I love it when customers share their work with me. It is very humbling to see that something I made inspired creativity in someone else. When Pat Ferguson sent me the photos of her most recent quilt I just had to share. She agree to tell us a little about herself and the quilt.
Let's get to know Pat:
I remember that my grandmother quilted. I have always loved quilts! I have a small little quilt I made by hand when I was quite young--like 7 or 8. I didn't quilt when my kids were at home. I was busy with four children, getting a degree and then teaching. It was when my health prevented me from being the kind of active teacher that I wanted to be that I took up quilting. I had an older model machine that had a little bit of a lip on the throat and my seams never came out just as I wanted. It first came to my attention when I used the machine at the LQS and my seams matched! I was in heaven.I got a part time job teaching art and I bought a new Bernina. I thought I was in heaven. I joined the local guild Delicate Stitchers there in Moab, UT where the delicate arch is found. Anyway I learned so much from those ladies! When my husband and I retired again we moved to Northern Utah and now I mostly use online classes, quilting magazines and books for my learning.
I quilt because I can. I'm not impeded by my asthma when I quilt which has allowed me a sense of accomplishment that I couldn't have without it. It keeps my mind busy and I can spend hours cutting piecing and then quilting. My husband got me a sit down mid arm for Valentines Day and now I have a new toy and a new learning curve. I can have two quilts going at once. I love that.
The Rainbow Quilt was a special challenge for me. A year ago I stayed with my sister for nearly two weeks. I met one of her clients. My sister has many of my quilts in her home and this client asked if I would make a rainbow quilt for her. It was to be a symbolic piece of art for her bed. She picked the pattern. We discussed the size and I moved from there to finding the right fabrics. I found you! I ordered a small sample from you to see if I liked it and I was hooked. I tried to figure the yardage and undershot a bit, but you graciously accepted an order for more and it worked beautifully. I had wanted to try paper piecing and a rainbow quilt in 2013 so I was excited. I gave her a year end date and I'm glad I did. Paper piecing 144 blocks can be tedious. I never drew it out for the placement of the blocks I just made the quilt into quarters. Amazingly it all came together. 110 x110". I found a local quilter, Wasatch quilting to do the quilting and she did excellent work.
I have a spare bedroom I've made my sewing room. It's rather tight, so I have to stay organized and keep my stash within a reasonable quantity.