February 12, 2010

Featuring Peg - - A Blogger's Quilt Festival Quilter!

Peg of Ivy Arts is our featured blogger today!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Peg --
1. When did you begin quilting?
I began quilting about nine years ago. I was a painter at the time and went into my local quilt shop to buy thread to sew on a button. I was dazzled by the colors and designs of the fabric. I really wanted to play with it. I realize that I am generally impatient (and sometimes sloppy) so I never thought I had the chops to tackle quilting. I started with a few simple strip quilts for babies and it's been love ever since. An addictive, can't-get-enough kind of love, beginners beware.

2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because I've found that sewing fulfills my creative side almost more so than painting and it's much easier to manage with the hectic schedule of youngsters. Since my kids have been born I haven't painted at all and I don't miss it. Lucky me! I also love the tactile reward of a cozy quilt on the bed or couch. I enjoy making quilts for others and sharing that coziness.

3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
There are so many great tricks and short cuts that it's hard to pick just one. The latest trick I learned is pulling the bobbin thread to the top of the quilt when machine quilting. That way you can tie both threads and bury the knot in one easy step. When starting to quilt, drop one stitch by hand and pull needle up until the bobbin thread shows on top. Pull the top thread until the bobbin end is visible and pull out. You will now have both top and bottom threads pulled to the top. Knot them almost to the fabric and use a needle to bury the knot. It's a flawless finish.

4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
My inspiration for the QF quilt was a quilt I saw on Flickr. It was one of the first scrappy quilts that caught my eye and I had to try for myself. I have a hard time throwing away even the smallest scraps of fabric so I had lots to work with. I started the blocks and then that sat in the UFO pile for almost a year. When I took them out again, my scrap collection was very different and I thought the old ones were so ugly. The great thing about scrap quilts is that even the ugly ones end up looking great. The scrap quilt is like a trip down memory lane, thinking about where all the fabrics came from. 

5. Do you sew other things?
I've sews some bags and household items like placemats and tablerunners. I've recently begun to sew some art quilts. It's sort of a mix of the painter and quilter in me. I'm really excited about the process. I've learned a lot of new techniques and am eager to devote more time to this arena. Don't we all need more time? :)

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you? 
Many of us dream of making it our job to play with fabric and I'm no exception. I'm co-creator of Sew Fresh Fabrics, an online fabric shop on Etsy with my friend and business partner Becca. We're looking forward to having a brick and mortar store in the coming days when our family schedules relax somewhat. The online venue is allowing us learn the business while the larger plans get developed. It's a very exciting prospect and we're thrilled to have the opportunity to make a living doing something we love.

Wow Peg!  Keep dreaming and making those plans!  I love your quilts, the colors in your scrap quilt are beautiful!  

 I hope you all have a great weekend ~

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ivyarts said...

Thanks so much for the feature. I'm honored to be a part of this vibrant and supportive quilting community. Happy Sewing!!

"Lois Grebowski" said...

That's a great tip ... Thanks! Btw, I love that top quilt... yummy!

Mandy said...

Thanks for allowing guest bloggers to post here. It is really interesting seeing what different quilts they make and learning a little about them.

Natalia said...

Amy, thanks for featuring Peg, her work is very beautiful and it's so much fun to learn more about quilters. I also like your new linkbar @ the top!

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

I love that top quilt! I hardly ever like those colors, but you made me love them!

Kelly O. said...

she is super talented!

Linda said...

One of the best parts of reading blogs is learning new techniques and getting inspiration. This post totally accomplishes both.
Thanks so much!

Zonnah said...

What beautiful quilts :)

Goddess in Progress said...

Three cheers for the awesome Peg, who is practically my neighbor! My orders from her shop arrive especially quickly. :-)

It makes so much sense to me that you were an artist before you took up quilting as a medium. You have such an incredible eye!

Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

Elaine said...

Lovely quilts Peg & Amy!

My fave is the one here above item
number four!!!

Thanks for the eye candy:)
Elaine << who is sew inspired, she
is actually going to sew something instead of just reading about sewing... :) Elaine

Anonymous said...

We love the art quilt with the chair! What an incredible image! So cozy and inviting. Thanks, Peg for sharing your talents with all of us! Is that for sale??? Felix wants it for his office! fmpizzi :)

Cindy said...

There's an unfinished quilt in my closet just calling my name... Thanks for the inspiration!

Vicki said...

I so adore Peg's quilt festival quilt. I want to make one someday. I really enjoy seeing your featured quilt festival quilters, Amy!

James said...



Farmgirl Susan said...

What gorgeous quilts - and what a talented artist! I especially love the top one - the colors are so wonderful. I really enjoyed this interview. Makes me want to run off and create a quilt - and I don't even know how to sew! ;)