Design Wall: Natural Born Crafter

I live in: Fort Collins, Colorado
I started quilting: Last October
My home life includes: My fiancé Ethan, my pup Carmella and kitty Blooregard

natural-born-crafter-my-first-quiltWhat I’ve Made: Last September I was working in the world of bead and jewelry, developing online workshops for our sister company, Interweave. In October of 2017, I was presented with the opportunity to work in quilting! As a natural born crafter, I couldn’t wait to learn a new skill.

I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I arrived in our Golden, Colorado offices, the unofficial headquarters for The Quilting Company. Office walls were adorned with gorgeous quilts, patterns pinned everywhere and a room filled floor to ceiling with fabric!

The very first quilting online workshop I worked on was Walking Foot Quilting: Beyond the Ditch! with Catherine Redford. This online workshop was so incredibly helpful for someone who was brand-spankin’ new. I learned everything from ensuring accurate 1/4″ seems to how to quilt on your home sewing machine!

In order to hold my own, it felt clear that I would have to dive deep and make my first quilt! I purchased a fat quarter stack (and of course, I didn’t even know the terminology yet) and a few magazines. After a couple hours of flipping through pages of gorgeous quilts, I decided on a quilt pattern comprised of only hexagons. I then traced the template from the magazine and got started immediately. I loved it! I completely finished my first quilt in two and half days – binding and all!

My first quilt - quilt top

My first quilt – quilt top

My first quilt - Making that quilt sandwich!

My first quilt – Making that quilt sandwich!

What I’m Making:

Blocks from Elizabeth Hartman's Awesome Oceans pattern, affixed to my cubicle walls

Blocks from Elizabeth Hartman’s Awesome Oceans pattern, affixed to my cubicle walls

I’ve since started a stitch and flip method quilt, using a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman called Awesome Oceans. I am so in love with Elizabeth’s use of color and simple shapes to create such adorable creatures. If you don’t know her stuff, I recommend you check it out! This quilt is so much fun and I am so proud of my work, that I bring finished blocks to the office, and pin them to my walls! I am still so new to this art but cannot wait to learn more and get my hands creating! I think I might try out a Block of the Month next. Happy quilting!

Elizabeth Hartman's Preppy the Whale blocks

Elizabeth Hartman’s Preppy the Whale blocks

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