April 16, 2010

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

I met the featured quilter last summer in Dana's quilt-along.  Lynz is a fun gal who blogs her quilting life in Scotland at Domestic Light and Magic....enjoy!

1. When did you begin quilting?
I've been quiting since May 2009 - so not a year yet! I was looking for a pattern for a beanbag doorstop since my wee sister-in-law was jamming her conservatory door open with one of her husband's trainers (a sneaker if you're not a Brit!). I stumbled upon Tall Grass Prairie Studio and Oh, Frannson! and had never seen quilts like them! I had 2 close friends about to give birth and decided to make them pram quilts which were made (the black and red "Yummy Mummy" was officially my first quilt), happily received and THEN I found the Old Red Barn Co quilt-along. I haven't stopped cutting fabric since!

2. Why do you quilt?
I'm not sure. I've always loved making things out of other things. Creating in general has always been my "thing" whether it was drawing, gardening or baking. I think piecing fabric can be quite zen-like when you get in the zone but you could say that for a lot of hobbies. I don't ever analyse my joys - I just do it coz I love it. Cosy throws and family heirlooms are just a lovely side effect!

3. What is your favourite quilting tip?
If you are tired? Stop. Nothing good EVER comes from sleepy sewing - this would be the voice of experience talking! And I mean fed-up sewing here, too!

4. What was your inspiration behind your Quilt Festival quilt?
The Weller zig-zag was largely inspired by YOU, Amy, since you taught me how to make it! And it is green since that is my favourite colour and it was my first quilt for ME! It's still a favourite and although I could do it better now? I rather like it's imperfections.

5. Do you sew other things?
I've been sewing since childhood when my beloved Wee Granny let me use her auld Singer - I have very happy memories of making sock bunnies for my wee brother and doctoring teenage clothes - but through my adulthood I've only sewn for necessity. Curtains and hemming and nothing else. It is safe to say my machine has had more use in the last 10 months than in the last 10 years put together. Maybe the last 15! I did make a couple aprons last year and have been eyeing up a few clothing patterns - it's fun having unique homemade clothes!!

6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Er. I am Scottish and sometimes my dialect shows in my typing. I work, I love my family more than anything and am a rock chick. And thank you Mum and Daddy for buying me my wee Janome when I was 16 - you were right. It IS a better gift than a motorbike and look what it's making 20 years later!

And to whoever nominated me? Thanks - but I think you're nut. Have you SEEN the talent about?!?!?

Thanks for sharing Lynz!  I hope you all have a great weekend :)
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Susan said...

Great interview with Lynz! I will vouch for her wonderful eye with fabrics and her consistent outstanding successes with quilts.

Add in that she's fun and funny and she makes for a great quilty friend. Oh, and she's not too hard to look at, either. ;)

Rafael's Mum said...

Lovely interview Lynz! So nice to see all your beautiful quilts in one place too, they are lovely and so are you!

Thimbleanna said...

What a fun guest! Thanks for sharing her with us Amy!

Lynz said...

Aw, shucks you guys, I'm blushing here. *grins* Okay, so I'm totally not but I am aglow with the warm fuzzies! Thank you for allowing me some space in your blog, Amy (I can't wait for your book!!!) and now I am off to sew. Hurray for days off work!!!

P.S. My word verification is "revenvok." Doesn't that sound like an alien race from Star Trek?

"The Revenvok Ambassador is hailing us, Captain...."

Am I too much of a sci-fi geek? Really?

Beth said...

Lynz always can make me laugh!

My word is migedars....

The Ravenvok Ambassador's shuttle has been attacked by Migedars! Commence laser fire!!"

Lynz said...

whispers* Pst. Beth? PHasers not lasers!! Or a photon torpedo. I really am a lost cause, y'know.

My WV this time is Snedled. That's more LotR, innit? One of Gollum's pals? I really AM going to sew now!!

upstateLisa said...

Great story!

Trudi said...

Amy! You really couldn't have picked a better 'nut' to feature! Lynz is the bestest, funniest, nicest blogger ! And she makes some really cool quilts too!

wv: adballne - hmm, maybe a wee scottish in there!

Anonymous said...

WHat lovely fresh quilts! And a lovely interview to go with them...and I totally agree on the tired sewing = I told you so sewing!

bearpaw said...

I really enjoyed getting to know you a bit better Lynz! And seeing your absolutely beautiful quilts! Can't belive you have only been doing this fo a year (not even that!) - you are obviously a total natural!!

Elizabeth said...

Love that Zigzag! Kudos to student and teacher alike!

What Comes Next? said...

what a great interview, and less than a year quilting - wowzer! I love the comment "I don't ever analyze my joys..." Something to live by! Beautiful quilts and so fun!

mom said...

What beautiful work you've done, Lynz! My daughter looking my shoulder commented that if you ever want to give away that beautiful limey green quilt she'll take it in a heartbeat as it's in her favorite color, too!

Tammy ~@~

Vicki said...

I love that zig zag quilt. So. Much. All of these quilts are so pretty--love that figgy pudding too.