May 07, 2010

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

Happy Friday!  Thanks to all of you that took the time to take the survey - I really appreciate it!  A couple of you asked "what is Blogger's Quilt Festival?"  **gasp**  just kidding - I have a whole page of info about the up coming BQF - check it out!  If you have questions still, feel free to email me directly.  One thing you all should know is that this festival is for everyone!  The beginner, with a first quilt, or the veteran quilter working on who knows what number!  Don't be shy :)
That said - today's featured quilter is Allie, of Allie-oops sweet happy life!  Allie is super sweet and such an encouragement to me - someone you want to be friends with :)  I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her and her quilting journey---

1.  When did you start quilting?  
I started my first quilt 30 years ago.  I had never made one, didn't know anyone who quilted, just saw a picture in a magazine and decided to try it.  I made it all by hand, and made every mistake you can make on a quilt - I even used ink on my seam lines, so I would be sure to sew a straight line.  Needless to say, the ink didn't come out, and I ended up hand-stitching ribbon down all the seams.  It's still one of my favorite quilts.  I'll never forget the magical moment when it came out of the dryer, and I pulled it over me.....bliss.  A quilter was born.

2.  Why do you quilt?
I don't know.  It's a madness.  Don't cure me, ever.  I love to make quilts for others, especially friends that are going through tough times, especially if they live far away - it's like sending a hug.

3.  What is your favorite quilting tip?
Not really a tip, more of an attitude - don't let anyone tell you that you can't.  If you want to try a technique, do it.  You don't have to wait for a class, or get it just right, half the fun is in the trying.  And mistakes often lead to great designs!

4.  What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt?
Two things - I needed a quilt for a wedding, and I had some really fabulous machine embroidery designs that I was dying to try.  Purple was the bride's favorite color, definitely not one of mine - but I love the way it turned out, purple or not.

5.  Do you sew other things?
Not if I can help it.  I have a love/hate relationship with purses - I love carrying a unique purse, but am not fond of the process.  I'm genetically incapable of making garments.  The only thing I'll try is pajamas, because nobody will see them but me.

6.  Anything else you would like us to know about you?
Yes - I am eternally grateful for all the bloggers out there who have inspired, challenged and befriended me.  I'll never forget reading my first blog - Posie Gets Cosy by Alicia Paulson - I was hooked.  A whole new world of people who thought like I did - I was amazed and delighted.  I only started my own blog so I could leave comments on other blogs, to say thank you for tutorials and such fabulous pictures.  My blog has become so much more than I thought it would, and I'm thrilled to get to know so many wonderful people!

Thank you for so much for sharing Allie!

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bethanndodd said...

Allie, I am in awe of the Wedding Quilt you created. It is beautiful! I love the scalloped edges around the blocks. Thank you sharing a little of you with us.

Shannon said...

Your quilts are beautiful Allie!
Thanks to Amy for sharing with us! :)

West Michigan Quilter said...

Allie, what a surprise to see you here! Love your quilts. And loved hearing about you and how you got into quilting. Thanks for sharing.

Vicki said...

These are great quilts, Allie!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love reading Allie's blog. Allie has been such a faithful reader and commenter on my blog as well. What a sweetie. And a fabulous quilter!

Allie said...

Thanks Amy, that was fun, I love reading your interviews from all the quilters - and I can't wait for the next Festival! I LOVE going through all the quilts entered - amazing talent in blogland!

Elizabeth said...

Allie's quilts are gorgeous! It was fun to get to know her better. Thanks for sharing!

sewtakeahike said...

Hi Amy,
I love your new blog!!!
Isn't Allie awesome? She's so talented and funny!
Happy mother's day Amy!

Debbie said...

This is such a great interview with Allie! You wrote: "Allie is super sweet and such an encouragement to me - someone you want to be friends with :)" I can surely attest to that. Allie is always writing encouraging comments!

Kim D. said...

Thanks for having Allie as a guest blogger Amy. What lovely quilts she's made. I enjoy reading her blog and she's always stops by my blog to give me such encouragement. Happy Mother's Day!!