It’s finally my turn! I’ve been lucky enough to participate in this amazing group of new quilt bloggers and I’ve learned so much in the past few months! Today it’s my turn to introduce myself to everyone! My name is Amanda (or Mandy as my friends call me) and I’ve been quilting since I was 8 years old. (Over twenty years now!) My mom was instrumental in the process— she taught me how to sew and quilt.
I actually ended up going to fashion design school after my love of sewing kept growing. I’m glad I went but I’m so much better at quilting and piecing. Growing up in Northern California there were a lot of quilt shops and quilt events that were fun to attend. Now I live in Las Vegas, NV and there aren’t many here. (Yet.)
One of my favorite quilts that I’ve done isn’t quilted yet but it’s going to be amazing! I was lucky enough to score some of the Rifle Paper Co. fabric at Market this year and found a pattern from an amazing girl to make it in! (We had gone to shop for our tiny little online store and found this girl!) The pattern is Painted Ladies by EyeCandyQuilts and it turned out stunning! My friend Vicki from OrchidOwlQuilts will be quilting it as soon as she finds time and it’ll look amazing!
Another project that I loved doing was a mini swap on Instagram. It was pretty specific; Amy Butler and low volume prints. It actually took me three attempts to get it right. For my first idea the block ended up being so tiny to piece and frustrated me so that I decided to find something else. The next pattern I bought and tried ended up having errors in the writing and tons of confusion. (That’s a conversation for another day.) My third attempt came out perfectly and exactly what I wanted! My swap partner loves antique hunting and the Gypsy Caravan line so I combined those with negative space and got a pretty awesome looking mini quilt. I did straight line quilting of varying widths and love how it came out.
This next quilt is the first one I entered into a quilt show. (Still the only one, actually.) I wanted to get over that ‘fear’ of the first and I entered it in the local show here. I was up sewing until an hour before the deadline to turn it in and there are quite a few mistakes on it. However, it was something that I both pieced and quilted and I’m really proud of that. I love how the hot pink accentuates the lines!
The last quilt that I love is a mini quilt that I made for my boss at the time. It was for her birthday but we soon found out that we were being laid off so it also became a little going-away present as well. She’s not a quilter but loves admiring them and I decided to make a little wall hanging using the Fractal quilt block pattern by pattisloniger. I added a colorful border and some more negative space for signatures from the team.
After attending QuiltCon this past year as well as Quilt Market I really want to work on my craft and further my love of quilting and sewing. I’m working on bags as well since I’ve always wanted to brush up on those skills and have a quilting machine that I need to relearn how to use. (Before I throw it out the window.) I’ll be attending the SewPro Convention in Chicago in September to get more insight on the industry and figure out just what direction I want to take. I’ll also be attending QuiltCon next year so lots of things on the horizon!
Now I’d love to get to know about all of you! What’s something in the quilting or sewing world that has you dying to try it but seems too scary? My biggest problem is the actual quilting part. I’m a perfectionist and I’m hard on myself so having anything less than perfect is difficult for me. (Hence the straight lines.) What’s yours?