|Beautiful "Aussie Mates" Star Quilt|
To get to know Lisa's fun style, take a look at the first project she made with the "Aussie Mates" collection.
Here's Lisa's story:
I live in Ashland, KY -- a small town on the eastern edge of Kentucky. I can drive about 5 miles in one direction and be in Ohio or about 5 miles in another direction and be in West Virginia. Ashland is my husband’s hometown and his parents and an assortment of other relatives live nearby. It’s a small town with friendly people, a good family atmosphere, a temperate climate, and very little traffic. I grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh, but have now lived in Kentucky longer than anywhere else.
|Lisa and hubby walking the lava fields in Hawaii|
|Lisa and son at waterfall in Hawaii|
|Quilted tote, perfect as a child's book bag|
I learned basic sewing as a kid from my Mom and Home Economics class, but my interest really grew after I was married. I started with clothes, crafts and home decor items, and then started quilting about 20-some years ago. My mother-in-law is an accomplished seamstress and quilter who has taught and encouraged me in all things sewing related.
I make quilts in a variety of styles, sizes, and colors. I like so many things! Paper piecing shows up in many of my projects because it is one of my favorite techniques. The last couple years I have been lucky enough to test paper piecing patterns for several talented designers from all over the world. Getting to interact with the designers and try so many wonderful patterns is something I really enjoy. And something I never anticipated when I started quilting so many years ago.
Not long after I started quilting, someone (my MIL, I think) suggested that I take a photo of each of my quilts or projects. Now, of course, I have lots of digital photos of the things I’ve made but I still get a print of each one to put in a photo album. I buy the little albums that hold 100 photos each. I’m currently filling album number seven.
|Surrounded by family and quilts – what could be better?|
Sometimes at holiday get-togethers I set out a big stack of quilts and have everyone draw numbers for the order in which they each get to pick a quilt. One year, after much discussion, deliberation, negotiating, and even some bluffing, my husband’s family members suggested a photo with all the quilts and their new owners and me in the middle. They can be a crazy bunch! I am fortunate to have many family members on both my side and my husband’s side who really appreciate the quilts and other handmade gifts I give them.
|"Aussie Mates" Plus Quilt|
I’m not in any guilds, but I do meet most weekday mornings with 2 good friends who are also quilters. We meet at the local YMCA where we take fitness classes and talk about quilting. It’s a fun way to start the day!
|Drawstring backpack with zipper pocket|
|"Aussie Mates" Baby Quilt|
My husband is very supportive and sometimes has more confidence in my abilities than I do. I’m sure he never anticipated I’d become so obsessed with cutting fabric into little pieces and sewing it back together, but he has been wonderful to give me the freedom to do what I love and to fill the house with everything quilt related.
He was the one who encouraged me to buy a mid-arm quilting machine about 8 years ago so I could easily do my own quilting. Now, like many quilters, I have so many ideas about things I want to make that I will surely never get them all finished. It’s fun to try though!
It was great to meet Lisa, and see the abundance of work she produced in just a month!
And she is so kind! She is offering up this sweet little giveaway of two projects that she made with the little bit of fabric she had left over!