Welcome to Showcase Sunday! I have the privilege of knowing so many wonderful artisans – painters, musicians, quilters and other fiber artists, other jewelry makers, clothing designers, sculptors. So. Much. Talent. These people inspire me. So with no further adieu…..
This Sunday, I’d like you to meet Sarah at Confessions of Fabric Addict. I have known Sarah for…., 10 years. We met online through our mutual love of quilting. Then last summer when my husband and I were traveling, Sarah and I got to meet in person. It was wonderful! (And this is one of the many reasons I love the Internet – all the friends I’ve made near and far.) Anyway, I’ve been watching her make quilts and write her quilting blog for at least a decade. It’s been a treat.
So Sarah, tell us about your art.
I quilt! That’s the simplest way to say it. What’s more complicated is how I quilt. I quilt for myself; I quilt for my grandkids and other family members; I quilt to give away quilts; and I quilt for others who want quilts, but can’t make them themselves. I write free tutorials and post them on my blog throughout the year. I encourage (enable?) others to quilt and encourage them to quilt for those in need. And occasionally I make a little money to support my
How long have you been quilting?
I started quilting in 2009, when I began making a quilt for my 2-year old granddaughter for Christmas. Charity quilting began about the same time and morphed into a quilt ministry at my church. Most of my quilting efforts revolve around charity quilting these days – in addition to the ministry at church (more than 2000 quilts given away) I host an annual charity quilt drive on my blog, which has given away 1500 quilts in the past 8 years.
A Parade of Quilts!
How did you get started?
I’ve sewn forever, it seems. My grandmother taught me how to make garments when I was eight, and that was pretty much all I made until about ten years ago. With the advent of inexpensive, readily available trendy clothing, I had pretty much stopped making my own clothes (plus I had a problem finishing things, as my daughter would say constantly!) so I had lots of fabric on hand, gathering dust. I started looking for ways to use it, and quilting seemed to be a perfect match! I still do a little garment sewing, usually for my grandkids, especially the girls, who love twirly skirts!
Does anyone help you with your quilting projects?
I have three little minions, age 11, 7 and 6, who I press into service as often as I can hold their attention. They are particularly good at sorting scraps into color piles (the little ones especially like this) and my oldest granddaughter really wants to come “organize” my sewing room. I’m carefully considering that prospect…
What inspires you?
Everything! I love having a camera on my phone, because it makes it easy to take a picture of a gorgeous and unexpected color combination, or a pattern in a skyline or hotel carpet. Other people’s work is a constant source of inspiration, and I’m always combing social media to see what other people are doing.
Is it your main gig?
Yes, I do this about 40-50 hours a week! I think I work harder than when I got a paycheck – but I love what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work.
What do you love most about it?
I love being able to be creative, and (sometimes) to make a little money at it! I love it when people like my quilts and tutorials. I love “enabling” someone to start quilting and they take off like gangbusters!
What do you find the most challenging?
Time! There just aren’t enough hours in the day for all the ideas in my head and all the things I’d like to get done!
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa Charity quilting is so much a part of what I do, and I love this saying because it brings it down to the simplest factor – do what you can, do it with love, and it will matter.
If you are looking for some inspiration, or have some curiosity about quilting, I urge you to visit Confessions of A Fabric Addict. You won’t be disappointed.
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