were actually
at Quilt Market at the time, so I thought it was only appropriate. It
was fun, but also a bit nerve-wracking, to make something for a
designer that would actually be seen by other people!
5. Do you sew other things?
I mainly sew quilts, but from time to time I've been known to make a few simple bags, pillows, pillowcases (tutorial posted here) and when Spring comes, I always feel the need to sew up a
few simple skirts or dresses for my wardrobe. I always return to quilts
though - they're definitely my favorite!
Amy again! Ashley - thank you so much for sharing your quilts with us! I always love seeing how you use different fabrics, and how you put them together - thanks for the inspiration!
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