Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Desire To Inspire

Welcome to the latest edition of Desire To Inspire. As you can see we have another amazing contribution. If you want to be considered for the challenge, see details below.

Let us introduce you to our challenger, Heidi Kuntz. We sent her a bundle of Kringle Krossing by Shelly Comiskey the result is the beautiful quilt.

HK:  First, I want to all those involved for this wonderful challenge! I was able to cut a fat eighth of each fabric for a wee giveaway on my blog. [HG:  See the link to her blog below.]

HG:  Where do you live?
HK:  My husband, Ty and I live in Henderson, Nevada, but we jokingly call it "Hendertucky". We are not far from Las Vegas, at the foothills of Lake Mead Recreational Area. Our neighborhood has a rural-vibe with horses, chickens and one or two unruly roosters nearby. We enjoy an immense sky here, with no streetlights. It makes for a quiet contrast to the brightly lit Las Vegas Strip. Close enough to commute, yet far enough to escape!

HG:  Tell us about your family.
HK:  We live more than a thousand miles from family and it can be tough at times. Thankfully, Vegas is a destination and we have visitors popping in throughout the year.

HG:  How long have you been quilting?
HK:  My first quilt was a Trip Around the World I made while expecting my son nearly 30 years ago.  Using fabric leftover after sewing some baby clothes, I cut it all up into squares, sewed it all back together again, and pronounced myself brilliant!

HG:  What's your favorite technique?
HK:  Fabric is generally what first inspires me. If stashing were considered a technique, it would be my favorite! I am always excited to design a quilt with fabrics that are 'speaking' to me, and I enjoy each step that provides a glimpse of the final result! Forced to choose, machine piecing is my favorite technique. Once the decisions are made, the pressing, cutting and trimming completed, it is nice to just sew!  Whether it be patchwork, settings, or improv style, the anticipation of a real visual keeps me humming along.

HG:  Who taught you how to quilt?
HK:  Initially, I learned from library books. My oldest UFO is made with sampler blocks inspired by those books. The online quilting community is amazing, a global journal of 1,000's of quilters teaching one another.  Education is at our fingertips, yet the resource most dear to my heart is still our local library!

HG:  Do you belong to any guilds?
HK:  Recently, I joined a local group called Art Quilts, Etc. It is a diverse group sharing a wide range of artistic talents.  Art Quilts, Etc.. is one of  20 sub-groups that make up The Desert Quilters of Nevada.

HG:  Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
HK:  Yes! I would like to invite reader's to drop by and visit at Red Letter Quilts! This was such a thrilling challenge and I look forward to all of your creations next!

Thank you to Heidi.
- HG


KaHolly said...

Fun, fun, fun quilt! Really enjoyed the interview.

Podunk Pretties said...

Love how the solid background makes the prints pop. Does HG have a solids line that I overlooked.?

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Connie Cain said...

What a great quilt!!! It will go on my never ending list of to dos. :) I love this program showcasing different quilters and learn something new from each one.

Lara B. said...

I really love this quilt Heidi! It would never have occurred to me to pair Christmas fabric with black but it truly works.
"Hendertucky" heh heh heh - that made me laugh.
Love what you said about how much Quilty learning we have at our fingertips, but how the library is still your favorite!

Lorna McMahon said...

What a gorgeous quilt and a great use of those pretty fabrics! Heidi's talent has really shone through in this challenge piece. So creative!